How To Move Heavy Stones

The Forgotten Technology:

…many times I had to improvise on tools that were not at hand in order to get the job done.
At one of these times, about 12 years ago, I had to remove some 1200 lb. saw cut concrete blocks from an existing floor. The problem was that we did not have a machine that could reach some of the blocks. The only obvious answer was to break the blocks into smaller pieces with a sledgehammer and load them into a wheelbarrow. To me, this seemed to be too much labor at the time, so I improvised.

He uses no special tools to move massive amounts of stone and concrete:

… working alone [I] could easily move a 2400 lb. block 300 ft. per hour with little effort, and a 10,000 lb. block at 70 ft. per hour. I also stood two 8 ft. 2400 lb. blocks on end and placed another 2400 lb. block on top. This took about two hours per block. I found that one man, working by himself, without the use of wheels, rollers, pulleys, or any type of hoisting equipment could perform the task.

I think he’s going to build some pyramids or something.

2 Replies to “How To Move Heavy Stones”

  1. This is one of the most interesting things you have posted. I wish there was more practical info on how to do the stuff he says can be done.

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