"The Boom"

The Boom is a technology developed by John Tiedemann. In 1953 the idea was forced upon him when the cost of scaffolding was too high for most churches to afford. He designed an out-rigger system that many thought would fail. With his determination, he found a company that would construct his plans. A boom was built on top of a 1947 "Willie's" Jeep that also anchors the out-riggers.



Boom vs. Scaffold

Boom in Alter Area

Unloading the Boom

Boom in Cathedral

Boom Technology


1. The cost of the total project is reduced significantly because there is no third party involved in scaffolding rental, erection, or dismantling process


2. Easily enters a church passing most double doors at a width of 40 inches wide.


3. The boom is compact and can easily be stored for weekends.



4. Can be set up and taken down and moved in less than 5 minutes or put in and taken out of a church the same day.


5. Overall weight is low compared to large amounts of scaffolding.


6. Can be operated by as few as two workmen thus cutting cost.


7. Has great versatility of motion and height and easy maneuverability.


8. The boom runs on a standard 15amp 110 outlet. There are no dangerous gasoline powered engines or fumes.


9. The boom is self-propelled and moves on rubber tires with an equal weight distribution outrigger system that is designed so no pews have to be removed. It will not damage expensive flooring or woodwork.


10. Using the boom makes the working church atmosphere more pleasant and professional with no visual obstructions.



1. The cost of scaffolding alone from rental with erection and dismantling charges is usually more than the cost of painting the entire church with an aerial lift.


2. Large and bulky usually causing damage to the building upon entering and exiting.


3. Drastically reduces available seating space and many times cuts off key areas in churches because of its shape and size.


4. Large-scale scaffolding is usually rented for long periods of time. The erection and dismantling is a longer and more disruptive process.


5. The weight of large amounts of scaffolding is great and may be dangerous for older structures to support.


6. Erection and dismantling is an inconvenient, time-consuming, and labor-intensive process.


7. Once the scaffolding is erected it is stagnant with no maneuverability.


8. The risk of injury is greatly increased with scaffolding due to possible falling debris and blocked exit pathways.


9. Scaffolding is bulky, heavy, and inconvenient. It generally runs a much greater risk of damaging pews and floors during the erection and dismantling process.



10. Scaffolding is disruptive and aesthetically unpleasant to the general public.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does the lift weigh? Are you sure our floor can handle it?

Our lift is constructed of light weight aluminum; the total weight is less than 3,000 pounds, which is less then a small group of people walking up the center aisle of the church. Once the machine is in place the weight is distributed over sixteen different points which is spread out by long blocks to span trusses. We have had our machines in over 1,500 different churches and have never had an issue of damaging the floors.


How high does the machine reach?

Our lifts vary from 80ft to 110ft. The 110ft boom can easily paint a church 85ft to 90ft high.


Can you get the boom in our church?

Our lifts are designed to fit through a 40 inch wide opening with a 6ft6in high clearance.


How long does it normally take to paint a church?

The average time that we spend restoring a church is approximately 3 to 4 weeks. It could be as little as 1 week or as long as 12 weeks depending on the restoration project.


We normally work a four day 10hr work week Monday - Thursday. We knock down and clean up for the weekends Friday - Sunday.


Our crew and our methods make us the most efficient, cleanest and the least intrusive company when it comes to meeting your restoration needs. Most companies will spend the first 2 to 3 weeks setting up scaffolding and 1 to 2 weeks removing the scaffolding. We can be in the church, set up and working within an hour of arriving on site.


What if a church representative needs to inspect something on the ceiling or other trades need to access the high areas of the church?

We have always been willing to work with church representatives to access high areas. Our lift is the best way to access these areas, because of the pinpoint accuracy in which we can place a work person.


We have also worked out arrangements with multiple trades to give them access to high areas at a reasonable cost.




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