best procedure to turn a large air cooled remote condenser
Good morning to everyone.
Last week I had to go to a remote rural area in order to inspect some new equipment which is to be installed in a refrigerated wharehouse. One of the equipments is a large air cooled vertical discharge remote condenser which is about eight feet wide by 23 feet long. It has 10 fans and weights nearly 5000 pounds. I was surprised to discover that this condenser was shipped on a wooden platform standing on one of its sides. The supporting legs were not installed but inside another box. We were able to pull the platform out of the container with a tractor, and laid it down on a flat surface. My question is: is there any standard procedure for turning this size of a condenser 90 degrees in order to have the fans pointing upwards? To complicate things, there is no way to rent a forklift or a mobile crane in this area, so the job has to be done manually. Any advice welcomed.
If it has to be done Only with manpower -
Then you will need some long levers to bolt/chain/attach to the bottom of the unit - picture that these would be vertical initially. Four or five levers - each maybe triple the width of the unit. Then with lines to the top ends of the levers - both pull and hold-back - use four or five guys on each line to pull it over onto something just past over-center. Old tires or the actual blocking.
The levers could be full lengths of 3" sch. 40 iron pipe I would think.
Where is the job located? Does "rural" mean: a farming area? Because . . . what else would they be storing in a refrigerated warehouse? A tractor or three would make it a cakewalk to turn the unit - but I could get it done with a full platoon on site.