Water balloons test crane at Little Goose Lock and Dam

Story and Photos by Jennifer Allen The water balloons used for Little Goose crane are a unique and simple system which provides a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid traditional fixed weights. The load testing bags […]

Story and Photos by Jennifer Allen

The water balloons used for Little Goose crane are a unique and simple system which provides a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid traditional fixed weights. The load testing bags are designed in such a way that filling of the bags can be carried out gradually, and therefore exact weights can be attained. In addition, when carrying out filling gradually, it’s far easier to identify potential problems than when simple filling the bag in one go. These bags are designed with ‘fire hose size’ fittings which are terminated by quick release couplings compatible with standard hydrants and hoses. The test load is an essential part for each inspection, maintenance and possible repair of any lifting equipment. The maintenance crew at Little Goose use these bags for the most critical and difficult situations to test. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)

The water balloons used for Little Goose crane are a unique and simple system which provides a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid traditional fixed weights. The load testing bags are designed in such a way that filling of the bags can be carried out gradually, and therefore exact weights can be attained. In addition, when carrying out filling gradually, it’s far easier to identify potential problems than when simple filling the bag in one go. These bags are designed with ‘fire hose size’ fittings which are terminated by quick release couplings compatible with standard hydrants and hoses. The test load is an essential part for each inspection, maintenance and possible repair of any lifting equipment. The maintenance crew at Little Goose use these bags for the most critical and difficult situations to test.

The water balloons used for Little Goose crane are a unique and simple system which provides a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid traditional fixed weights. The load testing bags are designed in such a way that filling of the bags can be carried out gradually, and therefore exact weights can be attained. In addition, when carrying out filling gradually, it’s far easier to identify potential problems than when simple filling the bag in one go. These bags are designed with ‘fire hose size’ fittings which are terminated by quick release couplings compatible with standard hydrants and hoses. The test load is an essential part for each inspection, maintenance and possible repair of any lifting equipment. The maintenance crew at Little Goose use these bags for the most critical and difficult situations to test. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) The water balloons used for Little Goose crane are a unique and simple system which provides a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid traditional fixed weights. The load testing bags are designed in such a way that filling of the bags can be carried out gradually, and therefore exact weights can be attained. In addition, when carrying out filling gradually, it’s far easier to identify potential problems than when simple filling the bag in one go. These bags are designed with ‘fire hose size’ fittings which are terminated by quick release couplings compatible with standard hydrants and hoses. The test load is an essential part for each inspection, maintenance and possible repair of any lifting equipment. The maintenance crew at Little Goose use these bags for the most critical and difficult situations to test. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)

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