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Portable Scaffold Serves As Handy Step Ladder & Folds Up Like A Book
Samuel Wurz, Box 1060, Vulcan, Alberta, Canada T0L 2B0: "Fixing a flat truck tire can be a frustrating experience, because the sidewalls are so thick that you can't hold them open with your hands. To solve the problem, I came up with a hook system. I set the tire on top of a steel frame, then hook it in and pull the sidewalls apart so that you have enough space to work with a grinder or other power tools. It has a pair of steel hooks on one side and a handle on the other side. You set the hooks on one side of the wall and then pull the handle back over center until it locks in position.
  "We always set the tire inside a steel cage to protect the operator in case the tire explodes. The cage was built from 1-in. solid steel rods.
  "We came up with a portable scaffold that serves as a handy step ladder and folds up like a book for use in tight spaces or for storage. It mounts on four castor wheels so it can be rolled around wherever its needed. The scaffold measures 5 ft. long and 6 ft. high and is 2 1/2 ft. wide when folded all the way out. It folds to a width of only about 1 ft.. The stepladder is formed by hooking three metal steps between the sides. By removing the steps and then grabbing hinged arms at the middle of the scaffold, you can collapse the sides in toward each other. The wheels are equipped with brakes.
  "Works great for painting, working on ceiling lights, welding, etc."

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3