TLW put on a Hell of a party last week. It went pretty well except the wind knocked down one of her new patio-umbrellas. It was bound to happen. She put a few rocks on the base but it wasn’t properly secured. Fortunately, no one was injured and I get to weld up a proper base.
I had a few choices for a base:
- dig up her patio and put anchors into concrete…,
- pile up more rocks…,
- throw the thing away…, or
- weld up 150 pounds of steel scrap into a nice paperweight and weld the umbrella’s stand on top…
Of course, the latter idea got the go-ahead. TLW just doesn’t like ugliness or doing away with her work…
The bulk of my scrap consists of T-bars 37.5 inches long. By laying 25 down on the top of a welding table and tacking them together, I got a heavy but flexible mat. By laying another 25 down on that with the stems of the “T”s down, I could weld the stems together at the ends and stiffen the mat while doubling the weight. I’m going to use my hoisting frame to lower it down to a cart which I can roll to the place. TLW is even being helpful by declaring that the umbrella will be mounted down on the patio instead of on the deck. That means I don’t have to roll things uphill. Unfortunately, I have to move a properly weighted base of another umbrella up to the deck. That base has two sandbags buckled together. That move will be work. I wonder why TLW bought two different umbrellas, one with a good base and one without… Is it to make work for me???
So, I paint and finish welding the stand to the mat of T-bars tomorrow. It’s all good. I love the smell of welding fumes in the morning.