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This is part four of a four-part series on buttress stabilization equipment and techniques.  The previous segments covered quite extensively buttress stabilization of the side-resting passenger vehicle.  Here we will explore buttress stabilization of a roof-resting passenger vehicle.  The basic concepts we covered in the previous sections regarding buttress stabilization hold true here and will…

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In the first two segments of this series we discussed equipment and techniques used in buttress stabilization of side-resting vehicles.  In this section we will take a look at the potential forces buttress equipment is exposed to in 3-point side-resting passenger vehicle stabilization.  The particular forces we will look at include the compressive column loads…

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This is part two of a four-part series on buttress stabilization equipment and techniques.  In the last segment we discussed equipment selection criteria and defined the 3-point stabilization technique for buttress stabilization of a side-resting passenger vehicle.  In this segment we discuss buttress end fittings, base restraints, and various accessories which will aid in the…

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This is part one of a four part series on passenger vehicle stabilization using buttress type stabilization.  The first segment will discuss criteria for equipment selection and define the 3-point stabilization technique for side-resting vehicles.  The second segment will continue on the topic of side-resting vehicle stabilization in more specific detail.  The third segment will…

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Download Printer-Friendly Version In order to complete a successful rescue, all equipment must be in working order. Along with struts, ratchet straps play an important role in vehicle stabilization and that’s why they are included in every Res-Q-Jack kit purchase. Below are a few tips on making sure your struts and straps are in good…

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Download Printer-Friendly Version As an instructor in the application of Res-Q-Jack lifting and stabilization struts, unintended vehicle movement is what I aim to eliminate. I teach a few quick lifts with a wheel resting car. A successful evolution requires a car that can’t roll away. I’ve too often found that we are either short on…

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Download Printer-Friendly Version If you are considering pultruded Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite struts, please consider the following. We want to be sure you are familiar with not only the advantages of such materials, but also the not so desirable characteristics. With this knowledge you can make an informed decision on your strut material selection.…

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