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Crane Mats Constructed With Plastic Lumber Outlast Wood Crane Matts

Crane mats are typically built using 2×8′s or 2×10′s and in some scenarios 2×6′s.   There are many applications for these mats but they are almost always used over and over again.  Plastic lumber is the perfect material to use for this application.  The mud and water do not affect the plastic lumber and the wear and tear will only effect the plastic after many years of use.  Compared to wood plastic lumber is an incredible value and extends the life span by well over 5 times that of wood.

Some of the benefits of plastic lumber over wood are:

  • Plastic Lumber will not rot
  • Cannot be infested
  • Cannot hold or become contaminated with disease
  • Will not transport any types of bugs etc. (when transported over borders if kept clean HDPE will not carry with it disease, bugs etc.)
  • Easily cleaned
  • Incredibly durable
  • Lifetime 5x to 10x the life span of wood
  • Solid  and consistent boards without weak points (like knots etc)
  • Doesn’t split and splinter like wood does
  • Can easily be modified and worked (similar to wood; using wood working tools)

Before any demolition activities, there are many steps that need to take place — including but not limited to performing asbestos abatement, removing hazardous or regulated materials, obtaining necessary permits, submitting necessary notifications, disconnecting utilities, rodent baiting, and development of site-specific safety and work plans.

The typical razing of a building is accomplished as follows:

Hydraulic excavators may be used to topple one- or two-story buildings by an undermining process. The strategy is to undermine the some cases a crane with a wrecking ball is used to demolish the structure down to a certain manageable height. At that point undermining takes place as described above. However crane mounted demolition balls are rarely used within demolition due to the uncontrollable nature of the swinging ball and the safety implications associated.

High reach demolition excavators are more often used for tall buildings where explosive demolition is not appropriate or possible. Excavators with shear attachments are typically used to dismantle steel structural elements. Hydraulic hammers are often used for concrete structures and concrete processing attachments are used to crush concrete to a manageable size, and to remove reinforcing steel.

To control dust, fire hoses are used to maintain a wet demolition. Hoses may be held by workers, secured in fixed location, or attached to lifts to gain elevation.

Loaders or bulldozers may also be used to demolish a building. They are typically equipped with “rakes” (thick pieces of steel that could be an I-beam or tube) that are used to ram building walls. Skid loaders and loaders will also be used to take materials out and sort steel.

The technique of Vérinage is used in France to weaken and buckle the supports of central floors promoting the collapse of the top part of a building onto the bottom resulting in a rapid, symmetrical, collapse.

The Japanese company Kajima Construction has developed a new method of demolishing buildings which involves using computer-controlled hydraulic jacks to support the bottom floor as the supporting columns are removed. The floor is lowered and this process is repeated for each floor. This technique is safer and more environmentally friendly, and is useful in areas of high population density.

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