Alternative Uses For Scaffolding

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Scaffolding in various forms has been around ever since man first starting building large structures that created the need for it. From simple frames with wood tied at right angles through to the complicated precision engineered system scaffolding in use today.

But it isn’t only employed in the construction and repair of buildings.

Due to its versatility, scaffolding is used in hundreds of other applications from a self-employed plasterer trying to reach a 12ft celing through to stage rigging and seating platforms.

Spot The Scaffolding

The following are a couple of examples spotted on my travels around the UK this year.

How about being used as a frame to hold the set for the Great Hall at Hogwarts as witnessed at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Or as a platform on the moving rigging used to animate the giant uncle in a Sea Odyssey as witnessed on the streets of Liverpool earlier this year?

Very impressive, eh?

Temporary Structures

One of the more common alternative uses for scaffolding in the scaffolding industry is for temporary structures.

Examples of such include:

  • Temporary Roofing – A weather proof covering that helps to keep new works or an existing structure dry whilst work is completed, perhaps during an extension or following fire damage.
  • Virtual Buildings – A temporary roof and saffolding walls covered by sheeting that can be used to create a temporary waterproof indoor work or storage area.

More Scaffolding

For more insights into the fascinating world of scaffolding, take a look at my previous posts: Does that scaffolding meet EU regulations? / Holiday Scaffolding II

Google Instant Test #1 – Emergency Scaffolding North West

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Well truthfully, it’s the third test, but you’ll only know that if you’ve also read my I Hate Google Instant!!! and recent Google Instant vs Internet Explorer posts.

Y’see I’ve become rather obsessed with the pointless refreshes that Google makes to display unwanted search results before I’ve finished telling it what I’m actually looking for.

Obsessed?

Okay, so I am eating normally and going outdoors every now and then to soak up some vitimin D, but it does really annoy me. Read my previous posts if you want the full details.

Anyway, I’m determined to find out what the maximum number of these pointless screen refreshes might be when looking for a legitimate search term. The last posts revealed 11 and 8 respectively, but I’m sure we can beat that!

Here we go…

We’re going to search for ‘Emergency Scaffolding’ in the North West of England. How long before Google gets there I wonder:

  • E – gets me E! Online, an American entertainment news site featuring celebrity gossip and pictures. Hmm… Great, but will it hold my house up?
  • Em – pulls up Empire Magazine, a film review publication from the UK. Yeah, I need scaffolding as my exterior wall is looking like it might collapse after a fire. Not sure I want to read a review of a remake of Towering Inferno thanks…
  • Eme – now I get Emeli Sandé, a singer apparently. Oh good, now I’ll have something to listen to while I wait for the scaffolders to arrive!
  • Emer – brings up Emerald Publishing Group. Er, sorry no!
  • Emerg – results in a Wikipedia definition for the word Emergency, just in case I wasn’t sure…
  • Emergency – gives me a list of emergency tax codes from HM Revenue & Customs. Nope!!!
  • Emergency S – and now I get the Wikipedia page for the emergency services. They’ve already been thanks…
  • Emergency Sc – gets me Emergency Scotland 2011. WTF?!?
  • Emergency Sca – over to a forum page about getting an Emergency Pregnancy Scan. Nooo!!
  • Emergency Scaf – appears to get me what I want as the top result is a scaffolding company in Manchester that operates in the North West, but wait a minute… Under that are several London companies and national companies. Where are my other local solutions?
  • Emergency Scaffolding Nort – well, we’re in the right zone. We’ve got scaffolders, but now they’re in Northampton. Keep trying…
  • Emergency Scaffolding North – excellent, back to scaffolders from (North) London. Oh, and one from North Wales…
  • Emergency Scaffolding North Wes – and we’re finally there!

Just one letter off what I’d have to have typed if I’d done it in full and after suffering 12 unecessary screen refreshes. I’ve eventually got what I wanted though i.e. Emergency Scaffolding North West

Did you say 12? Yes, indeed I did. A new record methinks!

In Conclusion

Why not have a go yourself and see if you can beat it? No prizes I’m afraid, just the kudos of knowing you’ve outsmarted (ahem) a search engine?

P.S. Sorry Google, but it’s too late! Whilst faffing with screen refreshes my wall has collapsed. Off to a bed and breakfast for me tonight…

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