Sunday, 21 February 2010


Listen, there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go.
EE Cummings

The floor was also in a sorry state as the roof had leaked with the recent torrential rain and rusted it somewhat. I scrubbed it all down with a wire brush (for three hours!) and slapped on two coats of grey primer with an old paintbrush.

This is my substitute for a roof, at least until this pesky rain stops and I can get some proper work done.

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Gap In The Rain

I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.
Rosalia de Castro

The rain has been pounding down daily, part the the global climate change? Not what we'd expect for the usual Johannesburg summer. I have bought an enormous sheet of plastic to shelter the project a bit and intend to make some progress on finishing of the main welds. I shall work in the clear breaks in the weather and cover it when it's raining. My intention for the next few weeks is to get the welds dressed, cleaned up, filled and sanded smooth.

The main right-hand weld is, as are the rest of the welds, in a sorry and rusted state (A). I cleaned up the worst of it with a "flapper" sander attachment on the trusty grinder. The rest was cleaned with a rotating wire brush on the drill. (B) Shows the progress about half way through. The rust had caused some deep pitting which took ages to clear back to shiny metal. In (C) I have slapped on some body-filler and given it a quick smoothing with a plastic applicator. Second filling to come soon.

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