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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2020 06:27 pm
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Bridge abutments built. 

Still need a fair amount of back fill, but that has to wait for the concrete to harden. 

Will start the 4 support pads while waiting for that. 

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Couldn't find any dry areas for support pads, everywhere you dig it starts to fill with water.
Between Spring runoff and Winter frost heave a pad would never stay put. 

So came up with a new idea for support.
 
Will dig an 8" x 30" x 24" deep wedge shaped hole and pound in a pair of 6 foot iron tee posts. 
Cut off any excess off the posts and fill with concrete. 

Hopefully 6' will hit something solid. L:


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Iron into water will not last very long.

I would look into precast concrete posts.

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Maybe a backhoe and a few yards of concrete with rebar.

You may have to blast.  Got any spare C4?





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(hush) yes...

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 Posted: Sat Aug 8th, 2020 02:44 am
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Jose,

Technically I suppose they are cold rolled steel... 

Anyways they are salvage from around the property,
zinc galv. base, well painted for outdoor use.  

I know they will eventually rust,
but I'm pushing seventy, so if they last 15-20 years I'm good.

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It's starting to look like a real trestle. 

Design is done, I hope to start digging and setting forms tomorrow.

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Poured #2 of 4 today, half way home!







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Poured #4 today:







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Hi Steve

Any paw prints in that cement by any chance ?

Colorados own answer to the Hollywood CA pavement of fame perhaps ?


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