||Putting up 1/2
frames and more slots!
|Putting in 5 frames that
just have to sit on top of angle irons between existing
frames seemed like a simple enough task before we
started. It was when we noticed a considerable sag in the
supporting angle pieces that we new it would take longer.
||Shown above: Hoisting a
half frame into position
|The welds from
the frame to the supports, while cooling, had pulled
upwards on each side thus lowering the overall height of
the frame. See?!! Even us seasoned welders, well one
season anyway, get fooled from time to time! Luckily,
Gena had built a great little bending tool last week,
which promptly straightened them back out again. (Shown
below) With a bit of patience and practice we had it
|the job well.
I'm sure we'll use this tool again!
After a couple of hours we had them all straightened out
and ready for marking for the slots. Myself cutting the
slots while Gena set up the next slot templates proved to
be difficult as these were much higher up and we had only
one ladder. So Gena became "monkey-girl"
swinging from one "limb" to the next, clamps
and templates in hand, dodging flying bits of molten
steel from the cutter, me! Amazingly we completed 80 or
so slots before the day ended.
|I think we scared away
another prospective buyer of the property adjacent to
ours, as they drove by wide eyed never to return!
9 hours: Put up half frames 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5, & 7.5.
Measured and cut 80 slots for stringers.