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May 18, 2005

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is this seat empty?
Bleachers, bleachers, bleachers...
I can't get them out of my mind. Gig
Harbor High School (GHHS), we're here
salvaging 4 20-foot sections of 20-row re-
tractable gymnasium bleachers. The seating
was the easy part. Tedious, yes, but it all went
in less than a day and a half. The hard part was
figuring out the forest of steel under the plywood

footboards. Starting at the top, the first of 80 row seg-
ments took 30 minutes to wrestle free. The next down,
about the same. At that rate it would take 39 more hours,
but we'd hoped to finish in just 2 more days--today included.

We slogged on, sweaty and greasy, got our time down to under
5 minutes per segment, finished the first section by quitting time.
Can we take apart the next 3 sections (60 segments) in just 1 day?