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USING MAGNETIC LIFTERS

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Permanent magnetic lifters are a compact and self-contained product for lifting and handling steel plates, pipes, beams and cylindrical work pieces of ferromagnetic materials. Permanent lifting magnets also work well handling dies, flat ferrous stock, forgings, heavy metal blocks, bar stock and angles. When used instead of slings and chains, lifting magnets can improve overall productivity by allowing a single person to lift a load that may have required two or more people the traditional way. Magnets eliminate the need for drilling and tapping holes in parts so that eyebolts or swivel load rings can be attached to move them....

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Lunch Atop a Skyscraper - An iconic photo

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The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling 840 feet (260 meters) above the New York City streets. The photograph was taken on September 20, 1932, on the 69th floor of the RCA Building during the last months of construction.  According to archivists, the photograph was in fact prearranged. Although the photograph shows real ironworkers, it is believed that the moment was staged by Rockefeller Center to promote its new skyscraper. Other photographs taken on the same day show some of the workers throwing a football and pretending to sleep on the girder. The photo appeared in the...

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