When the house was being framed in I built a 4x6 platform to fit on the forks of the lift truck and it came in real handy for the guys doing the framing.
Now that I'm working on the house by myself, I've had to get a little more creative putting up the fascia and soffit trim.
This is the scaffolding that I used on the back of the house.
It has two 12 ft 2x12's that are run from the forklift to a ladder and then to the back porch.
This worked okay for doing the fascia and soffit under the eaves but I had to be really careful working on the 2x12's that high off the ground.
Now I'm ready to put op the rain gutter and I need to be able to get above the roof edge to fasten the mounting brackets to the fascia board.
I'm using seamless guttering so some of the sections are pretty long.
So I decided to make the forklift platform wider.
I took the two 2x12's and fastened them onto the platform to make a work area that is 12 foot wide now.
Then I added a railing on the back side of the two ends to make the area more secure.
I'm starting with the rain gutter on the side of the front porch.
The forklift is in the area where the driveway slopes down to the garage so I had to put some blocks of wood down to get the front wheels up over the retaining wall and make the forklift set more level.
It didn't take me any time at all to realize that I need something better for holding my tools than just putting everything on the floor where I'm walking back and forth.
I quickly made up two "work benches" and mounted them on top of the railing.
The first section of guttering went up on the mud room roof that runs from the house to the garage.
Then I got on a ladder and mounted the front corner piece in place.
This section of guttering is 25 foot long and I set one end in the front corner piece and the other end connected to the gutter on the mudroom.
With the gutter section held in position by the two ends, I can fasten the mounting brackets in place starting with the bracket in the center.
And then go along and fasten on the brackets between the center and the mud room.
With the back half of the gutter all fastened in place, it's time to move the forklift up to work on the front section.
The front half of the gutter is fastened in place and I'm working on fitting the down spout now.
The rain gutter is all mounted to the mud room and the side of the front porch and the forklift has been moved in position to work on the front of the porch.
This "improved" platform is much easier to work from.
Edited by jdcrawler, May 06, 2016 - 10:59 PM.