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Old 09-30-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hey all.
I'm getting ready to start my first drywall project (my kitchen).

I recently saw a couple of guys walking around on stilts doing the spackling and sanding work and it looked really cool so I bought a set.
They just arrived yesterday, I put them together, strapped in and within a minute or so, I was lying in the floor barely able to get back up.
These things feel awkward and impossible.
The guys I saw using them were walking around like second nature.
To me, if feels like they're forcing my legs to bow out at the knees, and when I take a couple of steps, it feels like the forward momentum doesn't want to stop. I can't imagine looking up at the ceiling or the high wall and working on these things.

What am I missing?

Thanks.

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:43 AM   #2
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probably nothing, think about riding a bike for the first time. skateboard, surfing, walking in stilts takes skill development.

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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Yep - keep using them and you'll get more comfortable walking around on the stilts. Just make sure the floor area is virtually clear of anything that might trip you up (extension cords, materials, etc.) and be safe.
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All you need is practice and lots off it.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:16 PM   #5
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when you buy stilts you need to know how to make them fit your legs ..
the top part that straps around your leg needs to be on your calf a few inches below the knee , and you need to pivot it so your knees are bent slightly foreward ... if there is a way you can put them on and take a few pics we might be able to see if you need adjustment on them . also adjusting the springs probably needs to be done .. its not uncommon to buy stilts out out adjustment ...
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my finishers walk around on them finishing 10' ceilings, I tried them and gave up.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:59 PM   #7
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first time i ever wore stilts i was a rookie taper , downtown on the 6th story of a commercial building with full 8 ft windows and the stilts jacked all the way up. that was pretty scary lookin down to the street 60 ft below on stilts ....
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:11 PM   #8
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It would be a good idea to practice by walking around the outside of the room with one hand on the wall for balance.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:12 PM   #9
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Walk in a hallway where you can catch yourself if you lose your balance. And walking on stilts is one thing, working on them is another story. It takes practice. Not really worth risking a serious injury for a small project in my opinion.....

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