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How to Make a Step Ladder Scaffold

How to Make a Step Ladder Scaffold. Are you working on a home project that requires a ladder, just to find that moving the ladder over and over and over again is the worst part of the project? If so, it's time to think about making a scaffolding from two step ladders.

How to Make a Step Ladder Scaffold. Are you working on a home project that requires a ladder, just to find that moving the ladder over and over and over again is the worst part of the project? If so, it's time to think about making a scaffolding from two step ladders. You won't have to go up and down the ladder nearly as many times.

  1. Get two ladders that are of the same style and height. This is important because you will want the steps to be even so your scaffolding doesn't slant

  2. Open the ladders. You will need the back side of each ladder to face the other. For the old fashioned step ladder, this is the side with rungs and not steps. Some of the newer ladders are the same on both sides, so it doesn't matter. Space the two about 6 feet apart.

  3. Secure a platform between the two. The platform can be either a 2-by-12, 8-foot wood board or a metal scaffolding found at most hardware stores.

  4. Place the scaffolding on the same step of each ladder by sliding it through the ladder frame and allowing it to sit when there is a minimum of 6 inches of board extending out the front of each ladder.

Tip

If you're using a metal ladder, make certain there are slip-proof grips on the feet of the ladder. When deciding if your ladders are safe enough, remember to add the weight of the scaffold and whatever else (tools and materials) that will be on the scaffold to your weight.

Warning

If you're using a wooden board as your scaffolding, check the wood for knots that could weaken the board. Check the weight maximum for both the ladder and the scaffolding. Make certain that the scaffolding is sturdy enough to hold all the weight you want. It may be wise to purchase a stronger metal scaffold if you need the scaffolding to carry a heavy load. Don't place your scaffolding any higher than the second step from the top. Higher than this will compromise the balance of the ladders, which can be dangerous.