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Just In Don't cha just hate when this happens.........................

Discussion in 'Electric Signs & Channel Letters' started by Gino, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Lucky no one got squished. Looks like the lift points ripped out.
     
  3. Z SIGNS

    Z SIGNS Very Active Member

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    some days are better than others
     
  4. Stacey K

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    Oh boy...I would hate to be those guys! :(
     
  5. I hope they were taking that sign down and not putting it up :covereyes:
     
  6. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    So what's the lesson? If it's an old rusty sign, run straps around the entire thing?
     
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  7. fresh

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    it was being removed to be refurbished, and yeah, they attached the crane to a rusty part which broke under the load.
     
  8. Gino

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    No, make sure the poles are cut entirely and not to use your crane as a pulley system to break or snap steel.
     
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  9. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Oohhh, I see that now. That's not smart
     
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  10. Johnny Best

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    It looks like the crane strap broke. Glad no one was injured.
     
  11. FatCat

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    Yup, saw that and was thinking the same thing before I read your response - just a little bit of steel left and not cut through all the way. Looks like their bucket truck probably took some damage on the passenger side...ouch.
     
  12. Bobby H

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    Ugh. That just makes my stomach turn watching that video. Not because it's stupid vertical video either.:D
     
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  13. JBurton

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    This is sheer laziness. He totaled a sign instead of taking the extra 3 minutes to boom over and see what was hanging up. I wonder if he was training the other guy in the basket, otherwise why were there two of them in there, and perhaps he figured the trainee had made a sloppy cut, but that the slag would give way. This isn't the crane operators fault, but he should have noticed the crane had the weight of half the sign already, and the other half was pulling his boom down...
    This reminds me of one of my first experiences with rope load line vs cable. We had a cabinet hang up half way down a pipe, so they pushed and pulled and finally gave up and figured on doing some more cutting/grinding on the pipe. I watched this sign come unstuck, after about 12" of load line had been winched in with no movement, and it suddenly shot up 2' and came back down 4" above where it started, which was about 5" above my installers head... I was on the ground and I ducked, he barely noticed.
     
  14. JBurton

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    I'd personally blow holes in the pipe, near the top, so a large shackle could fit it. It's hard to pull the pipe in two (see above video!) and tends to be the heaviest part, so if anything does give way or get hung up, you shouldn't have the majority of the weight falling. Otherwise, knocking a hole in the face and putting a strap all the way through the frame is a safe bet, just make certain you're not going to cut your strap on sharp edges.
    It's almost always better to cut the pipe free of the sign, as opposed to cutting the pipe and carrying both to the ground. I've seen some weld jobs that were just enough to keep the sign from freespinning on the pole. In those cases you could end up with a pipe dropping out of a sign in mid air...
     
  15. GAC05

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    Take the sign to a detail shop, looks like it'll buff out.
     
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  16. The Big Squeegee

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    Looks like the bottom cabnet will need to be reworked too.
     
  17. XtremeXccessories

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    I like how the guy in the bucket raised the cutting torch up like it was a lightsaber that he could use to cut the sign in half in case it was going to hit him.
     
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