We were faced with the challenge of accessing 30-foot walls for an exterior restoration of a seacoast village home built in the late 1800s. The daredevil method would have been to to use pump jacks on the first two floors and stand in the wood gutters to access the mansard roof. But to increase efficiency and ensure safety on projects like this one, we have been using pipe staging.


From file "062_rms" entitled "FieldNotes3.qxd" page 01
From file "062_rms" entitled "FieldNotes3.qxd" page 01

p>We had some of the equipment, but for this job we invested in three sets of stairs and additional frames. The stairs were necessary because of the up and down trips we would have to make at four different levels to complete the 150 foot perimeter of this house. We set a continuous and level pipe frame on the east and west sides, overhanging the south and north ends by 4 feet. We built four full sections on each side, with stairs on the east side where we had street access. On the south side, we erected a single center tower, also four sections high. We were then able to plank the perimeter on the east, south, and west sides by using a combination of 2x4s and metal pipe for guard rails at 42 inches and at the mid-span.

For the north façade, which was interrupted by a porch on the first floor and a bay window on the second, we spanned 28 feet with a 20-inch aluminum staging plank. Guard rails were attached to this deck using 24-inch threaded rod and attaching 2x4s through the supporting aluminum rungs.

This scaffolding set us up to efficiently strip the upper roof, the mansard roof, and the siding on the first and second floors, including all the deteriorated trim. We had a five-plank-wide work surface, which enabled us to set up chop and table saws to replicate the original trim. After the dormer trim, replacement windows, and copper roofs were complete, we applied cedar shingles over cedar breather and 30-pound felt. The painters also had safe and comfortable work surfaces to complete their painting.