Scaffolding Guide

Sleeve Coupler

Sleeve couplers often just called sleeves can be used to connect scaffold tubes end to end. Unlike joint pins this fitting has a resistance to bending and has a safe working tension of 315kg.

Ledgers should be joined using sleeve couplers. If the joint is within 300mm of a standard then an internal joint pin (or spigot) may be used. Internal joint pins should be positioned as close as possible to the point where the ledger is fitted to the standard. It is important that all joints are staggered.

Facade or sway bracing can be placed continuously across the full face of the scaffold, or placed in a zig-zag (dog leg) fashion across a number of selected bays. Joints in facade braces should be made with sleeve couplers, if joint pins (spigots) are used then each joint must be made strengthened with a lapped tube.

All joints in standards should not be at the same level as adjacent standards, in other words they should be staggered. Joints can be made using spigots which can be strengthened with lap sleeve couplers.

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