Whats Happening ?

I can see for miles and miles!

National Windscreens send a fitter to Sea Lock to replace the damaged glass in the front screen and side window of the Cub with new toughened glass.  Adrian is keen to see how the glass is cut to size on site.  The fitter is a friendly and interesting man who reckons to have cut over 30, 000 pieces of glass during his working life.  He is not at all fazed about fitting glass to an old crane, saying that he has fitted replacement glass to vintage coaches, railway carriages and ocean-going ferries in the past.  Having gone to all the trouble of removing the front screen’s frame from the crane, he says that it was just as easy to replace the glass to the machine as it is to fit it with the frame removed.  It is decided that replacing the frame with the glass in is going to be more difficult than without it so they put the frame back in again.  It goes in much more easily than when Trevor, David and Adrian struggled to remove it the day before.  The fitter cuts each piece of glass and fits them  with the minimum of fuss and makes it look much easier than it actually is. He has an unusual method of  cutting the plastic layer between the out layers of glass.  Once he has measured and drawn out the  size required, he scores along the lines with a diamond-tipped cutter, taps the glass to fracture it along the scores and then sets fire to the joints!  Having given the replacement glass a good polishing he departed.

Adrian spends the rest of the day working the crane and getting familiar with its controls.  By the end of the day he has picked up and moved 2 coping stones, transported and laid them on the top of the wharf wall ready for bedding down.  It is much easier to move the Cub around the site than the RB22 being a smaller machine but still has its idiosyncrasies.  It will be a while before Adrian feels at home with it as he has become with its bigger cousin.