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Working the National 1300A

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by Natman, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. dirty4fun

    dirty4fun Senior Member

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    Well add them up 6.7 on the road and 5 in town so that makes 11.7 MPG my cousin used to say that was how he figured the mileage on his Catty. Makes you feel better, and makes lots of people scratch their head wondering if you are real!
     
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  2. Natman

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    A shed move, 14' wide and 20' long, weighed 3200 pounds and I had a tight setup, with one out rigger in all the way but the truck angled to compensate. We (the customer is in construction and a sharp kid) were kicking around various ways to rig it, when I noticed it had a metal roof. So he pulled the tin off before I got there, and we rigged to a 2x8 lagged to the studs about 8" down from the top plate, and the rest of the (fully sheeted, under the siding) building went along for the ride. I couldn't set it where it went, due to that short rigged outrigger, but got it there after one move, fun job. IMG_20210506_134754052_HDR.jpg
     
  3. Natman

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    I got a call Saturday at lunchtime, a cell tower installer had his own crane issues and needed to scare up another quick. Working Sunday morning was discussed, at a town about 75 miles away. But we bagged it after kicking around my 30 ton's load chart versus his 60 ton's, he felt I might be marginal for reaching the already assembled sections. No biggie, I kinda planned on going flying this morning anyway.

    So I'm cruising along the Star Valley in Wyoming (a 40 minute breakfast flight I've been making for 30 some years) after a breakfast stop in Afton, and a boom catches my eye. I circle and take a picture or two and continue on. As the town the guy had mentioned the day before was no where near this jobsite, I assumed the crane in this pic was a local Star Valley guy I know, so I sent him the pic. He texted me it wasn't him, but some out of towner who just a day earlier was looking for help as his rig had broke down. So than I texted the pic to the guy who called earlier, asking if it was him, though 85 miles away from the job we talked about, and he said yeah it was! Today's job was where it was, the next day in the town we discussed, it was a heck of a coincidence I just happened to be flying over this job. I told him I would have gotten closer but didn't want to scare the tower monkeys, as my experience has been they scare real easy on the cell tower jobs I've done. And I made sure he knew that was a joke, those guys don't scare easy at all. IMG_20210516_092802965_HDR~2.jpg
     
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  4. Natman

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    Now this LOOKS wild, but wasn't, I just had some tight quarters and with the wind we had I had good reason not get the 3800 pound pool any higher than needed to clear the roof. The wind angle was not the best for the guys (3 of them, on 3 lines) on the tag line also. The pool was level, though it looks like it's hanging crooked. I couldn't swing the other direction, away from the house, as that side was compromised by the slope and some fresh fill and I sure didn't trust it. No one in the home, I checked. IMG_20210519_174800070_HDR.jpg IMG_20210519_170147161.jpg
     
  5. mwelding

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    How do you rig to the chains in the pool 5/16” shackles?
     
  6. Natman

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    We use the largest size shackle that will fit the chain that comes glassed into the pool, which is too small to work with my 2" slings, than the larger 7/16 shackle, with it's bolt going thru the smaller shackle, ups the size just right to work with the 2" slings. I've done about 15 of these pools in the last 3 years, plus a lot of loading them onto trailers etc., and no surprises yet. A good crew, and the same ones every time, helps it go pretty quick also.
     
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  7. Natman

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    I dodged a (hydraulic) bullet today; leaving at 6, driving 2 hrs., and after working 4 hours then another 2 hours to get back to town to lift a deck roof on the back of a house I'd set trusses on a few days before. Then right before my third job of the day, another 1 hr drive, one way, away, while hooking up my ball to the front bumper sling, I notice the ground was wet......Turns out I had rubbed through (road vibration, 110,000 miles, with original lousy routing of the hoses) one of the lines to my rarely used/needed front stabilizer. It could have happened on setup on my 2 hr drive in the morning, (making the drive a total waste of time and diesel) or before the porch job, but it happened at what was the most convenient time, and only 5 minutes from my crane yard. Once the PTO was disengaged, the leak stopped of course, and I was able to pull the lines and make it to the local hydraulic hose shop 5 minutes before closing, and the guys stayed 10 minutes late to get me back on my way. I got every green light across town, there and back. I will make my 7:00 job tomorrow morning as scheduled, then my pushed back grain mill job later, pretty good day for a Monday.

    I failed to note which line went where to the front stab, and though only one line had a hole, I am replacing both, and I have a 50/50 chance of getting it right. My guess is no harm will be done if I get it wrong, that right?
     
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  8. skyking1

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    just operate it briefly and go check.
     
  9. Natman

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    Got it right, so I still won't know what happens when hooked up backwards, next time.
     
  10. crane operator

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    It should just go the opposite direction. There's only two hoses, and its coil operated with a directional. So the flow just goes each way depending on retract or extend.
     
  11. Natman

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    I wised up after this first pick at a local grain mill, pulling misc. out of a smallish hole, and rigged a longer sling to keep the headache ball clear of the steel beam sticking out that was complicating things. IMG_20210609_110846671.jpg
     
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