I forgot to take a picture yesterday afternoon. Last night, I dug out the grinder and got to work notching six of the trampoline legs. I ended up not needing to use the plywood jig I made. Instead, I just used two magnetic triangles to hold each joint in place while I tacked it, then went back around and finished them. It was after dark by the time I started welding. I waited until the sun went down before I even went outside to do anything, after the temperature dropped below 90. I have one joint welded for each pair of legs. For the second one, I'll take them down and rest them on a flat surface to make sure both legs come off at the same angle. Tonight, I have two more legs to cut and grind, then up to five more welds.
This one was kind of a nuisance. The hole was pretty wide, up to about a 1/2" gap on either side, so took a little while to fill.
Given the choice, I don't think I would want to weld overhead. It's not so much the bits of crap falling on me, but the fact that metal flows downhill. On a couple welds, I kept generating and chasing holes, following the weld upward until I could seal it. I looked at all of the welds this morning and I left just one visible hole. Since these will be sitting on the ground and I don't want to get water into the pipe, I'll need to close it up.
I'm learning that my son has no respect for his grandmother. Respect or fear, either way, he doesn't have it. After playing outside last evening, he and my mother went back in the house as I finished cleaning and picking up tools. She told him to go wash his hands and he began to argue with her, saying that he didn't need to wash his hands and sticking out his tongue. But just as soon as I walked through the front door, he ran to the bathroom to wash his hands, not another word said. Just before coming up for the summer, my mother broke her wrist when she bailed off a 3-year-old Tennessee Walker when it started to fit and lay down with her, so she's been wearing a cast for the last six weeks. I think my son feels that he can do anything he wants and get away with it, but with me, he does what he's told and doesn't misbehave.