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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:30 pm 
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Since my last article about the metal decking being placed, green colored epoxy coated rebar was begun on this 548 foot long by 80 foot wide bridge. Shown here is the 1st of 3 layers rebar, each laid in revers order and hand tied together with wire, the story of wire tying rebar is fascinating and told below. As of yesterday there are 30 workers on the job, 15 bridge workers and 15 steel workers with more of both arriving in the next few days.

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This first layer of rebar is bent over each end of the girders where concrete will be placed from the top of each pier to the road surface at the same time the road surface is poured thus tying together every different part of the bridge into an integrated whole.

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My first view of the underside of the bridge during my Tuesday tour and interview. I'm told that all the concrete will be painted a tan color that will somewhat match the surrounding soil.

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And now the story of wire tying rebar together: This story has been told to me more than once from experienced bridge builders so what it is worth I'll recount it; the work is painful and more so as the temperatures drop and to bend over at the waist and tie as fast as possible for 8 to 10 hrs per day, back-ache city. But the hands as, if your right handed, the left pulls a length of wire with the left hand from a spool hanging from a tool belt, snipped with the right, wrapped around the rebar with the left and twisted with the cutter/pliers in the right; soon serious blisters form on the left hand fingers which are then pierced with a knife and dabbed with superglue and a bandaid and work resumes resulting in:

How many bridges will a worker, tying rebar, last before serious chronic debility sets in from: deep tissue scaring of the fingers, repetitive motion carpal tunnel damage, arthritis in the hands and lower back so we can have bridges for our convenience. The cost in real dollars and quality of life far exceeds the 7+ million dollars cost of construction.


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 Author: Hoof
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:40 pm 
It's possible someone was looking for sympathy where it isn't warranted. My Dad, now 88, was a "rodman" (tieing rebar) for 40 years. What they didn't tell you is that the rebar has to get to each bay before it's tied. If you carry steel for awhile and tie for awhile back misery is minimized. What about the hands? They have been manufacturing leather work gloves nimble enough to open and shut your Klein's pliers for 300 years. Not sure why this crew hasn't made the discovery?


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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:39 pm 
Thanks, I liked the story because it was over the top but got an essential point across. Sympathy is a good word and they certainly have mine. They definitely have a painful job with predictable chronic injuries somewhat similar to building framers. I've watched as they switched jobs, lessening ("minimized") the backache and watched how they stand and move and as they walked to their vehicles leaving at the end of the day.

I could tell the ones that have been doing it for a while. I'm sure they "take it like a man" but realize, I spent 30 years studying and working on the injured human body so I see and have what you call sympathy and understanding rather than angst for the inconvenience of not having a bridge for a while as these guys are under great pressure to work faster (I see and hear that also).


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