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’
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)!!!
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!