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Thread: The Death of Hallam Tower (up-dated 11-10-17), Sheffield, September 2017

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    Still going, going but not gone yet. I wondered why explosives were not used, but as I can see from your photos, residential houses are too near. Nice update. I'm looking forward to the shot with a bare horizon.

    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    Still going, going but not gone yet. I wondered why explosives were not used, but as I can see from your photos, residential houses are too near. Nice update. I'm looking forward to the shot with a bare horizon.
    Cheers Hugh. That picture should be with you by the end of the week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by odeon master View Post
    you'd have thought they would have exploded the bottom out on this one, or is it real close to other houses
    All one gets if the ground floor is blown is a flattened ground floor, with all the other intact floors sitting on the rubble. You could have wired up every floor and then blown in quick sequence, from bottom to top - however you still require the hydraulic nibbler to cut up the resulting heap of reinforced concrete, and as Krela states - very expensive in preparation and explosives. One side of my family run a demolition business. A major concern is when you find the actual reinforced structure does not follow the architectural drawings you had been presented with when you tendered for the job. Mostly hidden behind block walls etc, some of these 'alterations' can cause a massive re-think or at least a delay whilst one checks the figures. In my student days, summer vacations mostly consisted of drilling holes for explosives or lugging gas bottles and cutting torches around.

    Hughie - Another very nice set of images!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    and as Krela states - very expensive in preparation and explosives.
    and insurance, and security, and managing people.

    Is there anything your family doesn't do?

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    Whoever planned the demolition did it well, you have documented its demise beautifully, I hope you're around to record it's end. Proper Job, Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post

    Is there anything your family doesn't do?
    Lol. Think the Strictus Family have all bases covered!

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    Nice one hughie, you’ve been there all along through its journey!

    Props to you good sir, and awesome pictures.
    "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiler View Post
    Whoever planned the demolition did it well, you have documented its demise beautifully, I hope you're around to record it's end. Proper Job, Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by Snailsford View Post
    Nice one hughie, you’ve been there all along through its journey!

    Props to you good sir, and awesome pictures.
    Cheers both. Think there's probably two more visits left is this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Is there anything your family doesn't do?
    I have a very large paternal family base, which due to circumstances - wars, business partnerships, travel and farming have always had to keep in touch with each other via various means, and thus I have a very large and interesting family archive and know my family background. No different to most people on here really, if you all do a bit of searching! It is all down to being in the right place, at the right time, as far as I can see from what I have read in the archive. The crawler crane and the big iron ball was the standard tool of the demolition boys for years, but if the British Army had taught you to blow up enemy fortifications, why not carry on using your new found skills with explosives in peace time and give the family business another string to its bow? As to what we don't do - unfortunately any attempts to mint money seem to be well outside our grasp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    and insurance, and security, and managing people.

    Is there anything your family doesn't do?
    I've had a few interesting chats with DS via PM and he is a wealth of information and anecdotes, he knows explosives especially black powder, I love a chance to read his family Journal's,
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