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Old 05-01-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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Old Guy New Ladder (scaffold)

Going up and down a ladder to work on the rig has become hard on my old legs.

Just bought this scaffold from Harbor Freight for $150. Shipping costs too much but Northern Tool, Lowes, Home Depot, also carry similar items.

It gets me to the top of the rig with 6 feet of horizontal work space.

Also makes a passable garage shelf.


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Old 05-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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Dean, great dual purpose product, and a good one for us "Older" folks.


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Old 05-01-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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One thing you might want to consider is putting something like the following on the vertical legs so they don't scratch the coach.
Pratt Retail Specialties 1 in. x 6 ft. Rubber Self-Seal Pipe Insulation-420504 at The Home Depot
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:41 PM   #4
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Great idea. Going to get one. Legs need the help!
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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I have the one that Lowe's offers. Get the handrail kit also!!!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:11 AM   #6
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Well, I used it yesterday for the first time. Needed to prep for paint and spray clear coat on the sides of the roof cap and molding.

Yes, pipe insulation works well to protect the coach from the legs of the scaffold. My rig has a belt line moulding that would be the first point of contact.

The handrail kit would be more of an impediment than a help in my opinion.

I mount the scaffold using a step ladder at the back side where the handrail would be. Climbing up the end frame of the scaffold is possible, but more work than using the step ladder.

After 4 hours spent on the platform, the slight wobble and the lack of a backside handrail were non-issues.

The smooth rolling castors have brakes that are very effective.

My legs thank me.

But now my arm is complaining that the legs can stay at work longer than the arm can. Getting old is not for sissy's!
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #7
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These scaffolds are great. Only an electric one to lift and move forward would be better. Had one at our shop and made the job almost effortless. Unfortunately I don't have access to it anymore.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:23 PM   #8
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Buy some of the FOAM Noodles at the Dollar store, split them and apply to pipes.

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