Monday, June 29, 2009

I Wish I Were Taller

If I were ten feet tall it would be perfect. As it is, I come in at a relatively shrimpy six foot four. If I were ten feet tall I could plaster the ceiling without needing a ladder or scaffolding. When I did the kitchen several years back I used a ladder and it was very hard. Lots of up and down, not only to reload the trowel, but also just to work the plaster.

The ladder in question is an old wooden ladder – one of 2 ladders that came with the house. I found that I could straddle the ladder with one foot on the back-side brace and one foot on the 4th rung and the height was perfect for working on the ceiling.



I have spent countless hours on this ladder standing just like that. It worked, but like I said, lots of up and down. Now, I’m going to be working on the dining room which has the largest surface area of any room to date. Not only that, but next will come the foyer and then the 2 parlors, which are even bigger than he dining room. I needed something else.

I could rent a section or 2 of scaffolding, but that would put me too high. I need to be just three and a half feet higher. The ceilings are ten and a half feet so having my head at ten feet is perfect. So I decided to make my own scaffolding.



For about $60 worth of lumber, fasteners, and casters I get a 4X8 foot platform that is the perfect height and can roll around the room. This should work well, not only for the ceiling but for any part of the wall over 7-feet heigh. I’m actually looking forward to doing the plaster work now. Of course, I still need the trusty ladder to get up on the platform, but once I get myself and a big batch of plaster up there I won’t need to come down for a while.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Seems like a good solution! Sometimes you just need to MAKE what you need.

Jayne said...

Great idea! And much easier and safer than straddling that ladder.

Zwarte Diamant said...

Great idea.

Jodi said...

Great idea!

Have you ever tried those stilts that professionals wear? I have always been curious as to how hard those would be.

Most of our ceilings have been lowered so they are fairly easy to reach. (And we haven't built up the courage to rip them out just yet.)

Greg said...

You know, I thought about those stilts that the pros use, and the thought was - I'll probably break my neck. ;-)

Green Fairy said...

I wish I was six-foot-four; at a puny five-foot-two, nothing is in my reach, not even our kitchen cabinets. :-)

Derek said...

you could add some rungs to the one end of the scaffolding, then you wouldn't need a ladder.

purejuice said...

you and michelangelo.

NV said...

I'm in the same boat with the Green Fairy! I have to climb on store shelves to reach the top. :-)