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How High Can You Go? How To Do The Construction Limbo

by Ian Howard

Construction takes you higher and higher--that is the nature of the job. How you get to new heights in your line of work is your own personal preference, just like a limbo champion finds ways to go lower (but in reverse). When you need to go even higher in your work and become a construction limbo champ, you can do or use any of the following.


Scaffolding is easy to set up and even easier to raise to new heights. While a traditional limbo champ has to set the bar lower and lower, the bars on scaffolding are raised higher and higher. With the addition of platforms at each new level, your ability to get higher is increased. Climb your way to the top platform and add more scaffolding pipes and another platform. Where the limbo bar ends for the limbo champ, the scaffolding never ends for you and what you need it to do.


Even though cranes are considered heavy construction equipment, they can still lift you higher. Boom cranes with their innumerable arm extensions can keep going. While most construction contractors may never need a crane to go as a high as ten stories up, you can get a crane and its extensions to lift you (or supplies) that high into the air. The crane can take you even higher than the scaffolding can. 

Temporary Service Elevators

Temporary service elevators extend miles down into mine shafts, but you probably did not know that you can use them to climb several stories into the air. Unless you regularly build skyscrapers that are greater than twenty stories up, you may have only seen these elevators once or twice in your career (if at all). They are definitely one way to do the construction limbo with little effort.

The temporary service elevator attaches to the construction you have already completed and is powered by its own generator, which is usually on the ground. As each new floor is constructed, you raise the elevator's ability to climb by that one floor. The framework and cage only go as high as the tracks will allow. A temporary service elevator goes even higher than all the extensions you can add to a boom crane, making it the highest option overall. Thankfully, your crew will probably have the regular elevators in the building operational before the temporary service elevator gets too high and has to be torn down again.

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