On Saturday most of the day went towards repairing various tools including the welding helmet.
I had bought a cheap one just in case but I thought I would have a go at repairing my original.
It had stopped responding to the welding flash and the headstrap had broken.
For the first issue, I had replaced the two power cells, and given all surfaces a good clean.
Also, I found that the previous filter cover replacements were still covered by their protective plastic sheeting.
Peeling this off resulted in a much clearer view.
I used milk bottle plastic and small pop rivets to repair the broken head band and in the end I had a working helmet.
At the end of the day I made a start on cutting up the 75 x 10 mm bar for the top and bottom of the column.
Linda was unwell from a bee sting the previous day so we did not make our usual visit to the cinema.
This gave me an extra day to work on the column.
I cut the column to length, drilled mounting holes in to the top bracket piece and tack welded this on to the column.
I then made a visit out to site to check that the column, along with its top and bottom headers, would fit accurately in to place.
I also caught up with Jim and Sandy for a coffee.
Back home, I continued with the tack welding.
Monday to Friday
Each day I made a little bit of progress towards tack welding in place all the additional steel work that would allow the bottom of the column to be securely located between the purlins,