If you will be doing any construction or repair work on your roof or the second floor of your home, you are going to need a safe way to work up there. While you could use a ladder or scaffolding, there is still the risk of falling or dripping things as you climb up and down. In addition, if you will be working with heavy equipment, carting it up and down could be difficult. Instead of using something you need to climb, you should consider renting a boom truck instead. However, before you do, there are a few things you should know about it.
Determine the Weight of What Will Be in the Bucket
There are different size buckets that can be put onto a boom truck. Depending on what it is you are doing, and what will be hauled up and down in the boom will determine the bucket size. Take everything into consideration, including your own weight, when discussing the work to be done. If you are unsure of the actual weight of things, it would be good to estimate on the high side. This will not only ensure that the boom will go up and down properly. If the load is too heavy, the boom could jerk about, causing damage to equipment and quite possibly injuring you.
Will You Need an Operator?
While the operation of a boom truck is not extremely difficult, it does take a bit of practice. You may be able to go to the rental company and ask to be trained and practice a bit. If not, you will need to seek out a training facility. Either option will require additional fees. However, if you, or someone you know, has not worked a boom truck before, you will have the choice of paying to learn how to operate it or pay to have an operator come with the rental. Consider how long you will be using the unit. If you will need it for more than a day or two, it might be in your best interest to find a place to train you.
Simple Rental or a Lease
When the project is going to take more than a few days, you may want to talk with the rental company about leasing the truck. You may get a better deal to lease it for a whole week or month over renting it for three or four days.
Do not risk your safety by using a ladder or scaffolding when working up high. This could be working on your home, garage, or even doing some tree pruning. Contact a large equipment rental company like Lighting of Georgia Inc. and ask about renting a boom truck. It will make the job safer and much easier.