I know that I’ve mentioned moving large memorials in previous issues, but I can’t resist showing you an unusually large and potentially dangerous memorial that we have worked on. Unfortunately someone visiting this cemetery had driven into this very large memorial so that it was left swaying in the wind, just about to fall. We were called in to take down the memorial and re-fix it safely.
Having disassembled the memorial and parted all joints, we found copper dowels set in lead (common practice 100yrs ago) securing the different sections; there was no way we could re-fix the memorial in the same way as we not only had to secure the structure for the long term and comply with the British Standard (BS8415) in memorial fixing, we also wanted to ensure that if a vehicle struck the memorial in the future it would not fall.
So, after preparing all the joints, we began to plan the re-fix using stainless steel dowels and cement to secure the joints. Obviously this sort of memorial is unusually large and so required a great deal of care during the planning stage. This planning and preparation paid off because when the day finally arrived for us to begin re-fixing the memorial, the whole thing went very smoothly indeed. And although the memorial will probably never again be beautiful it is safe and secure and will be still standing in a hundred years or more.
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