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Hello, my name is Tony and this is my concrete installation and maintenance blog. I am not a professional concrete contractor but I am very passionate about DIY. My dad was a contractor and when I was growing up he taught me all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Once time, he took me out into the yard and made me inspect the concrete wall. The concrete was crumbling away, exposing the metal bars beneath. My father explained that this was concrete cancer and then demonstrated how to repair the damage. I hope you find my blog useful and entertaining.

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A Few Factors to Consider When Renting Scaffolding for Your Commercial Building

by Eileen Jordan

If you own or manage a commercial building of any sort and need to make repairs inside or out, you might want to rent scaffolding for the job. Scaffolding is often safer than ladders, as it allows for room for workers to walk around freely and is less likely to tip or slide out from under someone while in use. When you are ready to rent scaffolding for any type of work, note a few factors to consider so you know you get the right piece and know what's involved in its rental.

Permits

Whether or not you need a permit for your scaffolding will depend on the regulations in your local area, so it can be good to ask the scaffolding hiring agency about this. Very often you'll need a permit if the scaffolding will touch or be erected over any public areas, such as a sidewalk. If you need to erect the scaffolding across a roadway or even a driveway of any sort, you may also need a permit. Don't assume that permits are not needed just because you'll be using the scaffolding to work on your own property, but ask about this requirement ahead of time; this will ensure you have permits in place before work begins.

Uneven ground

If you'll be using the scaffolding over uneven ground, be sure you opt for something with adjustable legs and that doesn't simply snap together, as you'll probably  need to lower or raise one side of the scaffolding to keep the platform even. However, not all scaffolding frames allow the legs to be moved this way. You might also ask the rental agency about how to keep the scaffolding in place; don't assume you should put down plywood under the scaffolding to create an even surface, as slick plywood might allow the scaffolding to roll when in use. The rental agency may have better suggestions for keeping the scaffolding secure when working on uneven ground.

Moving scaffolding

If you need to move scaffolding during your work, always opt for a unit with caster wheels. Never scrape or pull standard scaffolding along the ground, as this can tear up the material and cause damage. Remember that many pieces of scaffolding are made of lightweight aluminium so they're easy to assemble and disassemble, but dragging the scaffolding along concrete can then damage the piece itself; for interior scaffolding, this can also easily damage your floors and even carpeting. Always opt for caster wheels if you know you'll need to relocate the scaffolding while work progresses.

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