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# 138286 28-Dec-2013 15:21
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Have anyone rented, how are the prices like and do they provide 1 week or 2 week rentals and what happens if you just need it 1 or 2 more days? 

Plan to do some painting ...

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  # 958340 28-Dec-2013 16:01
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It is quite expensive to hire anything these days. I found it was cheaper to buy a scoffold as I needed it for a number of months. Something like this You can also always sell it afterwards. However it depends what you need it for and how long, and how high you need it to go. They are very handy to have too.

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  # 958417 28-Dec-2013 20:17
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What area are you in?



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  # 958457 28-Dec-2013 22:02
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DarthKermit: What area are you in?

Wellington.  Rather not buy, need it side of the house and the front which has a sloped down drive way but kinda flat near the garage door.  The height is 2 floor including the base to about 3 floors b/c the front of the house - the lounge has a pointed up roof. 

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  # 958490 29-Dec-2013 00:09
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For that job you probably need to get a scaffolding company. I doubt you'd be able to hire gear for that height to do a DIY job. It would need to be propped/tied back. If it was a commercial job, then the scaffolding would have to be installed by licensed scaffolders. Scaffold, planks etc would be delivered on a pretty large truck, and it's not trivial to set it all up.
You need a quote for scaffold erection/dismantling, and price for weekly hire. That's the normal way they quote.
Expect a cost of a few thousand $, and a few hundred $ per week, but impossible to guess beyond that.

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  # 958519 29-Dec-2013 08:52
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If it is 5m or less

And this is auckland but it has prices

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  # 958528 29-Dec-2013 09:23
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DarthKermit: What area are you in?

Wellington.  Rather not buy, need it side of the house and the front which has a sloped down drive way but kinda flat near the garage door.  The height is 2 floor including the base to about 3 floors b/c the front of the house - the lounge has a pointed up roof. 

Pay professionals. I wouldn't trust myself to erect scaffolding safe enough and stable to hold me.

I painted my house last year and bought a LONG ladder and got those additional, adjustable feet for it ("Black-Adders?). They also make the base wider and the ladder is much more stable. I also tied the ladder off - tightly - left and right - so it couldn't fall over sideways. But this requires re-tying every time you move the ladder. But then I reckoned if i couldn't be bothered with re-tying there was NO way I was going to be careful enough to work up on a scaffold.

I kept my chest in the centre of the ladder and if i couldn't reach - whatever - then I moved the ladder. You also want to be careful putting anything on soil. It can sink or slip. I had thought of a sort of "cleet" arrangement where I bang about 15 long (75mm?) mails through a piece 15mm plywood (a square about 15cm on a side) that would be a "footer"....and then tack some very gritty sheets to the top side...and put the ladder feet on those. The nails grip the soil (I hoped), the wider plywood square prevents sinking in (mostly) and the grit on the top side holds the foot of the ladder better. Or just secure it to the feet of the ladder VERY firmly....

But really....the safest way is to get someone else to do it. If it goes wrong it can literally ruin your life.

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  # 958538 29-Dec-2013 10:27
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If you have a flat starting point (the driveway), another option is a cherry picker.

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  # 958831 29-Dec-2013 22:14
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Commercial pipe scaffolding is not that expensive to hire, but there is a significant cost involved because it is quite labour intensive to erect and dismantle.  We had a scaffold to do one side of our house about 12m long and it cost about $1000 for 8 weeks.  The scaffold has some significant advantages over a ladder in that you can be far more productive when working on a safe, steady platform - i.e. you can do a proper job of stripping, sanding, preparing and painting.

I have found a ladder to be really hard work on a high wall.  You need to move it often, it is difficult to do the job properly because you are busy holding on with one hand, and the rungs are really hard on your feet after a while.  The large aluminium extension ladders are heavy and awkward to move.

I have previously built scaffolds from 100x50 timber with coach bolts, but as I get older, I have been less keen to use something that is a little rickety.

I have since purchased some pipe type scaffold to paint the rest of the house.  I purchased enough pipe and clamps to do a length of about 4 bays @ 2.4m = 9.6m length, and it will do up to 2 stories high.  Cost of pipe and fittings purchased new was about $1500 ($1000 for pipe and $500 for clamps).  But, if you do this, you need to be prepared to put some effort into erecting it and also to understand a little about frames, braces etc - there are some guides available on the website - Best Practice Guideline for Scaffolding.

You also need planks, and this would be extra cost if you don't have them.  The commercial scaffolding companies will supply a full set of planks, so you will commonly get 3 planks wide - about 690mm to stand on which makes a great working platform.

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