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Two Tips To Follow When Renting Scaffolds

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If you're planning to contact a scaffold hire company and rent one or more of their scaffolds, here are some tips you should follow.

Consider whether you need a fixed or mobile scaffold

You'll need to think about whether you'll need a fixed scaffold or a mobile scaffold for your building work. If for example, you need to work in windy conditions, a fixed scaffold might be more suitable as (with the exception of hurricane-level wind speeds) the wind will not affect its stability. In contrast, if you were to use a mobile scaffold in windy conditions, you'd need to remember to keep its wheels locked at all times, to prevent the wind from moving it.

However, mobile scaffolds have their uses, too. Because they don't have any components that need to be attached to walls, they normally take less time to assemble than their fixed counterparts. Additionally, they give you greater control over how you choose to position this equipment.

For example, if you're working on two buildings that are located within a few metres of each other, you could, after keeping the mobile scaffold parallel to one building's wall for a while, then wheel it around so it is perpendicular to the other wall, and use it as a bridge that connects these two buildings so you can reach and work on the higher sections of these two structures from the same piece of access equipment.

Find out what steps you need to take to prepare the used scaffolds for disassembly and collection

You should ask the owner of the scaffold hire business about any steps they need you to take to prepare the used scaffolds for disassembly and collection. Aside from instructing you to remove any building equipment you stored on it whilst doing your work, they may also ask you to clean up any paint spills and to tell them which, if any, of the platforms or components sustained damage whilst you were using them.

The latter is particularly important, as if you tell them this before they begin dismantling their equipment, they can then take the damaged components and put them aside, instead of packing them away with the scaffold's functional parts, and then arrange for these damaged pieces to be fixed or replaced before the equipment is sent to the next client. If you don't do this and they do not notice the damaged components during the disassembly, they might not realise that you've broken these parts until they evaluate the scaffold's condition shortly before delivering it to the next client.