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    I've been working on a video project for my church since Wednesday night. I have more work to do on it tonight then should be able to get back to the bridge tomorrow.
    Ken
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  2. #362

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    Finished the upper cross beams. Now it's on to the upper inspection walkways.

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    Ken
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    SQC (stupid question coming)

    Are you cutting the plastic sheet directly on your granite countertop? No cutting board?

    Awesome Work!
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    Sherrel
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  4. #364

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirfoldalot View Post
    SQC (stupid question coming)

    Are you cutting the plastic sheet directly on your granite countertop? No cutting board?

    Awesome Work!
    Yeah, I was concerned and was using a cutting board but soon found that the blade wasn't doing anything to the granite.
    Ken
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    This has got to be the most difficult part of building this bridge.
    I've been wrestling with how to do this for the past week and decided this is the easiest way.
    Still, just this one walk way took almost two hours to get it in place and the handrails are still all screwy.
    Where I need the glue to set up quickly, it takes a long time. In other places I need to make an adjustment, the glue sets up almost instantly. Very frustrating.
    When tryin to hold the angle iron with tweezers, it will twist to a 45 degree angle away from where I need to get it to contact a surface.
    This walk way runs the length of the bridge.



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    Ken
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    You'll get it, Ken. I have faith in ya!
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    Small electrical alligator clips instead of tweezers? File the teeth off if they interfere.
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    When I did my ore bridge, I pre-assembled the walkways with the handrails and just slid them into place. Of course, they were not prototypically based like what you're doing. Your handrails look perfectly fine to my untrained eyes.
    - ken in Maryland

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    Great job, Ken! I can see that the cat walks would be a difficult job to do and I might think that were I to build this bridge, I might leave them off. Most of the steel arch bridges I have seen don't have them. However, they are the carrot at the end of the stick on this bridge! So I can understand your interest in including them. I would have to walk away from the project every now and then to keep myself centered on the project! It's completion will make all the trouble worth the effort!
    Mark D.

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    That really looks fantastic. It really must be a pain having to work in such a confined space. I have done some work in confined spaces and didn't enjoy it at all, but my cousin who was a nurse sent me a hoard of hemostats that weren't up to snuff for the operation room. They have really been a life saver when working on model railroad projects.

    The build is coming along nicely. You are going to have a masterpiece when it is completed and on your layout.

    Can't wait for progress updates.

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