Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Lightweight Scaffold

The latest weapon in the armory, for the battle that is the recapturing of a habitable Balintore Castle, is a siege tower. Sorry, an unguarded "Game of Thrones" moment there. :-) Despite visual similitude, the latest weapon is rather more prosaic: some lightweight scaffolding. I collected this with my pick-up in the south of England, and yesterday thundered somewhat laden, but securely strapped down, up the M6.

Standard scaffolding has to be dismantled and then reassembled rather than being moved around. It's all very labour intensive but highly rigid and provides a highly safe working environment when done properly. The lightweight scaffolding slots together with no need for tools; comes with its own wheels; and can be moved around; four out-riggers, one on each corner, can then be put in contact with the ground for extra stability, when it comes time to climb up. "It's a wee bit shoogely, David.", exclaimed my roofer as he ascended and constructed the scaffold this afternoon, a little wary of the new technology. "English scaffolds can't be shoogely." came my retort. :-)

Anyhow, we had got the scaffolding for interior work i.e. re-building floors and tall ceilings from the level below and having tried it for some exterior window work this afternoon even my builder now thinks it's just the biz.

newly purchased siege tower, er lightweight scaffolding