Archive for October 27th, 2021

Diary #591

I’ve been very frustrated with the slowness of our progress this year; during the two dry months we got very little done, and by the time we really started moving forward the rainy season had returned.  Last year, once Grace explained what needed to be done I could do a little, get her to inspect my work to be sure I was doing it correctly, and then go full speed ahead until I had finished and was ready to move on to the next step.  But the roof work required skills I don’t have, which couldn’t be easily explained, and it took us a long time to figure out what I could do without years of experience.  Grace still needs to fabricate the main beams, but once they’re done I now have the ability to weld them in place if we can get the welder close enough; MIG welding relies on wire mechanically fed up the line by a motor inside the machine, so the stinger line is relatively short compared to the heavy cables used in stick welding.  In this picture, I’m using nearly all the length there is, so to get to the very top of the central support we had to position the cart directly underneath (not always easy with tub and ladders in the way) and then put the welder up on top of a crate on the cart. It’ll be a little easier when we get away from the area directly above the tub, but I really wish we’d been able to get at least part of the roof in place before the monsoons.

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