thewoodwhisperer in my crane

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Blog entry by cranesgonewild posted 10-21-2012 06:58 PM 7163 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even when I’m at work in the crane, I still have woodworking with me. I’m catching up on the lastest tips from Marc, thewoodwhisperer. In this video, I’m piledriving steel beams for a bridge job in Toronto. You can see here the hammer is working harder than I am. The hammer sounds louder in this video, but it’s really not that bad at all. And I had the video turned down as well on the iPad. Hope you enjoy.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 07:11 PM

that’s pretty cool

nice gig
and why not learn
while you are at it

sure beats standing around
leaning on a shovel

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 08:53 PM

What do you do if you hit a big rock. Will that pile driver split it?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 09:50 PM

I better check up on my liability insurance!!! lol It’s an honor to be in your crane sir!

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 04:02 AM

It sure is a pretty good gig.
Jim, a series of bore holes were drilled throughout the job site that determined soil conditions. We stop when we hit bedrock 125’ down. However, when we do hit the odd rock, we smash right through it with 65,000 ft lbs of force. And on the rare occasion the rock is too big to bust, we stop. Not to get too technical, but we stop when we get 10 blows per inch. Which means that if we notice the beam isn’t going down any farther, we make markings on the beam. If the beam moves less than an inch after 10 blows/hits, it is determined that it is stable and is set up on the bottom. Engineers smarter than me got it all figured out.
I think you’re good Marc. But, you know when things go wrong, people start pointing fingers. lol
I’m glad you enjoyed it.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 04:13 AM

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 05:15 AM

Yup, you got a goood job, all you need is some beef jerky and slurrpyy!!!!

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 12:29 PM

That is a hoot.
Good for you.


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#8 posted 10-22-2012 11:55 PM


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#9 posted 10-23-2012 02:34 PM

Now that’s distracted “driving”!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#10 posted 10-23-2012 04:43 PM

SirGareth wins for best comment. That’s too funny.
And thanks for everyone’s comments.

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#11 posted 10-28-2012 03:50 PM

Nice job, I watch him all the time at work in between our aircraft coming and going when we not fixing them. Keeps me alert and at the radio in case the pilots call with a problem. Nice post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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