I was up at 5.00 am and out on site by 6.30 am.
The first job was to wash off the rust converter.
Then I carefully measured the distance from the U beam to the front corner.
I wanted to apply this distance to the 8m beam but first I needed to straighten it.
I clamped a piece of PFC and angle iron on to the 8m and pulled it in to a perfectly straight line.
I then marked up the length and very carefully cut it using a 125 mm angle grinder and a steel straight edge.
I tack welded the fish plate on to the freshly cut end.
I then spent the rest of the day alternating between the welding and building the next ledge of the bridge.
I finally finished both at 6.00 pm and then primed the inside of the beam with zinc primer.
It was too dark to see by the time I finished (7.30 pm) so I had to rig up a floodlight.
This confused a local bird which started making its early morning call.
I finally packed up and left around 8.30.