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Old 05-31-2006, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default OT Bridge Builders A little help please.

I need to build a very small, very sturdy, very cheap bridge.

Basically the creek I need to cross is about 6-7 feet from bank to bank.
I need the bridge to hold up to 500lbs crossing at any given time. It's a foot bridge and me+200lbs of gear.... is alot of weight, not to mention I'd like some room to work with and not stress the bridge out.

It's also next to the river, so I don't want to spend a ton of money in case it does flood and I have to rebuild.
I was thinking of hijacking two railroad ties, some shipping pallet's and some plywood. Basically lay the ties down with the pallet's on top and then make a walking surface with the plywood.

What's your thoughts OT? I can source numerous things for this project, Just throw the ideas there and I'll let you know if I can get materials cheap or free.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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Get an extension ladder. Lay it across the water. Balance.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:29 AM   #4
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A single 2x8 should do the trick.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:34 AM   #5
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A single 2x8 should do the trick.
Way too narrow, especially when you're carrying 200 lbs and trying to balance. We had 2 2x6's down at one point and had to make multiple trips across. I want to be able to mule everything in at once.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:30 AM   #6
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:35 AM   #7
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There you go.

OR use some 2x4 and some 1x4 and make a ladder esque contraption.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:34 AM   #8
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four 10 foot railroad ties +metal banding
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:37 AM   #9
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four 10 foot railroad ties +metal banding
can't you "aquire" these for free sometimes on the side of the railroad tracks?

How much do they weigh (sp?) each?
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:39 AM   #10
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can't you "aquire" these for free sometimes on the side of the railroad tracks?

How much do they weigh (sp?) each?
You can get used railroad ties from your local landscaping place for like $10.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:41 AM   #11
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You can get used railroad ties from your local landscaping place for like $10.
Oh snap!

I prefer to not "theft" materials for my projects
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Is this a permanent structure Bahm? If not a loading ramp will do it easy. I have an 8 ft one that hold 1650 lbs and cost like 300$. It is diamond plate steel and wieghs about 70 lbs.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:38 AM   #13
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:40 AM   #14
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A wee bit overkill though
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:42 AM   #15
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A wee bit overkill though
I know - - sorry. It would be awesome though.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:38 AM   #16
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Is this a permanent structure Bahm? If not a loading ramp will do it easy. I have an 8 ft one that hold 1650 lbs and cost like 300$. It is diamond plate steel and wieghs about 70 lbs.
It would be quasi-permanent. I know it will wash away the next time it floods bad, hence why i don't want to spend alot of money on it, but I don't want to have to haul it in to the fishing hole in addition to all my gear and whatnot.
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It would be quasi-permanent. I know it will wash away the next time it floods bad, hence why i don't want to spend alot of money on it, but I don't want to have to haul it in to the fishing hole in addition to all my gear and whatnot.


OK, 3 railroad ties, any garden store. 24 spikes to secure it. Lay 3/4" outdoor grade plywood say a 3 ft by 8 ft piece on top and screw down using exterior deck screws. will work for quite awhile and cost maybe 80$. buy a chain and tie off to nearby tree so that when flooding happens it does not go anywhere. Should work easy.
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I regularly ride across bridges constructed of three 8x8s laid side by side across the creekbeds while MTBing.

If they're wide enough for me to hit at high speed on a mountain bike, something like that should be plenty for what you need to do.
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:43 AM   #19
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What do railroad ties weigh? way? whey?
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:46 AM   #20
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What do railroad ties weigh? way? whey?

ABout 90 lbs unless they are the tar soaked variety. You look at my idea above?
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ABout 90 lbs unless they are the tar soaked variety. You look at my idea above?
Yea, I dunno about the chain part, but Sourcing some plywood other than the outdoor variety should be easy and those ties are very cheap anyways. No need for stakes since the ground on either side is mud. Basically its a creek running through the middle of a swamp I can just sink the ties in the mud with a 10# sledge. The chain isn't an option as the nearest vegetation for a few hundred yards is wild reeds.

90-100#'s isn't too bad, I can haul those in by myself. Won't exactly be too fun, but I can do it.
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Yea, I dunno about the chain part, but Sourcing some plywood other than the outdoor variety should be easy and those ties are very cheap anyways. No need for stakes since the ground on either side is mud. Basically its a creek running through the middle of a swamp I can just sink the ties in the mud with a 10# sledge. The chain isn't an option as the nearest vegetation for a few hundred yards is wild reeds.

90-100#'s isn't too bad, I can haul those in by myself. Won't exactly be too fun, but I can do it.

Just that way it does not float away and block creek down river, lots of damage that way. If you can even find a good stake to drive in you will be better off. When I lived in Mobile we had to build one for the drainage ditch.

Of course when it rained we would "Surf" 3 ft wide pices of plywood down the drainage ditch...it sucked being poor.
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What do railroad ties weigh? way? whey?
They are damn heavy. A 10' tie is probably around 100#.
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Wow. I surely thought this was a metaphor.
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Wow. I surely thought this was a metaphor.
What he left out was that his ex lives on the other side of the creek and he wants to patch things up with her.
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