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Old 08-01-2009, 03:53 AM   #16
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what's the safest way to install a chandelier over a stair case?


"Baker" type scaffolding can be set up on stairs, with different heights set from each end. That way, the working platform remains level. You can use a small ladder on the top if needed.

We used this scenario to change out lights in theaters, with the floor at different levels on each end of the scaffolding.




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"Git" hit it before I did. Using two ladders/scaffold board as described is a safe way to do this, and the configurations for using two secure ladders/scaffold board is as wide as your imagination. kbsparky has a good idea there also with the "Baker" type scaffolding. I've personally not used them, but have worked next to guys using them. Properly set up the work platform is always level and secure. Good Luck, David
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:56 AM   #18
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what's the safest way to install a chandelier over a stair case?


oh I like the baker scaffolding. that seems solid, and it would fit on the stairs well (there's a landing that is roughly 3'x3' for one side, and the other side would be on a step)

I think I can visualize the plank / 2 ladder system. I'm not sure if I could set that up properly....

totally going to look into the baker scaffolding idea.

I seriously wish I could afford to hire someone to rig up that cable system from the attic. Alas, there are way too many repairs that are higher priorities than replacing the chandelier I detest.

thanks so much everyone!

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Old 08-01-2009, 03:15 PM   #19
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what's the safest way to install a chandelier over a stair case?


Maybe this pic will help you visualize what I am talking about.

This house has a "turret" entry way. A circular tower about 12' wide on the interior and two stories tall. A ladder is set up on the first floor - this pic is from the second floor and they are using a cutout in the framing to support the plank. You would support the other end of the plank with another ladder

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