Access equipment refers to equipment you use for working at an elevated height; this might include a tall scaffolding that is used for construction work, or a simple painter's trestle that elevates you just a short distance off the ground. Access equipment hire can be accessed by homeowners who may want something more secure than a ladder when working on an elevated ceiling or needing to do repairs to the exterior of the home. If you're looking for lightweight access equipment, note a few tips for making the right choice for home repair.

1. Painter's trestles

A painter's trestle is very lightweight and easy to manage; a set of trestles are like two bookends and a platform or long piece of wood is set between them. These don't offer much by way of protection since there is rarely a safety bar in the back of the set of trestles, which is why they are generally only available at very short heights. However, they are easy to manage as you don't need to unfold their pieces and snap anything into place, and can be a perfect choice for when you want to paint an elevated ceiling or make some plaster repairs to the upper parts of your home's interior walls.

2. Alloy towers

The term alloy tower is often used to mean very low scaffolding, the type you might use at home when needing to make repairs to a ceiling or to your home's chimney. An alloy tower is a safe choice for a homeowner as they provide safety bars all around, so there is less risk of falling. 

When choosing an alloy tower, remember to note your own height and your reach when working indoors; very often you only need a low-rise platform for most exterior work, or else you might actually risk bumping your head or not having enough room to reach your arms out to work. If doing repairs on a chimney or gutters outside your home, be sure you choose exterior alloy towers. These will have a sturdier frame that will keep you in place even on soft soil and as it gets windy outside.

3. Podium steps

Podium steps are like stepladders with an added platform, and they have the advantage of having two elevations; the platform is typically split so that one side is higher than the other. This can be a good choice for when you're working on a drop ceiling or other area where you may need to move up and down often, as you won't need to consistently adjust the height of your tower or move down ladder steps as you work.