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    • February 7, 2018 11:03 PM EST
      • Vail, Az
         
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      Crates are Extra $$ And it takes a deposit.

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 8, 2018 2:16 PM EST
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      Meanwhile back at the ranch, my funky little bridge needs some detail to belong in this year's build. I've been wondering if my Bad Brad nailer couldn't become my spiker.  While they'd never convince Father Fred, they might trick my eyes and yours....

      I removed the ties from red to red, including the markers. I put the track back, but not screwed in...

      Out back began the experiment ... Spacers, unlike the pins, brads seem to counter sink themselves .... I tried different parts of a section of rail. At first there wasn't much change until I lowered the pressure to 60# and fired across the rail's foot. Brad guns have a safety feature that makes sure the nailer is firm against the wood, the spacer lets me defeat that bothersome safeguard.

      It's a little bit tricky to fire between the rails, the pic was taken with my left hand between shooting 2 brads ...

      As you can see too long isn't a good look ...

      Close up they're brads, backed off I'm hoping close enough ...

      Camera battery is charging, so am I, Ding! lunch time...

      I used that bolt as a nail set, the concave tip a bonus!

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    • February 8, 2018 2:43 PM EST
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         Those spikes look good to me; don't see anything wrong with that.

       

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    • February 8, 2018 2:55 PM EST
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      John Passaro said:

         Those spikes look good to me; don't see anything wrong with that.

       

      I like the 2 marked with the green arrows... now to develop a technique!

      Thanks.

       

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    • February 8, 2018 7:00 PM EST
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      Got a call while I was out back, gluing up my stringers, the Cancer advisory board wants the lung cam to see what's goin' on. I said Sure, I wanna know too.

      Out front the rails came untied...

      Soon it will be fit to be tied.

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    • February 8, 2018 7:25 PM EST
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      John I am praying for you bud.

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    • February 8, 2018 7:32 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      John I am praying for you bud.

      Thanks, but I asked Him to get after you first!

      Neener neener!

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    • February 8, 2018 7:33 PM EST
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      John,

      Dittoing Devon.

      CJ

    • February 9, 2018 1:58 PM EST
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      I  got out this morning, before it got too hot and I lowered the stringers and have test fitted them ...

      I think this design will work in the foreground too.

      As the pics are titled; Ready 2 assemble!

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    • February 10, 2018 4:50 PM EST
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      Well I wasted the afternoon searching in vain for clamps, I wouldn't call one out of a dozen very helpful!

       

      Tic Toc...

       

      Grab the next best way...

      TBIII and 200mph tape!

      I can't/haven't decided whether or not to offset the ties for a walkway or make a suspension bridge ...

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    • February 10, 2018 6:39 PM EST
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      The speed tape held and now the 2nd stringer is gluing up... see above without the red tape or clamp...

      Oh boy! This is so exciting!

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    • February 10, 2018 7:56 PM EST
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      Looking great John !!!

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    • February 11, 2018 5:08 PM EST
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      Deck is glued up, after it's set good I'll spike the rails.

      The guard rails were 8' D opened to fit the 10'D, I'll bend the ends over once I like the fit.

      I'm leaving them long as the fill area isn't very stable, on a fault y'know.

       

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    • February 11, 2018 5:43 PM EST
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      That looks great John! I love the varying shades of ties you have going...

    • February 11, 2018 7:17 PM EST
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      As the sun sets in the west, I hauled my air compressor around the house, set the pressure at 60# and used a rail foot as a spacer. The good news is the bridge is strong enough that I can hammer my 'spikes' down tight against the rail.

      I have a box of rust to stain them and the guard rails too.

      They are long now, when set they will hold the foot

      I ran out of light .... and gumption.

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    • February 11, 2018 11:00 PM EST
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      Someone fell over and got a boo boo

       

      Nice Job John

       

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    • February 12, 2018 12:54 AM EST
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      Thanks Buddy,

      It's the same old story, an epic earthquake opened the fissure to a land that time forgot.... OR ... faults are breeding grounds for hard rock mining. Hot spots cause 'em and the quakes open chimneys for molten metals. Yeah that's it.

       

      A band-aid and a kiss cured the booboo. He's on the job now. Pack rats... are nocturnal.

       

      I like this bridge design, it's quite strong and easy to build.

      Oh the fire barrels got a new coat of red ...

       

      This year I won a bridge!

      And it looks like a finish is at hand!

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    • February 12, 2018 5:35 PM EST
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      Other than staining the guard rails and the bridge rail feets, you can stick a fork...

      I shot a brad on either side of the rails, then used a pair of 12" channel lock pliers to squeeze them together, bending over the foots. Grabbed the Dremmel and some separating discs and sliced off all their heads! Good enuf at 6'. Since they're HF brads, they'll be rust soon.

      Been fun and I did win this bridge, considering I am a Professional Crastinator, that's something!

       

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    • February 12, 2018 6:03 PM EST
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         And it even has firewater and guard rails. I keep talking about guard rails, but you actually done it.  I'd rust the rails but I think I wouldn't stain the ties...the old bridge got washed out, you know, and this is a new one just built in its place.

       

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    • February 12, 2018 6:21 PM EST
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      I'm thinking grimy brown with rust highlights on the guard rails. They aren't spiked yet. I have a box of rust from the old staining snakes ... I'll paint the rust back on the rail feets, where the plastic fixtures blocked the stain and I nicked it with the disc.

      The wood is fine the way it is. It's all cedar.

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