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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #32: A Grizzly In The Lair....

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Last week I did a blog about a wood & tool gloat….
http://lumberjocks.com/DIYaholic/blog/41461

This weekend’s adventure was to free the Grizzly (& the wood) from the confines of my vehicle and into “The Lair”. That would be a relatively easy task, were I to have a walk in basement, but I don’t. Access to “The Lair” is through a bulkhead door and down a flight of stairs. Getting the wood into the shop was no problem…. The translocation of my sander, on the other hand, is a whole other story. Friends were either unwilling or unable to help. THANKS JEFF!!! So the task fell upon me & myself….

The sander was in my vehicle, already detached from it’s base. Just a few simple steps is all that is required.
1) Get sander out of vehicle.
2) Position sander to go down the stairs.
3) Get the sander down the stairs.
4) Place sander on it’s base.

Because I was working alone….
I decided that “slow & steady” was the prudent course of action. This sander weighs in at 200lbs and I only tip the scales at 150lbs, so that sander could just pull or push me down the stairs. I had to be smarter than the Grizzly!!!

As they say….A picture is worth a 1000 words, so what would 50 pictures be worth???
OK, not fifty, but there are a bunch….

Here is my vehicle loaded for bear….

After the wood, the sander was next to be freed….

The Staging Area….

The Slippery Slope….

The Landing Area….

A sled was made and used to lower the sander into the basement.
There was a lot of cribbing & blocking goin’ on.
All to get the sander ready for a (gentle, little???) sled ride….

I did call in some Muscle…. as in my 2003 Mazda Tribute.
I’ll let it do the “Heavy Lifting” or lowering as it was….

Descending into the abyss, err The Lair….

This was a slow process. Back up 6” at a time, check everything….

back up 6”.... check everything….rinse, repeat….
Eventually, the sander was at the “Landing Area”....

Due to the change in slide angle, the sander would not slide….
Back up 6”, create some slack in the tow strap….
Go down and “shimmy” the sander forward a tad….
Run up to the vehicle….
Back up 6”, create some slack in the tow strap….
Go down and “shimmy” the sander forward a tad….
Rinse, repeat….

From there, it was moved onto it’s original base (with casters), sled and all.

Gladly, the Grizzly was not harmed during this entire adventure.
I can also say that…
there were no bones broken, lacerations, splinters or foul language used today!!!
This should complete my “Major Machine” purchases… Unless of course I decide to upgrade!!!
Well, that’s the plan at least….

I will remove the “sled” and reattach the sander to it’s base on another day….
Right now…. I’m having several cold ones, because I earned it my friends!!!

-- 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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firefighterontheside

3753 posts in 481 days


#1 posted 59 days ago

Holy crap Randy! That was a process. You do deserve a few cold ones.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 59 days ago

Randy—You must have watched a program showing how the Egyptians built the pyramids. Great idea to use the vehicle to make up for the 50-kb difference between man and machine. Glad it made it to the Lair without damage to it or to you, or bystanders.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 59 days ago

Nothing is impossible. Unless it’s impossible.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 59 days ago

Bill,
Cold ones are a flowing!!!

Don,
ME TOO!!!
I took very slow, deliberate steps….
If I wasn’t happy/confident in the setup…. I redid it….

So true, Fridge.
I’m guessing that this wasn’t impossible!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 59 days ago

HA…..that was good to watch….! Love the 6” and Stop!

Seriously…..good you figured it out and glad you survived. Been there done that. I’ve dragged more than one 200+ machines down the steps. Usually do it one step at at a time. but not really a safe way to go….

Cheers my friend….

-- 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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#6 posted 59 days ago

good work son

had the same problem here today
moving my radial arm saw
put it on a cart
and wheeled it to the new shop
then the cart stopped
and the saw cab came off
jamming it in the door

levers and fulcrums and get the cart out of there
slide the cab back and take off the door
slide cab thru doorway an inch at a time by hand

got it done

glad you worked this out
and a great way using the car

enjoy a cold one or two
i’ll join you with some prune juice

-- 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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gfadvm

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#7 posted 59 days ago

I think that’s called “Yankee Ingenuity”. Good job!

Using the Mazda was a great idea that wouldn’t have occurred to me.

Those stairs are a lot steeper than I had pictured!

Glad the sander wasn’t injured.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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eddie

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#8 posted 59 days ago

Randy very cleaver , and nothing is broken .where there is a will a way can usually be found sounds like you found a good one take a break and enjoy a cold one you deserve it .great pics s too and a great buy on the sander

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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eddie

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#9 posted 59 days ago

David thats was a job there and i know you getrdone your shop is taking shape

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 59 days ago

Jeff,
Give me a call next time….
I’ll put the Mazda on autopilot….

Dad!!!
Glad you weren’t hurt!!!

I was determined to get this done….
I did think of you many a time today….
I was inspired & motivated by all that you have accomplished!!!

CHEERS, to both of you…. Jeff & Dad

-- 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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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 59 days ago

Andy,
I will always find a way…. to work “Smarter”, NOT Harder!!!

Eddie,
I did break ONE thing today….
A SWEAT!!!
But I was never “sweating” getting this accomplished!!!

-- 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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#12 posted 59 days ago

Just wish I could have backed the Mazda!

Enjoy the new toy…and oh yeah YOU SUCK!

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

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 59 days ago

Why thank you, Jeff….
I will & I believe that I do!!!

-- 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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Tedster

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#14 posted 59 days ago

Where there’s a will, there’s a Randy!

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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Monte Pittman

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#15 posted 59 days ago

Very cool idea. Working smarter is definitely better than harder.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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