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Old 04-24-2013, 12:05 PM
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I was thinking about that Youtube spoof of the drunken guy on the scissor lift earlier today and then got thinking about how sometimes you have to use, shall we say, unorthodox methods to get the job done. You know what I mean: the kind of things that aren't appropriate public information, especially if an OSHA inspector is in the room.

Several years ago a friend and I were installing a retrofit explosion-proof fan above a lab. It was elliptical, about 200 pounds, and difficult to handle because of the shape. The only place to put it was above a lab bench/partition. The Genielift, even with extensions, couldn't get it exactly where it needed to go. The other side of the partition was an aisle. No room for the lift there. This was a Saturday and it was looking like we'd have to stand down and try to build a scaffold the next weekend, but that would mean that our newly installed hood wouldn't be running right all week. I was not happy. My father used to say "C'mon, boy---the devil hates a coward!" as in, at least try something. I think his theology was a little confused but the point was good. So, I went out to the truck and grabbed every bungee cord there. We trussed that fan up with probably a dozen of them and then swung it over to where we could get the first two rods on it. A little bouncy but it worked and we finished on time.

Anybody else have a story?

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Old 04-24-2013, 04:51 PM
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Given enough time, I could probably think of lots of them.
The first one that comes to mind is installing a chimney liner at a 3 story home in the city with me lying on my back and my helper standing on my knees to reach the top of the chimney.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:11 AM
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Good one!
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:44 PM
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I work in AT&T buildings where equipment getting damaged is t an option. We were in a battery room cutting a hole thru the floor to re route a large return duct. Below us was all the electrical panels for the building and massive banks of batteries for Instant power back up untell the generators started up. These buildings are beyond redondant, anyways we did t have the room to use high lifts or any other lifts since the ceilings are 16' so we used two winches constructed on a uni strut frame and dropped the cables down thru the fire damper in the floor on the second floor and winched all the duct up thru the Inside. Worked perfectly and was completely safe, I prefer it more then a high jack at that height.
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