Working With Large Beams

Most of the time, we use a Big Foot 10 1/4-inch saw to cut beams.

We also keep a chain saw in the truck and use that to cut beams whose ends won't be exposed.

To lift a beam into place, we use two basic approaches. The first is the easier method and works well if we can get direct access to the beam's final location. We just center the beam on the forks and lift it into place on support columns or walls.

A variation of this technique is to attach the support columns and hardware to the beam while it's on the ground, then lift the whole assembly into place.

The second approach is to strap the beam with rigging straps.This takes a little longer but gives the guys on ladders or scaffolding more maneuverability to guide the beam into a pocket.

It's important that everyone on the crew uses exactly the same signal style and that the operator stays focused on the framer who's doing the signaling.

We had the lumber company drop the material as close to a window as possible. From there we were able to slide the beam onto a section of rolling scaffolding. We simply wheeled the beam into place, then used two wall jacks to lift it up, bracing the jacks to keep them straight.

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