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    Question Wedges

    The NC Rescue standard calls for "12 pair wedges, 4" x 4" x 18""
    I believe we know what they're talking about, but could somebody clearify it, or even post some pictures. Thanks

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    Take a 4x4, that is 18" long, and cut it from one end to the other at a diagonal. You will get 2 wedges out of 1 18" 4x4.......

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    And i was right when i told everybody i'm not as look as i dumb... so we were right in our thinking... so it looks like time to get out the chain saw. Thanks firenresq77.

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    8 1/4" circular saw will cut through a 4x4, we carry one in case we need to cut 6x6 for shoring.

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    I would highly suggest you NOT use the chain saw. Circular saws work much better!! I tried to draw a pic in paintbrush, but it kept telling me the file was too big, no matter how small I made it.......... Sorry

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    Wedges should be cut as to leave a few inches of their original size.

    For example if you are using 4x4 leave at least 2" up to 4" at the end of the wedge to allow for the new 4x4 block cribbing to take its place. This will also allow you to invert a wedge on top of another, and be able to leave in place as a 4x4 when needed.

    For example if using 18" 4x4 Measure 3" from each end of 4x4 then draw a line to each 3" line this will give you two identical wedges which will work together.

    Circular or Recip saw is always best, remember accurate cribbing is always a plus when using it together.
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    Thanks again for the help everybody. Also, I was only being facetious about the chain saw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resqtek33
    Wedges should be cut as to leave a few inches of their original size.

    For example if you are using 4x4 leave at least 2" up to 4" at the end of the wedge to allow for the new 4x4 block cribbing to take its place. This will also allow you to invert a wedge on top of another, and be able to leave in place as a 4x4 when needed.

    For example if using 18" 4x4 Measure 3" from each end of 4x4 then draw a line to each 3" line this will give you two identical wedges which will work together.

    Circular or Recip saw is always best, remember accurate cribbing is always a plus when using it together.
    I am with Resqtek33 on leaving a little extra at the butt end of a wedge, most of the time they must be hammered into place and if you cut them from end to end the top will be so thin that it will chip away and ruin the wedge.
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    Ditto on leaving a little at the end. We actually cut ours at 24", then move down about 3" and make the cuts for an 18" wedge.
    Last edited by Catch22; 06-13-2006 at 10:23 PM. Reason: Can't do math for some reason tonight

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    Wow....... Didn't even remember posting in this thread..... Yes, there should be a couple inches of the original size of the wood left....... Musta had a big ole brain fart that day........
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