Guide to Putlog Scaffolding

An image of putlog scaffolding

What Is a Putlog Scaffolding System?

Putlog scaffolding, otherwise known as bricklayer’s scaffolding or single scaffolding, is a system that involves using the wall of a building or structure as support for the working platform. It is erected using a single row of standards and a single ledger. The ‘putlog’ is a component that links the wall and the ledger together.

This method of scaffolding derives from old masonry techniques where they used a hole in a wall of a structure to ‘put the log’.

A putlog scaffold is tied directly into the brickwork of a structure using putlogs or tubes with putlog adapters. Depending on the project or type of building, different scaffolding is required and is developed to suit individual structural needs and requirements.

Different Components of Putlog Scaffolding

  • Putlog
  • Standard (e.g. upright tubes)
  • Ledgers (e.g. the horizontal tubes)
  • Double/ right angle coupler
  • Single/ right angle coupler
  • Putlog heads

Benefits of Putlog Scaffolding


Putlog scaffolding offers more stability, which is a major advantage over other scaffolding types. It is a great scaffolding to use in areas that receive high winds, for example, as one end of the putlog scaffolding is erected on the wall, making it more rigid and less likely to be blown down. 

Fewer Materials 

Putlog scaffolding has an old fashioned nature. This means that compared to other types of scaffolding, you require less materials when erecting putlog scaffolding. Another great advantage of using putlog scaffolding!

What Are the Drawbacks of Putlog Scaffolding?


Due to the type of scaffolding, brickwork needs to be set for the putlogs to be inserted before any construction work can begin. This can delay the construction of the scaffolding, especially if this is not already factored into the schedule.


Putlog scaffolding is supported by the building, which means after the scaffolding is removed, there will be holes in the brickwork from where the putlogs have been inserted. So not only can this delay the start of construction, but it can delay completion of the project as the holes will need to be filled.

How Is Putlog Scaffolding Different from Independently Tied Scaffolding?

The difference between independent scaffolding and putlog scaffold is that an independent scaffold relies on two lines of standards to support the working platform, not the building wall. This means that independent scaffolding is separate from the building, and only tied to the building for additional security.

What Is the Difference between Putlog and Transom?

Putlogs are horizontal members that are perpendicular to the walls. One of the shortest pieces of timber, on which the planks that form the deck of the scaffold are laid. One of the ends rests on the ledger of the scaffold and the other is in a hole temporarily left in the wall for purpose. 

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