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A look at scaffolding you can rent. Describes the basic units available and gives tips on how to determine what you need.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1977 (v.55#6) pg. 174

How to use ladders and scaffolding safely.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #238 Apr 1983 (v.33#4) pg. 42

Stair work platform for cleaning, painting, etc. in tall stairwells.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #267 Mar 1986 (v.36#3) pg. 14

Reaching high places safely. Tips on selecting and using extension ladders and scaffolds.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #385 Feb 1998 (v.48#2) pg. 24

How to build a stair platform for use when repairing or painting a staircase or stairwell.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #1 Feb-Mar 1981 pg. 17

Tip: Use this toe-board and roof-stair system when working on steep roofs. Used when building a dormer on a 12:12 roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #8 Apr-May 1982 pg. 12

Scaffold of modest height utilizes scaffold jacks made from 2x4s and plywood. They are supported with 2x4 braces and bridged with 2x12 planks.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #18 Dec 1983-Jan 1984 pg. 14
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 4

Freestanding scaffolding is attached to rafter tails. Built mostly of 2x4 stock.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #35 Oct-Nov 1986 pg. 14

Scaffolding. The safe use of a variety of commercial and shop built scaffolds is discussed.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #36 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 34
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #40 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 6

Shop-built brackets (triangular frames) are bolted to the outside wall of a house under construction and used to support 2x planking. More useful that scaffolding when installing rafters, trusses, eaves, soffits, roofing, etc.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #57 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 28

Portable bench/stepstool uses 5-gal. plastic buckets as the feet.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #58 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 26

Site-built 24-ft. staging plank is made from 2x8 stock and plywood. Est. cost: $40.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #95 Apr-May 1995 pg. 30

Pole-and-wire joinery. A quick way to build a temporary shelter by lashing poles together into a scaffolding that can support a roof.
FINE WOODWORKING #29 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 74

A look at tools that make painting easier: (1) paint pads, (2) paint spraying equipment, (3) ladders and scaffolding.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1978 (v.3#4) pg. 101

All about how to use ladders and scaffolding to make painting the outside of your house easier. Covers handling a ladder, erecting a ladder, the use of ladder jacks and when you need scaffolding., Includes instructions for making your own ladder jacks.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1978 (v.3#4) pg. 104

A seven-ft. high, collapsible "saw horse" is similar to a wide stepladder, but serves the function of a scaffold. Built from 2x4's.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #472 Sep 1967 (v.63) pg. 130

Tip: Simple scaffold system for use when working on a roof.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #107 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 22

How to construct and use adjustable roof brackets (chimney scaffold) to provide a level surface when working on pitched roofs.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1982 (v.10#1) pg. 13

How to strip paint from ceiling beams using a heat plate and heat gun. Includes a tip for building a scaffolding with an armrest.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1985 (v.13#4) pg. 78

A scaffolding primer. Basic guidelines on the use of welded tubular-frame scaffolds.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1985 (v.13#6) pg. 117

Reaching high places using ladders and scaffolds indoors. Includes safety tips.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 290

Low-cost painting scaffold is fabricated from white pine poles and 2x6 lumber.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1990 (v.18#5) pg. 22

Adjustable, multi-function table enables a person to work on high ceilings without using a stepladder.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1993 (v.21#1) pg. 14

Survival guide. The best advice from 20 years of OHJ. (1) Where to begin a renovation. (2) Cleaning tips. (3) Saving old plaster. (4) Basic tools. (5) Do-it-yourself scaffolds. (6) Wood floor care and repair. (7) Stripping paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. Insert

Mobile scaffold makes housepainting easier and safer.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1968 (v.130#2) pg. 164

How to rent and work from scaffolding.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1974 (v.141#6) pg. 103

How to build scaffolding for painting your house.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1979 (v.151#5) pg. 139

Tips on using the "pump jack" scaffolding system.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1994 (v.171#7) pg. 78

Foothold platform for working on sloped roof.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1964 (v.185#2) pg. 133

Scaffolds for house painting and repairs are safer than ladders.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1964 (v.185#3) pg. 130

Adjustable platform which will fit any roof has holes in it to hold a hammer and nails, plus enough surface to hold a pile of shingles. Useful when making roof repairs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1976 (v.208#4) pg. 60

Free-standing A-frames can hold scaffolding, brace a boat hull, etc.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 83

Creative and practical uses for empty 5-gallon buckets. (1) Low scaffold. (2) Hose and garden tool storage. (3) No-tangle extension cord holder.
SUNSET Mar 1995 (v.194#3) pg. 114

Advice on the safest way to set up a ladder-and-plank to reach tall walls and high ceilings in a stairwell.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #811 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 (v.92) pg. 20
Added Info TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #815 May 1997 (v.93) pg. 90

Roll-around scaffold folds for easy storage. A pair of home-built ladders connected with "X" braces and supporting a 16" wide work plank makes many chores (painting, cleaning gutters, etc.) easier.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1981 (v.37#2) pg. 16