{Stus-List} mast climbing

Bob Moriarty bobmor99 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 18:07:49 EST 2009


Denominator/numerator correction:
1 gallon (Imp)  / 10 pounds X (let's say) 200 pounds = 20 gallons

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Bob Moriarty <bobmor99 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hmm. Well I'm gonna use water. Sounds safer.
> Let's see, 10 pounds / gallon (Imp)  X (let's say) 200 pounds = 20 gallons.
> I think I can hoist that much  to the top. Call me Otis.
> "Otis elevators never let you down."
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM, Brent Driedger <brentmd at highspeedcrow.ca>wrote:
>
>> I believe Myth Busters looked into this and tried to re-create it. It was
>> very funny!
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Brent
>> s/v Wild Rover
>>
>> On 3-Dec-09, at 10:42 AM, Ronald B. Frerker wrote:
>>
>>  OK, OK, I'll 'fess up.  My corruption of the story was based on the song
>>> "Why Paddy Won't be at Work Today."
>>> Seemed like a good fit.
>>> Ron
>>> Wild Cheri
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>  The earliest version I'm aware of
>>>> of this tale of woe dates for 1895 (yes, that is
>>>> 1895!):
>>>>
>>>> http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/bricks.asp
>>>>
>>>> The version posted below is one of the best versions
>>>> around I think...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM,
>>>> Jim Watts <jimwatts at shaw.ca>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Here's a version closer to the original that I
>>>> heard, although nationalities change constantly in the
>>>> retelling.
>>>>
>>>> This is a bricklayer's accident report,
>>>> which was printed in the
>>>> newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers'
>>>> Compensation
>>>> board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd
>>>> have received a
>>>>
>>>> Darwin Award for sure.......
>>>>
>>>> Dear Sir,
>>>>
>>>> I am writing in response to your request for
>>>> additional information in
>>>> Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor
>>>> planning" as the
>>>> cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation
>>>> and I trust
>>>>
>>>> the following details will be sufficient.
>>>>
>>>> I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the
>>>> accident, I was working
>>>> alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I
>>>> completed my
>>>> work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when
>>>> weighed
>>>>
>>>> later were found to be slightly in excess of 500lbs. Rather
>>>> than carry
>>>> the bricks down by hand I decided to lower them in a barrel
>>>> by using a pulley,
>>>> which was attached to the side of the building
>>>> on the sixth floor.
>>>> Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof,
>>>> swung the
>>>> barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down
>>>> and untied
>>>>
>>>> the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of
>>>> the bricks.
>>>> You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that
>>>> I weigh
>>>> 135lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground
>>>> so suddenly,
>>>> I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the
>>>> rope. Needless
>>>>
>>>> to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the
>>>> building. In
>>>> the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which
>>>> was now
>>>> proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This
>>>> explained the
>>>> fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar
>>>> bone, as listed
>>>>
>>>> in section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only
>>>> slightly, I
>>>> continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers
>>>> of my right
>>>> hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley.
>>>> Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind
>>>> and was
>>>>
>>>> able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to
>>>> experience
>>>> pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel
>>>> of bricks
>>>> hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel.
>>>> Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel
>>>> weighed
>>>>
>>>> approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As
>>>> you can
>>>> imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the
>>>> building. In
>>>> the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming
>>>> up. This
>>>> accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and
>>>> several
>>>>
>>>> lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began
>>>> to change
>>>> slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me
>>>> enough to
>>>> lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and
>>>> fortunately
>>>> only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report,
>>>> however, as I
>>>>
>>>> lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I
>>>> again lost
>>>> my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope
>>>> and I lay
>>>> there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down
>>>> onto me.
>>>> This explains the two broken legs.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I hope this answers your inquiry.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Jim Watts
>>>> Paradigm Shift
>>>> C&C 35 Mk III
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "dwight veinot" <dwightveinot at hfx.eastlink.ca>
>>>> To: <cnc-list at cnc-list.com>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 3:18 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: {Stus-List} mast
>>>> climbing
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Can't be a true story...you made it up right...a
>>>> good laugh despite the
>>>> hardship suffered...he lived I hope
>>>>
>>>> Dwight Veinot
>>>> 1974 C&C 35, Alianna
>>>> Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com
>>>> [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
>>>>
>>>> On Behalf Of Ronald B. Frerker
>>>> Sent: December 2, 2009 6:27 PM
>>>> To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
>>>> Subject: Re: {Stus-List} mast climbing
>>>>
>>>> Reminds me of the skipper who arrived before any crew and
>>>> decided to hoist
>>>>
>>>> himself up the mast.  Loaded a large bucket of bricks and
>>>> hoisted it up the
>>>> mast with the halyard.  Then tied it off and also tied a
>>>> foot loop in the
>>>> halyard.  Placed his foot in the loop and released the
>>>> line.  Weight was a
>>>>
>>>> little too heavy, so he went up pretty fast and got hit in
>>>> the head with the
>>>> bucket of bricks when they met halfway up.  Kept rocketing
>>>> up 'til his
>>>> fingers got jammed in the sheave.
>>>> 'bout then, the bucket hit the deck and fell over,
>>>> dumping out many bricks.
>>>>
>>>> Now he's heavier and comes down quickly.  Crashes to
>>>> the deck, loses control
>>>> of the line and the bucket comes down once more, hitting
>>>> the spreader and
>>>> dumping some bricks on him.
>>>>
>>>> Crew arrives to see the skipper unconscious on the deck
>>>> with bricks all
>>>>
>>>> around.
>>>> Ron
>>>> Wild Cheri
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  {margin:0;}Appreciate
>>>>> your stories.
>>>>>
>>>>> I tried to haul myself up our mast using a 4 to 1
>>>>> tackle and mountain climbing gear. Later tried a 3 to
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  1. After 30 minutes I got very
>>>>> near the top but was exhausted, so abandoned the
>>>>> plan. We since use a two halyard method.
>>>>> One person winches you up and the 2nd person maintains
>>>>>
>>>> a
>>>>
>>>>> second halyard on you as a safety.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  Working separate winches, the two people can haul you
>>>>> up together and share the load going up. I wear a
>>>>> climbing harness that keeps me fairly comfortable for
>>>>>
>>>> up to
>>>>
>>>>> about an hour. It is difficult to find people who are
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  skilled and can be trusted to stick around and stay
>>>>>
>>>> still
>>>>
>>>>> while you work aloft and be ready for the ride down.
>>>>> Last time I was lucky to find two willing souls but I
>>>>>
>>>> had to
>>>>
>>>>> show one guy how to operate my clutches and how to
>>>>>
>>>> feed
>>>>
>>>>  a self tailing winch and how to keep tension on the
>>>>>
>>>> tail and
>>>>
>>>>> hold a hand on the wraps around the winch drum to
>>>>> ease me down. The other guy was more experienced
>>>>> and we proceeded very carefully and without a
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  problem. Having two guys in the cockpit seems to work
>>>>> well as they can help each other and then keep
>>>>> each other company during the wait.
>>>>>
>>>>> Anyone climbing the mast,
>>>>> Don't forget your camera. The pictures can be
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  spectacular from up there.
>>>>>
>>>>> Chuck
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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