In Which I Am Fascinated By How This Pedestrian Bridge Holds Itself Together

A few days ago I had a doctor’s appointment at a local hospital. We parked in the garage and walked over an enclosed pedestrian bridge to the office building.

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Though I’d made a couple of other trips to this site, this time I saw something I hadn’t noticed before:

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Yes, it’s this assemblage of oversized bolts, screws, and rods that caught my eye. I immediately saw the structure of this bridge very differently – as from the standpoint of – how is this thing actually put together and holding itself up so that I can travel across it without a thought?

Well, it’s simple. As you can see, there is a series of diagonal supports from ceiling to floor.

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Halfway over the bridge they switch direction.

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You saw the giant screw threads:

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and how about these cotter pins?

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I would have loved to see them putting this structure together. Below is the original view of the bridge I showed. Now, if you were to take a seat and relax here for a while, you’d feel pretty good about the glass tube this bridge pretends to be, right? Because it’s really a pretty brawny entity.

Keep your eyes open next time you’re in an office building or other such structure. Even if they put in ceiling tiles and so on…there are clues as to how the building works. It’s interesting to follow the clues.

By the way, above these ceiling tiles, which don’t cover the whole surface, it’s possible to see utility pipes carrying the building services over the bridge. Painted a slimming and hiding black, but they are up there…

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Cones, Simply

Yesterday my husband and I stopped by this parking lot to check on the Power Line trail – we wanted to see if the snow had melted and the way was clear for us to run on it again. (In case you are interested, yes, it was.)

This parking lot in Horsham is at the mid-point of the trail and serves the trail and adjacent ball fields, none of which are in use right now, of course. So, the lot is handling some other jobs – for one thing, the township piled a lot of snow there from the roads – there are some nice snow-mountains along the side. And, it’s a great place for these trucks to assemble when they are off-duty.

They are tree-trimming trucks and they belong to a company whose work consists of trimming trees for the electric company and municipalities. You see them everywhere in the winter.

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And a closer look.

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You know what caught my eye? The arrangement they each have on their front bumpers for carrying traffic cones. Yes, I was so intrigued by the ingenious way they were packed on to the truck. There are two methods. One is horizontal – the cones are set on a rod that is secured with a cotter pin.

The other is vertical – they are stacked in a bracket attacked to the bumper.

Think about it. Every road project, every construction site, any tree work – all of them need traffic cones to protect the site and the workers. You know this. You’ve seen it. And you’ve never thought about where the cones keep themselves when they are off duty, have you? Well, now you know.

I found it just fascinating to see these huge trucks all with their neatly stacked cones, all ready for Monday morning. I love the simple elegance of this solution. No one will ever be shouting, “Where are the #@&!* cones!” on any site where these trucks are at work.

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Sunshine Project – Day 55, School, Wyncote, PA

Today is a special day – Friday the 13th. I’m not (very) superstitious, but I thought I’d place the sunshine somewhere related to the themes the day celebrates, just for luck. I didn’t have far to go – I decided on the high school located across the street from my house.

They’ve been doing a roof replacement and other construction for some weeks now, and where there are builders, there are – ladders. Such as, don’t walk under one!

Work is going on and so there is a need for a lot of miscellaneous bits and pieces of everything.

Work is going on and so there is a need for a lot of miscellaneous bits and pieces of everything.

My husband and I went over to the school. The work is taking place on the “new” wing, built in 1966; the “old” part is dated 1956. This wing sticks out at the back of the school. I am always sympathetic to schools with additions like this one. The original design is meant to be complete and coherent and then the poor building is forced to accept an appendage.

Part of the "new" wing. They seem to be replacing the flashing at the top edge right now. I like the 1960's detail  of the brickwork. And, I like the orange brick, although it's not everyone's taste. I think it looks just right.

Part of the “new” wing. They seem to be replacing the flashing at the top edge right now. I like the 1960’s detail of the brickwork. And, I like the orange brick, although it’s not everyone’s taste. I think it looks just right.

Work on this “appendage” is progressing on two sides of the building. I set the sunshine on the outer side on a pile of boards. I felt that someone would see it quite readily. There were no ladders here, though.

On the other side of the building we saw a couple of ladders. One was leaning nonchalantly against a dumpster. The other was hard at work; two workmen were maneuvering it to do some work around a doorway.

Today is miserably cold, about 10 degrees when we were there at eight AM, and there is a stiff wind. Construction work is hard in these conditions. I am thinking maybe the workers will leave early today and the ladders can be folded up, having caused absolutely no bad luck.

Happy sunshine.

Sunshine, February 13, 2015.

Sunshine, February 13, 2015.

There’s a place to find out more about the Sunshine Project – look here or search under “Sunshine Project” in the category list.

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