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Old 08-27-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Lifting railroad tie for rustic arbor (pics)

Hi all,

Looking for some advice here. Any idea how I can get this ~200lb railroad tie to the top of these vertical supports? I have four guys to work with. It would require lifting it approximately 9 ft in the air to set over threaded bolts on the vertical supports. How can we get this thing up safely?
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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My wife and I built our log home almost entirely by ourselves, so we have have a bunch of experiece in lifting heavy things like your railroad tie. We are both in our 60s and set all of our logs, posts, and ridge beam with little trouble.

You don't need four people; two will do just fine. Borrow or rent a section of scaffold with wheels. Doesn't have to be the real heavy-duty stuff. The platform on the scaffold will be about 5-6' high. Two people lift the tie and slide it onto the platform. Wheel the platform to where it needs to be to set the tie. Two people climb onto the platform, lift, and set the tie. You're done.


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Old 08-27-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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how are the columns supported?

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do you have anything above it to hang a rope from and swing the tie into the spot?
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I would get two 2x6's 12' long and attach them to the uprights with 2 ratchet tie downs each and have a cross bar bolted to the top of the 2x's from which a rope can be suspended to pull up the piece. Assemble the cross bar on the ground and raise everything as a unit.
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It would be a lot easier (and safer) if you left the pins out and just set it up there. Attach it from the top down after it's in place.


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