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Old 05-22-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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This is so that anyone who wants to look at the pics doesn't have to wade through 2.5 years of back story. So here's the synopsis for anyone new

Building a mass masonry bridge, that is supposed to look like it's staraight out of the english country side. Took a while to get approval from the river conservation authority, municipality etc...but it's finally started. Owner is a former engineer and designed the bridge himself although a different engineer had to stamp it. I am NOT contracting this...he his, my work is limited to the stone work. This bridge will have vehicle traffic going over it, including concrete trucks etc...when the house is being built, this isn't a pedestrian bridge. Synopsis complete



Getting started on the base for the abutment


The projected ledge for the center to sit on
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What I've been working on this week
Got the side wall done last week so onto the back wall



And the other side wall

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More of the side wall


And got started on the other side. Just got that started today, joints haven't been rubbed yet, very cool and so I'll have to joint them later tonight, then cover them cause we have a chance of frost
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Looks like a fun job, I wouldn't know where to begin on how to charge for it
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Amazing project! Love the stone work, keep up the photos don't get to see it much around here..


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Looks like a fun job, I wouldn't know where to begin on how to charge for it
I have an idea of how long it's going to take but I'm charging by the hour...by the day really. I'm figuring on 3 months, but while i've built and rebuilt lots of mass masonry it's pretty much just been walls of various thickness, from 18"-30". This is a little different. Also since the owner is somewhat involved in the project I can't give a price not knowing how his involvement will help or hinder.
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Keep the pictures coming. cool project . great work.
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Been following this for a while glad to see it finally started, off topic question, what type of truck is that in the back ground of photo 2
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Ha, that's an old truck...my truck. I LOVE it. 1990 GMC R3500 crewcab long box with a 6.2L diese (Crew cabs kept the old boxy body style which I absolutely LOVE). Cheapest truck I've ever owned. I like to think of trucks as outvestments rather than investments and this one has the least going out ever. It's so easy to work on when you know it's idiosyncrasies, parts are cheap and still available. It gets great fuel mileage and carries or tows whatever I ask it to. It's just under a commercial weight rating so i don't have to get it safetied every year, don't have to carry a log book, etc...I can scratch it dent it whatever, I don't really care...its a pure work truck.

Only real draw back is that it doesn't do drive throughs very well.
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Your doing this all yourself? Holy crap that's a lot of stone. ....and I thought I was crazy.
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.....and I know what you mean about the old trucks.
Driving an 89 Super Duty myself.....everything you said about yours is true. My only issue is the cab mounts are starting to go.
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Where abouts is this?


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Just outside Almonte.

You still at Pomerleaus house?
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Your doing this all yourself? Holy crap that's a lot of stone. ....and I thought I was crazy.
You're just figuring out now that I'm a little nuts?
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Just outside Almonte.

You still at Pomerleaus house?

Just came back to frame basement and shingle roof. He ended up doing the screw on style stone himself


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Sounds good, more of a homeowner product really...would have been nice in the cold months though
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More pics from this week. Only there yesterday and today...chance of rain Mon-Wed so I got a couple little crappy indoor jobs done and out of the way.

Up to height to install the projected course here. Gotta do some more back filling first though.


and started the back wall today

Joints are still wet in the pic, going out in a bit to finish them. Love living 2 miles from the job.
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Ha, that's an old truck.. 1990 GMC R3500
1990 is old?

You are making something that will be there forever, how cool is that? you ever think about that?

Are you competely alone, not even a helper?
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You are making something that will be there forever, how cool is that? you ever think about that?
All the time.
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So possibility of showers tomorrow so i took some pics today instead

Major development Wed and yesterday. The trusses were installed

a little of the back wall i was working on today. Need to get some mass built up for the skewbacks

The rise is a lot more than his drawings made it look, even though his drawings show a 5'6 rise and the reality is a 4'6 rise (computer math rather than reality or just a brain fart?). This ellipse is very close to a segment in my opinion

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