Last Call: Bridge Work Edition

I know that any bridge-building endeavor is inherently challenging and potentially with the threat of loss of life. Only 11 workers died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where it is estimated that more than twice that died building New York’s iconic (and often unscrupulously sold) Brooklyn Bridge.
There’s no record of how many workers lost their lives building this small rail road bridge at India’s Dudhsagar Falls, but I think the greater threat would have been getting lost in wonder at its unbelievable majesty. Don’t take my word for it, check out the larger photo here.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.
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19 responses to “Last Call: Bridge Work Edition”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Speaking of bridges there is some fun going on over here on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. That’s the connector bridge between the two turnpikes. Last week they found a fourteen inch crack in a steel beam. Which you can see in the second picture. This was found by a painter. So they aren’t quite sure how long it was there. The bridge has been closed while they see how much damage has been done to the bridge as a whole because of this. Hearing the PA Turnpike spokesman saying that this could have honestly lead to a stucural failure was a bit sobering.
    I don’t take this bridge that often anymore since I moved into the center of the state but I used to be on it often. Where I live now is loaded up with bridges that have bad ratings from the state and the feds. So it gives you pause when they find this stuff.

    1. hwyengr Avatar

      I really thought that 35W collapsing into the Mississippi in Minneapolis would have revitalized the country’s interest in infrastructure repair, but here we are.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        It’s not a popular items to spend big money on.

      2. mrh1965 Avatar

        It seems to me we can always find money to build new things. But maintain existing things? Nope.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Wow. How do you repair something like that anyway?

      1. JayP Avatar

        Zip Ties.

      2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        Well duct tape more than zip ties.
        Actually they are spending time to repair it thankfully. They have already put plates in place where the break was. The delay is finding other damage that it might have caused. This is expected to take four to six weeks. The big delay may come from what they find. If they find nothing than the permanent fix for this goes in place and it reopens. If it’s bigger damage, well, then we have a longer delay.

  2. Hatchtopia Avatar

    Been tossing around my options for paint work on the GSi. I had originally thought about attempting the $50 paint job, but then I saw that Maaco was doing a $299 special. I know that any work will probably end up being more, and you get what you pay for, buuuut – I have seen some online commentary that if the car owner does the prep, they can do a decent job. There’s one Maaco shop in the Seattle area that gets pretty good online reviews – anyone here ever use them? Good? Bad?

    1. Lokki Avatar

      For $299 they’re not doing -any- surface prep I suspect. They just drive the car in the booth, shoot it, and bake it dry. So, be sure that you do more than just wash the car and mask the trim. At a minimum wash the car using lots of dishwashing soap, clay bar it, wash it again using rubbing alcohol and changing cloths frequently. Each time you wash, use a toothbrush and alcohol in the cracks and crevices where there is any hint of wax buildup. Captain Obvious says: “you are going to get the car dirty again driving it to MAACO, and the longer the time between tape prep and delivering the car to the booth, the more stuff from the air that will settle on your car. Thus, ideally, do your prep as close to the place and time of going in the paint booth as possible.”
      Captain Obvious’ blonde girl friend says ” Don’t forget to roll up the windows!”
      See here:

      1. Hatchtopia Avatar

        Yeah I figured that’s where they skimp. I have some minor body work to take care of, so I could do that first, take the mouldings off, lights out, and tape it up, then trailer it to the shop.

        1. Alff Avatar

          I’m sure they skimp on the back end, too. Be prepared for sanding and buffing. One or two stage? Price would suggest the former.

          1. Hatchtopia Avatar

            Probably true as well. Single stage would match what came from the factory, so I’m okay with that. The particular shop that I’m looking at has good online reviews, so hopefully they have a skilled painter there that won’t have too many issues with technique.

      2. Hatchtopia Avatar

        Ok, so I watched the video about the BMW. I can’t even. How. Did. They. Spray. The. Inside?
        I would suspect that it wasn’t a window open, but rather a bad door seal. Which makes me paranoid because I’m pretty sure I have four of those…

    2. Guest Avatar

      Hot Rod Garage did a segment on getting the most out of a low-buck paint job. They give some tips to do before and after the paint is applied, and they give some insight into the process that Maaco uses.

      BONUS: The paint is applied to a sweet van!

      The paint stuff is from 1:46-8:30. (The rest is mostly introduction, and then some Q & A with the guys from Roadkill.)

  3. Atomic Toast Avatar
    Atomic Toast

    Victor-Albert Bouffort ‘s streamlined three-wheeler based on a Citroen Traction-Avant. France 1950s

  4. Atomic Toast Avatar
    Atomic Toast

    If you don’t go do what you wanna do, you’re just bullshitting
    yourself.” Carroll Shelby, Hall of Fame Inductee and founder of Shelby

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Inductctee in the Shelby Hall of Fame? I would sure hope so.

  5. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    That’s it! It was the new MacGyvers fault when he drove that damned alien truck over it too fast escaping the evil oil man.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    Dudhsagar might be a more interesting bridge than the other two, but Golden Gate Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge have more interesting Urban Dictionary definitions.

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