# How to move a barn!

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How would you move a large barn? Check out these guys!

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That's more impressive that weird trucks and hydraulic jacks.

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If you were going to do that and needed to know how many people you would need to lift it, how would you determine its weight?

You could measure its pieces & add it up. E.g., so many square feet of roofing shingles, of siding, of sheathing, linear feet of studs, of each different size beam, etc, etc.

But that's not clever enough by far. Let's see: you could put, say, 10 sheets of plywood under it, spaced around it, and air bags under the plywood. Then 17000/(10 * 32 sq ft * 144 sq in/sq ft) = .37 psi. Measure the psi in each bag & add it up. But that's a lot of air bags (expensive). And each sheet of plywood would have to support 1700 lbs, which probably means a need for stiffening structure.

You could use 1 sheet of plywood & 1 air bag and move them around, but how would you know when the air pressure is enough, but not too much?

What else? A really long, really stiff lever, and a pivot to put it on.

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Bob

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That is downright inspiring!

17,000 lb, 334 lifters = less than 50 lb per lifter on average. Gives real meaning to the old saw "many hands make light work".
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If a man can build a garage in 60 days, can 60 men build a garage in a day? ;-)

Cheers! Rich

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If it takes one man 60 days to build a garage, he needs some remedial construction classes. Building an average two car free standing garage solo should not take more than a week of full days of work.

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And put 9 women at it and have a baby in one month.

Lets see that guy do it with a "PA bank barn". :-) ...lew...

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All I get is a black screen with a small pattern in the center like it's loading. Tried it umpteen times.

SteveB

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Okay, seven then. Can seven men throw one up in a day?

Hmm. They probably could. ;-)

Maybe this is a bad example anyway - it comes from the phenomenon of throwing programmers at a problem to try to get it solved quicker - "You can't get a baby in a month by impregnating nine women!"

Cheers! Rich

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Rich Grise fired this volley in news:il10k1 \$p8h\$ snipped-for-privacy@news.eternal-september.org:

Not to beat a silly horse, but the Amish can put up a barn of arbitrary size in a day. It has to do more with available hands and organization of labor than with the specific workload.

And, for what it's worth, they call it "a frolic".

LLoyd

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Well, you do increase your odds of getting a baby under construction by a factor of 9X...

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Gives new meaning to the term, "raise the roof!" ;-)

Cheers! Rich

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I know someone who wanted a cardigan quickly, he farmed out various bits of knitting out to various females and got one to put it all together.(it worked sort of).

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If 24 guys poured the slab, would it reach full cure strength in a day?

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No, but it only takes a couple days to reach sufficient strength to continue construction. This is a garage we're talking about, not a skyscraper, so 28 day compressive strength is not an issue. While the slab is curing, it is entirely possible to continue framing out the walls of such a garage so that can be tipped up and secured when the concrete has sufficiently set. A week is very feasible.

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Reminds me of that episode of "Becker," where the Margaret shows up wearing a thing knitted by her drunkard husband - Linda remarked (on the phone to her friend) "it looks like somebody ate a box of crayons and threw up a sweater!"

;-) Rich

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OK, I've got it. If one man can dig a 6 foot hole in a day, could

1,000 men working together dig a 6,000 foot hole in a day? ;-D

(or at all?)

Cheers! Rich

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That reminded me of the Eyetalyun ho joke.

--snip-- Three nuns die and go to heaven. They are met at the pearly gates by St. Peter, who tells them they led such good lives they will be permitted to return to earth as anyone they want.

The first nun thinks it over and says "I'd like to return as Sophia Loren."

St. Peter says "Fine, you can return as Sophia Loren."

The second nun thinks and says "I'd like to be Gina Lollobrigida."

St. Peter says "No problem, you can return as Gina Lollobrigida."

The third nun says "I think I'd like to be Virginia Pipeline." (pronounce it "PippaLini")

St. Peter says, "Hmmm, I don't think I know of anyone named Virginia Pipeline?"

At which point the third nun shows him the headline from the morning paper: "Virginia Pipeline Laid by 2500 Men"

--snip--

-- Life is full of obstacle illusions. -- Grant Frazier

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"Larry Jaques"

ooohh, good one... heh heh... talk about frustration caused by deprivation.... ;>)}

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