Scooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1266 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1883 times:
The story even made it past the summerhelp at the newsdesk at Norway's largest paper (Aftenposten).
They reported it as a 500 kg. cannonball. About time to increase the salaries so that they can afford someone that can convert pounds to kilos and maybe get someone who knows their Donald Duck to know what a WRECKING ball is.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14814 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
The most innovative way I have seen in bringing down old buildings was a wrecking company in the coastal city of Kiel in northern Germany. They used a huge admiralty anchor (like the ones seen in Pirates of the Caribean). They had a hole drilled through one of the flukes, and had it hung by it (via a shackle) on a mobile crane.
At the end, where normally the anchor chain would be attached, they had a long steel rope connected to the towing hook of a bulldozer.
The crane operator would simply hang the anchor beghind a wall and then the bulldozer would give it a little tug, collapsing the wall.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13766 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
Bet that was an interesting call the insurance company to file a claim by the guy that ended up with the wrecking ball to file a claim.
Q: how was your car hit?
A: I was hit by a runaway wrecking ball
As to unique ways to demolish buildings, here in Northern New Jersey back in the early 1950's for a while, a local building wrecker use an old disarmed Army Tank! They mainly used it on 1-2 story buildings, and things went well until the tank got stuck in a unknown basement of a building they were demolishing. Apparently when they were using the tank, they got a lot of attention and onlookers.