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Uphill Both Ways

Volume 9 - Boston 1956

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Suspending the Skull

Dad didn’t take a lot of pictures of the mounting process so I am cutting and pasting from the few photos he provided to create this description for him - for you. This is one he took to show you the machinist- like set up he used to hoist and secure the skull. Notice how orderly and well constructed things are. There is a heavy I- beam welded diagonally across the corner up near the ceiling.

He created two A- frame sets to serve as the outer ‘legs’ of the temporary lifting-holding structure. The A-frame on the right has a long black 8 x 8 beam resting in the crotch, which is resting on the other end over that I-beam. The massive beam was necessary because it supported the bulk of the weight of the skull. The other A-frame has a narrower board resting in the crotch and over on the I-beam because it supports the nose only. He secured two chain hoists like this one on the cross members to raise and hold the skull. The one on the right frame is heavier than the one on the left.

Figure 24 http://www.1stchoice-hoist s.com/hand-chain-hoist.htm l

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