I need some scaffolding. I need to get 16' or so in the air to put a
ceiling fan on a beam, and to install gutters. I would need a total of six
end pieces and eight x braces. And some boards.
Approximately what does this stuff sell for used?
Depends on how used it is, which duty version it is and whether you get
the good Alumaplanks. Call around to your area ladder and scaffold
places to see what they might have available. Availability used is
variable, usually better after some area giant construction rental use
is over and they have too much to just keep in the rental inventory.
I got the light duty version which is plenty for any normal use, 6' high
x 4' wide end frames (8), the 7' cross braces (16), leveling feet (8),
7' Alumaplanks (4) and guardrail posts / rails for one 4' x 7' platform
for somewhere under $1k used. I added a set of the scaffold casters
later for another $100 or so.
It's incredibly useful stuff. I've used it for:
- Video production camera platforms
- Event PA speaker platforms
- Rigging stage lighting
- Gutter and roofing work
- Wrapped in tarps for a weather enclosure over a well head for mid
winter pump replacement
- Strapped down in the bed of my pickup for tree trimming around the
- One level strapped into the back of the pickup as a temporary ladder
rack to move a 32' extension ladder
- As a lifting gantry to hoist my china cabinet onto it's base
- Reworking / replacing suspended ceiling at a store
- As a stepped workbench to setup an aluminum anodizing line (buckets on
lower plank, power supply, timer, etc. on upper)
- As shelving in my shop, straddling two palettes, with a bunch of
Rubbermaid tubs stacked on the scaffolding
Be sure to put the gutters on the outside and the fan on the inside.
Unless you live south of the equator.
I have no idea, but unless the guy died or went out of business, or
came up with a better way, they're going to be selling only the worst
stuff they have. So check every weld for even small cracks. Maybe
this will give you an excuse to buy a welder.
And if he did die, the heirs will probably sell everything, not
knowing what is in great shape and what is cracking.
I don't think that about everything.
But scaffolding has inherent risks that a lawn sprinkler doesn't have.
Certainly possible, and I'm glad you brought it up.
OTOH, be careful when people say things like that. If true, they have
only had the stuff for a short while and may not have noticed its
weaknesses. And it can be false, and then it's a story some people
use when they want to put as much distance as possible from their
knowing what shape the things they are selling are in.
That's all I buy. One car I bought from the owner's father, he said.
He said his son had been transferred to Kansas and didn't need a car
there. Say what? I think he should have said that he couldn't
afford a car that got such bad gas mileage in a big state where he
would have to do a lot of driving.
Another car I bought was registered to a rent-a-car company, I learned
later. Maybe that was why he went to the trouble of transferring the
title for me, so that I wouldn't see who the previous owner was until
the sale was TOTALLY completed. Actually, I think it's probably a
combination of what he said and what he didn't say. I think he got
incorporated as a rent-a-car company but the car I bought was only
used by his girlfriend (at least in recent months or years), and
probably not treated as badly as a real rent-a-car. He told me that
he owned but she drove it. And when I called her to see if she still
had the owners manual, she said she'd look for it. This was a week
after the sale, so no need to lie and I think she was telling the
I was still satisfied with each car because I don't cry over spilled
milk, and overall both cars were fine, and I assume I might have to
put 2000 dollars or more into repairing any car I buy. I had one opf
these two for over 100K and any problems the other had had nothing to
do with who drove it or how. But the owners were still misleading.
BTW, they volunteered the stuff I say they said. I ask sellers either
few or no questions because I don't want to put them in an awkward
position and possibly make liars out of them, and before I buy it or
not I don't want to be confused by statements that might be true but
might be false, and after I buy it, I don't be angry at the seller for
having lied to me.
If this is a one time set of projects, rental may be a better choice. The
stuff rents by the day, week or month. Where 2.5 days is about the same as
a week and 2.5 weeks is about the same as a month. If you can haul it, you
save big on the delivery fee.
I was looking on Craig's list the other night to try and figure out what I
might be able to sell mine for. It ain't cheap even when it is well used.
BTW, mine is not for sale.
If you want some rough concept of what it is selling for do a search on
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