Don’t CRANE You Neck

While Jeff is away working on a writing project I have enlisted the help of some of our mechanical friends to lend a hand.  The cupola form is not particularly heavy but rather bulky to lift by hand to the top of the house.  I used the crane extension I made for Dozy to lift the cupola.  But first….




I needed to be able to get really close to the structure so I built up a ramp with heavy timbers.  This allowed  the cranes reach to get as close to the top as possible.




Meredith, Karen and Beckett stopped by and with their help, we were able to get the cupola up and in position on top of the compression ring. (and thanks Karen for your wonderful home made salsa)






This is the first really solid object connected to our house which really contrasts against the openness of the rebar framework.  As my mother might say:  “My doesn’t that cupola stand out.”




Now with the task at hand done, time to clean up.  Dozy’s new friend, our powered wheelbarrow made easy work of moving the timbers from the temporary ramp to the wood pile. pastedGraphic_5.pdf


By the way, we have not yet named him/her yet.  Here are the suggestions so far:  Scooter-Barrow,  Scoopy-Do or Scoopty-Do, Old Yeller, Killer, Dumpy, Dumpoe or the French variation Dumpeaux.  Do any of these names get your favorite vote?  Or do you have a different suggestion?  Post a comment.


1 comment

I like Dumpy. With Dozy, it’s like two of the seven heavy machinery dwarves.
Sunday, September 13, 2009 – 07:16 PM


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