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    a question about scaffolding

    Hello!

    We all know, more or less, what a piece of scaffolding looks like. It is also equipped with various platforms, ladders and handrails.

    Suppose that steel repairs are meant to be done to a ship and we need to move scaffolding in order to perform the repairs.

    2 pcs of scaffoldings of Rotax type with platforms, rails were erected; platforms were filled in by means of boards, boards were laid over openings one floor below, for the purpose of performing the steel repairs.I would like you to take a look at the sentences and tell me what you think of tchem.

    I would like you to take a look at the bolded sentences and tell me what you think of them.

    I would like to explain the bolded sentences although I did not eye-witness the repairs.

    2 pcs of scaffoldings of Rotax type with platforms, rails were erected; platforms were filled in by means of boards (maybe they had holes in them), boards were laid over openings one floor below (I don't know whether the author meant openings in the platforms or no boards were placed for workers to stand on), for the purpose of performing the steel repairs.

    What do you think of it?

    Thank you.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    I have no knowledge of scaffolding, but would changr the following:

    2 pcs of scaffoldings of Rotax type with platforms, rails were erected

    to

    2 pcs of Rotax scaffolding with platforms and rails were erected

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    2 pcs of scaffoldings of Rotax type with platforms, rails were erected; platforms were filled in by means of boards, boards were laid over openings one floor below, for the purpose of performing the steel repairs.

    Are you trying to understand what someone else wrote, or do you need to specify scaffolding?

    1. It's not clear what is meant by "2 pcs of scaffoldings".
    a. 'scaffolding' is uncountable, so there would be no plural form.
    b. "2 pcs of scaffolding" Are there two sections side-by-side, or two vertically- one above the other?

    2. There should be 'and' between the words platforms and rails, not a comma.

    3. I agree that "platforms were filled in" is unclear. My guess is that platforms were created by using some sort of planking.

    4. 'Boards' implies wooden planks. Perhaps they were, but it should be more clear. I doubt that simply laying random planks across horizontal members and relying on friction to hold them in place would be considered safe enough.

    5. "boards were laid over openings one floor below, for the purpose of performing the steel repairs." I have no idea what this is supposed to mean. I'm pretty confident that the word order is incorrect. The entire structure was assembled for the projected repairs but, as written, 'boards were laid... for performing...'. Then the other assembly was unnecessary?
    5a. "...one floor below..." One floor below what?


    I suggest: 2 sections of Rotax type scaffolding with platforms and rails were erected for the purpose of performing the steel repairs. Platforms were created by means of approved planking. An additional platform was installed below the work platform to protect workers from objects falling from the work platform.

    Technical writing is different from expository writing. Short sentences are best for conveying facts clearly and succinctly.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    We do not all know what "a piece of scaffolding" looks like. It could be nothing more than a board or a piece of pipe.

    Please provide us with more context.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    By a piece of scaffolding I mean 1 piece of scaffolding just like 1 piece of furniture or luggage.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    By a piece of scaffolding I mean 1 piece of scaffolding just like 1 piece of furniture or luggage.
    Scaffolding is an interlocking structure composed of many pieces. Maybe you mean a section​ of scaffolding.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    You may be right.

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    Re: a question about scaffolding

    JACEK1 specifically mentioned the Rotax type, but I do agree section would have been a better word.

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