I had hoped to install the steel today but I was not ready.
I was still part way through welding on the cleats and I had not even treated the surfaces.
First thing I needed to complete about 12 welds for the cleats.
After this, I carted the beams out in to the open and applied rust converter.
Linda and I headed in to Midland to see if Rudds was open (it wasn't and opening times not shown on their website) and also to drop in to Inspirations to ask a question about the best paints to use on the steel.
We also dropped in to Bunnings where I purchased some pulleys and rope - I have this idea of hoisting a large tarpaulin over the work site to protect me from the summer heat.
Back home I washed off the excess rust converter and scrubbed down the galvanised beams.
After everything had dried off in the sun I moved it all back under the veranda and started applying the zinc primer.
This required 3 painting sessions spaced several hours apart.
On Sunday I hope to apply all of the enamel coat over the course of the day.
I also really need to head out to site and knock down all the weeds before the building site becomes the talk of the town.
I ended up helping Linda prepare for some guests who are arriving today - so didn't get out to site to clean up.
However, I managed to apply the enamel coat to the steel.