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Old 02-10-2021, 09:14 PM
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I hate to be that guy, but are you sure that wall is solid?
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I thought the same.
I was thinking the same but I am far from an engineer. You did mention having to offset a hole because of a reinforcement--was that a piece of embedded rebar?

On a positive note, I think the crane would survive the fall should it detach! don't know about the winch, though.
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Old 02-11-2021, 11:02 AM
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I'm even farther from being an engineer than mccutter, but the original post says that the wall is poured, reinforced concrete which I'm sure has it's limits.

But my question would be, what kind of lift weight are you planning to lift?
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Old 02-11-2021, 01:48 PM
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but the original post says that the wall is poured, reinforced concrete which I'm sure has it's limits.

But my question would be, what kind of lift weight are you planning to lift?
Indeed, and the limit is quite low when loaded in tension.

There is a fulcrum near the middle of the mast where the support struts are attached. Below this fulcrum the mast will be loaded horizontally, away from what is being lifted. This horizontal load will put the wall in tension. Not good. Moreover I would have liked to see some cushion between the steel and concrete like rubber or polyurethane. The hard steel on concrete can create a stress riser that can initiate a crack. Also not good.

The hoist should be sized to the structure it is mounted to so there is no chance of overload.
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Old 02-11-2021, 02:37 PM
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While I'm "acting" like an engineer, I'd like add that I think it would've been very beneficial for the vertical post to extend a bit (several feet) higher than the boomer leg & winch. That would have given room to attach a brace or two to anchor back away from the lift side to anchor points on the roof. (out of the swing of the boomer leg)

Hey....this backseat driving is kinda fun.
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While I'm "acting" like an engineer, I'd like add that I think it would've been very beneficial for the vertical post to extend a bit (several feet) higher than the boomer leg & winch. That would have given room to attach a brace or two to anchor back away from the lift side to anchor points on the roof. (out of the swing of the boomer leg)

Hey....this backseat driving is kinda fun.
Yes, I guess I see what you mean. In my own words: It would have been better to attach the struts at the top of the mast, this way the fulcrum is eliminated and the side loading of the wall is greatly reduced. The major load on the wall would then be downward in compression. Concrete handles compression loading very well.
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:09 PM
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Yes, I guess I see what you mean. In my own words: It would have been better to attach the struts at the top of the mast, this way the fulcrum is eliminated and the side loading of the wall is greatly reduced. The major load on the wall would then be downward in compression. Concrete handles compression loading very well.
Yep, I think we're on the same track. Like you said, that would put the load downward.....and a large plate at the bottom could spread the load out onto the roof.
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Ok, it's been up 6 months or so, Question is how did it work out for you?
Can we get a update on it? Not an Mechanical Engineer But it looks like it should get the job done.
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Old 08-11-2021, 06:38 PM
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Ok, it's been up 6 months or so, Question is how did it work out for you?
Can we get a update on it? Not an Mechanical Engineer But it looks like it should get the job done.
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Old 10-07-2021, 08:09 PM
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I have to ask how this crane worked out in the end.

I have designed jib cranes in the past and I spent many years working in a structural engineering office cranking out the calculations and drawings.

I have no idea what’s inside that wall to reinforce it, But if this was not passed off by a structural engineer you are really entering a legal black hole.

Hopefully you were not entering a structural one.

But seriously, did you get a permit for this thing?
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Old 10-08-2021, 10:23 AM
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Probably way over kill based on the weight of a large condenser unit. Cranes are built to lift a max weight plus . I'm sure he considered this during planning.

He may never come back after the blistering critique y'all gave him...
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