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Building "catwalk" access

housedreamer's picture

Hi!  I'm in my new home, finished (by my bldr) about six months ago.  Budget left some unfinished projects which i am now going to have to do.  One is to build a length of decking by about 3ft wide and 20-24 ft long under the living room windows which are at this end of the house, on the second floor above the basement.  This, so I can wash my windows, paint the window trim, etc. The livingroom deck is on the side, and I left those two support beams extended, which it seems could be used at that end, to provide support for the catwalk?  How to support it the remaining length is what I need advice for.  Thanks for any advice.  Kris 

Overbudgetdreamer

Basically, you can't go much (post #215292, reply #1 of 4)

Basically, you can't go much farther than about 12 feet without posts to the ground or beams that extend 8-12 feet into the framing of the house.


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That's going to be some (post #215292, reply #2 of 4)

That's going to be some expensive access! Your catwalk will have to be built just like any other deck. 6 X 6" posts to the ground and tall enough to support a Code approved guardrail. Ladders are cheap.

Florida Licensed Building Contractor, 50 years experience in commercial remodeling, new homes, home remodeling and repairs and all types building maintenance.

Why not rent or buy some (post #215292, reply #3 of 4)

Why not rent or buy some scaffolding?

Its strong, safe, and most likely, resellable once you're done