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Old 02-01-2018, 10:02 PM   #1
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How many of you guys do it?

Do you let your crew do it? Do you disallow it? Do you make them do it?


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Old 02-01-2018, 10:49 PM   #2
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Re: Walking The Plate


I've done it, but due to a limited allotment of cat genes, don't indulge any more.

Never had employees, but no way in hell would I force someone to do it. There are lower-risk ways to get the job done.

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I still do it

I enjoy it, just something about being up there i like
my help doesn't go up on the top plate though

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Old 02-01-2018, 11:24 PM   #4
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When I was bulletproof I loved walking the top plate!! As I get older I don't take as many risks. I haven't framed in about 10 years so I'm not likely to be doing it again.... maybe!!!
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I walk plate and beams. Don't allow my guys to do it.


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I'm allowed to walk interior plates, and any deck beams... But we'll set up a scaffold or make a walkway to set trusses on exterior walls.
I never got much experience walking plates prior to the last couple years, so I'm not going to jump into it now.


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Depends, a lot of the time I do when I forget to layout plate on the ground. On long walls I like to layout the plate once itís nailed down so the layout doesnít grow.

I donít let the help get crazy when working at heights.


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Boy this is something I lose fast. I do a lot of interior remodels and when an addition comes up once a year or so I just naturally hop up on the plate but now suddenly I'm afraid for some reason.
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Boy this is something I lose fast. I do a lot of interior remodels and when an addition comes up once a year or so I just naturally hop up on the plate but now suddenly I'm afraid for some reason.


Age, I certainly don't take the chances I did as a youngster.


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Can't or won't walk a plate, you ain't a framer. At least back in the day, didn't, you didn't have a job. Bonus at 3 stories up, just didn't need to drink as much coffee
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I've worked with guys that were like a bird on a wire but I was always more of a sloth on a limb. With practice it would get a little better but always preferred and did the Asvereid method mentioned up the thread.
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I do, although not as much as I used to.
I remember a couple years into my framing career, walking an icy top plate 25' up carrying trusses definitely wouldn't do that now.
I don't make any of my guys do anything they aren't comfortable with, although a couple of them could literally dance a jig on the plate.


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Pretty foolish with all of the safety knowledge, equipment and other methods we have available to us in this day and age.
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Working solo or with a helper ir two, I'll still do it, and won't make anyone do it.

I still have all my cat genes, I'm just an older cat.
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Pretty foolish with all of the safety knowledge, equipment and other methods we have available to us in this day and age.
Sometimes I agree with that, at other times I go with my view from when I was in my 40s or younger. Put a 2X4 on the ground and ask me to work standing on it, and I'd say no problem, There's no chance I'm stepping off it.

OTOH, you can get a cold, have some inner ear problems and have some trouble keeping your balance.

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Boy this is something I lose fast. I do a lot of interior remodels and when an addition comes up once a year or so I just naturally hop up on the plate but now suddenly I'm afraid for some reason.
When you're on the ground, you know which way is up and down just from seeing the ground around you. Your visual system takes a while to adjust to it not being there, it's a little disorientating. It takes me about 2 weeks of high work these days to settle in.
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The good ol days.
I cut roofs before I ever learned how to frame a wall. Used to run up rafters and not think twice about it. Jump across hallways. Jump beam to beam. Haha. Itís amazing Iím not dead.
I havenít met a framer in years that I would trust more than 5í off the ground without a full arrest system. They just donít get it.
I was taught literally from day one to carry my hammer in my hand at all times. More than once Iíve buried it into something to save my ass from bailing off. Judging by the forearms on these kids, they are nail gun princesses. Like little strands of linguine. Canít imagine they have enough grip to save themselves if they did get loose on plate line.

All of that complaining and I refuse to pin my guard back on my saw
Watched my mentors do it forever and never get hurt but I swear Iíll cut my head off.


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Can't or won't walk a plate, you ain't a framer. At least back in the day, didn't, you didn't have a job. Bonus at 3 stories up, just didn't need to drink as much coffee
That was pretty much the attitude that I remember. But I never had the balance to do it, I guess.

I don't have a problem with heights, as long as it's safe. I've worked 120 feet up in a swinging crane basket, but I'd rather not walk the plate.

Something wider than a 2x4 is much better, though.


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Walking Plates is a young man's game. Used to do it quite regularly.

First time on a Hi-rise job, Foreman asked if I would go up a ladder and walk a steel beam to disconnect a line. Said sure thing. Got up there and the beam was full of Nelson studs. Tippitoed across and didn't get my boot stuck once, but slipped on the way back. No more of that crap.
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In my younger days, I walked the plates quite bit with no problems. Itís been a while since Iíve had to do it and my ex-partner called last week. He was having some truss layout problems on an addition he was doing and asked me to come take a look.

I get out there and realize heís got a two-story addition going Ė over a walkout. I get a little apprehensive getting out of the truck - it's been a while since I was that high. I climb up there and realize exterior walls are 2 x 6 (they were all 2 x 4 in my framing days). I walked across the back wall without a second thought.

He says, ďYou look like you do that every day Ė you look like youíre still a framerĒ. To be honest the 2 x 6 looked like a dance floor compared to 2 x 4s.

I also always preferred to drag trusses, rather than just walk. At least with a truss, you had something to hold on to and regain your balance and the guy on the other tail could give a pull or push if you really lost it.

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