09 Dec 2010

Uses For Lifting Straps In Residential Construction

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Building houses is harder than it may appear to those of us driving by job sites on our way to work. From afar, there seems to be a simple coming-together of supplies and labor, and before we know it the final product emerges.

Not so in reality. Construction, of course, involves a high degree of math prowess, and understanding of physics, construction methods, and properties of materials. Like many jobs, there are “tricks” learned only through hands-on experience and years of exposure.

In a stereotypical male way, one of the most interesting parts of residential construction is when the heavy equipment is called in. Routinely cranes are called upon to move loads from a flat bed delivery vehicle to another station on the jobsite. There’s danger involved, so the crane and its operator are highly trained. The operator is OSHA certified and begins charging for his time before he leaves his workshop.

Cranes use a lifting strap to grasp loads like plywood and OSB, pallets of stone or timbers. Most times, the material is laid on a raised bed which allows for the lifting strap to slide underneath. There are many varieties such as eye and eye, endless loop, triangle eye and continuous. The straps are lifted and the crane grasps the lifting strap like a handle, then hoists the load up to a 2nd floor or deck, for example. It may take multiple attempts to grasp the load just so and move it cleanly to the desired height for off-loading or to a separate area of the job site for use in later phases.

For this job, it may take 1.5 to 2 hours including set-up and removal. A crane with a lifting strap is a critical part of the homebuilding process.

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