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jfabris 03-25-2013 04:21 PM

Stone lifting tongs
 
I am rebuilding a stone chimney in my log cabin. Some of the stones are 50-200 pounds. I would like to set up a homemade crane using pipes, block and tackle and something to grab the rocks.
I see lots of two prong tongs online but no 3 or 4 prong ones.
I don't see how a two pronged device will safely hold an odd shaped rock.
The rock lifting tongs I do see online are huge, for ton sized rocks for use with a backhoe.

Any ideas?



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GBrackins 03-26-2013 01:26 PM

Welcome to the Forum! :thumbsup:

I've never had to do this, but I would think a bag system made from a heavy duty tarp (not wal-mart $15 plastic) would work. place stone on tarp and attaches eyelets/grommets to hoist.

once one using tarp to life stones could always find a use around the cabin.

just a thought ..... Good luck!

jfabris 03-26-2013 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GBrackins (Post 1146238)
Welcome to the Forum! :thumbsup:

I've never had to do this, but I would think a bag system made from a heavy duty tarp (not wal-mart $15 plastic) would work. place stone on tarp and attaches eyelets/grommets to hoist.

once one using tarp to life stones could always find a use around the cabin.

just a thought ..... Good luck!


Well, the problem with that is I need to be able to place the stone right into position, so the grabbing device needs to lift from the sides/top.

stadry 03-26-2013 05:26 PM

pin & feather or lewis pins will take too long to cut into the stone so try ' lifting dogs ' - granite city tool ( barre, vt ) or miles supply ( elberton, ga ) [ no financial interest ]

or, if you're a cheap h/o - diy'er like the rest of us, make your own after looking at them online :laughing:

pedromtt 03-18-2014 04:43 PM

Tongs for Rocks
 
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If you can weld you can make
these tongs for rocks, I use an engine hoist to pick them up and move them. Works like an old ice block lifter.

Canarywood1 03-18-2014 09:34 PM

All depends on what kind of stone your talking about, something round like field stone or flat like limestone.

Msradell 03-18-2014 10:22 PM

Hopefully the OP has solved this problem considering this thread is one year old! :laughing:

pedromtt 03-19-2014 10:39 AM

Update
 
Msradell, good point about old threads, perhaps members can also post the solutions, along with pictures that they used. It would be nice that way we will have best practices/solutions.:thumbup:

TRUEPRO 03-23-2014 01:06 PM

The best way to move stone is simple. Check out "coral castle" on youtube. You will find all your answers there. GL

pedromtt 03-24-2014 02:37 PM

Corral Rock Castle
 
Truepro, thank you for directing me to Corral Castle, it has been in the back of my mind, I saw the episode that Leonard Nimoy did back in the 70's, when into yutube to see the latest as you suggested. I will tell you this, the hoist and tackle is good but Edward Leedskalnin used it as a divertion. As for his treasure he left behind it is not in $$, but in knowledge. I plan to some day visit the original site where he started and then move to.


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