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Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
Mates, good Saturday tidings to you all. We have an outdated and boring entry to our basement that I want to turn into a FAAAAAAAABULOUS and fun spot that makes your eyes pop.

We’re talking about a 20+ foot drop from the ceiling to where the stairs are fully descended and so I’m going to have to construct some sort of platform to utilize for cleaning, painting, hanging a fun / crazy chandelier and a huge buffalo or elk head on that far wall where Sir Winston’s picture hangs. If it’s an elk head I want to have the antlers kind of “disappearing” into the sides of the walls with strategically drilled holes.

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As you can see from the second picture - there is 1/2 of the platform running along the right side of the basement - my idea is to drill a long board parallel along the left side of the wall - entryway and then lay board perpendicular across these two “braces” to create a work area for my ladder and myself as I paint and hang new fixture and the deer.

I’m rather a novice at these type of projects but am eager to learn. Would appreciate any and all advice on how best to construct this temporary platform for maximin safety and minimum damage to the left side of the drywall / entryway
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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
pull that nasty carpet up


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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
Most definitely will happen as soon as I finish this first part mate


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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
I’d just use 4x4s or something and build a platform coming up from the steps. You’ll need to brace it, but it will be safer than what your thinking of doing.

Very simple to do and you’re not screwing anything into your wall. Another benefit is that you can make the floor whatever height is best for the project rather than having to put the floor at the level of the ledge on the right side.

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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
So like how would I brace the 4X4s coming up from the steps? Appreciate the advice and what you say makes sense re: not tearing into drywall. Would I maybe consider buying or renting some used scaffolding instead?

Any idea on YouTube terms that I should search?
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ETA : this video looks promising to me...

LINK


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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
You’d build it with 4 legs that are very different in length. Two legs coming up from lower portion of stairs would be very long/ tall. The two legs coming up from the upper stairs would be much shorter.

You would just need to put some cross bracing between the legs due to how tall the legs would be coming up from lower stairs. You could toe nail the legs of the platform into the stair tread that it’s resting on.

Since it’s covered in carpet it won’t be any problems. I’d pull the carpet off of whichever steps your platform legs are sitting on so it’s more solid and easier to nail into.

You just build a standard four legged platform except that the legs are different lengths since you’re not on level ground due to the stairs.

I’ll try to find a picture or link.


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Thanks mate - I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. This seems way better than what I was thinking


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re: Help with redoing our basement entry area (building a temporary platform)
There's always these

(note: bottom right)



Top one is a Gorilla brand folding ladder which I prefer over it's competition due to it being rated for more weight (overall built more solid). They fold in half and then each side slide in-out to a different length. And also come in various overall lengths. They are handy to have around.

Good-Luck


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