Home repair expert Henry Harrison shows a guest how to erect scaffolding so he can safely replace the siding on the third story of his home.
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On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Harrison gives this job a two.
Materials and Tools:
1. Remember to read all of the manufacturer's safety warnings before starting.
2. Put on hard hat and gloves and begin by assembling the frame pieces and the feet. The feet spread the load of the scaffolding and are adjustable so you can compensate when working on uneven surfaces.
3. Position the frame in your work area and level it and use a level to level it. Use a block of wood to support the
4. Attach four cross braces to level frame and the move the frame for the opposite end into position.
5. Test that the structure is level and secure. Attach a third section to span the work area if necessary. Check again for level from side-to-side and end-to-end.
6. Position plank sections and lock into place.
7. Begin the second level, positioning framing and attaching cross bracing.
8. For upper levels, use toe rails provided with scaffold along areas where you might have room to step off the scaffold.
9. If you go up higher than two levels, anchor the scaffolding to a secure part of the house. Attach a tie-down bracket to a wall stud or similar area and tie the scaffolding to the bracket with rope.
10. Using a strong ladder to get up and down from the scaffolding is safer than using the steps built into the frame.
11. If you need to go up to a third level, an extension ladder will be needed to build the framing and to get up and down.