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Discussion in 'Demolition' started by Welder Dave, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Welder Dave

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    Pretty stupid but not new. It was all over Facebook a couple years ago and now there again but with a different location given. Same video though. Quite fortunately for him the operator(?) walked away dirty but safe. Says a thing about the quality of ROPS.

    There is another one going around with a guy beating one down the same way with a sledge one stave at a time. Stupid!
     
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    I think this is a recent silo that came down and not the same one from a few years ago.
     
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    I also recall a video of some guy who took them down I believe by knocking a hole in them and then cribbing up with wood one section at a time. Then once he had what he felt was a big enough hole to weaken it enough to fall he started a fire and stood back till the cribbing burnt away and silo fell.

    Another guy used I think a skid steer with a long pipe attached to the bucket. Punch a small hole opposite where he wanted it to fall. Then poke pipe through that hole and use as battering ram to knock out the opposite side till it was weak enough to fall.
     
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    i have taken some of these down and have used a different method each time. Most went over without a hitch but I do recall one that came down half way and the stopped. When it stopped it was leaning at a pretty good angle and was a bit scary because one didn't know if just the vibration the excavator tracking would let it break loose or whether to try to push it over from the top side or if we had to knock some more out from the bottom side. IIRC I just extended the boom out and pushed on the top side and it fell enough not to be dangerous.

    The method that worked the best was we knocked a few blocks out across from each other. Then ran a cable around the back side and each end through the hole, made a snare and then out through the walk door. Then hooked it on a dozer and pulled. The snare cut through the blocks and over it went perfectly. That particular silo didn't have the metal rods so didn't have to deal with those.
     
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    Around here there are many old silos some appear to be built out of precast sections with steel straps holding the together. Always wondered if someone could find a way to re-purpose those sections. Thinking like using them to build a short retaining wall. Labor to take one down would probably be more than the blocks would be worth!

    There was at least one farm around here I saw where they took the steel dome off the top of a silo and set it on the ground for what looked like a playhouse for the kids.
     
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    Marietta Silo Company started building wood silos in 1916. They are still in operation today, and based in my old hometown of Marietta, Ohio. They built the first concrete silo in 1920. Those silos mentioned above, on farms, are probably concrete stave silos, with the metal hoops that hold them together. Since then, they have branched out into slipform and jumpform silos. They have a very interesting section of their website that talks about their history, and the history of silos in America in general.
     
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    Marietta Ohio! Had a great lunch there a few years ago at Harmar Tavern! We stopped in to see a guy who works on sidecars out east of town on County Road 9 and he sent us to the Tavern for lunch!
     
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    That'd be Fred Dibnah. There's many videos floating around of his time repairing, and demolishing chimneys.

    If you have a spare half hour, this is worth a watch. They were certainly different times.
     
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    Yes, that is one of the good places to eat there. Hope to get back up there next year for a little vacation.
    Jeff
     
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    Fred used to fix 'em as well as knock 'em down. Here's his tutorial of how to put ladders up the outside of a chimney...….


     
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    Imagine if you tried that today. H&S would be having kittens before you got a few stories above the ground
     
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    Putting a scaffold around the top of a chimney is even scarier...…..

     
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    Just incredible really. 2 planks wide, no handrail, nothing but a few dogs and rope holding it together.
    Great watch, thanks for posting
     
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    Idiot, if he would have kept driving might have saved it and why not shut it off as soon as he realized he was OK.