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Old 03-25-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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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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Old 03-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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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!

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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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
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if you hear it from a guy in the apron store, be VERY suspicious the mtl/method will work,,, when it time to build something together, they won't answer phones NOR help
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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.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:34 PM   #6
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All depends on what kind of stone your talking about, something round like field stone or flat like limestone.
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Hopefully the OP has solved this problem considering this thread is one year old!
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #8
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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.
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The best way to move stone is simple. Check out "coral castle" on youtube. You will find all your answers there. GL
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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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