Today was a productive, if different day. It was kind of nice, because I got to do some things I have not done in years. I’ve been helping my boss repaint his horse trailer. It’s one he bought used, and is a few decades old, but in decent shape. There were a few rust spots, and the paint was in pretty sorry shape, so we decided to repaint it.
Part of the process is to sand the trailer down, removing old paint and all rust. Well needless to say, when a person undertakes this particular endeavor, they should expect to discover more problems that have been hidden by paint and body work. True to form, I did just that, discovering 3 places where bondo had been used to fill rust holes and cover significant damage. The proper way to correct this problem is to cut out all the rusted sections of metal and replace them with new sheet metal.I spent nearly half the day cutting out the 3 rust eaten sections of metal, and welding in pieces of sheet metal cut to fit.
The nice thing about this process, is you can see results rather quickly. I have always enjoyed working with metal, welding, shaping and so on. I guess its the gratification of working with my hands, and being able to see the fruits of my labor.
I had already spent about 3 days sanding the trailer, having to completely strip the roof because the paint was so sun baked and cracked. Today was nice because it was the metal work I enjoy so much. I have all the parts cut out, and two of them replaced already. To the right, is one of the places I had to cut out. Above are two more, before I cut them out. I think I’ll start keeping a photo record of my progress, and share it with you.
I only get to work on it when we have nothing else to do, which unfortunately is all too often. But at least I have something to do to keep my hands and mind occupied. Not to mention, it’s fun because it’s different. I have big plans for the painting, if I can get JJ to agree to it. I’ll share some of that later.
“The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands”