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The background: My small Iowa town wanted to dispose of its old, iron, enough-momentum-to-crush-bones merry-go-round, so they put it up for auction. A relative of mine put in ...
The wooden planking was in mixed shape. Some had been recently replaced, and some was rotting away. A Sawzall and a crowbar made quick work of it.
The underlying boards were in remarkably good shape, considering the age of the thing. However, we weren't going to keep them. Two cuts with the Sawzall to separate ...
With the wooden parts removed, it was time to start on the pipes. First, we removed the bolts that ran through the bottom hub of the central shaft. ...
There were little short pipes between the spokes, held together with a pair of castings. 2 bolts, and off they come.
Having removed the crossbraces and the bottom hub bolts, the spokes are held in by only one bolt each in the top hub. Remove that bolt, apply a ...
Hopefully by now your merry-go-round has been reduced to a funny-looking post. The post was actually composed of 4 sections: a top hub casting, a chunk of pipe, ...
We pulled the small bolts connecting the top hub to the pipe, and peered inside. It turns out that the hub is the world's simplest ball bearing. There's ...
We can't really just leave a steel pipe sticking out of the ground in the middle of the park, so we had to cut it off. A big ...
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