Earlier this month, workers at a Canadian construction company successfully moved a 440,000-pound building that was more than 200 years old after using hundreds of bars of soap, according to a report published by the newspaper. )building.Washington post“American.
The construction company owned by Sheldon Rushton was tasked with relocating the building in Halifax, capital of the southeastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
Construction workers dug holes under the building, inserted more than a dozen steel beams for support, and used trailers and excavators to move the building from its site.
To help make the mission a success, Rushton’s wife Leanne visited 15 stores and bought every bar of Ivory soap she could find, a brand Rushton said was “the softest”.
It took Rushton’s crew four days and more than $970 to obtain 700 bars of soap and place them under the building.
“We could have used less soap,” Rushton, 67, told The Washington Post.
Last week, soap caused steel beams beneath the building to slide and construction workers moved the building several meters to make way for a new apartment complex.
Although moving a building with soap may seem novel, the idea is not an emergency. Earlier this year, the Utah Department of Transportation used about 16 gallons of liquid soap to move a 110-foot-long bridge.
In 2016, construction workers in Missouri also used liquid soap to move a bridge.
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Rushton said he has moved buildings dozens of times with soap, noting that small buildings “only require 20 to 40 bars of soap,” but the last building was the heaviest he’s built in the five years he’s been working.
Halifax’s Elmwood House was built in 1826 as a hotel and turned into an apartment building decades ago, CBC reported.
Rushton said he was nervous about the move because he wasn’t sure how long it would take to complete safely.
Rushton said that after digging underground, construction workers “placed nine 85-foot-long steel beams under the structure to match the width of the building and then added eight more steel beams underneath for additional support.”
When the building was in a position of being torn down, Rushton only wanted to use one soap, and that was Ivory. “Most soaps dry quickly and spread out, but Ivory sticks to the steel beams so it glides on more smoothly,” he says. .
In response, the man explained that it was important to buy “fresh soap” (newly produced) because old soap was more likely to break.
He explained that the workers’ fingers were injured from opening the soap packaging, but the next morning (December 7), his crew secured the trailer and excavator to beams at the base of the building and moved it backwards Move 15 feet (approximately 4.5 meters).
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The crew took a break, then added about 235 bars of soap for the final batch, and a few hours later, they moved the building another 15 feet.
After the crew packed up the equipment, workers took some of the remaining 25 bars of soap home as souvenirs.
Rushton ended his speech to the American newspaper with a joke, saying: “When we leave the job site, we all smell good.”