How to Make 2 Extension Ladders a Scaffold

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The easiest and simplest way to make scaffolding is with two multipurpose extension ladders.
The easiest and simplest way to make scaffolding is with two multipurpose extension ladders. (Image: builder on ladder image by Cherry-Merry from Fotolia.com)

Painting or repairing a high wall may be impossible without using a scaffold. Moving a single extension ladder from location to location is time consuming, tedious and unsafe. When working on a high structure such as walls, ceilings, windows and siding, it's best to build scaffolding. The easiest and simplest way to make scaffolding is with two multipurpose extension ladders and a wooden board. This saves you time and energy, and makes the work environment safer.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 multipurpose extension ladders
  • 8- to 12-foot wooden board

Adjust both multipurpose extension ladders so they form an "A." This allows you to slide the board between the rungs.

Place the multipurpose extension ladders 8 to 12 feet apart from each other, depending upon the size of the board. The ladder rungs should face each other.

Test the strength of your board by placing each end on a low rung on each ladder so the board is level. Walk across the board slowly. It should bow slightly. If you hear cracking sounds you need a thicker board.

Determine the height for the scaffolding and slide the ends of the board between the appropriate rungs on each ladder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a third multipurpose extension ladder for additional support in the middle of the wooden board.
  • Test your scaffolding before adjusting it to actual height. If the board breaks, serious injury can occur.

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