When is an I-Beam not really an “I” Beam? While it’s common to use the generic term “I-Beam” for any beam with an I shape section, there are actually variations with different letter designations. And, there are advantages for the various shapes
A reader submission showing creativity in his lifting Solutions! A big Thank You to “A Treehouse Dweller” for this story about building a house crane to access his tall home. Of course, this is pretty cool in my opinion.
There are a lot of ways to abuse a crane. We won’t go into those, but let’s do take a minute on crane failures and what they look like.
Nothing ruins a pleasant day quite like a goose egg on your head, or a throbbing finger pinch. Avoiding those things (and, of course, the much more disastrous potential events) is the context of this gantry crane safety article.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, holes you drill for a project don’t quite align with those in the mating parts. It’s maddening, and sometimes you feel dumb because it’s messed up, but there are ways to fix
Do you believe the old saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”? Well, I have a need, but I don’t need an invention, just a quick solution. So, maybe Necessity is really the Mother of Creative Solutions!
At Mechanical Elements, we encourage customers to modify and customize the plans. That’s how you build the perfect project. So, what things can you customize? And what shouldn’t?
In the debate about Steel or Aluminum for beams of trailer frames and gantry cranes, there is one piece we hear less about. An important part of the equation, for sure, is the property of Elasticity . . . . What?
Aluminum is such a great material. It’s light, strong, and looks sweet to boot. So, why is there a debate about Aluminum Trailer Frames comparing to others like steel? Or comparing for beams like with gantry cranes?
Introducing a new product to the Mechanical Elements family of Do-It-Yourself Plans — the gantry crane I-Beam clamp. A simple product we give as Free Plans in our launch celebration! Well, is it really FREE Plans? Yes. Use the coupon code on