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Bridge Carpenter



Repair wooden railroad bridges, trestles, and tunnel supports.

What does a Bridge Carpenter do?

Repairs wooden railroad bridges, trestles, and tunnel supports, and replaces decayed, split, or crooked timbers, working as member of crew: Strikes timbers with hammer and listens to sound to detect decay. Installs temporary support to hold structure in place while decayed timber is removed. Loosens nuts and bolts that hold timber in place, using hand wrench or air-powered wrench. Removes timber, using crowbar, or hammers on timber to slide it out of place. Measures and cuts replacement timber to required size, using handsaw or electric saw. Bores bolt holes in timber, using electric drill. Slides new timber into place and secures it with nuts and bolts. May replace defective railroad ties supporting track on bridge.

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