View Full Version : OT: OK guys, how are they gonna fix this?

10-30-2012, 07:55 AM

10-30-2012, 08:40 AM
Gonna need a crane...Oh, wait a minute

10-30-2012, 08:41 AM
Tie the mayor to it and give him a go. He seems to know how to "fix" so many other things.

10-30-2012, 08:44 AM
Lower it down from the existing crane and repair/replace it, then put it back up just like they did the first time.


10-30-2012, 09:14 AM

Seriously, I imagine that once conditions are good, they'd
either rig up another crane and take it down one piece at a time
or maybe rig up more supports between the cab, broken boom, etc,
and the building. Then connect up some winches to pieces, cut the
piece off, and then lower it down.

I took a quick look at the address of the building on google maps,
there is no park or open area immediately adjacent to where the
building is (or should be) so they can't do any sort of controlled
collapse of the whole thing. Though now that I think a second I wonder
if they can collapse it along the street -- knock the whole thing down
sideways along 57th st?


10-30-2012, 09:37 AM
Viagra? :)

That's on the billionaire condo that's under construction -- it'll be repaired very quickly :)

By the way, since they knew well in advance that a giant storm was inbound, why the heck didn't they lower the beam and bolt everything down???

10-30-2012, 10:11 AM
They fixed (replaced) this one and went on to finish the Expedia building:


This is right across the street from where I was working.

Weston Bye
10-30-2012, 10:42 AM
Looks like the boom went over the top and fell backwards. I wonder if they left it at 45 degrees or higher before the storm and the wind took it over. If such was the case, they could have avoided the whole problem by lowering the boom and then hooking the lift cable to some nearby structure. Easy enough to Monday (Tuesday) morning quarterback, but the solution seems obvious.

As far as fixing it, they may have to rig some sort of jury strut. Depending on the damage, they might even take it back over the top to a more stable position and resolve the problem from there.

I once watched a huge helicopter delivering large air handling units to the roof of the Chevy Truck or Engine plant in Flint MI. that might be a solution.


10-30-2012, 11:55 AM
Call in Spiderman!

10-30-2012, 03:12 PM
It's not that bad,just the hoist works and boom are damaged.What they will probably do is hoist up and pin off a stiff leg crane on the side of the tower and use it to dismantle and lower the damaged sections down.

Weston Bye
10-30-2012, 04:34 PM
I was right. Here's how it happened:


No planning, no prevention, stupidity.