Scaffolding Cost Estimating Tips

A tower type scaffold is usually described by it height and measure in a quantity of each.

Scaffolding erected adjacent to a wall is measured according by the square feet of wall it abuts. The two variables related to cast are the height of the scaffold and the time duration the scaffolding is needed/rented.

Scaffolding erected to fill a space is measure in cubic feet. Therefore if the scaffold sections are 5' high by 5' high spaced at 7' on center equals 175 cubic feet. In this case again the variables are the height and the duration of use.

The minimum efficient crew for erecting scaffolding is three workers, generally one on the bottom and two on the top. As height increases above five stories there are generally two men on the bottom and three men on top.

When estimating or ordering scaffolding it is necessary to include not only the scaffold section and cross bracing but also the leveling plates, guard rails, side arm brackets and planks.

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