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Old 04-13-2013, 12:53 AM   #7501
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Oboy, that's a bunch of horsepower. Most of the local tugs on the west coast have between around 500 and 1,200 horsepower. They are mostly used for either towing log booms or the big chip barges.
Yeah it is alot of horsepower there. Even our props is very large. the size of prop is get this .,, 10 feet diameter variable pitch plus it can be reverseable.

The prop materal is Bronze I know they are not cheap when someone hit something in the water and bended the blade ( the only time it will happend when you hit rock or something superhard under the water espcally with large logs we can chop them up pretty good ) The weight of props is 4 tons each.

I know someone will ask how big our fuel tanks is the answer is 12,000 US gallons.

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #7502
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Marc.....thats not fair, I am on dry land. I can handle a load of 15,000 kilo so I figure I am doing ok....lol
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About time I did a couple of building pics I think. Not at home,up in Kamloops doing some fixing while on holiday.

The front steps outside were put together from landscape blocks many years ago. The rise was 4 3/4" and the run varied. Suffice it to say that they were most awkward to go up and down. Add to that the fact that the fill under the blocks was anything but stable, and you can imagine just how unsafe they had become.

By the time I remembered to get a photo, I had already removed all the blocks - you can see several of them sitting at the side of the garage wall here. The total run is around 321" and the rise is about 92". I say about, because there will be some fixing to do up on the top concrete paver walkway, and I'm not quite sure how that's going to end up.

But the fix will be to replace the mess that was there with some P.T. steps with a very gentle rise and run to them.

Here the worst of the mess has been removed and I have a platform at the bottom from which to start.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:19 AM   #7504
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It's been so long since I was able to get materials delivered, I forgot what a treat it was!

Popped up to the local Rona store, gave the man a list of materials and some money, and lo and behold the next morning here it is!
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Much of the work here has been removing an awful lot of the fill under the blocks. About 50 wheelbarrow loads so far, and we're not done yet! But this time there's a helper so I don't have to do ALL the bull work.
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There's going to be three short stair runs along with the platforms to sit them on. Here we have the first stairs in and the stringers for the second stairs in place. Then I got run off the job by rain and a nasty cold wind. And they promised me it would be nothing but sunshine up here!

I'm re-using some of the blocks as footings for the platforms, so everything won't be a total waste. Then perhaps later this summer I may get to use the rest for a fancy deck/sitting area I have in mind for the back yard here.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:21 AM   #7507
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Man, that is some undertaking Keith, I bet it felt good not to have to load and unload from your boat on this project.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:09 AM   #7508
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^^^ No kidding, right?
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Man, that is some undertaking Keith, I bet it felt good not to have to load and unload from your boat on this project.
Hi Jim...yes, it's a fair bit of work, but having the load dropped 20 feet from where you're working makes life a whole lot easier.

I'm not sure if it will get finished or not today...rain and thunderstorms in the forecast!
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All done...here's the first test walk down the stairs. She's a very happy lady today.
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Nice job Keith! You know you've done a good job when you get a big like that!
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Amazing, you sure don't waste any time buddy, good looking job Keith, I know she is happy, you are a good friend.
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Back home all safe and sound. I took a few pics on the trip back and I'll show you a couple of them now.

This one is a small mountain just this side of Hope just after you get off the infamous Coquihalla Highway.
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This little gadget was used in the construction of the new bridge across the Fraser river. Seems to me it would make a pretty good bridge all by itself!
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Here's a couple of pics of the bridge in question. Bear in mind that this series of pics was shot through a somewhat dirty front windshield at 90 kms. Didn't come out too badly.
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