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The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #3: Beam Me Up Scotty! more Salt Bin Drama....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 271 days ago 835 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Charged with A-Salt: I was Framed!!! Part 3 of The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log series Part 4: Bin Busy: Only One Small Injury to Report on the Salt Bin Build!!! »

With a full week of leaf wrangling needed to be done, no work on the salt bin was accomplished. We were able to get another full day in on Saturday though.

The task at hand was to install the two 18’ beams (12” X 6” X 18’). The challenge being, how does one raise a 300lb(?) beam, onto the supporting columns 14’ up? “Man Handling” them up ladders was out of the question, as my back and brain refused to be abused in that manner. We do have the skid steer to push into service, but at it’s maximum lift it will only rise to 9’. We need 14’+ of lift!!!

Here is where we left off last weekend, and started Saturday’s beam raising endeavor.
Top of the columns are 14’ high….

Column Height = 14’
- Skid Steer Lift = 9’

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Additional Lift Needed = 5’+

Part of the solution:

I built a cradle/saddle on a pallet to gain some additional Height. However, this only gave us 4’ of the 5’+ that we needed. I didn’t want to make the cradle/saddle any higher, as I was worried about it becoming too top heavy.

We only needed another 1’+ of lifting capacity.
What to do, what to do….

The trailer landed us 2’ of supplemental lift.
I think it’s a go for lift off!

Beam me up Scotty (the Skid Steer)!!!

Resting comfortably….

After the beam was secured to the columns, the skid steer was removed. We then turned our attention to the center beam. Columns were constructed for the center beam.

With the top of the columns a comfortable 12’ high, the trailer was no longer needed.

I believe my heartbeat slowed….
once the two beams were raised and secured.
I was the one that got to climbed the ladder, with a persuader (sledge hammer) and framing gun!!!

We temporarily tied everything together.
The back wall, the center beam and the front beam.

We were also able to start a little (very little) rough framing. No pictures but, one roof rafter, a top plate and a couple of studs for one section of wall was installed.

We are running out of time, with 2” of snow last night, the salting season is upon us!!! The boss man may end up farming out the rest (or some) of the remaining build. Which is fine with me, as working outdoors in sub freezing temperatures is….
Well, a rather cchhhillllinnnggg exxxxperrrrrrrrrrrrriennnnce!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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JL7

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#1 posted 271 days ago

Pretty clever solution there Randy…...I’m with you on the working in the cold thing….no thanks….! It’s coming along nicely…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 271 days ago

You coulda just done this!

Or maybe this???

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 271 days ago

Jeff,
Are you sure you don’t want to stop by and help with the build….
I hear you are into cutting boards!!!

Joe,
I may be crazy….
But I ain’t insane….
At least that is what the guys in the white coats tell me!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#4 posted 271 days ago

Randy…..I’m pretty sure I’m busy that day…..my schedule has just been frantic lately… :)

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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patron

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#5 posted 271 days ago

way to go there randy

good thinking

do get used to this
as i will need you
to help raise my trusses
in the new shop

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 271 days ago

David,
Or I should say Dad!!!

I’ll be happy to attend and assist in your “barn raising” adventure.
Besides, a family reunion would be fun.
Please schedule it during a warm weather spell.
The airline ticket can be sent to my home address!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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patron

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#7 posted 271 days ago

as usual son

‘the prayers are in the mail’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 271 days ago

Now THAT is woodworking!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 271 days ago

Improvise, adapt and overcome….

Your ready for the navy now Randy.

Even the biggest ships deploy with a lot of duct tape :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 271 days ago

Stumpmiester,
Na, that is woodWORKing!!!

”Improvise, adapt and overcome‚Ķ.”

Matt,
I used that same expression….
to explain the beam (hair) raising situation!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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eddie

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#11 posted 271 days ago

Randy you did a good job on the beams they should hold a lot of weight ,i hear ya on that cold too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Dave

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#12 posted 271 days ago

Randy you are the amazing framer.
Well done, and I bet your boss thinks so to.
I want to see that thing with a shell and full of salt.
Then you have to make a pool for margaritas.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 271 days ago

Thanks Eddie.

Dave,
Margaritas sound great….
I also want gigantic pretzels!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 271 days ago

Good ol’ Yankee ingenuity!
Way to use the noggin, Randy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 270 days ago

Gene,
On occasion, I have been known to use my head….
For more than just a hat rack!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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