Learning to tie several useful knots has been on my to-do list for a while now and I’m reminded of that every time I tie some insane knot that’s way too loose or nearly impossible to un-tie. I guess one of my biggest hurdles is figuring out which knots would be most useful for me.
The Essential Craftsman is a Youtube Channel hosted by veteran carpenter Scott Wadsworth. He’s an old school guy with a great story telling ability and an extensive amount of knowledge. His Youtube channel is equal parts relaxing and fascinating, with topics ranging from framing to welding to a full series of videos surrounding the ground up build of a “spec house.”
One of Scott’s most recent videos is titled “5 Knots Everyone Should Know” and it has, once again, reinvigorated my desire to learn to properly tie some useful knots. Not only does he show you the knots that could be useful to tradesmen, he also offers some real world examples of how they could be used on jobsites.
The 5 knots that he suggests in the video, in order, are:
- Bowline, which is an end of the line knot
- Larks-head, a slip knot in the middle of a line
- Sheepshank, a knot used for tying a load down
- Water knot, which ties two lines together.
- “Fiddle String Knot,” as he decides to call it, which he uses to pull a string line very tightly.
Wadsworth shows the knots being tied pretty quickly, so you may need some additional help to truly figure out how to tie them. Based on the end of the video, it sounds like Essential Craftsman will have some close up, slow motion videos of each of these knots soon. In the meantime, you can check out animatedknots.com to get you started.
What are your favorite knots to use on the jobsite or in general?
Check out the video from Essential Craftsman below:
One thing’s for sure, the only thing better than one structure being demolished is two structures being demolished at the same time. Late last week, a decommissioned Florida Power Plant saw to the implosion of two 462 feet tall cooling towers in spectacular fashion.
Learning to tie several useful knots has been on my to-do list for a while now and I’m reminded of that every time I tie some insane knot that’s way too loose or nearly impossible to un-tie. I guess one of my my biggest hurdles is figuring out which knots would be most useful for me.
Construction crews were preparing to replace window glazing on the 47-story tall Wellhouse na Leninskom tower in Moscow, Russia, when a cable snapped just as the window was about to reach the top of the structure
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
As we’ve seen in the past, demolitions aren’t all about implosions. There are still many manual demolitions that are carried out by skilled excavator operators. The Victoria Street Bridge in Ontario, Canada is a recent example of that.
This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.
It’s been a while since we have shared a demolition video on Construction Junkie. We recently discussed a very high profile demolition project, the tallest voluntary demolition on record, which is schedule to start next year and how it is expected to happen, but no videos. Between the cold weather in most of the country and the general lack of interesting demolitions happening, it’s good to finally be back to feeling normal around here.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.