After spending weeks building the escape pod, I added nice trim and some paint. I reinforced all the joints and I was confident that it could support 500 pounds without any problems. Plus it looks pretty cool too.
The crane assembly however was another issue. Today was stress test day. The day I would load a lot of weight into the escape pod and "attempt" to get it into my truck. The first test was a relatively simple one where I attached the chain hoist to the escape pod and quickly whisked it into the back of my truck. Ahhh this will be a piece of cake I thought.
The next test, I took several 40 pound buckets of paint, several full 5 gallon gas cans (leftover from hurricane supplies), my floor jack and a couple pieces of junk and load it all into the escape pod. I estimated it was about 175 pounds give or take 20 pounds.
I knew I was in trouble when shortly after cranking on the chain hoist I started hearing some strange noises. At first I thought the hitch pieces were just getting ready for the load and it would be ok. But after a few more cranks and a few more unsettling noises I noticed now deformed the hitch piece that the pole that was attached to the crane was. By this time the pod was only a few feet off the ground but that was as far as I was willing to go. The deformity of the steel bars was pretty scary. I didn't think that would happen with steel. But that's because I'm no engineer and just a garage hack. At least I figured this out taking my time and didn't have this stressing of the metal happen outside of my home. Could have been dangerous.
So what does this mean boys and girls ? Once again I'm "back to the drawing board". C3PO was right - This droid is sure going to cause me a lot of trouble.