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How High Have You Been With Aerial Work Equipment?

 
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:08 PM   #41
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40' in a Lull boom fork lift with 4 sheets of OSB layed over the forks. Foreman would boom two of us up to the top of the chimney with a roll of housewrap and a pair hammer tacker staplers. We'd tack off the top of the housewrap and then he'd drop the boom down as fast as he could. As you're falling you tacked the housewrap to the chimney all the way down.

I used to look forward to that day
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:10 AM   #42
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Here's a job you can keep! Definitely something that you'd forgo your morning coffee and make sure your "paperwork" is in order before starting!
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81103313/
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40' in a scissor lift in the middle of a parking lot with a bunch of guys "daring" eachother to top it out...I just said screw it and ran'er up till she stopped...amazing what even a slight breeze can make the basket feel like the machine is going to tip over LOL.

50' in a telescopic boom to help repair some scoreboards

50' with my 8yr old daughter in a articulating boom with everything stretched to the max and her saying "higher daddy, higher" so now everytime we rent equipment that gets some height, she wants in with daddy so she can see the top of our trees...I hate heights, she still young enough not to know better
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Here's a job you can keep! Definitely something that you'd forgo your morning coffee and make sure your "paperwork" is in order before starting!
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81103313/
I've watched that video 3 times here now...makes me feel a little ill.

I wonder why they don't have parachutes on?

(I'd also be needing a diaper)
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I've watched that video 3 times here now...makes me feel a little ill.

I wonder why they don't have parachutes on?

(I'd also be needing a diaper)
The only thing worse that climbing that beast would be the guy who had to build it!

I was thinking that it would be the perfect job for a base jumper or one of those guys that wears one of those fly suits.
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good point.

At least then they wouldn't need to climb back down (worse than going up, I think...I can't "know" anything about it really...nor do I care to)
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Either way, not a job for me. Probably the only thing worse is the guy who services high tension lines from a helicopter. There's not enough money in the world to make me do this! (or climb that antenna )

There's a couple of these on Youtube, search "power line helicopter"

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I've seen that work before on Discovery(?) chanel.

I don't know how they do it. I'm just not like that. I wouldn't be able to think about my coming day, and still get out of bed.

(same way with our guys at war...current and past...thanks guys!)
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60' setting scaffolding. Being up there wasn't too bad. Free climbing up and down it was the crazy part.
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50' JLG articulated lift while painting the boat racks at a marina in N. Miami Beach. meh. The best part of that job was getting a ride ~40' up to the middle-level steel from the forklift they use to pull the boats. The forks are like 20' long, and the cage you stand in was out on the tips of the forks. The knees got a little shaky on that one.
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In the basket of a JLG 155, yes, fully extended at 155 ft.
Dover Air Force Base flight control tower (new construction)
This was done middle of march, 45 knot winds and freezing rain/snow.
Installing 1700 lb vision lites, the money was worth it all.
Those fly boys thought we were crazy, yeah right, trying to keep a c-5 transport plane in the air is CRAZY.
Everyday we were on site, would have to lower the boom down so they could bring those brave souls who were coming home the wrong way respect for them hard hat off, all equipment quiet.
There is nothing more somber then watching the off loading of a fallen soldier.
Made us disgusted with ourselves for whining about the cold and wind.
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50' with my 8yr old daughter in a articulating boom with everything stretched to the max and her saying "higher daddy, higher" so now everytime we rent equipment that gets some height, she wants in with daddy so she can see the top of our trees...I hate heights, she still young enough not to know better
For repainting our church, I rented a 50-ft bucket truck, sight unseen. Drove 35 miles to pick it up, only to find that it was really a crane truck with an attached bucket: no controls in the bucket. With the only other possible (volunteer) operators available being absent-minded professor types, I gave my 12-yr old son a crash course in crane operation. It worked great.

Even though he's a college professor himself now, he's ready to rent heavy equipment at the drop of a hat!
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I looked at to bid a church steeple once in Central City CO.

Central city is an old mining town (now a gambling mecca)...

Church was built into the side of a steep hill...so that if I fell, I'd fall onto the church roof, roll off onto the street, roll down the street, and off a cliff.

(I passed on it)
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I looked at to bid a church steeple once in Central City CO.

Central city is an old mining town (now a gambling mecca)...

Church was built into the side of a steep hill...so that if I fell, I'd fall onto the church roof, roll off onto the street, roll down the street, and off a cliff.

(I passed on it)
I'm doing some work for a church right now, every time I go down there I'm afraid I'm going to burst into flames!
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heh

as well you should be!

Actually, my very first "contract" was for a (Catholic) church and rectory. ($600 for about 3 weeks work....scored some major brownie points w/ the big guy though)
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Still, I make sure to wear my flame retardant UnderRoos when I go down there. Sometimes I try to dab on a little of the water from the baptismal fountain, but it burns too much.

I rebuilt the altar, sanctuary, or whatever they're calling it ... about 15 years ago. My new next door neighbor lasso'd me into helping with a project he's been working on which happens to be the very same church. If you saw my thread about building arched trim, that's the job.

But all this is off topic, so I'll go find that thread and post an update.
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so I'll go find that thread and post an update.
*checking my watch*
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In the basket of a JLG 155, yes, fully extended at 155 ft.
Dover Air Force Base flight control tower (new construction)
This was done middle of march, 45 knot winds and freezing rain/snow.
Installing 1700 lb vision lites, the money was worth it all.
Those fly boys thought we were crazy, yeah right, trying to keep a c-5 transport plane in the air is CRAZY.
Everyday we were on site, would have to lower the boom down so they could bring those brave souls who were coming home the wrong way respect for them hard hat off, all equipment quiet.
There is nothing more somber then watching the off loading of a fallen soldier.
Made us disgusted with ourselves for whining about the cold and wind.
its always windy in Dover. i have a project about to start down there.

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