Mar 222024
 

We have a shallow ditch that runs alongside the road back to the barn that seems to always stay wet because it’s at the bottom of the slope from yard. Every time we walked across it we wound up with wet feet. That’s no fun at all.

We decided we needed some kind of little footbridge across that area and looked online to see if they had anything at Lowes or Home Depot that would work, but everything they had was too small and very flimsy looking from what we could see online.

At one point I had the crazy idea that I could build something like that. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, yeah. You’re right. Power tools. Nope, that’s always a bad idea. What to do? What to do?

I called our friends Scott and Alan Banks from Banks Construction LLC, the father and son team that built our decks and have done several other projects around for here for us and told them what I wanted. The very next day, Alan called me up and had a design that was exactly what we had in mind.

So, bright and early yesterday morning they were here and set to work. I’m very good at watching other people work. Much better than I am at doing anything myself. I like to tell people I’m just here for comic relief. (Except for Miss Terry. She knows I’m really just here as the eye candy.)

They built the bridge deck using 2×6 inch treated wood, and sunk treated 4x4s for the upright posts. Everything is screwed together and very heavy duty. When finished, the bridge is 12 feet long and four feet wide.

No more wet feet for us!

I need to use the aftermarket plow attachment I bought a while back for my tractor to open the ditch up a little more, but when I went to attach it for the first time yesterday, I discovered that the part that attaches to my tractor’s 3-point hitch is too narrow. It’s the exact same width as the part on the hitch it is supposed to go around. I haven’t quite figured out how to address that yet, but I will. Maybe I’ll use a power tool. If so, we plan on just a simple cremation and no service, but please send good thoughts to Miss Terry in her moment of bereavement.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This must be at the Jeffrey Dahmar Diner.

Thought For The Day – The only person you can truly rely on is yourself. What a nightmare!

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Bridge Over Muddy Water”

  1. Hi Nick. If your 3 point hitch is like mine, and most others, there should be cross chains going criss-cross from the side bars of the 3 point, which maintain width and anti-sway. Pull the little pins from the chain ends and the 3 point hitch bars will swing outward more. You sort of have to start one plow pin in, slide the plow over some to connect the other plow pin, secure and reinstall the chain pins. Do the reverse to take the plow off.
    Rick

  2. Hello Mr Nick. Was just wondering if my note on the plow mounting was helpful?
    Rick

  3. Rick, No, this just attaches to the center pin, not the two side bars.

  4. That’s interesting. Don’t know that I’ve seen one like that.

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