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Old 05-04-2015, 06:17 AM   #1
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Walking The Plate


Got caught laying out the plates for trusses by the Mol just a warning , but I'm thinking I'm going tone seeing a lot more of them this year . I'm thinking of investing in some sort of staging with guard rails . We shingle all the houses we frame so once set up it would serve two purposes . I've seen some that hang off the wall . Any suggestions ?
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We are looking for those as well, we've seen them, it's a triangle bracket that hangs over the top plate, 2x for scaffold plank and 2x for safety rail.

Not sure your location but lately in the Toronto area it seems twice a week in the news someone has fallen without safety equipment in place and MOL is called to the scene.

I admit last week I was on Pickles project on the flat roof without a harness, mind you I stayed back from the edge but MOL sees me and I'm getting a ticket

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I took a screenshot of this for my boss as he said he wanted to invest in a bunch... I have yet to see any. Maybe they'll suit your needs. I just googled it. Walking the plate-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1430869113.066193.jpg
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and in the 70's and early 80's if was just about a job requirement to walk a 2x4 plate to layout or nail off top plates.
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and in the 70's and early 80's if was just about a job requirement to walk a 2x4 plate to layout or nail off top plates.
Hell, upper midwest well into the mid 90's anyway

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I took a screenshot of this for my boss as he said he wanted to invest in a bunch... I have yet to see any. Maybe they'll suit your needs. I just googled it. Attachment 176769
FK grandfather had a whole bunch of those... nobody well into the 90's wanted to use them... they were "scary" ... Now they can be required for safety reasons, makes me laugh my arse off.
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and in the 70's and early 80's if was just about a job requirement to walk a 2x4 plate to layout or nail off top plates.

I started in 99 an was taught to walk top plates. Wasn't until about four years ago the boss started realizing it wasn't such a good idea. I still do it sometimes. Feels good
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I started in 99 an was taught to walk top plates. Wasn't until about four years ago the boss started realizing it wasn't such a good idea. I still do it sometimes. Feels good
Mid 80's OSHA hit real hard about guys walking plates.

Sort of took the wind out of the sails.

It was still done but at sites off the beaten path or by guys who didn't care.

I've seen guys get fired for doing it.
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I've seen guys get fired for doing it.
We have a 4th year I had to threaten that to a few weeks back, it's not me, it's the damn fine
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In my early MX days, I did an endo on a stretch highway under construction, & ended up in the E.R. at hospital. ( no helmet/ concussion, & broken arm, ambulance run) After I came to in the ER my nurse asked me what kind of work I did, & I asked why?

She said she had a hard time getting a needle in my arse, & that it was like leather. I was 19 at the time. Lots of MX, & lots of top plate sitting & walking for me at the time!
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and in the 70's and early 80's if was just about a job requirement to walk a 2x4 plate to layout or nail off top plates.
Never once in my life have I seen someone nail off or layout a top plate on the wall faster than I can do it on the ground.

Spreading trusses, nailing off the subfacia, and a few aspects of backframing are about the only times walking the plate saves time. Anything else is just inefficient.
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Why are the plates being played out after standing? Should b done before lifting the wall. Will walk plates for rafters,fascia,nailers
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Why are the plates being played out after standing? Should b done before lifting the wall. Will walk plates for rafters,fascia,nailers
It was std on package/shop panelized homes. No need to do on stick framed.
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On an 8' wall I can plate it off a 3 stepper way faster than anyone walking it. Being 6'8 helps with the reach to though.

The only time I'll walk plates is setting trusses and fascia pretty much.


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and in the 70's and early 80's if was just about a job requirement to walk a 2x4 plate to layout or nail off top plates.

Here most house frames still do it, unless it is a production builder's site, and those are fewer and fewer here.
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I used to walk walls but not anymore.
That's a younger man's sport anyways.......I'm getting too old for that.

Many framers that I know and have worked near my jobs have fallen and some never work again after that.
I haven't fallen .....or any of my workers but I'm sure luck had a role in that.

Safety rules have banned this in Western Canada for many years now and the penalties are stiff.

Safety is always #1
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I was just walking some plates last week. They were a nice 2x10 ripped down to 8 1/2" width. Friggin super highway.
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When first started framing there was no choice in the matter , it was get the f on the wall and get going . I remember when we switched to 2x6 walls , thinking it was like walking on scaffolding .
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Got caught laying out the plates for trusses by the Mol just a warning , but I'm thinking I'm going tone seeing a lot more of them this year . I'm thinking of investing in some sort of staging with guard rails . We shingle all the houses we frame so once set up it would serve two purposes . I've seen some that hang off the wall . Any suggestions ?
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You can layout trusses as you go..this way you have some thing to hang on to....block and go.

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