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Scaffold Designer's flexible Ladders features provides a variety of ladder options. You can add customized ladders. You can also edit existing ladders can to change access dimensions, ladder placement and skip one or more ladders, creating an intentional gap in decking. 

To launch this dialog, click the appropriate Bay, click the Scaffold tab and click Ladders.

This page contains the following:

Ladder Settings

You can configure the following settings for a ladder:

The Ladder Settings area of the Scaffold Ladders dialog enables you to determine ladder placement, type, material, etc.

Start Bay SideClick the Start Bay Side dropdown to determine which side of the Bay (T, B, L, or R) Scaffold Designer will place the first ladder.
Side AlignmentClick the appropriate Side Alignment radio button to determine where on the side of the Bay Scaffold Designer will place ladders: left of the side, center, or right of the side. These settings are relative to someone standing on the Bay, facing out towards the Bay side selected in the Start Bay Side section (T, B, L, or R).
Ladder Placement

Click the Ladder Placement dropdown to determine where Scaffold Designer will place ladders.

If you selected Vertical as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- All Inside

- First Outside

- All Outside

- First Inside

If you selected Inclined as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- All Inside

- First Outside

Ladder Alternating

Click the Ladder Alternating dropdown to determine whether ladders will alternate as the Bay reaches certain levels, and how frequently that alternation will occur.

If you selected Vertical as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- None

- Every Level

- Every 2nd Level

- Every 3rd Level

- Every 4th Level

- Every 5th Level

If you selected Inclined as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- Every Level

- Every 2nd Level

- Every 3rd Level

Start LevelClick in the Start Level text field and enter the level at which you want Scaffold Designer to place the first ladder. If you enter zero (0), Scaffold Designer will place the first ladder on the ground level.
Top LevelClick in the Top Level text field and enter the level at which you want Scaffold Designer to stop placing ladders. If you enter nothing, Scaffold Designer will place the ladders up through the top of the selected Bay.
Ladder TypeClick the appropriate Ladder Type radio button to determine whether Scaffold Designer will place ladders vertically or inclined.
Ladder Material

Click the Ladder Material dropdown to determine what you want the ladders to be made of.

If you selected Vertical as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- Hook-on type (single)

- Alum (single)

- Steel (single)

If you selected Inclined as the Ladder Type, your options are:

- Hook-on type (single)

- Alum (single)

- Steel (single)

- Timber (single)

- Built-in (Hatch Deck)

Ladder AngleIf you select any outside ladder setting from the Ladder Placement dropdown, the Ladder Angle radio buttons become active. Click one to determine whether Scaffold Designer will place outside ladders parallel or perpendicular to the Bay side.
Ladder CageIf you select any outside ladder setting from the Ladder Placement dropdown, the Ladder Cage checkbox becomes active. Click it to add a ladder cage to outside ladders.
Stack Ladders InlineIf you selected Inclined as the Ladder Type, the Stack Ladders Inline checkbox becomes active. Click it if you want Scaffold Designer to place all inclined ladders inline. In this case, Scaffold Designer, places all the ladders directly above each other along the same side of the Bay in the same direction.
Add Ladder Support TubesIf you selected Vertical as the Ladder Type, the Add Ladder Support Tubes checkbox becomes active. Click it if you want Scaffold Designer to place ladder support tubes along all ladders.

Ladder Access Options

The Access Options area of the Scaffold Ladders dialog enables you to determine what type of access you want to provide (and what size that access should be) with both inside and outside ladders.

Outside Access TypeClick the Outside Access Type dropdown to determine which type of access you want to provide with outside ladders. For more information, refer to About Outside Ladders below.
Outside Access SizeClick in the Outside Access Size text field and enter the size of the access opening you want to provide with outside ladders.
Inside Access TypeClick the Inside Access Type dropdown to determine which type of access you want to provide with inside ladders.
Inside Access LengthClick in the Inside Access Size text field and enter the length of the access opening you want to provide with inside ladders.
Inside Access WidthClick in the Inside Access Size text field and enter the width of the access opening you want to provide with inside ladders.

Existing Ladders Area

The Existing Ladders area displays a list of all ladders created for the selected Bay and some of their configuration. Scaffold designer enables you to click the Skip checkbox in this area.

Skip All Ladders

Click the Skip All Ladders checkbox (to put a check in it) to skip all ladders for the selected Bay.

Add LaddersClick the Add Ladders radio button once you have configured a ladder to add it to the Bay. Once you click Apply, Scaffold Designer adds the ladder to the Existing Ladder area.
Delete LaddersClick the Delete Ladders radio button to remove a configure ladder from the Bay. Once you click Apply, Scaffold Designer removes the ladder to the Existing Ladder area.
Save These Settings as DefaultClick Save Current Settings as Default if you want the current settings to be the default settings for all subsequent new ladders.
Restore Default SettingsClick Restore Default Settings if you want to return the current settings to the default settings.
ApplyClick Apply to apply the current ladder configuration. This does not close the Scaffold Ladder dialog.

About Outside Ladders

Scaffold Designer enables you to add five types of outside ladders.

Swing Gate

Handrail Only

Full Guardrails (Closed)

Partially Open (No Gate)

Fully Open

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You can adjust the size of the access opening for any Bay with an outside ladder.

Partially Open (No Gate)

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In the Scaffold Ladders dialog, simply enter the size of the opening in the Outside access size text field in the Scaffold Ladders dialog. (The actual size of the opening will be determined by the available materials.)

Swing Gate

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To create a swing gate, select the desired opening size by activating the appropriate Swing Gate material in the Material Master. (You may need to de-activate other swing gate materials.)

Adding a Ladder to a Bay

Adding a ladder is a simple process, during which you configure the ladder's characteristics. Once added, you can edit a ladder's characteristics at any time.

To add a ladder:

1. Click the appropriate Bay in the Drawing Page, to select it.

2. Click the Scaffold tab and click Ladders.

The Scaffold Ladders dialog appears.

3. Enter the appropriate Ladder Settings.

a.  Click the Start bay side dropdown and select the appropriate side. Your options are:

T-side

L-side

B-side

R-side

b. Click the appropriate the Ladder type radio button: Vertical or Inclined.

c. Click the appropriate Side Assignment radio button: Left, Center or Right.

d. Click the Ladder placement dropdown and select the appropriate placement: All Inside or First Outside.

If you select First Outside, the Ladder Angle radio buttons and the Ladder Cage checkbox become active.

i. Click the appropriate Ladder Angle radio button: parallel or perpendicular.

ii. If you want a cage surrounding the ladder, click the Ladder Cage checkbox to put a check in it.

e. Click the Ladder alternating dropdown and select how you want the ladder to switch the placement side. Your options are

None

Every 2nd Level

Every 3rd Level

Every 4th Level

Every 5th Level

f. Click in the Start level text field and enter the level at which you want the ladder to start. This enables the beginning level(s) to be skipped if desired. 0 is the default.

g. Click in the Top level text field and enter the level at which you want the ladder to end. This enables the ladder(s) to end at or below the top level of the Bay. [Top of bay] is the default.

h  Click the Ladder material dropdown and select the appropriate ladder material. Your options are:

Steel

Alum.

Hook-On type

Timber (for inclined ladders)

Built-In (for inclined ladders)

i. If you want Scaffold Designer to place the ladders in identical positions on each Bay, click the Stack ladders inline checkbox, to put a check in it.

4. Enter the appropriate Access Options

a.  Click the Outside access type dropdown and select the appropriate access type. Your options are:

Fully Open

Partially Open (No Gate)

Full Guardrails (Closed

Handrail Only

Swing Gate

b. Click the appropriate the Inside access type dropdown and select the appropriate access type. Your options are:

Open

Partially Open

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Ledger-Deck Transom

Deck-Deck Transom

Access Deck W/Hatch Door

c. Click in the Outside access Size text field and enter the appropriate access size.

d. Click in the Inside access length text field and enter the appropriate length.


e. Click in the Inside access width text field and enter the appropriate width.

5. Click the Add Ladders radio button and click Apply.

Scaffold designer adds ladder information and details to the Existing Ladders table in the bottom of the dialog.

6. Click the Save these settings as default checkbox if these are your most common ladder settings.

7. Click Restore Default Settings to reset the dialog back to the system default settings.

8. Click OK .

For information about editing existing Ladders, refer to Skipping a Ladder.

Editing Ladder Settings

Ladder Settings for Scaffold Ladders set basic materials and location details of a Ladder.

To edit ladder settings:

1. Click the appropriate Bay in the Drawing Page, to select it.

2. Click the Scaffold tab and click Ladders.

The Scaffold Ladders dialog appears.

3.  Click the Start bay side dropdown and select the appropriate side. Your options are:

T-side

L-side

B-side

R-side

3. Click the appropriate the Ladder type radio button: Vertical or Inclined.

4. Click the appropriate Side Assignment radio button: Left, Center or Right.

5. Click the Ladder placement dropdown and select the appropriate placement: All Inside or First Outside.

If you select First Outside, the Ladder Angle radio buttons and the Ladder Cage checkbox become active

a. Click the appropriate Ladder Angle radio button: parallel or perpendicular.

b. If you want a cage surrounding the ladder, click the Ladder Cage checkbox to put a check in it.

6. Click the Ladder alternating dropdown and select how you want the ladder to switch the placement side. Your options are

None

Every 2nd Level

Every 3rd Level

Every 4th Level

Every 5th Level

7. Click in the Start level text field and enter the level at which you want the ladder to start. This enables the beginning level(s) to be skipped if desired. 0 is the default.

8. Click in the Top level text field and enter the level at which you want the ladder to end. This enables the ladder(s) to end at or below the top level of the Bay. [Top of bay] is the default.

9.  Click the Ladder material dropdown and select the appropriate ladder material. Your options are:

Steel

Alum.

Hook-On type

Timber (for inclined ladders)

Built-In (for inclined ladders)

10. If you want Scaffold Designer to place the ladders in identical positions on each Bay, click the Stack ladders inline checkbox, to put a check in it.

11. Click the Save these settings as default checkbox if these are your most common ladder settings.

12. Click Restore Default Settings to reset the dialog back to the system default settings.

13. Click OK .

For more information about Ladder setup, refer to Ladders Button.

Editing Ladder Access Options

Access Options for Scaffold Ladders set access features of a Ladder.

To edit ladder access options:

1. Click the appropriate Bay in the Drawing Page, to select it.

2. Click the Scaffold tab and click Ladders.

The Scaffold Ladders dialog appears.

3.  Click the Outside access type dropdown and select the appropriate access type. Your options are:

Fully Open

Partially Open (No Gate)

Full Guardrails (Closed

Handrail Only

Swing Gate

2. Click the appropriate the Inside access type dropdown and select the appropriate access type.Your options are:

Open

Partially Open

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Ledger-Deck Transom

Deck-Deck Transom

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3. Click in the Outside access Size text field and enter the appropriate access size.

4. Click in the Inside access length text field and enter the appropriate length.

5. Click in the Inside access width text field and enter the appropriate width.


6. Click the Save these settings as default checkbox if these are your most common ladder settings.

7. Click Restore Default Settings to reset the dialog back to the system default settings.

8. Click OK .

For more information about Ladder setup, refer to Ladders.

Adjusting a Ladder's Deck Opening Size

Scaffold Designer enables you to control the size of any of your ladder deck openings.

To adjust a ladder's deck opening size:

1. Create a bay of any size.

2. Add a ladder to the Bay. (Refer to the instructions above.)

The Scaffold Ladders dialog appears.

Use the Inside Access Length and Inside Access Width text field to adjust the new ladder's deck  opening size, 

      • Length is the side of the opening that runs parallel to the Bay’s planks.
      • Width is the side of the opening that runs perpendicular to the Bay’s planks.

3. Click in the Inside Access Length text field and enter the opening's length.

4. Click in the Inside Access Width text field and enter the opening's width.

5. Enter any other characteristics as necessary.

6. Click the Save these settings as default checkbox if these are your most common ladder settings.

7. Click Restore Default Settings to reset the dialog back to the system default settings.

8. Click OK .

NOTE: The actual dimensions of the custom opening will be limited by your available plank materials.

    





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