Could. But that would mean that you'd have to have every building
have at least one, they'd need to be annual inspections, they'd take
up space and most all of them would never ever get used, etc. Makes
more sense to have the people that use them bring them.
Agreed except, we already have megabucks in
fire escapes, fire proof doors, extinguishers etc.
(you fella's know better than I, that list).
Rico since it's your thread, you may have had a
reason to think the electric pulley thing to be a
good tool. The cost of these deployable ropes,
would be about 1% of the total of the fire proofing.
Depends on how high a fire truck ladder reachs.
Rope is what you use to tie down the crap you pile on your car coming
back from the big box store. Lines are what sailors and climbers
use. Sailors pee in the head, climbers pee _on_ your head. See the
Since it's my thread, and I have power of life and death over all that
tread this thread, I hereby direct you to develop your idea. I would
think some type of modular box with explosive bolts...okay, maybe not
explosive bolts, but at least remote control deployment. Fire fighter
on the ground, hit the DEPLOY button and watch the _line_ unreel down
the side of the building.
Now. You've got the line, what do you do with it? Is it a static
line or does it incorporate the climbing device as well?
The fire department could have the climbers..
This is post 9/11 skyscaper architecture theory.
Likely I could get a reliable product for $10k installed,
ok, and you have 10 of them, so that's $100k added
to a $billion dollar skyscraper.
((I'm still hearing that horrible thumping sound from
people jumping out of the WTC.))
The US is in an indefinite war status, so that device
would thwart the attacks by providing security, by an
alternative access and escape.
Think about those deployable ladders that one can
roll out from a second or third (or more) story building
window, they make good sense to me.
Take a 6' x 2' x 1' Latex bag and fill it with 10 gallons of water and a
bunch of sticks and rocks then drop it from 1000'.
When it hits the ground I don't think the sound would be a thump.
More like splat.
All the workers should be wearing swiss seats with the contraption on the
front, then they could just walk up to the cable, hook-up, hit the button
Personally, I think an anti-gravity device would have much more benefit.
Many high rise buildings have window washing support equipment on their
roofs, usually a counterweighted system on wheels or tracks that has davit
(like used for lifeboats) type hangers that are swung outboard and support a
hung scaffold. The whole thing is controlled from the scaffold. It can be
driven to a storage location on the roof. I've only installed one about 17
years ago on a 14 story building, but a similar one is used here on a 60
story building. As I remember the one we installed went for over $100,000.
This gadget would be a lot cheaper, but I prefer a scaffold to a boson's
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