A truck too wide for the bridge crossed anyway and broke the railings. My job was to replace the railings so they look the way they did before the damage. Also, I am testing a new gallery feature of WordPress’s own plugin called Jetpack
with the photos in this post. Seems to work fairly well though not quite as easy to add captions and reorder the photos as the Galleries plug-in I’ve used in the past. Still the slide show displayed when a photo is clicked on is hard to beat.
The project proved to have several interesting elements. First, I didn’t have access to electricity for the first day but was able to cut with a chainsaw and drive nails with a hammer so it was not a problem. Toward the end of the second day the owners showed up and unlocked the door of the garage so I could have access to power. It was just in time to charge my drill batteries to drill for and drive screws in the posts and railings. Second, I’d never been required to put up Christmas lights as part of a carpentry project but there is a first time for everything!
First look at the damage
The worst damage was on this corner of the bridge
One post was completely snapped off.
This post was hit which knocked down the top rail and popped the lower rail completely off
Overall view of the damage
The hit post
Damage here broke 3 bridge planks below the post
Here the broken planks are removed and blocks are used to hold brackets while I hit them with a sledge hammer
Using steel “I” beam for support
Ready for the sledge hammer
With railing removed, rough edges of the bridge were revealed
2x4s running the length of the bridge connected the ends of the bridge planks
No 2x4s on this side connecting the plank ends
Broken bridge planks removed
Plank replacement number 1
Snap lines on this plank were used as a guide for cutting the bevel
New bevel carried to wear planks
Mud between the planks dulled the saw blade.
Railing shoe being replaced
Bermed up earth on the right side of the river keeps it directed under the bridge
The straight channelled river below the bridge
Electricity for cutting railings with skill saw
The rope and clamps are my second man holding the rail in place for screwing and driving the screws. On the end of the rope is a weight hanging over the edge of the bridge
Heavy screws were used to attach railings to posts
Railings done late in the day
River diverted toward bridge.
Channeled stream below bridge
Completed bridge complete with Christmas lights.
A side view.
Christmas lights lit up.