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Old 05-09-2015, 08:28 AM   #21
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If you're gluing the second floor deck, don't step on the joist after you glue...

It's slippery, and hard to get off your clothes and skin after you catch yourself with your forearms..
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:55 AM   #22
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Don't throw a loose 4 foot piece of 2x12 not nailed down across a few joists to step on...you will step on the end and fall straight into the basement like I did.

I have a hard time believing you fit between the joists... :
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I have a hard time believing you fit between the joists... :
It was a few years ago and I got stuck at my shoulders. Hurt like a bastard.
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Look only where you are stepping. Don't look up and don't look down, it will disorient you. Walking at heights takes practice. Take your time until your comfortable. Soon you will be walking 2ft center trusses.
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Yea, don't....

fast way to get fired and an OSHA ticket....

read here:

http://www.contractortalk.com/f14/walking-plate-193169/

on a union job, sure. on a residential job you'll get fired for not walking them.
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I would never fire anybody for not walking walls or beams, but I appreciate those who can. I was never the greatest at it, but passable.

I was trying to demonstrate the right way to run bridging and was disappointed at how hard it was to bend over that far.
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I would never fire anybody for not walking walls or beams, but I appreciate those who can. I was never the greatest at it, but passable.
Agreed. It's still possible to frame efficiently without walking on walls. Sometimes not quite as fast, but often the added time of setting up a scaffold or plank gets made up because you can move back and forth faster than you would walking on a wall plate.

Joists are another story. I don't see how it would be possible to frame efficiently without walking on joists.
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I fell through a deck few weeks back....not fun. Problem was I did a 180 forgot I was on joists an down I went main thing take time an pick ur steps....I try an keep the arch of my foot on the boards....

I'm not afraid of heights I'm afraid of the fall.....
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Oh yeah new guys crawling across floor joists is funny to me I did the same thing...guess u crawl before u walk lol

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it really is just a state of mind...and like every other facet of your career choice, practice and CONFIDENCE will take you anywhere you choose to go as for tips... grabs some scraps from a job and frame some mock ups on the ground (joists, plate limes, rafters) now that you're only inches or a few feet off the ground...dance all over them for practice!!!!
To be truly comfortable up high you have to "understand your out" what i mean by this is always know your "out move" or what your gonna do in the event of a fall...
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Guys i the US better not be walking joists and beams. As Griz said, it is an automatic ticket if OSHA catches it.

I walked walls and joists for many years until my balance went.
I got to the point where working off a ladder I could run bridging faster than the fellows walking the joists. it is a fallacy to say you can do it faster..

Somehow us carpenters that feel we will never get hurt, need to change our thinking as a lot we do is dangerous and can shorten life and careers.
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Guys i the US better not be walking joists and beams. As Griz said, it is an automatic ticket if OSHA catches it.

I walked walls and joists for many years until my balance went.
I got to the point where working off a ladder I could run bridging faster than the fellows walking the joists. it is a fallacy to say you can do it faster..

Somehow us carpenters that feel we will never get hurt, need to change our thinking as a lot we do is dangerous and can shorten life and careers.
No fallacy about it.....I can absolutely work faster walking walls and joists than from a ladder. If you can't do it anymore, you can't, no shame about it but let's not pretend moving a ladder 100 times a day is faster.
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No fallacy about it.....I can absolutely work faster walking walls and joists than from a ladder. If you can't do it anymore, you can't, no shame about it but let's not pretend moving a ladder 100 times a day is faster.
I am not pretending. Trust me, it can be done faster.....

It's just a state of mind over matter.
Not to mention a large fine if caught.
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I fell through a deck few weeks back....not fun. Problem was I did a 180 forgot I was on joists an down I went main thing take time an pick ur steps....I try an keep the arch of my foot on the boards....

I'm not afraid of heights I'm afraid of the fall.....
I'm not afraid of the fall I'm afraid of the sudden stop at the end of the fall.
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We were standing monster gables with a crane. After the gable was braced one of our guys would set up a ladder to the flying rakes. Then free climb the rakes and unhook the crane. Better him than me.
We use to run on plates. Now that falling hurts, I'll just walk walls, if I have to.
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Don't look up.
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I've been wondering what you're up to. Hope all is well.
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