Although ladders can be helpful, perhaps renting some scaffolding could be a better option if you need to work at height. Traditional extension ladder could possibly do the job, but it may be easier and safer when you’re standing on the platforms of scaffolding.
The tools that you should use for each job:
Job: Pressure Washing Your Siding
Tool: It is advised to stand on scaffolding when using a pressure washer to clean up siding. When the water is spraying, you will need strength and balance that is capable of holding the pressure of the water. If you are standing on a ladder, the pressure washer can make it slippery and unstable.
Job: Putting Up Christmas Lights
Tool: There’s certainly no harm in using scaffolding to put up your Christmas lights, but the fact that you need to move along the edge of your gutters (if that’s where you’re displaying the lights) makes this job a little easier with a ladder. Scaffolding will keep you stable for this task, but you’ll need to disassemble and set up the scaffolding sections multiple times to get the job done. Mobile scaffolding could suit but as long as you’re careful, a ladder is the way to go.
Job: Cleaning Your Gutters
Tool: Like putting up Christmas lights, cleaning your gutters is a job that will require you to move from one end of your home to the other. This makes this task easier with a ladder, given the ease with which you can climb down, slide the ladder along a few feet, and then climb back up. While you’ll need to be careful to avoid leaning too much to either side when you work, a ladder is ideal for this task if you have someone holding the base for you.
Job: Replacing A Window
Tool: If you are replacing one of the second-floor windows in your home, scaffolding will keep you safe while you work. Windows, even when they’re small, are very heavy. This means that climbing a ladder while attempting to hold onto a window is a bad idea. On scaffolding, you can set the window down beside you while you make any necessary adjustments, and then mount it in place with standing securely.
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