Friday, October 12, 2018

A worker holding a 193 lb. (87.5 kg.) bolt and nut used to couple two shafts together on a main unit during the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam in Grand Coulee, Washington, December 29, 1942


  1. Looks to be around the same size as the coupling bolts on the Navy's propeller shafts. (former Philly yardbird)

  2. had a job like that when i was very much younger. stacked 130 pound zinc ingots all night long at anaconada metals in montana. gave me an appreciation for hard work. did a bit of hard rock mining before i figured out that guys a large as me shouldn't work in little holes in the ground as that time will come soon enough to us all.

  3. I had a job when I was 18 putting 125-lb. drawbars on bulldozers in an Allis-Chalmers plant. I weighed 140 lbs. at that point, and I definitely learned to lift with my legs.

    The guy I was replacing was in his 40's and a lot smaller than I was.

  4. I used to have to tighten double-acting compressor crosshead nuts about
    that size with striker wrench. Once drawn up it 20 good kits with a 20 pound
    sledge hammer. It was a real workout considering some of the comoressors
    had 6 crossheads.