I'm having a week off work at the moment.
All of this week has been devoted to cleaning up the house and yard.
However, on Friday, I needed to create some test brackets for the bridging.
I created just enough to span two purlins.
I also cut a piece of a bargain purchase bridging struts in to thirds - giving perfect components for spanning 400 mm.
The template piece was not drilled out very precisely and in the drill press the drill bit walked a bit.
The end result is that when I bolt the brackets either side of a purlin there is a 4mm error.
I did not get away from home until after 8.00 am - we have some plasterers doing repairs around the house and I needed to talk to them before heading off.
Once out in Wooroloo I decided I should vote in the federal election before settling down to work.
Consequently it was after 10.00 am before I made a start.
Marking up and drilling holes was pretty slow - I was still working out a strategy at this stage.
The first span from the outside PFC to the first purlin was more than the 400 mm I was expecting.
As a result, I had to bolt the inner and outer telescopic sections at the first pair of bolt holes with very little overlap.
This gave the assembly a bow in the middle.
The second bridge went in as expected with a two hole overlap of the sections.
I also had to fiddle around clamping out the twists in the purlins - surprisingly significant despite overall appearances.
I learned a lot from this attempt. I will create a large quantity of brackets and telescopic sections based on what I have learned - but I think I will rework the test installation - it does not have a satisfactory appearance.
At this stage, rain is forecast for next Saturday - so a good day to stay at home and just produce the components.
It was mid afternoon by this stage.
I had brought the mulcher with me process the tree canopy I cleaned up last week.
I ran through a tank of petrol and processed 80% of the branches.
It made a big difference - 4 trailer loads of branches and leaves reduced to one wheelbarrow full of mulch.
There is still more to clean up - not sure when I will get back to this again.