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Marvin Denmark has been building and inventing for most of his life. Robin Koontz is a published author and illustrator of children's books and magazine articles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Madenmark Publishing (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061543813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615438139
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have a low water bridge, a drive through the creek, which is often impassible. We also have as many as five cars in our small yard during the work week. This bridge will allow us to locate parking out on the other side of the creek and have continuous access to the outside world regardless of how high the water is.
Our property is somewhat park like and this will be a great addition to the landscape. A suspension bridge has a very particular feel to it, both visually and physically and has always captured my imagination. I think my first response after the initial awe to a suspension bridge is to question its stability and structure as it has a somewhat raw quality to it like a tree house. This aspect is rather appealing to me, but to build, I have an immediate concern with safety and longevity of materials. The design in the book fulfills all. The bridge is obviously good looking and it has a very thought out structure. The patented "cable locking system" is both clean in its design and structurally safe in that it captures the ends of the 4x4 cross member in a very practical way that will hold the beam as long as the wood remains good. This is one of the critical points solved in the design of this bridge.

This book is a practical study in building a suspension bridge, It explains the construction procedures well and is an excellent resource for anyone interested in such a bridge.
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I got this book for my nephew, an engineering student, at his request. His class group project involved building several small bridges to improve accessibility for rice farmers in La. They used Denmark's book as a reference and completed a successful group of bridges. The bridges made such an impact on the local community that other residents borrowed the book and built their own foot bridges. The book explanations are photographed well and the step-by-step instructions very clear. If you are just a regular person with no huge bulldozers or crew, who wants to build a sturdy little bridge, then this is the perfect book for you. I hope we see more building books from him.
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Lots of useful information set out in a readable manner. I have crossed many sporting estate bridges in the highlands of Scotland. The bridge featured would inspire more confidence than most of the ones I have used.
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Even if you don't want to build a bridge this book is what you looking for. Just very informative and good reading.
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Well the author states that this book is not intended to be a guide or a how-to on how to build a bridge, let's face it, that's why people buy this book. It does have a few useful tips, but overall the book would have been better as somebody's website. The diagrams and photos are not very good quality, and the writing is quite poor. If they had written this up and simply posted it to a website I would've thought better of it, but as a book that I paid good money for it's really just okay.
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It is more of a pamphlet than a book. Also, I think the title is a little misleading. On page 6, it sez it is not a 'how to' book, but a 'how-we-did-it' book. What's more- they seem to be using the book to promote their particular type of metal bracket. That said, it has a lot of good information.
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It is fantastic to understand simple details for suspension bridges.
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Great book for getting me started on my project.
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