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Old 10-28-2017, 04:51 PM   #1
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I ll maybe go work on a bridge i was wondering what kind of tool ill may need and if theres a better tool belt than an other. Share tout toughts and pictures of your setups ty
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:10 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:43 PM   #4
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A screwdriver for sure. Forget the belt, wear a parachute.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:56 PM   #5
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Lol.. what exactly will you be doing on this bridge..?
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Lol.. what exactly will you be doing on this bridge..?
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SoberJokR are you not sober or joking? You won't need anything but a hammer and a box of nails.
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life preserver vest maybe?
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Steel bridge? Concrete bridge? Low bridge? High bridge? Long bridge? Short bridge? Water under the bridge? Canyon under the bridge?

Wear whatever toolbelt you are comfortable working with. Or at least one you can wear with a fall protection harness. And get some tool lanyards, it sucks dropping your hammer.

Also, seriously, remember to proof read before you hit post.
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One of my old site supers had a picture of himself at a bridge site... Hanging out on the netting underneath the bridge under construction some 90-100' above a river.
Those bridge formwork guys are nutty.



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Lollll, ill be like i said a carpenter, then it means ill be doing the concrete part. Sorry if it wasnt clear. Where i live carpenters do not do any metal structures so ill be doing concrete such as beams, slabs walls i guess (brigde wall at the begining and the end)
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Bridge that goes across a highway.
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The guy that got me interested in carpentry was a "bridge carpy".

He carried a Craftsman grey metal toolbox that included a full set of 1/2" drive sockets & ratchet. Also a couple of large metal drifts for aligning forms.

Biggest part of carpentry back then was double-headed nails and bolting/unbolting new plywood forms.

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Lollll, ill be like i said a carpenter, then it means ill be doing the concrete part. Sorry if it wasnt clear. Where i live carpenters do not do any metal structures so ill be doing concrete such as beams, slabs walls i guess (brigde wall at the begining and the end)
Figured as much I was just teasing a little. Like I said wear a belt that's comfortable while wearing a harness, or you can put onto your harness. Probably recommend an adjustable spud wrench or at least have a snipe for aligning form panels. Linesman pliers for tying rebar, recommend Klein's or at least something spring loaded.

You don't need a lot of tools for formwork, you just gotta know how to use them to their full potential. Bridges are a pretty fun gig, enjoy it
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Make sure your boss has one of these for tying rebar.

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Make sure your boss has one of these for tying rebar.
Those are fine if you're lazy and never tying anything more than a simple snap tie. But I'd never use it for large wall mats that I have to belly chain myself to. Wouldn't trust it to hold like a double figure 8. That's just me maybe, but I was taught bar by an old school badazz

Also what's the throat on that good for? 15M mat? Can it be adjusted to 25M mats? Just curious really.
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you will need tool pouches and the basics hammer, caulk box, tape measure, pencil,etc,than a good Spud wrench cresent wrench, flat bar and a good set of Kline's, you will be cutting#9 wire so you need a good set, that will get you by till you work a few days, everything you will do will be heavy duty material so buy quality tools or they won't last
when I first got into the Union in 1988 bridge work was my first job, I didn't care for it but it was a good experience,go for it you might like it
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I don't think a Carpenter is allowed to tie steel.

You'll need a good set of oxy leather bags. If you're building overpasses, they'll will provide everything else.


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You'll need a good set of oxy leather bags. If you're building overpasses, they'll will provide everything else.


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Formwork on bridges nowadays has evolved into a lot less site work. Especially on overpasses.
To save time 90% of the panels are built off site.
If your there to start the project, you will be building abutment forms then the deck. Basic carpenter tools, add in a set chamfer cutters, snap tie breaker, 3 spud wrenches for taper ties.
The big tools should be provided by the company.

As far as bags, you just can't go wrong with Occidentals. I still have my original set that's 25 years old.
Hammer: stay away from wood handles when doing formwork. Steel with vibram grip, bonus for side nail puller on head. Don't go crazy on weight. Your going to be sinking 16d common duplex's and 6d's. Not railroad spikes. If you need a bigger hammer, go get a single jack at that time.

Your best friend will be your boots. Get a set of GREAT inserts. Don't skimp on that.

And for god sakes don't be that guy wearing baggy pants. I've fired guys in orientation for that.



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