seeking advice on moving PDP 11 and related gear

Sean Caron scaron at
Thu Jul 2 19:07:21 CDT 2015

Cribbing! Brilliant! I love that. Definitely going to remember that trick
when I try to rack my 11/34. Anyone got a spare set of rails? :O



On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM, Chris Elmquist <chrise at> wrote:

> On Thursday (07/02/2015 at 03:16PM -0400), Noel Chiappa wrote:
> >     > From: Sean Caron
> >
> >     > I think there's a lot of good advice here
> >
> > Lots of good advice here; any chance we can capture it (and the rest in
> this
> > thread) in a Wiki page? (Hint, hint... :-)
> A tiny bit more advice,
> Don't forget or loose the "third foot" that is at the bottom middle of
> the rack and slides out toward the front to keep the rack from tipping
> over once you have the 11/34 racked and slide it out to work on it.
> The machine is plenty heavy enough to tip over even a rack that has two
> RLs also installed in it.  It's an important safety feature.
> I found the 11/34A too heavy to lift into position in my rack above the
> one RL at the bottom by myself so I used "cribbing" to raise it a little
> bit at a time.  I used 3' lengths of 2x2 pine, a large pile of them, and
> lifted each side, front and back of the machine 2" at a time and slid
> one 2x2 in each time I lifted it.  I kept lifting a little and raising
> until the machine was almost exactly aligned with the rack slides in
> the middle (of my "corporate rack") and then I slid the rack up to the
> machine rather than other way around.  Worked like a charm and I never
> had to lift that bad boy more than about 2".
> I like being self-sufficient and not having to bug people when I want
> to play with this gear so this was the poor man's option over purchasing
> an engine hoist or a lot of steroids.
> Chris
> --
> Chris Elmquist

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