Imagine, you are Mr. Tombstone Jack and you have been working in the cemetery, you stop to survey and ponder over your days work, wipe the sweat from your brow and look up over the trees and see the spirit of Benjamin Franklin and then… ~Benjamin whispers; “Show me your Cemetery and I will tell you the character of your community!”
This is your work, and you do it with craftsmanship. You seek to preserve the legacy of the past- even all those who built your community, and you strive to provide a beautiful and safe place for all to visit!
So… what is the character of your community, and how will YOU help make it better?
Here are some of our ideas from the Tombstone Jack team!
Awareness raising is very powerful, because it educates people about topics which are new to them and encourages them to participate in bringing change.
Create articles in the newspaper, Tv, Radio, and social media. Discuss recent changes, and requests for services.
Find a volunteer to be your marketing director:
Ask a capable youth or adult for help to create videos and photos of before, during and after projects- remodels and events. Seek ideas from the community and share them with your local news and on your social media.
Create pages, groups and blogs for people to share stories of their ancestors that helped build the community.
Forward and share Obituaries from the past.
Share a new YouTube video clip of what a day is like at your cemetery
Create a story time during the day, evenings and weekends for children and adults.
We want to help you further with banners, posters and flyers, if you would like our help. We will also give you the “computerized vector file of our above TJ coin” and you can create your own materials.
We want to help you change the culture and character of your community; neighbors, youth and adults working, sweating and drinking lemonade.
“SHOW & TELL”:
Show and tell gives you and the rest of the audience something to talk about as a conversation starter, leading to communities realizing they have something in common. This can aid in forming a friendship, unity, respect and love.
Invite families to come and share stories of their ancestors, bring memoirs, read journal entries and display pictures!
Invite local historians to share fascinating stories about your town’s history, culture and traditions!
Have genealogy classes at your cemetery!
Have demonstrations of Tombstone monuments being made!
Provide snacks, refreshments or a meal where people can come, eat and listen to miraculous stories of the past, discuss the present and plan the future!
Ask for donations in both time-labor and money
How many cemeteries are there in your county or community- this is a fun topic to explore.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Work with local organizations such as; the Highschool Football team, FFA, 4 H, the Lions club, Churches, The Boy/ Girl scouts, the juvenile detention centers, etc.. And invite them to a service project at your cemetery.
Invite local businesses to donate snacks, supplies and equipment
Service can include weeding, tombstone leveling and cleaning, mowing, trash pick up and General maintenance.
People like being included. They just need to be invited!
On behalf of the Tombstone Jack company, we would like to thank you for your business and dedication to improving our Nation’s cemeteries.
We hope this presentation may help you improve the cemeteries, by getting the community involved!
Tombstone Jack™ 709 W. Ogden St. Gallatin, MO 64640 | 660-663-5913 | www.tombstonejack.com
What kind of a monument lifting device could allow a 16-year-old girl to lift a 9600 lb monument? And to do it in just a few minutes?
In 56 minutes we loaded up the Tombstone Jack TM, shovel and wheel barrel, drove to the cemetery, leveled two monuments, drove back home and unloaded the tools!
From the picture above you can see how easy it was for this 16-year-old girl to lift and level a 9600 lb monument. She was using just part of the TJ3000 system.
This monument was sunk over 5 inches into the ground and in less than 30 minutes was level and secure for years to come.
Take a look at our sale going on now! Pick up your own Tombstone Jack TM and make your life just that much better! If you have ever considered the need for a monument lifting device, this is a great time to buy.
See the Tombstone Jack in action! There is no other monument lifting device out there that can do everything that the Tombstone Jack can do!
You can level tilted tombstones easily using the method described here. We will walk through the steps to lifting and leveling a grave marker that has sunk into the ground. Over time headstones tend to settle and begin to lean or tilt. This can happen as quickly as one or two years or it may take a number of decades.
When working on monuments, gravestones or headstones, remember that they are normally extremely heavy. Granite can weigh 168 lbs per cubic foot. That adds up really quickly when you have large blocks that you are working with. It’s not uncommon for tombstones to weigh thousands of pounds.
Be careful to ensure that you and those you work with understand how to be safe when working with such large pieces of stone. We keep hands, arms and feet always out of areas where the stone could fall and pin or crush them.
Due to the fact that grave monuments are often so heavy and difficult to lift, the use of purpose built tools is recommended. In our case we are going to be using the Tombstone Jack™. Other tools that can be used include cranes, hoists and pry bar systems. We will also use a number of common tools that you likely already have: shovel, level, gravel, various pieces of wood.
Process: Level Tilted Tombstones
Now let’s run through all the steps you will need to follow to straighten your tilting headstone.
Identify the tombstone that you are going to level. This can be any tilted grave marker if you are working directly for the cemetery operator or if you are doing some work for a specific family, ensure that you correctly selected the grave monument that they are requesting to be leveled.
Choose lifting means
As mentioned before we are going to use the Tombstone Jack™ for it’s ease of use, safety and capacity. To level any tombstone you are going to have to get it up so that you can place leveling material under it. Since this step is going to be the one that determines how much “work” you actually have to do; choose wisely!
Once you have your lifting means in place you will need to secure the headstone and lift it. Using the Tombstone Jack™ you have two options when it comes to lifting. You can use the lifting feet or the lifting clamps.
This is a picture of the Tombstone Jack™ lifting feet.
This is the Tombstone Jack™ lifting clamps.
When deciding which to use there are several things to consider. Look at the stone you would be clamping to. Is it fairly smooth and without cracks? What is the estimated weight of the monument/headstone? If the weight is under 3000 lbs and the surfaces where the clamps would touch are solid then go with the Tombstone Jack™ lifting clamps. If not use the Tombstone Jack™ lifting feet.
Because of these factors we decided to use the lift feet. We used a shovel to remove several inches of dirt from the sides of the gravestone so that we could place the feet under the monument.
Gravel to level
Once we had the monument lifted, we placed several inches of gravel under the monument. We used a bucket to pour it under the gravestone and then we used a piece of wood to spread it around and make it level. This is an important safety tip, to ensure that you never place your hands, arms or feet under a monument that has been raised above the ground.
Place down and measure
Lower the gravestone down onto the gravel and use a level to check and ensure that it is level. If it is not, raise it back up and place more gravel to achieve your desired level. Once the gravestone is reading as level, you can remove the Tombstone Jack™.
Put your tools and the Tombstone Jack™ away and stand back and admire your work. It feels good to level tilted tombstones and have a nice level grave marker when you started with one that was so in danger.
In conclusion using the Tombstone Jack™ makes the work of repairing, restoring and preserving our loved ones final resting places something that anyone can do. Most of all you can see you don’t need any special skills or ability to level tilted tombstones. You can start giving your community and your loved ones the respect you have for them.