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Independent Scaffold – Similar to a putlog scaffold, the putlogs tubes are replaced with 5ft tubes and an inside row of standards, along with ledgers are used to support the 5ft transom tubes. If the scaffold is for access to a work level then the inside standards should be placed close to the building, if the scaffold is for bricklayers then the inside standards should be set 12” away from the work surface, this allows an inside board to be placed between the inside standard and the work face, these boards help prevent mortar dropping down and collecting on brickwork. This scaffold can be either five boards wide, on the main run or four boards and an inside board.  
 

The scaffold should be tied into the building at approx every other lift and every 20ft if at all possible, double couplers should be used for connecting ties, if no suitable reveals etc are available then Hilti Rings can be used.

All standards should be plumb and ledgers should be level, ledger joints should be staggered up the scaffold, diagonal bracing on the scaffold face should be used, a handrail is placed on each working lift, brick guards and toe boards are then added, as with all scaffolding, safety is most important and only a fully competent person should erect scaffolding.

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Putlog Scaffold
Where a scaffold is physically tied into the brickwork using putlogs or tubes with putlog adaptors, not suitable if the workface is to be rendered or clad as tubes remain in the wall until completion.

A slot is left between two bricks and the putlogs are located in this. The bricklayer will have left putlog holes every 4 – 5 ft, there should also be double holes left to allow for board joints say every 13 ft. Once the scaffold is dismantled the holes should be made good with mortar, below are brief instructions on how to erect a putlog scaffold.

The scaffold should be erected on firm ground, base plates should rest on sole pads. To start erection first place a standard at each end or corner, other standards should be placed along this line at intervals of 6ft / 8ft dependent on loading requirements, these standards should be approx 4ft 3” away from the workface. The standards are then joined together with ledger tubes, these are fitted using double couplers, they should be fixed at the required lift / platform height, this will also need to be the height of the putlog hole left in the brickwork. The length of the ledger tubes can be increased by joining tubes together using sleeve couplers, the putlog tubes are then located into the slot in the brickwork and the other end fastened to the ledger tube using a putlog or single coupler. If there is not a hole where you need one then as the mortar will be recent it should be no problem to “rake” out a hole when and where required.

Please remember that scaffold boards need to be supported every 4 / 5ft and all board joints should be supported at both ends.

When you come to an opening like a widow or doorway a ledger tube, or bridle tube, needs to be used on the inside of the scaffold. This is linked between putlog tubes and enables other putlog tubes to be fitted where no slots are possible, these tubes should be fitted using double couplers.

All standards should be plumb and ledgers should be level, ledger joints should be staggered up the scaffold, diagonal bracing on the scaffold face should be used, a handrail is placed on each working lift, brick guards and toe boards are then added As with all scaffolding, safety is most important and only a fully competent person should erect scaffolding.

The advantage of a Putlog Scaffold is that less materials are used as there are no inside standards or ledgers. The disadvantage is that if the ground dries out and shrinks slightly, or a heavy load is placed on the scaffold then as the standards and ledgers drop they lever the brickwork apart!

We would recommend only experienced people should use this type of scaffold as disaster could be just round the corner!


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