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    Splitting a large boulder with pegs - GIF

    Splitting a large boulder with pegs.



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    I like how the wires catch the pegs when it breaks. This chap has a lot of practice.

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    I wonder how many times he did this before he thought "maybe I should wire up those pegs"?
    Even more old school, and maybe less work, was when they'd drill the holes, pound wooden pegs into the holes, then pour water on the pegs, and as the pegs swole up, they would fracture the rock.

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    anyone have any idea what caused the staining by the pegs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibdennyak View Post
    anyone have any idea what caused the staining by the pegs?
    He may have taken an advantage of a natural flaw in the bolder.
    Bolders have calved off of parent rock naturally for millions of years due to a small crack that water gets into and freezes over time the crack will lengthen as well as deepen until the bolder calves off Quarry men would want to use these cracks to their advantage anytime they can by drilling holes along the crack
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    makes perfect sense.....I'm amazed at the flatness of the break. I would have thought it would be more.....jagged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibdennyak View Post
    makes perfect sense.....I'm amazed at the flatness of the break. I would have thought it would be more.....jagged.
    What doesn't make perfect sense to me is why an experienced boulder splitter would stand on a multi ton boulder and split it in half wearing leather soled loafers??? That back end could have done a couple of things, jumped up from the release of the overhanging weight, pulled out a foot or so from where it was lying, or worst of all, slid down the precipice right behind its "calf"!!

    That's like a hiker wearing flip flops on a hike through the mountains .......

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    Clockguy if you have ever spent much time in developing countries you would have seen things that would scare the bejeevers out of you the way some of them do things
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