Slideshow: Lifting Beams

Slideshow: Lifting Beams

Whenever possible, the author and his crew use an all-terrain forklift to lift beams in place. To save time and to avoid having to work off ladders, they have already attached the columns and hardware to the beam while it's on the ground, and are lifting the whole assembly into place.

Slideshow: Lifting Beams

For larger beams that require placing over greater distances and to more control, the author supports the beams with rigging straps.

Slideshow: Lifting Beams

If the crew can’t use a forklift, they use wall jacks. These prove useful for lifting safely in tight quarters.

Slideshow: Lifting Beams

When lifting with pumpjacks, be sure to brace the legs back to the framing to keep the jack poles straight.

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