Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Working at Heights!

For some time now we have listened to the rattling of a loose slate which acts as a trim on the face of the gable above our bedroom window; Height 7 metres...

It's one of those noises which, when it isn't happening you lie awake listening for it to start.

Colin has repaired it in the past, leaning out of the bedroom window with a hammer attached to an extending prop, whilst I stood out in the garden shouting instructions... left a bit.. no, sorry, right a bit .... hit it!

The recent winds have done their worst. So....  In order to carry out the repair safely and following comments from Colin's business partner Peter on his previous Health and Safety practices...

We have purchased a NIMBUS 500; a scaffold tower extending to a working height of 6.8m... which is not for the faint-hearted!


By Sunday afternoon, Colin had assembled the basic tower - on its side - and had wheeled it into place ready for us to up-end it into position..

That's when we found out just how heavy the combined weight of the tower and its two platforms is. The only way we were going to be able to raise it was by temporarily removing the platforms. This done, we managed to right the tower and reassemble the platforms.

The rest was down to Colin....


Job done! The slate siliconed and secured, he could stand back and admire the view...


Rather him than me! It's a lot higher up than you would think!!

The scaffolding will have lots of future uses. Watch this space...

8 comments:

GaynorB said...

We will! Are they up for hire???

Pollygarter said...

As per Gaynor. Tim has to do some work up in the apex of the barn next year.
But with a Nimbus 500, shouldn't you be playing Quidditch?

Jean said...

Just looking at the picture of Colin up there makes me feel queasy. Now you have the scaffolding, the sky's the limit for your DIY.....well almost !!

Jim and Pauline said...

Definitely has hire, or higher, potential

Abbé Henri Proust said...

Where do I get a nice cheap scaffold like your Nimbus 500?
But not quite so high 2 metres would do.
Close to Richelieu plz!

Colin and Elizabeth said...

It came from Auchan and was delivered free! They do a smaller version. You can view it online. http://www.auchan.fr/bricolage/echafaudage-echelle-escabeau/echafaudage/achat2/7135423

retep said...

Finally; am impressed - even outriggers! at least you now safe from falling (never mid the crushing bit). Peter

Abbé Henri Proust said...

Thanks; we will need a Nimbus 250 I think.
HC