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Old 05-02-2019, 03:04 AM   #1
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Help! Roof fell during raise

I was raising the bus up 14" using the L-bracket-allthread method and the roof feel over as we were raising it. I have calls out to a few rigging companies, but none are in my immediate area.

This is like the worst thing that could happen. What are my options besides getting a crane operator to pick it up as we weld on the new hat channel?

My back up raise method is the "red neck roof raise" using 4 farm jacks, but there's only 3 in my area and they're 100 each.

Any ideas?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Set up an "A" frame on each side with a beam across above the bus and hoist from that. Need two of them. could be made of wood, but would have to be good size beams with bracing or ground anchors to keep it in place.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:52 AM   #3
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Hoist with what?

So you're suggesting I build a wooden frame around the bus in front and back?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:53 AM   #4
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I was raising the bus up 14" using the L-bracket-allthread method and the roof feel over as we were raising it. I have calls out to a few rigging companies, but none are in my immediate area.

This is like the worst thing that could happen. What are my options besides getting a crane operator to pick it up as we weld on the new hat channel?

My back up raise method is the "red neck roof raise" using 4 farm jacks, but there's only 3 in my area and they're 100 each.

Any ideas?
Can you add a pic of the aftermath? Knowing exactly how the roof ended up might help with figuring out how to fix it.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:03 AM   #5
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One of the welds on the angle brackets failed, but it was going up crooked at the time anyway.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:06 AM   #6
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:36 AM   #7
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Yes a wooden frame outside that you can use a come-a -long from to hoist it. Would need several, one at each corner. You could do it from inside as well then you would use jacks. The farm jacks NO. That would be a good way to get into a real mess.

Scafolding on the inside would be a stable platform to raise it from as well. This would most likely be the easyest.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:44 AM   #8
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Hope no one was injured! That must have beeterrifying. g.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:59 AM   #9
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Thinking about this some more..... is it even safe to be inside at this point?

So two bucks( sections) high each side outside with scaffolding then run a 6x6 across just under the windows. Front and back. This would be to prevent it from further coming down. Then another beam next to the first one could be used to jack it, and as it is jacked up crib the first beam higher as you go in order to keep any possible falling distance as short as possible.

This way no one needs to be inside, and it gives some real security so once fully in position it would be safe to be inside to weld.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:00 AM   #10
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Alternative option - a couple forklifts with extra long forks. Could use thick boards to extend the forks (but not more than a couple feet).
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