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flooring uprights must be secured to components of the
(d) Construction details for flooring in
bracing structure, usually the kickers, to prevent shifting.
The entire structure is increased in strength and stability
floor extends over a void area between the lower level
by lacing kickers with 2- by 10-inch lumber in lieu of the
of stowage and the hull and must be supported
usual 2- by 3-inch stock; however, 2- by 3-inch material
adequately from below, since cargo-handling machinery
can be used to lace together the uprights in contact with
will pass over the area repeatedly during stowage
operations. Uprights, commonly known as "stiff legs,"
of 2-inch flooring is installed crosswise to the runners.
are used to support 4- by 4-inch flooring runners.
The flooring should not contact the skin; instead, ample
Runners should be installed near the cargo and also
near the hull to provide a strong flooring foundation
across the entire void area, eliminating weak spots. All
Figure 9-48. Construction of support structures for flooring over voids in the wings (hull blocking technique).