How to make a 10 foot tall stable platform/tower?

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How to make a 10 foot tall stable platform/tower?

Postby CLARKcon » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:18 pm

Hola :D Have had this idea for months now...I want to create a 10 foot tall platformed (open scaffold type) structure as a mini fun/look tower for COFFEE CAMP 10'. Some of the constraints would like to keep in mind is:

-able to support two standing or sitting people
-can be eaisily built on-site
-possibly reusable (made of metal?)


Any ideas or suggestions very welcomed :) If anyone has built such a deck (sidenote: I see a shit-ton of massive constructs there, surely, a baby 10 ft. tower isn't out of the question :lol: !) then let's talk shop! Sure will eventually hash a form out, but want to consider all perspectives. Thanks :P !!!!
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Postby Elliot » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:05 pm

:D
Construction scaffolding comes in 5' tall sections, so you need two sections. Plus you should have a set of railings for the top. The foot print size is usually 5' x 10'.
Rent from construction equipment rental yard or buy used on Craigslist. Make sure you get good deck planks. Scaffolding beats the heck out of home-cobbled lumber.
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Postby CLARKcon » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:40 am

Dig it Elliot, will do my homework, thanks :D Just want it to be crazy simple: ease to set up/break down & stability-that's it... :roll: ...and maybe have a megaphone stationed up there...and possibly a gong (to ring to signal that coffee's hot)... n' binoculars and a rotating amber light, but THAT'S IT :D :D
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Postby Sham » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:06 am

10 feet?

If you do 3 sections, you can make it 15 feet.

If you do 4 sections, you can make it 20 feet.

If you do 5 sections, you can make it 25 feet.

If you do 6 sections, you can make it 30 feet.

If you do 7 sections, you can make it 35 feet.

If you do 8 sections, you can make it 40 feet.

If you do 9 sections, you can make it 45 feet.

If you do 10 sections, you can make it 50 feet.

If you do 11 sections, you can make it 55 feet.

If you do 12 sections, you can make it 60 feet, but this would be dangerous.

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Postby CLARKcon » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:15 am

Ha :D ! I like it Shambala, which leads me to another qustion/tip: anchoring. Wondering if rebar (a ton of it) would be enough to hold in place, or if there is a better notion or method... :?
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Postby Sham » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:29 am

I'm no engineer, but if you can use 4 sections as a base, and then build up from there, you could probably go up 25 feet and still have a stable structure. The open scaffholding tubing would be very friendly in high winds. You of course would want to build this at home and test the daylights out of it.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:10 am

Make it taller than the Man.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:12 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:Make it taller than the Man.

Larry would have such a cow.
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Postby Bob » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:15 am

Scaffold blows over just like anything else. Use guy lines.
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Postby TomServo » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:05 am

For two people? Put two of these next to each other.
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Postby Elliot » Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:38 pm

:D
Scaffolding can be assembled side-by-side into any size footprint. Build a pyramid (actually, a ziggurat -- a small flat platform on top, as opposed to a point), and it will be fairly stable.
If Clarkcon is happy with ten feet height, three sections could be used to build it with a 15 x 10 footprint. Or am I too sleepy today? :lol:
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Postby shiznicks1 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:56 am

Im building my first tower this year too! What I have settled on is pallet racking. Its plenty strong and easy to set up. You can get it used for a fair price and it will last you forever. Plus its easy to add on if you ever want it to be BIGGER, or should I say when you want it bigger :)
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