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Old 10-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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A group from Texas is here in my Hoosier home town sandblasting a water tower. I stopped by and talked with a them for a bit. They let me go under the curtain and take a peek. All I can say is WOW..What a set up!! They are using #8's and coal slag. They told me that they have an empty hose if I wanted to blast some but I quickly passed as they were blasting the under side of the tank 400 feet up. I'm gonna stop buy and talk with them again and try to soak in some of there knowledge. It seems like the tent set up alone would be worse than the blasting.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Nice---Snap some more pictures from under the tent,if you can---I love the big stuff.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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I'll try, we had a big cold front and heavy wind move through this evening. They were scrambling to drop the curtain and secure their scaffolding. I thought they had a man down for awhile. Amazing to watch...
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I have a friend (and neighbor) who is a millwright----I was lucky enough to work with him ,off and on, over a four year period.

The work was fascinating---moving and installing tanks larger than a semi--lifting silos and hoppers--
Huge pumps and pipes---It's just amazing work---Mike---
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Thanks for the post. Nice pictures too.
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I just can't get over the size of that tent. How is it transported and put together. I don't think Marco has one of those.
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That was funny Glenn. The tarps are made generally by Eagle down in New Orleans, LA. The rest is usally fabbed by the contractor. The top "The Bonnet is attached to the top at the outriggers. The outriggers is where all the cables come up from the ground to guide the ring that the main tarp is attached to. Then the ring is attached to other cables that pulls the main tarp up to the top by a winch, usually a air tugger. Very simple and useful. Used to contain all blast materials and over spray when painting. When blasting the containment is under negative air pressure from a dust collector. Usually a 30,000 - 40,000CFM unit. All of the containment air is filtered at the dust collector and the filters are purged of dust by air blast that goes in synquece to blow the dust off the filters every few minutes to keep the air flowing. I've been on a number of these jobs over the years myself. As a painter/blaster and also as Inspector. Letting dust escape during lead paint removal is a BIG NO-NO.
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They just did a bunch of water towers on Long Beach Island at the New Jersey shore.

Water tower blasting and painting is amazing process to watch and these guys are like superman.

Fricking cool S#it!
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Here is one of the tanks that we done in Ashland, Ohio about seven year ago. We done the interior of the tank and the main contractor done the exterior. The exterior recieved a full SSPC-SP6 Commercial Blast and a Three Coat paint system and the Interior recieved a SSPC-SP5 White Metal Blast and Metallized"Thermal Arc Spray" application of Zinc.
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That was funny Glenn. The tarps are made generally by Eagle down in New Orleans, LA. The rest is usally fabbed by the contractor. The top "The Bonnet is attached to the top at the outriggers. The outriggers is where all the cables come up from the ground to guide the ring that the main tarp is attached to. Then the ring is attached to other cables that pulls the main tarp up to the top by a winch, usually a air tugger. Very simple and useful. Used to contain all blast materials and over spray when painting. When blasting the containment is under negative air pressure from a dust collector. Usually a 30,000 - 40,000CFM unit. All of the containment air is filtered at the dust collector and the filters are purged of dust by air blast that goes in synquece to blow the dust off the filters every few minutes to keep the air flowing. I've been on a number of these jobs over the years myself. As a painter/blaster and also as Inspector. Letting dust escape during lead paint removal is a BIG NO-NO.
painter213, out of curiosity how much does tenting or tarping cost for a project like that,,, not including rigging.

I'm always amazed when I see big jobs like this or those highway bridge jobs that are popular right now with all that free flowing stimulus dollars.
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id like to know what kind of money is in a job like you did on that one painter, thats gotta be a fat 6 figure job.
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I've heard that its more in the $50,000.00 range. It only takes about 6 weeks to do one and that's with set backs. The guys doing my local tower are battling high winds so they have been grinding welds without the tent up. They are at the point where they need to blast and paint and are at the mercy of the weather.
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I'm going to guess that $50,000 is maybe enough to cover just the pay for the workers. At $1,000 a week say even just eight guys being ground people blasters and who ever is in charge for six weeks is already $50,000. That's before the Painting. Blasting has to be way high six figures?
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$50,000 would just cover the containment set-up. That job there with the interior and the exterior would go around $250,000 and up. And if you go past the completion date then your paying the utility board each day to work the job until completed in Liquidated Damages which to range in a few hundred dollars a day to several thousand dollars a day. It's a very competetive business and I would tell anyone that is thinking about starting to do this type of work to think about it long and hard. The dollar figures look good, but the profit margin is low to none. It is a real cut throat business.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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I have no desire to do anything like that. As you can tell I don't have a clue as to the value of a job like that.
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Hi Chris,

Your friend still interested in that paint booth. I am done now.

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Old 10-27-2010, 12:39 PM   #18
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That number I had for you is no good. Call Jason at 765-524-8309. Or send me a number he can reach you at.

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Wow...that's pretty awesome. Would be interesting if they left a video camera recording and then play it back in fast forward to see how they set it up.
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