I've been looking into getting some scaffolding for some jobs around the house. Honestly, I may need it for both inside and outside.

I see various products where they specifically list scaffolding as being "interior" or "exterior". I cannot find an explanation anywhere.

Can I use exterior scaffolding indoors? Can I use interior scaffolding outside? Is there a difference? Do I need to get both?

FYI: Since I have no idea how to tag this (I used ladder because places like to group scaffolding and ladders), I fear it may be off topic. If so, please advise where I can ask this question.

  • Guessing, but I would expect that exterior is stronger, has better feet, is better cross-braced, etc. since it may go up a much greater distance. Possibly better protection against rust.
    – keshlam
    Aug 11, 2015 at 0:27
  • Also guessing, but I'd think interior has softer feet (/wheels?) and possibly limited height, where outdoor would be seemingly infinitely stackable. Out of curiosity, what kind of interior heights are you facing? Aug 11, 2015 at 1:43
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    You can never go wrong with exterior and put extra floor protection down when using it inside.
    – diceless
    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:06
  • @AloysiusDefenestrate I've got a vaulted ceiling < 12 feet. Most of the need would be for working on the 2nd story outside.
    – Daniel
    Aug 11, 2015 at 12:46
  • It could also do with anchoring methods. The scaffolding my dad used when we resided our 2 story home when I was a kid was partially stabilized by brackets nailed to studs in the wall. Not something you'd want to use inside. Aug 11, 2015 at 14:36

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You're really going to have to look at them up close & personal if a simple 2x12 across 2 or more supports isn't to your liking. Interiors are either a fancy version of the 2x12 on empty 5-gallon buckets or self-standing & rolling cages of quite short lengths.

Exterior usually is not self-standing & must be anchored to the building, negating its use inside altogether, but they are made to receive additional sections & levels.

If you haven't used ladders & ladder jacks for exterior scaffolding you may want to try that out first & they can be used indoors with the Werner type of adjustable ladders that can be used as step or straight ladders.

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