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Worst Boiler Build on Record

After completing what I shall (hopefully) bill as the worst boiler build in the history of modular boiler scaffolds, I am faced with a couple of questions. #1 What happened to the sense of urgency, hunger and pride in our work? #2 When did the trades decide that working hard for12 hours a day was just too much to ask? I am completely floored by the lack of aggressiveness in the workforce that showed up to this project.There just seemed… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on October 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Outage Season approaches!!!

On the eve of starting to stage our first boiler of the season I have had to do what most sales reps. do when the work starts....go on vacation. Just kidding but I am going on vacation. I have had to review my bid, break it down one way then another, then yet another. Reverse engineering percentages is tricky. As i have reviewed it time and time again I can see why our clients wince in pain ever time the get a scaffold bill. This stuff aint cheap, when were done there isn't anything left except… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on August 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Greetings from one hot summer

Well folks it has been a wild couple of weeks but have finally settled down to ask myself a few questions.
#1 Am I truly a minimalist like i claim to be? Being in several industries where everything is temporary I have always considered myself a minimalist, the fewest part and pieces to get the job done right. Right? Well I am thinking that I have re-evaluated that…

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on July 28, 2010 at 1:07am — No Comments

Where to find answers ...Part 2

This is part 2 of I don't really know how many parts as I search to define the answers to the questions I get asked constantly. Todays topic will be manufacturer guidelines. I think this is probably the most overlooked items on the internet, in the local branch offices and on the back shelf under that book about how to sell stuff on e-bay. The manufacturers guidelines, also called Safety Rules, Technical manuals and or other literature about the specific system you are using I would be willing… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on May 13, 2010 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Greetings on a crapy winter day

Holy schnikes, when did it get so cold in May? This feels more like March than May. Hope it is warmer where you are.
I have been really busy out in the field hang out with my own crews and enjoying it throughly. I always enjoy times when the world doesn't exist on the math of our industry. I still struggle with turning a scaffold into a mathematical equation.
I will post more alter but please take a minute and welcome the new members. We have one from Scotland and another from…

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on May 10, 2010 at 10:41pm — No Comments

UPDATE FOR APRIL!!!! Contest rules, survey page and new members.

Contest Rules: "What not to do"
All pictures must be posted for everyone to see.
All pictures must have a scaffold in them.
All pictures must be unposted pictures on this site.…

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on April 14, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments




Added by Justin T. Wittwer on March 23, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Happy Shamrocks and Shenaniagns!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New Contest

Well kiss my Blarney Stone its St. Pats day again. Welcome to the green and remember everyone is Irish today.

Happy St. Patricks day !!!

Check out the new shirst for members only at the store. Order yours today. Tell your friends.

This month I think we should have a contest for the worst " What not to do" picture. I found one where they decided to put Quickcrete bags under the…


Added by Justin T. Wittwer on March 17, 2010 at 6:28pm — No Comments

This week at Scaffold Builders...

I have posted some jobs I found on the Internet as well as some that we posted by other members as well. I am hopefull that we can keep building that part of this as we progressively get better connected. Please let all of your employers know that we are here and have a growing membership daily.

I have added a "Q&A Time" tab to the site to add some feedback from you people to be presented in ways to yet be seen but still we can gather…


Added by Justin T. Wittwer on March 7, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Scaffold Outlook for Jobs in the UK

While searching for jobs to post I came across this about jobs across the pond. Can any of you UK members let me know if this is good or if it is rubbish.

Check it out and let me know.


Added by Justin T. Wittwer on March 2, 2010 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Congratulations to our Canadian Brothers!!!

Congrats on winning the most medals for a hosting country.

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 28, 2010 at 11:26pm — No Comments

New Friends & Members Only Shirts

In this wonderful world of Facebook, My Space and other networking sites I have found someone who shares our vision for a networking site for us scaffold types. Please check out the site at They have some cool merchandise and he seems to be a head of me in that area. I am hoping that we can use the iron sharpens iron philosophy to help each other out. Please check out the site and let me know what you think. Check… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 24, 2010 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Curious thoughts from a different perspective....

Without sound like a total pompous arrogant jerk there is a certain sense of nobility in what we do. Ours is never the finished product, or the desired end result but there are quite a few major things that would not be the same without dedicated individuals who are willing to do the tough stuff that unless someone took a picture of it most people probably won't remember. Oil refineries and ethanol plants would be different, power would have to be generated by steam from small… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 20, 2010 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

Events - Jobs Instructions & Other Information

When posting jobs on the "Events-Jobs " tab please watch the start and end dates you put in. They should be the day it is posted and either 90 days from post date or the day the job ends. This will keep the jobs page from getting too muddy.

Also I am about to begin a mass mailing campaign along with some other measures to get some of the employers to notice that this is a good place to post jobs where actual scaffold builders will see them. So please tell everyone you…

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 18, 2010 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Changed have been made, others will be blamed.

Greetings and salutations. Hope everyone in DC and the surrounding states are working inside. Keep warm out there, you too Canadian members.

I have made a few changes like adding "Jobs" to the event tab. Anyone who knows of scaffold work should please post in there for now unless it gets moved later. As you may have noticed I am still working out all of the glitches and bugs in this thing as I tweak it to work out to be as simple as possible. This isn't a corporation yet so…

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 10, 2010 at 11:33pm — 1 Comment

Jobs Available

I recieved this from someone else stating the are looking for Scaffold Builders Check it out if you need work.
Corner Stone is hiring for Foster Creek, Air Wepons range, Cold Lake area. The shift is 9 days on 5 days off. 8 hrs regular and 3hr over
time each day. Camp job! They are looking for Journeymen &
Apprentices. Call Rob Breen 1-403-598-3836.

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Accident Information

I found this article on yahoo about the explosiion.

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 7, 2010 at 9:36pm — 4 Comments


Hello fellow ScaffoldBuilders I received this message from a new member and thought I would share it in case any of the rest of you are looking, or know someone who is looking for work. I have not had the proper time to devote to the jobs section of the site and will have to rely on other sources for now

"well i learned about this site from, it is the best jobs board i have found so far, it also has a live chat feature and guys give out phone #'s and web sites to send… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on February 3, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Shop tools explained (thanks Tracy)

Mr. DeBerg sent me this explanation of shop tools, very difinitive and helpful:


A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat

metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in

the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the

freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the

corner where nothing could get to it.


Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under

the… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on January 26, 2010 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

Busy busy busy......

I have been out working really strange hours on an emergency re-shore job in Iowa. Thanks to Matt Scott I was able to come home today and prep another job for tomorrow. Metallica put it....Back to the front...... T-shirt are in store is up. Sale is over and all of yous missed it..... Check the store out and please let me know if you have another idea for shirts. I would like to come up with a members only design so anything you might like along that line would be super sweet.… Continue

Added by Justin T. Wittwer on January 18, 2010 at 11:36pm — No Comments



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