thewoodwhisperer in my crane

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Blog entry by cranesgonewild posted 668 days ago 3457 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.

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#1 posted 668 days ago

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 667 days ago

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

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#3 posted 667 days ago

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 667 days ago

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.

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#5 posted 667 days ago

That’s wild

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#6 posted 667 days ago

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

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#7 posted 667 days ago

That is a hoot.
Good for you.


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#9 posted 666 days ago

Now that’s distracted “driving”!

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#10 posted 666 days ago

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

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#11 posted 661 days ago

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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