3 Alternatively Fascinating Uses For An Old Scaffold

3 Alternatively Fascinating Uses For An Old Scaffold

By Paul Woods
In February 17, 2022
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People often associate scaffold with a construction site or a large-scale building. While this is the primary directive of such material, there has not been a lot of talk surrounding what happens after their time in the sun has come to an end. After all, there is always a new brand or model of scaffold being released with mini upgrades and small conveniences that allow for a safer and more secure worksite.

So, what happens to scaffold when its time is done? Sadly, all too many of them end up in landfills or gathering dust in the back of some forgotten shed on a dusty road. There is a better way. A smarter way. And a much more creative way to re-use scaffold for some interesting projects and ends that may not always be considered from the outset.

This article will go over a few of the fascinating ways you could potentially use scaffold to create a work of art, or a more secure foundation for your day-to-day activities.

1.    Street Art Canvases

The basic principle of a large piece of scaffold is that they are sturdy, they’re usually flat, and they don’t house a lot of variety in terms of the outward appearances. This opens a grand opportunity for the artier societies to take advantage of this with the notion of reconstituting these blank canvases to commission street artworks to be created on them.

One of the prevailing problems that are plaguing the larger cities is the overabundance of graffiti, and the constant debate surrounding their significance and place in the world. Walk down any downtown area in Australia and you’ll find a few tags here and there and while admittedly beautiful, it seems they are not quite in place where they stand.

Smarter societies and councils have begun tackling this issue, not with a stick, but with a carrot. The use of old and decommissioned scaffold to be used for graffiti and street artists to strut their stuff in a designated area allows expression to live vicariously and without the threat of offending the older generations and nay-sayers who prefer their streets to be clinically clean.

2.    Sturdy Materials


Of course, one of the more pragmatic approaches in deciding what to do with old scaffold is to deconstruct or take it apart for the sweet parts that make them what they are. Sturdy materials are always in demand and people with an eye for quality will often look for materials that have withstood remarkable pressures with little degradation.

Breaking down the scaffold into the primary ingredients will at least give a good carpenter or creator the means to give the parts a second lease on life, rebirthing and reconstituting them into a number of side projects and constructions. It will always be dependent on the state of the pieces themselves, some are simply beyond repair and will understandably end up in the landfill, however, there are some that are decommissioned or thrown to the side in favour of a new model, and the parts that reside within the original scaffold will still hold true regardless.

3.    Home Improvements

For the DIYers (of which there are countless more with every season of The Block), having access and ownership of a pre-loved scaffold could make those home improvements look a little more legitimate, and a lot safer. After all, many home improvement enthusiasts will head off the Bunnings and buy a step ladder and a few tools and think themselves as being safe and sound.

While the passion is laudable, the safety aspects that can be enhanced dramatically with real-world safety equipment should always be considered – especially when you can get these pre-loved materials for a steal most of the time.

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