If the tire on your car gets punctured, you might be stuck waiting at the maintenance shop for around an hour for the hole to be patched. But, if one of your $30,000 heavy duty earthmoving tires develops a hole, you’re going to be waiting much longer.
The video below shows the entire process of repairing a relatively small laceration in an earthmoving tire, using a process created by REMA TIP TOP. REMA supplies automotive and industrial products, including the OTR Tire Retread Product, highlighted in the video, which are made in the company’s Madison, GA plant.
As you’ll see, the repair requires a heck of a process to complete, which starts by making the small hole into a large crater. After the patch is cut in and applied, a series of taping, gumming, and stitching techniques keep the patch in place. It’s a long and tedious process that clearly requires a lot of precision and quality, so we can take solace in that fact that we’re not the ones that have to do the work. There is a significant part of the tire repair process that was cut out of the video, however, which is the vulcanization process, which hardens the rubber by heating it at high temperatures with sulfur.
If you’re interested in some general best practices for maintaining your large equipment tires, OTR Tires provided some good tips on their website. Many of the tips, like checking tire pressure regularly, checking tread depth, and avoiding potholes, are pretty obvious, but others are good reminders. Maintaining proper speed, for example, isn’t just a good practice for safety, each tire also has a recommended speed limit that should not be topped. If you’re storing your tires, make sure it’s for no longer than 90 days and in an area that does not get extremely hot or cold.
Contact with overhead power lines is a major hazard when working on most construction sites and especially when working from elevated platforms or with heavy machinery.
I’ve written about Hand Tool Rescue’s Youtube channel a couple times before and the reason I like it so much is that it’s not only entertaining and therapeutic to watch, it also informs me about tools I never even knew existed.
As many of America’s oldest bridges are being demolished to make way for newer, larger bridges, it’s important to look back and understand how those bridges –and other historic buildings- came to be built prior to modern technology. Last year, a collection of 55 year old pictures from the construction of the world famous Seattle Space Needle were released to the public, shedding some interesting insight into the process of the build and the people who built it.
When construction workers cut through nature and dig in the ground, it shouldn’t be a surprise when wildlife is encountered, although some are a little bit more frightening than others. Last year, crews had to help free a giant bear that was stuck in a cesspit and the bear was happy at all about it.
I don’t think there is anyone in the construction industry that has a better marketing department than Priestly Demolition, a demolition specialty contractor based in Ontario, Canada. Their Youtube channel is filled with high quality demolition videos in the form of timelapse videos and even a 24 minute long, highly detailed video of a bridge demolition so impressive it won awards for best in the world. Implosion videos are a great source of entertainment in their own right, but the videos that Priestly put out are not only entertaining, but also great for education purposes.
Residents living near a Jersey City, New Jersey construction site were frightened as they watched “explosions” of smoke coming out of holes in the ground.
Smaller heavy construction equipment is the most likely to be stolen on a jobsite, but most of the time the thieves try to sell the equipment for money. On rare occasions, the thief just takes the machine out on the town for a joy ride and leading the police on some pretty frustrating pursuits. Early last year, a man in Florida stole a backhoe and lead police on a wild 3 hour chase as the hammer attachment drug along the asphalt throwing sparks the whole way. Just last week, police dash cam footage showed an 18 year old backing over a police cruiser, with an officer still inside, and then leading several other officers on a slow chase.
The Seattle Space Needle is not a normal building, which makes it a unique project to try to renovate. The iconic building is set to receive a $100 million renovation dubbed the Century Project that promises much better views thanks to new floor to ceiling exterior glazing. To prepare for the project, construction crews recently hoisted a 28.000 pound ring of scaffold to the tower’s Tophouse, around 400 feet in the air.
As we saw after the Lake Oroville Dam in California collapsed earlier this year, dam failures can have sudden and devastating effects. Recent footage showing raging muddy waters swallowing a construction site in a matter of seconds has been shared after river dam in Thatom, Loas failed.
Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and landed in South Florida a little over a week ago, sadly killing at least 50 people in Florida and causing plenty of property damage. High winds that accompanied the storm also caused the collapse of 3 construction cranes – two in Miami and one more in Fort Lauderdale. The crane in Fort Lauderdale was recently dismantled and the action was caught on video.