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My $4.20 pallet Bridge

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A bridge was needed. A pedestrian bridge from the cabin to the studio. It had been on the "to-do " list for too long. Part of the reason was that other projects took precedence... cabin building, cord-wood/straw-bale studio, the garden, the solar shower, road improvements, woodshed, building cabins, making art, etc. The other "problem" was coming up with a design that was practical. It needed to require a minimum of precious time consuming labour, as many on hand or easily available materials as possible. A small budget and a visual outcome that worked with the existing buildings and would blend into the landscape. Solution... the answer came from my son Ryley.... build a pallet bridge.

 When measured It turned out to be a longer span than the "hoped for" distance across which was 30'. When measured it was 55'. A stronger support system would be required. Solution ... a bridge built from pallets. See image below.

Bridge sections being placed. Since they were extremely heavy I used my scaffolding with a come-along to raise and support the sections during the installation stage. Everything was coming together nicely. I had a bridge to cross. Unfortunately  deep into the night a violent windstorm swept through the valley. The bridge was held in place with temporary bracing. I woke to this scene...

Bridge sections being placed. Since they were extremely heavy I used my scaffolding with a come-along to raise and support the sections during the installation stage. Everything was coming together nicely. I had a bridge to cross. Unfortunately  deep into the night a violent windstorm swept through the valley. The bridge was held in place with temporary bracing. I woke to this scene...

Shocked by what I woke up to I was driven to have the bridge standing asap. I had already developed an emotional attachment to my little bridge... something about bridges that somehow capture our hearts no matter our age. I just wasn't sure how to do it with no power lifting equipment available. But with a little ingenuity and some deeply called for braun I had it standing in place AND secured in 2 hours.  Felt great! Image below shows Chica checking progress. She loves running across the bridge and was impatient for it to be back in place. To this day Sir Rufford will not put even a paw on it.... he has trust issue's....lol.

Shocked by what I woke up to I was driven to have the bridge standing asap. I had already developed an emotional attachment to my little bridge... something about bridges that somehow capture our hearts no matter our age. I just wasn't sure how to do it with no power lifting equipment available. But with a little ingenuity and some deeply called for braun I had it standing in place AND secured in 2 hours.  Felt great!

Image below shows Chica checking progress. She loves running across the bridge and was impatient for it to be back in place. To this day Sir Rufford will not put even a paw on it.... he has trust issue's....lol.

Images below show bridge before the storm Still to come bracing, railings and of course get rid of the ugly green 2x4's.

Images below show bridge before the storm Still to come bracing, railings and of course get rid of the ugly green 2x4's.

I will be posting more as the project nears completion. Comments and blog followers most welcome.

I will be posting more as the project nears completion. Comments and blog followers most welcome.