How to Set a 100 KG Steel Beam over a High Opening Unassisted
Actually it’s not hard at all, but it takes time.
First I built a short column with 4 concrete blocks on each layer.
Then I used rollers to wheel the steel into place on the column and balance it across the middle.
Next it was just a case of lifting one end and slipping another block under there. It was easy as the steel was centrally placed across the blocks so most of the weight was on them.
Then I’d go around to the other side and do the same there, once to level the steel up, and again to raise the other end.
If I was feeling really lazy I could make it even easier by using another block as a counter-weight on the end of the steel to help me lift, as in the picture.
In this way the column slowly grew to over 2 metres high.
Alternatively I could have got a couple of strong blokes to help, but that is dangerous as if one stumbles the heavy steel could come tumbling down on all of us.When it was high enough I just used a bar to lever and slide one end over onto the wet cement above the opening, then wedge it into place. Then I did the other.