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DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

DAMAGE SCAFFOLDING

 

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Damage scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse.

If a person does not know how to use something like upright aluminum scaffolding they will wind up misusing it and in turn damaging the scaffolding. The pictures below reflects this abuse. The damage to these parts were the result of someone not knowing how to use the scaffolding properly.

Safety clip damage. They ripped between the locking hole and retaining hole
Tour between the locking pin hole and the holding position hole

 

HOW TO PREVENT DAMAGE:

Read the scaffolding manual. It will tell you how to use the scaffolding properly. How to set it up properly and tear it down. The instruction manual will talk about scaffolding maintenance. Now taking 10 minutes to read this will save you a lot of money. Train your people on the proper use of the scaffolding. This will prevent damage due to not understanding how to properly set up and tear down scaffolding. Understanding how to use the scaffolding would prevent the above damage.

 

CONCLUSION:

We all spend a lot of money on scaffolding so take the time to read the instruction manual. 10 minutes of time can save you hundreds of dollars. Damaged scaffolding starts with abuse. Abuse equals misuse. So take some time to train your people on the property use of your scaffolding.

If you have any questions you can give us a call at 707.799.8902 or email me at Joe@uprightsna.com.

 

As we like to say at Upright Scaffolds North America, if you need to get up get upright at Upright Scaffolds North America

COUPLER

COUPLER

COUPLER

I am going to present one COUPLER. Which  can be used as a right angle COUPLER, in-line COUPLER or a swivel COUPLER.  You can do this just by adding or removing a roll pin.

WHAT IS A COUPLER?
A Coupler is a device that joins (couples) tubing together by griping around the tubing.  The type of Coupler we are going to discuss works with 2” O.D. Aluminum Scaffolding and tubing. Most Couplers come either as a right angle Coupler, in-line Coupler or swivel Coupler.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF COUPLERS:
There are three types of couplers, the right angle Coupler, In-line Coupler and the swivel Coupler. If you wanted to join two pieces of aluminum tubing at right angles you would have to buy a right angle Coupler and the same if you wanted to join two pieces of tubing parallel to each other you would buy an in-line Coupler and the same for a swivel Coupler.

ONE COUPLER THAT DOES WHAT THREE COUPLERS DO:
This is what I call a Universal Coupler. It can be configured as a swivel Coupler, a right angle Coupler and an in-line Coupler by just adding a roll pin in the proper hole for right angle Coupler setting or in-line Coupler setting. To use as a swivel Coupler you just remove the pin and the two halves swivel.

CAUTION:
Most Aluminum Scaffolding uses thin wall tubing .058 wall thickness. That is the reason for the wing nut for tightening. If you use a wrench to tighten the coupler DO NOT over tighten or you may crimp the Aluminum Scaffolding tubing.

— USES:
Have you ever had a job that you cannot access with an Aerial Work Platform or with your standard Aluminum Scaffolding?

What you need is a special Access Work Platform.

You might need to have a special Access Work Platform built which would most likely use Couplers or you might be able to use your existing Aluminum Scaffolding with just the purchase of some Universal Couplers, some heavy wall Aluminum tubing and maybe some extra frames.

The NASA AMES 40 by 80 wind tunnel use standard Double Wide Aluminum Frames with 10’ platforms and bracing along with swivel and right angle Couplers to span completely around the 40’ turbine engine.

There were a lot of swivel couplers used on this project 40 x 80 wind tunnel at NASA Ames

The Tibetan Gallery was just a standard six foot Aluminum Scaffolding Tower with a platform height of 17’ 6” and no outriggers. The Aluminum Scaffolding Tower was supported by special made brackets mounted to the wall and tubing with just the Universal Coupler used in its right angle and swivel Coupler settings.

CONCLUSION:
When the Aerial Work Platform does not work take a look at using your existing Aluminum Scaffolding and either renting or buying the extra scaffolding pieces and Couplers to access the job.

UPRIGHT SCAFFOLD NORTH AMERICA would like to thank you for taking the time to read this article and to remind you

“If you ever need to get  up, get  up right with UpRight Scaffold North America”.

 

Coupler

Coupler
Coupler

 

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Aluminum Scaffolding, Short Pin Interlock Clips

Short pin interlock clips what are they used for?Short pin interlock clips are used on your aluminum scaffolding to hold the frames together. Short pin interlock clips are easy to use and field replaceable if lost.

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How to use your short pin interlock clips:

There are two holes at the top of each frame. The bottom hole is used to hold the interlock clip while not in use. The top hole is used to connect the two frames together with the short pin interlock clip. You will notice on the short pin interlock clip that there is a positioning line. This line should be at the bottom of the short pin interlock clip when positioning it in the top hole or bottom hole. If the positioning line is at the top of the short pin interlock clip, the clip will not be able to fit into top hole. This is due to the pin being offset making a clearance issue between the short pin interlock clip and the bushing of the scaffolding frame.

The short pin interlock clip is made to stay on:

The short pin interlock clip is made of sprung steel. The reason for this is for the ability to pull the clip apart a bit and slide it down into the bottom hole or up into the top hole without having to pull it off the scaffolding. This is why the ends of the short pin interlock clip are bent inwards. This gives you a place to grab when pulling the pin apart as well as preventing it from coming off the scaffolding frame.

Conclusion:

Short pin interlock clips are used on your aluminum scaffolding to hold the frames together. Always use short pin interlock clips that are made for your brand of aluminum scaffolding. Do not use other items to hold your frames together for example nails, screws, miscellanies metals, etc.

As always thank you for reading our blog and

If you need to get up, Get up right with UpRight Scaffolds North America.

 

Tutorial On Short Pin Interlock Clips

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Aluminum Scaffolding #misused

Aluminum Scaffolding #misused

Aluminum scaffolding #misused

 

 

Aluminum scaffolding #misused shows a series of pictures with descriptions of misuse. If any of your scaffold looks like the aluminum scaffolding #misused please give us a call at 707 – 799 – 8902 ask for Joe foot.

Aluminum scaffolding #misused BROKEN BRAKE LEVER. CUSTOMER WIRED BREAK LEVER UP MEANING NO BREAKING
Aluminum scaffold #misused BROKEN BRAKE LEVER. CUSTOMER WIRED BREAK LEVER UP MEANING NO BREAKING
Aluminum scaffolding #misused BROKEN ADJUSTABLE LEG. CUSTOMER WIRED ADJUSTABLE LEG TEETH.
Aluminum scaffold #misused BROKEN ADJUSTABLE LEG. CUSTOMER WIRED ADJUSTABLE LEG TEETH.
Aluminum scaffolding #misused CUSTOMER LOST SET SCREW TO ADJUSTABLE LEG AND WIRED IT ON. FIX GET A NEW SET SCREW
Aluminum scaffold #misused CUSTOMER LOST SET SCREW TO ADJUSTABLE LEG AND WIRED IT ON. FIX GET A NEW SET SCREW
Aluminum scaffolding #misused PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL ARE MISSING AND DAMAGE. FIXED IN THE FIELD WITH NEW RAIL AND HOOK
Aluminum scaffold #misused PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL ARE MISSING AND DAMAGE. FIXED IN THE FIELD WITH NEW RAIL AND HOOK
BROKEN PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL. FIX REPLACE RAIL AND HOOK.
BROKEN PLATFORM HOOK AND RAIL. FIX REPLACE RAIL AND HOOK.

 

Your scaffolding needs to be Inspected answer before use. These are some of the aluminum scaffolding #misused items you need to look for. Scaffold needs to be checked before use completely. Remember it’s your body and your life that is going to be off the ground.

There are ways to fixture your aluminum scaffold #misused scaffold parts. You can modify frames, replace interlock clips, clean casters out, replace plywood on platforms as well as fixing or modifying many other items on your scaffolding. If you have any questions just take a picture and email it to Joe@uprightsna.com. Include your contact information and I will get back to you with an answer.

I hope you’ve enjoyed aluminum scaffold #missed used showing the series of pictures with descriptions of misuse. We are always there for you so please give us a call.

As always, “if you need to get up, get upright with Upright Scaffold North America.”

 

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ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING TAIL STAND #EMB120

ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING TAIL STAND #EMB120

                      ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING TAIL STAND #EMB120      

 

INTRODUCTION:
This article is going to show the Aluminum Scaffolding Tail Stand #EMB120. The Aluminum Scaffolding Tail Stand # EMB120  accesses an area of the aircraft called the empennage. The Aluminum Scaffolding Tail Stand #EMB120 helps the crew access all parts of the empennage to do what is call an “A” check.  There are four levels of aircraft checks and they are A, B, C and D checks. The TAIL STAND FOR THE #EMB120 covers the vertical and horizontal stabilizers and the APU (auxiliary power unit). This check is like you taking your car in for its 10,000 mile check.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCESS STAND:

The Aluminum Scaffolding Tail Stand #EMB120  needed to be light weight, portable and durable. The customer wanted to access the whole empennage without having to move the access stand or a platform lift. A platform lift like a scissors or boom lift would need to be move to all the different locations and if they are not set up with a wand that stick out 3 or so inches around the platform that shuts the platform lifts down if they get to close; then is when things could get expensive. They access platform was required to be moved by the mechanics and not a tug.

This was a perfect application for portable aluminum scaffolding. We used as much standard equipment as possible and then made the custom parts and here it is.

 ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING TAIL STAND #EMB120 this shows a 6 foot cantilever platform added to the existing structure
ALUMINUM SCAFFOLDING TAIL STAND #EMB120 this shows a 6 foot cantilever platform added to the existing structure

ACCESS STANDS NEED WORK TO:

This stand has been in service for over 20 years. I should know, I sold it and assembled it when I worked for UpRight Scaffold in Selma, Ca. After all that time the casters wore out and the customer had other access requirements so UpRight Scaffold North America was called in to meet their requirement needs.

CONCLUSION:

The Aluminum Scaffolding Tail Stand  #EMB120 Is tough, durable and light weight For easy and careful positioning around the aircraft. Please follow up on next blog and from all of us here at UpRight Scaffold North America, “if you ever need to get up get UpRight with UpRight Scaffold North America.”

 

Aeriel Work Platforms CASTERS IN DETAIL

Aeriel Work Platforms

CASTERS IN DETAIL

Today’s work platforms, be it Platform Lifts, Aerial Work Platforms or Scaffolding and when I say scaffolding I’m talking about Aluminum Scaffolding. Now steel Scaffold uses it as well but not as often, the reason is that steel Scaffolding for the most part is stationary. What am I talking about? Well at the bottom of every Platform Lift, Aerial Work Platform or Aluminum Scaffolding there is something they both have in common and that is Non Marking Wheels. Throughout the years and many customer complaints all Aerial Work Platforms went to the non marking tires for the simple reason not to mark up the customers floors.

This brings me back now to the Scaffolding aspect of this Blog and that is to show you the non-marking caster. Below I am going to break down the caster and show you the different features it possess along with pictures to represent what I am explaining.

Caster Sizes

The Aluminum Scaffolding Casters comes in two sizes 5” and 8” (picture shows a 5” caster). The reason for the two different sizes is simple; the 5” caster is used primarily in doors because it gives the base section of either the single wide or double wide scaffolding a height of 6’ 6” just low enough to go under a standard doorway.  The 8” caster is used mostly in open areas or outdoors. The larger caster gives you the ability to roll over cords and small pebbles that are often found in those work environments.

ALuminum Scaffolding
The 5.5″ caster is the most commonly used caster in industry and construction.

Caster Stem & Installing Caster

Next is the stem of the caster that has a detente pin that gets depressed when shoved into the adjustable leg of your scaffolding. There are two ways to install the caster. One turn the end frame upside down with the adjustable leg facing up and put the stem of the caster into the adjustable scaffolding leg and pull straight down on the caster while slightly moving it back and forth and it will go in. It is not easy and we don’t want it to be so is the reason for the tight stem fit and the detente pin. Because the caster is tough to install there was invented another way of putting it into the adjustable leg and that is to turn the scaffolding frame on its side and put the stem of the caster in on the horizontal plan and hit the bottom of the caster with a rubber mallet or sand filled one. If you need to use a regular hammer put a piece of wood between the hammer and the caster wheel this will protect the non-marking wheel from damage.

5" Caster STEM WITH DETENTE PIN
5″ Caster STEM WITH DETENTE PIN

Caster Braking Mechanism

The braking mechanism has two positions, on or off. When the braking lever is pointing up it is in the unlock position. Notice in the picture how the hub of the caster is off set from the vertical member of the caster stem which is put into the bottom of the scaffolding frame. This gives the caster the ease of casting and swiveling when turning. This off set hub also prevents the wobbling you get when the hub is in line with the vertical member. A good example is when you push a shopping cart fast the front caster wobbles from side to side.

CASTER BRAKE IS IN THE OFF POSITION
CASTER BRAKE IS IN THE OFF POSITION

When the brake is put on you need to push it all the way down till you feel it click. You will see in the picture that the hub is now off center of the vertical caster stem just slightly in the opposite direction. So the more weight you put on the scaffold the more that wheel wants to be pushed back into the braking systems.  As I tried to show in the picture the aggressive looking metal teeth that come into contact with the none marking wheel when it is move back under the vertical member of the scaffolding and then the hub or center of the wheel going just past the center of the vertical member and into the metal teeth which stop the rolling of the wheel. At the same time the wheel is going back another set of teeth come up and make contact with a set of teeth that are connected to the swivel portion of the caster as shown in the attached photo. This stops the swivel action of the caster. At this point your scaffolding may flex as you climb it but it will not move side to side or front to back at the base.

Aeriel Work Platforms
CASTER ON POSITION
Aeriel Work Platforms
CASTER TEETH — USED TO BRAKE AND STOP SWIVEL

 

 

Aeriel Work Platforms
CASTER TEETH

These casters are field replaceable if lost, stolen or damaged. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.

Again be safe and remember “if you need to get it up, get it up with UpRight Scaffold North America”

Contact Joe Foot @ joe@uprightsna.com or call 707-799-8902

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Aluminum Scaffolding Fixed in Field

               

Aluminum Scaffolding Fixed in Field

How many times have you broken a tool in the field and had to either stop what you were doing to go to town and either buy a new one or take it to someone that can fix the item. I think we all have been there at one point in time. The components of the Aluminum Scaffolding that get the most use and wear and tear on the job site are repairable in the field. For this you will need the spare part with you for immediate repair but you won’t have to tear the Aluminum Scaffolding unit down and take it to town. You will be able to fix it in the field or replace the broken part in the field.

The casters, platforms, adjustable legs and leg lock assembly on your aluminum scaffolding can all be replaced or repaired in the field. These Aluminum scaffolding components get the most use. Next are the Aluminum scaffolding end frames, guard rail frames, braces, toe boards, bushings and both long pin and short pin interlock clips. These items are not fixable in the field but are defiantly field replaceable. Some of the Aluminum scaffolding items can be salvaged and even bring you money to defer the cost of that broken Aluminum scaffold part.  If you damage a frame on the last upper rung down to where the next rung comes across just cut that part off at the top of the tee joint. Now you have yourself a short Aluminum scaffolding frame which can come in very handy. If for example you had a 6’9” extension frame and damaged the top section of the frame just cut that top section off. You now have a 5’6” Aluminum extension frame. Don’t throw that damaged Aluminum scaffolding part away keep it and recycle it for cash. Now you can go buy some beers with that new found money and recycle those cans as well. If you damage the whole Aluminum scaffolding frame take out the bushings and interlock clips and keep them for when you might need them and recycle the aluminum scaffolding frame for cash.

Aluminum Scaffolding Aluminum Scaffolding

The platforms standard and hatch door are designed so you can replace whatever section might be broken. You can replace the hooks, side and end rails, hatch door and the wood all in the field.

Aluminum Scaffolding platformhook

The leg lock assembly is also field replaceable by just taking out the Aluminum leg and the set screw on the side of the leg lock assembly and sliding the leg lock off the Aluminum base frame. If you damage a base frame salvage the adjustable leg, leg lock assembly and short pin inter lock clips. Then what do you do with the Aluminum scaffolding frame? You recycle your old aluminum scaffolding frames and offset your cost on replacement parts.

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If you own aluminum scaffolding and want me to come by and look at it from a safety aspect regarding what pieces you should recycle and what pieces can be repaired as well as what you should salvage from the damage Aluminum scaffold sections just email me @ www.joe@uprightsna.com or call 707-799-8902 (I am only able to visit companies in my geographical area. Because of computers and camera phones were able to do a lot without visiting your site.) When I inspect your Aluminum Scaffolding I create two areas, one is for what is good and you keep and the other area is for what should be scrapped / recycled. I then will work with your people to strip the scaffold sections of salvageable parts and make a list of what needs to be replaced. If you would like a quote on the Aluminum scaffolding replacement parts I will put one together for you to turn into your insurance agent and or place an order for some or all the broken parts so you can put your damage Aluminum scaffolding back to work for you.

That’s enough for now I will do a part 2 on “Aluminum scaffolding fixed In field” and we will cover outriggers, High Clearance platforms and toe boards.

 

As we say at UpRight Scaffold North America “If you need to get up; get up right with upright scaffold North America.”