Here you can see Alex multi-tasking. At work setting up the transit with one hand and communicating with the other!
The best way to "learn" about bridge building is to just "do it" and that is just what Lynnan did this past Sunday. They went to work setting in place and coming up with ways to anchor the false work. This false work is very important. It will form the working surface for building the bridges 32' long lattice trusses.
After they layed out and fastened together the stringers they went to work with the transit to level them up. These guys did some impressive work and kept right at it.
They were still interested in working some more so they took on the task of re-assembling the 3/8" = 1" scale model Town Lattice Truss (watch for this in the next post). I have to say it was another great day of "serious fun". From working with Bruce and Alex at South Wayne on Roof Rafter layout to Alex and Lynnan on the false work, these guys are impressive!
Many of the 21st Century Skills :
Written & Oral Communications
that Technical Education courses in high schools strive to achieve are being experienced by these bridge project participants. As a bonus when it is finished they will have a 32' Town Lattice Truss bridge in South Wayne, WI to show for it!
Puzzler - So how is the transit leveled?
Tech Vocab - Perpendicular - Adjusting Screws - Spirit Level - Tripod - Camber - False Work - Cribbing