The Importance of Scaffolding for DIY House Renovations

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When you are doing your own home renovations there will be many jobs that require you to reach up to high places. Painting the walls and ceilings is just one of them. It is very important to have safe scaffolding for these jobs so that you remain safe while doing them, and so the jobs are much easier to accomplish.

Without scaffolding to support you, it is possible and even likely that you could have an accident or a fall, through overextending your reach on the ladder. In fact, the ladder is not all that safe whether it is inside or out. Inside, it can slip on the floor and outside, the ground can sink under one leg and cause the ladder to tip, throwing you off balance.

If you are a handyman, you may be able to make your own scaffolding, especially if you can weld. You can prepare it carefully and ensure it is attached to the outer walls in a way that will prevent you from falling. It gives you a wide and stable surface you can stand on to operate power tools or wield a paintbrush from.

In addition, you can create a long piece of scaffold that enables you to paint a whole wall without getting down, so the job will be done much more quickly and you won’t get as tired. Every building job requires support of some kind, even if it is minimal; for instance, a one-storey home on flat ground. You still need to reach up to those walls and ceilings to paint or do the renovation you had planned.

Inside, you may be able to get away with using a long handled roller for the painting, but when you get to the corners you’ll see it needs a paintbrush to get into the crevices properly.  Of course, you can use a stepladder, but the job would be done more quickly with a good strong piece of scaffold.

The advantage of having professional support or making your own is that you can add a handrail. Not everyone is good with heights, and knowing you can grab the rail if you feel a bit unbalanced gives you confidence. It can also save your life, or save you from serious injury.  How bad would it be to fall and break bones right in the middle of the renovation?

Not only would you be laid up for weeks, but the renovation would be left unfinished, unless you could get someone else in to finish it for you and that would be likely to cost more. In fact, after falling, you wouldn’t like to ask a friend to finish it in case the same thing happened to them.

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