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Metal Work

August 1, 2015
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Starting to gear up to Phase 2 of the roof replacement, Tom took an opportunity to expand his skill set in metal work. He’s worked with metal for years, but was limited by space and equipment. Our friend, Eric, found a place to get some metal working training- Dras Fabrication. They went together to use some professional equipment with the owner guiding them.

The roof related project is a bracket to support our condensing unit. Since being installed, the unit sits on a pallet on the roof. The idea is to get it up off of the roof, out of the way of the cleaned up parapet and new roof. The bracket will be bolted to the concrete parapet.

Bracket layout

Laying out the steel angles

Bracket construction

Measure twice

Bracket done

Welding finished

Bracket primed

Primed

 Chiseling the old pitch roof off of the concrete- the parapet has been cleaned and the roofing under the unit was removed so we won't be banging out heads on the bracket when we do the rest of the roof removal.


Chiseling the old pitch roof off of the concrete- the parapet has been cleaned and the roofing under the unit was removed so we won’t be banging out heads on the bracket when we do the rest of the roof removal.

 

Big tools make this job easier than the manual tools we used last time. We had rented one of these at the end of the last roof project which worked great, so we own one now.

Drilling

Drilling holes into the concrete parapet. The first set of anchors didn’t work. Luckily we live a few blocks from Lowes.

Ouch

A reminder to myself to put the gloves back on after stopping to take a photo. I was using a socket to tighten a bolt and got too close to the concrete wall.

Checking the spacing

Checking the spacing

 

Bracket installed

Here’s the installation- waiting for the HVAC contractor to relocate the unit and adjust the connections.

The view is great from up here!

The view is great from up here!

While removing the roofing, Tom discovered a piece of what was once wood embedded in the concrete slab. The builders left it there and tarred right over it. Why do they do that kind of thing? These days we find burger boxes and soda bottles in building voids on sites.

Wood 2

The clay tile is revealed after the wood is removed

The clay tile is revealed after the wood is removed

On the more decorative side, Tom was able to learn some blacksmiths techniques, as well as improve his welding skills.

Forging

The teacher uses a hammer head as the piece to make that utilizes a number of different techniques, plus you end up with a functional tool.

 

Forged

Looking forward to using this new skill somewhere in the BAB!

I’m sure Tom is making a shopping list for his future forge. We’ve got room for that.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick Peterson permalink
    October 19, 2015 3:27 pm

    Nice job Tom. Mig or stick welder ? Forge ???? really ?? you are correct Sue, you do have room for it

  2. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    October 16, 2015 10:19 am

    Thank you for remembering your gloves this time! Mom

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