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Crane topples in Bethesda family’s yard
The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers

Posted on 07/09/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The week had been difficult enough for the Weinberger family after a rare derecho storm knocked out power to their Bethesda home for four nights and an enormous oak tree had been toppled by the wind into their roof.

And that was before a heavy duty crane tipped over in their yard.

“We had a lovely driveway, a beautiful lawn you could host Wimbledon on,” said Lauren Weinberger with a laugh, as she chatted by phone on Sunday.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: accident; bethesda; crane; derecho; disaster; maryland; tree

1 posted on 07/09/2012 5:44:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 07/09/2012 5:45:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“We had a lovely driveway, a beautiful lawn you could host Wimbledon on,”

Dagon falls on his face before God.

3 posted on 07/09/2012 5:49:44 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

4 posted on 07/09/2012 5:55:32 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Ruh Roh!


5 posted on 07/09/2012 5:58:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I wonder...did this woman break a mirror, or something?


6 posted on 07/09/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll

Her deceased husband Caspar was not available to comment...


7 posted on 07/09/2012 6:05:09 PM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: Paladin2

Ouch!

Gave me a flashback to some guys with a concrete pumper in an very rural area working on a government contract. Pump broke down and the mix set-up before they could get it fixed.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 6:09:27 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: pingman

Not funny! I read the article - her husband and the family are fine. No one died.


9 posted on 07/09/2012 6:11:14 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: Rebelbase

Just call the Myth Busters in. They blowed up some concrete truck parts real gud.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
New word for me - derecho:

A derecho (play /dəˈreɪtʃoʊ/; Spanish pronunciation: [deˈɾetʃo]; day-RAY-cho) is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. Generally, derechos are convection-induced and take on a bow echo form of squall line, forming in an area of divergence in the upper levels of the troposphere, within a region of low-level warm air advection and rich low-level moisture. They travel quickly in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to an outflow boundary (gust front), except that the wind is sustained and increases in strength behind the front, generally exceeding hurricane-force. A warm-weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially during June and July in the Northern Hemisphere, within areas of moderately strong instability and moderately strong vertical wind shear. They may occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as during the daylight hours.

11 posted on 07/09/2012 6:26:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: SatinDoll

Cranes are real tippy, especially when they are being used to lift stuff. They fall over all the time. They can also drop stuff. Life is not guaranteed.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 6:29:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
This was close to 30 years ago. There was some kind of electrical failure that killed the entire rig. They were 45 min. out from the plant and by the time help got to them it was too late. Looked sorta like this one:
13 posted on 07/09/2012 6:34:39 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Rebelbase

It’s good that the mixing tanks can be fairly easily R&R’d


14 posted on 07/09/2012 6:38:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s over the top. Maybe a few garden gnomes and a fountain would have sufficed.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 6:41:08 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: DManA

It there an American word for this sort of storm? I am tired of using politically correct words.


16 posted on 07/09/2012 8:15:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Paladin2

Boom Truck, under 25 max capacity, probably tried to lift more than the chart indicated. Problem with using cranes in arborculture, the load is put on the crane suspended.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 2:17:41 AM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: Fraxinus

Soft ground after big storm ?


18 posted on 07/10/2012 3:30:15 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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Soft ground after big storm ?

Unlikely, we did not have enough rain for that, although soft spots from the irrigation system and the fact that I did not see any pads in that photo to spread the weight could be contributors.

19 posted on 07/10/2012 1:50:38 PM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Two questions, What was the name of the crane company? What was the name of the tree company? Very few tree companies have their own cranes, and the one picture of the crane does not display the company livery.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 1:56:37 PM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: Fraxinus

That’s a good question. Could be a sub-contractor.

Incidentally, last Sunday, I heard about some people in Baltimore who hadn’t had power restored because this humongous tree felled some power lines. The tree brought down these lines, but it cannot be moved by the power company. It cannot be broken up, and the power company (presumably BG&E) does not have the proper equipment to move it. It is simply too big, and the street might not be wide enough to place a properly large crane to do the job.


21 posted on 07/12/2012 8:36:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The largest crane I have seen sent to a tree job is 120ton, and those take 2-3 hours to set up and break down. Cranes generally breakdown into sections 8ft wide and under 40 ft long. Most tree work is done with cranes under 90 ton capacity. More likely the problem is safely cutting the tree into pieces small enough for the equipment to move. Also the largest chainsaw bars are rare in the east (88 inches?).

I have seen logs so large that only one could fit on the log truck (weight), we placed that one in with the crane. Do you know if there are any foreign objects in the tree? E.G. metal, concrete, masonry, ropes, etc.


22 posted on 07/13/2012 12:22:01 PM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: Fraxinus

I have no idea whether there were foreign objects. The tree took down two poles and is resting on the wires, as far as I know.


23 posted on 07/13/2012 5:42:16 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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