Trying to fit the damn wind turbine. Been at it for a few days (not too hard at it, tho). I am faced with the curse of the measuring tape in the hands of an idiot. Me. I measured the lower end of the tower section and got 9.5 inches. And then had the fitting made up for that. Got the fitting and it was perfect – just a tad over 9.5 inches. Just big enough to fit snugly over the top of the tower. Or, so I thought.
You see, the tower sections are tapered a smidgen (so that each one fits inside the section below it. I should have known that.) and I hadn’t measured the proper end. Shoulda measured the top end. The fitting is 9.65 inches and so is the top of the section where it is supposed to go! Damn.
So, I bashed for awhile (‘persuaded’ the fitting in the local vernacular) and it remained resolute. So, then I tried to bend the top of the tower but it, too, stayed firm. So, I finally decided to ‘fab’ an adapter piece.
First step: ‘rip’ steel strips using mini grinder on scraps of steel angle laying about for just such purposes. Then drill out fastening holes, fasten and mark ‘bolt-on’ holes. Drill ‘bolt-on’ holes. Then (the worst part) explain mods to Sal.
“Now you see, sweetie, this fitting didn’t quite fit so……..” “DOESN’T FIT!! DIDN’T YOU MEASURE IT??? I AM NOT GOING TO TRY TO FIT SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T FIT ON TOP OF THAT…………:”
“Now, Sweetie-pie, I have an answer for this problem. All you have to do is……..” “ME! ALL I HAVE TO DO!! FORTY FEET IN THE AIR AND I HAVE TO WHAT!!?? ARE YOU MAD!!??
” I am sensing a bad attitude, here, Sal. It is just………” “BAD ATTITUDE!!! YOU SAY I HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE AND YOU EXPECT ME TO CLIMB………..”
So, that is where we left it. I’ll have another go tomorrow. Try a different approach. Use different words. Or else go get a new fitting. Might be easier. More on that…………….later.
Did I mention that I live in heaven with an angel……………………?