|When we came back after the summer spent building stupas, the first thing was to get scaffold organised, so we could get on with the cladding and joinery....|
|Meanwhile, swallows had moved in, making very beautiful nests, aaahhh, the symbolism :)|
|And, for no particular reason, another picture of the scaffolding|
|As you can see the individual sheets of iron are quite long. They have been coated with this fiendishly expensive oven-baked paint, metallic silver in colour. This has the result of making the surface as fragile as glass: and each has to slip up between the scaffold and the building.|
The gap left by the generous riggers (who erect the scaffolding) was not excessive, so we had to tie protective coverings on all the protruding bits of steel: any scratches to the paint finish are not actually repairable. This quite significant bit of information was not volunteered until I requested some touch up paint for some minor scratches: "better just replace the sheet"; The sales rep. casually suggested. I pointed out in a carefully worded response that perhaps a sheet that was 10 meters long, had multiple cut outs and any number of delicately worked angles, in short, a work of art......that such a sheet was not, perhaps, all that easy to replace.
Such eloquence was surely the result of my seafaring upbringing (expletives tastefully deleted), it produced an abject apology...but no touch up paint. So we did replace one sheet. And it did make us *obsessively* careful of the rest.
The sheets are fixed with screws, rather than nails, and as Terry pointed out, are "very revealing". It's a good thing everything was fairly plumb, you don't get to hide anything when ripping corrugated iron
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