Baker’s Scaffolding – Why You NEED It
I felt the need to share my thoughts on some baker’s scaffolding I purchased back in December… mainly because, well it’s…
THE BEST BAKER’S SCAFFOLDING EVER.
I could be biased considering neither myself nor Mr. Stone Head have ever owned this type scaffolding. I actually bought it for him for his 2016 birthday present – but as of this post, I’ve been the one using it! It just so happened that since I bought the scaffolding for him, he hasn’t had the need for it. (Isn’t that always the way it goes?)
I didn’t even realize I had a need for the baker’s scaffolding until he asked why I wasn’t using it to spackle the 9′ ceilings in our current fixer upper. Truthfully, I forgot about the baker’s scaffolding and was content moving my ladder around 777 times a day to reach everything.
However, once I started using the baker’s scaffolding, I was hooked.
It was almost like an epiphany – why in the hell have I never purchased this relatively cheap piece of equipment before? And how did I not realize baker’s scaffolding makes spackling 77 times easier?
Anyway… the long story short is that I’ve discovered baker’s scaffolding and now I can’t un-discover it, stop using it or stop telling other people they need to be using it!
Here’s what I’ve discovered I love about the baker’s scaffolding…
It’s Easy to Move Around
The swivel castor wheels on the bottom of the scaffolding make it so easy to move around. When you find the spot you want you just flick the lock on each castor with your foot and it’s locked in placed. Then you basically do the same thing to unlock it and move it around again! It also rolls verrrrry smoothly (and don’t tell OSHA but it’s even easy to move around when someone’s on top of it!)
The Width is Perfect
My first and most favorite attribute I LOVE about this baker’s scaffolding is the width. It’s only about 29″ wide which means it can fit through most interior doorways. The platform is plenty wide enough so you don’t feel like you’re walking on a narrow plank, yet it can fit through door openings without having to be disassembled.
The platform can be moved up and down in increments of 2 inches which makes it perfect for all different kinds of ceiling heights and/or project heights. With one set of scaffolding you can adjust the platform anywhere from 27 inches to 71 inches. And if you have two sets you can go all the way to 11 feet!
And believe it or not the platform is easy enough for one person to move! It’s held in place by two spring loaded locking pins that are super easy to use. And with two people you could have the whole baker’s scaffolding torn down in under 3 minutes!
The baker’s scaffolding has a powder coated finish, making it perfect for use indoors and out. However, we’ve had all kinds of powder coated things in the past and when left outside for extended periods of time they’ve all rusted. So even though it’s rated for indoor and outdoor I’d still bring this scaffolding in at the end of the day or I’m sure it will eventually begin to peel and/or rust.
It Can Be Double Stacked….
Even though I didn’t purchase the extras required to stack the scaffolding, the option to do so weighed heavily on my decision to purchase this specific scaffolding. I like the fact that if we need to do 18′ foot ceilings we have the option to only purchase one more set of scaffolding and plop it right on top of the scaffolding I already bought!
…But Buy These Add Ons
I have yet to purchase anything but just the scaffolding, but another factor that weighed on my decision to purchase was whether or not I could stack two sets on top of each other. Turns out you can, which brings the platform to a heigh of 11 feet! However, they recommend if you’re going up higher than one set of scaffolding that you purchase “outriggers” which add more stability to support the taller scaffolding. They also suggest you purchase this nifty guardrail (ya know… so you don’t feel like you’re going to fall off when you’re up there.)
Lastly, it Can be Used for Many Things
The last point I’ll make is that the baker’s scaffolding doesn’t just have to be used for projects high up off the ground. I recently used it as work table (and I’m tall so I loved that I could adjust it to JUST the right height) when I didn’t feel like bending down to continually cut cardboard for a project.
I also read some reviews where people used the scaffolding as rolling storage in their garage or basement because it can hold up to 1000 pounds – a lot more than some standard shelving that you can’t roll.
So all in all I’m really happy with the purchase and if you’re on the fence about buying baker’s scaffolding I’d highly recommend jumping off and buying it! I think it’s sped up my spackling time by 20%… and I am the world’s slowest spackler!
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