How to Build a Foot Bridge

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A foot bridge is a lovely addition to your landscaped garden or stream. Constructing a foot bridge requires some basic carpentry skills. However, this a straightforward project that's suitable for a homeowner's first time attempt at a home improvement project.

  • Determine a location for your bridge. The foundation of the bridge must be on solid, dry ground. Measure your space and buy materials.

  • Place one pair of concrete pier blocks at each end of the bridge location. Dig down or build up in order to ensure that the blocks are level with each other.

  • Connect beams to the pier blocks. Place the pier blocks one length of beam a part. Attach the beams using metal straps.

  • Construct railing posts for each side of the bridge, if desired. Carefully measure the height of the posts to make sure they're even. Set the posts in incremental spacing to ensure that the railing is supportive and strong.

  • Lay planks across the beams to form the treads of the bridge. Cut the planks to a length that allows them to lay fully over each beam but not too far over the sides of the bridge. Notch the beams as needed to fit around the railing posts.

  • Attach hand railing to the railing posts. Measure the proper height and mark each railing post with chalk as a visual guideline, then firmly attach each hand railing section.

  • Stain or paint and seal the bridge. Use a sealer specifically for use outdoors to prevent dampness from ruining the wood and destroying your bridge.

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