What is scaffolding?
In the simplest terms, scaffolding is a temporary structure that is attached to the original structure so that workers can use it as a platform to help with construction. There are many types of scaffolding which cater for different construction needs but all need to be carefully built, strong and stable. It is usually made from steel or timber, and needs to be able to support the building materials placed upon it.
What different types of scaffolding are there?
1. Single Scaffolding
Usually known as ‘bricklayer’s scaffolding’, single scaffolding is commonly employed with brick buildings. The distance between the standards are usually between 2m to 2.5m, ledgers join the standard at a gap of 1.2m to 1.5m and putlogs are situated at a gap of 1.2m to 1.5m.
2. Double Scaffolding
This type of scaffolding is known as ‘mason’s scaffolding’ as it is primarily used in stone masonry work. As it is obviously hard to make holes in stone walls for putlogs, two scaffolding rows are set to make it firm and steady. In the majority of cases, the first row is half a metre away from the wall while the second is 1m away. The putlogs are placed so that they are held in place by the frames. To improve stability, rakers and crossbrakers are applied.
3. Steel Scaffolding
Scaffolding built from steel is set jointly by steel fittings or couples, and are comprised of tubes. Steel is naturally strong and displays good resistance when exposed to heat. Such qualities make it the safest material with which to build scaffolding, despite the considerable cost compared to alternatives.
4. Suspended Scaffolding
Suspended scaffolding consists of, as you would assume, a platform that is suspended. It is held up from roofs by chains or wire and can be raised to a level that is convenient for workers. It is most often employed for repairs or cleaning jobs.
5. Patented Scaffolding
Patented scaffolding has special couplings and frames, and are made with steel. It features a platform to work on that is set in brackets that allow it to be adjustable.
6. Trestle Scaffolding
Trestle scaffolding is employed up to the height of around 5m and is commonly used for work inside a room. It has a platform for workers to work from that are sat on tripods and adjustable ladders.
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