November 10, 2004

Careful what you ask for.

I wanted to be an "Elevator Man (tm)", and now I am one...but but but: noone mentioned Freight Elevators when I signed on. It's easy to assume that an elevator is going to have some heavy parts, and they do. 200 lb doors, 400 lb Jacks, 50lb brackets, etc. There's a little gruntin' and groanin' when you're putting the pieces where they go, but nothing too bad.

When you're dealing with a freight, you can just multiply all of the weights listed above times 3, and you'd be pretty close to what they weigh. The car "gates" that we unloded today each weighed 677 lbs. Each half of the hoistway doors weighs in at 600lbs plus. (Actually, I think that they're even heavier than that, as when we were using one of these to unload all four doors, and their steel "I" beam packing crate, we were picking the back wheels up off the ground, and the boom wan't even extended out 20 feet.) The single 16 foot long Jack that will lift this elevator will weigh in at upwards of 1300 lbs. We're unloading that booger tomorrow. The plans show that the oil reservoir for this thing will stand at 6 feet 3 inches tall, and I estimate that it will hold 350 to 400 gallons of hydraulic oil. Nothing on this damn job is small or easy to handle. The doors and mounting components for them took up an entire flat bed Semi-Trailer, whereas the little passenger one for over at the Tennessee Theater was delivered in one Semi-Trailer Van...The whole damn elevator. Everything.

Speaking of the TN Theater, remember when I mentioned that I was destined to stay on that job until the elevator was completed? "The best of plans mislaid" I guess. We got word today that our "gang box" (Which is a big steel container on wheels that construction crews use to store their tools in onsite.) is going to be moved from the TN Theater to the Hunter Museum tomorrow. I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that I'll be in Chattanooga for the duration. I can't bitch though, one of the requirements for this job was the ability to work out of town, and I cheerfully said "Sure. No problem." Dangit! I really wanted to bitch!

The good news is: That it seems that I'll be able to see an elevator go together from start to finish.

The bad news is: There are three elevators on this job. The freight I'm working on now, the passenger that I showed you the rails for the other day, and another freight as big as the one I'm on now. Groan. If anyone out there is a stock speculator, I highly recommend buying a Ton of shares in Chattem Inc. (The makers of IcyHot). Shhhh. Don't tell them it was me that sent you.

I think we all need to put our heads together, and try to come up with something to help me out with my Internet withdrawal problem. So far, it's not been too bad, but I see it turning into a major issue in the near future.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at November 10, 2004 08:43 PM

The good news would be look at all those muscles your going to get!

Then you will need them to fight the women off because you'll be all muscly and wearing boots


Posted by: Machelle at November 11, 2004 12:01 PM

I was waiting for Machelle to say something like that. She cracks me up!

Do any of the places you stay have internet access? I would say the answer is a laptop. Also, if they don't have internet connections some coffee places do; you can hook up after you do dinner.

Posted by: Boudicca at November 11, 2004 12:50 PM

Ok both you ladies need to stop reading my mind....damn it.

What they said!

Just figure somethin' out. We can't do just a weekend posting thing. Oh no no no no no......that won't do at all. ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at November 11, 2004 07:53 PM

I don't know much about elevators, or "lifts", as we say in Blighty, but the fact that you're doing something you want to do is enough to make me happy.

And if the whole thing involves Erection Manuals and men in workboots, well that's just gravy :-)

Posted by: Sally at November 12, 2004 10:34 AM

Yeah Machelle! finally getting all those muscles is gonna be sweet, but the transition period from "flabby techno-geek" to "Oiled Adonis" is a real tough "row to hoe". (Somebody sing me a chorus of "we shall overcome"!) Let me guess. you want more pictures. ;^)

Hey Bou! Yes, one place we stayed at has internet access, but the $138 a night price tag just isn't worth it. The dive that we are currently staying in costs a mere $42 daily. Working for a small bidness means that I try to save as much money for the boss as I can (In hopes that some of it will end up in my back pocket). I actually have TWO laptops, but neither one will run anything higher than Win 98, and they don't even have USB support. WIFI or BlueTooth are Waaay out of the question.

Tammi-licious! don't sweat it too much sweetie. I intend on saving as many pennies as I can in order to get me a new laptop. It'll be tough for awhile though, but together we'll get through this. If push comes to shove, I'll activate the Web-feature on my cell phone, and blog from there. We'll see.

Hi Sally! I hope you had the "bestest" Anniversary ever. Thanks for the kind words. I'm just tickled that the fact that I'm doing good is making you feel good. Glad to oblige. BTW, I hear you ALSO asking for pictures. Yeesh! at this rate, I'm gonna have to have all you fine ladies out there stuff a few "ones" down my boot-tops. ;^)

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