Ken’s crew was out with the little bobcat backhoe and made holes, so I limped out with my gouty foot and adjusted them with a shovel, shoved the hammer framework into the hole, and made a form around it.
You know how, when you’re shovelling with a spade, you push down with your foot to cut into the dirt? That puts a surprising amount of flex on your big toe.
I had to scootch it around a bit to get the plywood for the form to fit behind it, and then I had to shovel down a bit to get the wood I cut for the sides to go in. I don’t think that building something like this is a high engineering task but I really was not in any condition to put much energy into it, so I am afraid it’s kind of half-arsed.
The plan is to fill the form up to the level where the floor will be, then I’ll strip off the plywood and use a couple of tubes of silicone caulk to attach sheets of 1/4″ ABS plastic, to act as shock guards. What’s the worst thing that could go wrong? Oh, yeah, the whole mass could break and the 1.200lb (500kg) device could fall over on me.
Meanwhile, there is excitement: the trucking company announces that they plan to deliver the forging press (which is much bigger than the little 16t pink press) on monday. We don’t have a floor, roof, or sides on the building so it’s going to get wrapped in a tarp and stay in the horse’s barn for a while.
And, it finally got dry enough (briefly) for the neighbor to get his tractor down to near my truck. From there, it was a short tow. You can see how wet the ground was by the way the water squished out onto the tires.
I did a lot of limping and cursing but my feeling is “at least I can limp and curse and get the job done.” To be honest, I’d have preferred to spend the day in bed drinking hot cider and cinammon Jack Daniels, except cider and alcohol are both contra-indicated for gout. If you haven’t had gout, you probably don’t appreciate just how “contra-indicated” things can be. You couldn’t get wine into me with a taser and a turkey baster, if it’s more likely to make the gout worse.