Sometimes you have to tackle a job that you can't do from the ground and shouldn't do from a ladder. Cornice restoration is an example: it requires access to the whole cornice; tools and materials have to be handy; workers need both hands free to do the work. Scaffolding fits the bill. In addition to new construction, a number of old-house jobs often require scaffolding. These include masonry repointing, major repairs to gutters and soffits, re-siding and reshingling, whole-house painting and paint stripping, and building a porch or addition. Scaffolding Types There are several types of scaffolding, each of which is right for some jobs and inappropriate or dangerous for others. "Built up" scaffolding—a temporary platform built