Auto cranes and reclaimed beams

By Saturday, June 27, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

Well, we are finally on the last stages of having our new fireplace ready to use! Last year, around the holidays we had a fire ball shoot out of the flue. Obviously not a good thing. We had a fireplace expert come out and take a look. He had been in the business for over 30 years. He said he had only seen 3 as bad as ours and the other two houses burned down. We were so incredibly blessed! Anyhoo, we are so excited to finally have a working fireplace again. It’s one of the main reasons I wanted this house. I think I am more excited to have a mantle to decorate than I am about the actual fireplace! My hubby decided to put on the mantle himself. I don’t think he realized just what he was getting himself into with this job. We chose a reclaimed oak beam that is over 100 years old. It came from a flour mill that was in Tulsa. It weighs a million pounds.

Now, wouldn’t you assume that this was not a one person job? Beside the fact that it’s a ridiculously heavy beam, it’s also as long as Rapunzel’s hair.┬áIt extends all the way from one end of the fireplace to the other. How can one person maneuver this thing and get it up on the wall?

With a scaffold and an auto crane, of course.

 

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By Wednesday, June 3, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

Today James & I have been married for 9 years. How are we marking this occasion? With a phone call from his hotel in Denver. Yay, married life!