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    Building a pole bridge

    Found myself hijacking a different thread, so moved to my own.

    Slid these into place Saturday. Removed that leaner and cleaned up the area yesterday. Need to set the abutments at each end this week.
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    Are they treated? And do you know what with? What are you using for abuttments?
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    Set the upright posts today. Plan to place another tie under each end and secure it to the posts with bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Are they treated? And do you know what with? What are you using for abuttments?
    Treated. Creosote. Will place a horizontal RR tie at each end. These will only be used by friends and family, walking and biking and only when there is water in the creek, which is fairly rare.

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    Completed the setting abutment/support. Still need to cut the relief in the cross tie to level poles and then bolt everything together and drive the re-bar to anchor everything.
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    You doing this all on your own?
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    Yep, well, my skid steer and me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja's Son
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    Looks great, keep the picks coming.
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    Finished. The one photo looks odd, because the treads are cut to fit around the posts. Those are straight. I did make a mistake when placing the poles and the tapers are at alternate ends. That caused an angle in the middle. There is a correction by using some tapered wedges. Again, the photo from the end makes it look much more dramatic. In the long run, I know that will bug me, so I will end up cutting some different wedges to fix it, but I was racing the weather.The photo looking up is more realistic.

    I will do the next one with the large ends of both poles at the same end. This was a learning bridge for me and I'm overall happy. It is solid. I wouldn't go any longer though with poles. I have a shorter one to build with poles and I will use steel box joists for the longer span.
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    FS specs say you'll need hand rail.
    There's a big difference between ripping and skidding. Those who skid don't know how to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_schuldt View Post
    FS specs say you'll need hand rail.
    I'm pretty sure this is on private property. He should be OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_schuldt View Post
    FS specs say you'll need hand rail.
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    I'm pretty sure this is on private property. He should be OK.
    Private, but I do intend to add rails or rope. My wife is slightly timid when it comes to something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingMyTrail View Post
    Private, but I do intend to add rails or rope. My wife is slightly timid when it comes to something like this.
    Consider toe rails if hand rails aren't a requirement (children or elderly users). They're out of the way of your bars, they will keep you from riding off unless you hit them hard and they give you the visual confidence some folks need on a higher bridge.

    They're also a lot easier to install than hand rails.

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    Great idea. Thanks

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