ESLA - Being fitted to the Column
On Thursday, 23rd October 2003, Jeremy came and put the ESLA and bracket on top of the column, much to the interest of my neighbours!
The lantern and bracket were taken up in the bucket. The lantern itself had already been wired up earlier on.
See if you can spot a continuity error between the above picture and the next one... Clue: look at the bucket.
Here, Jeremy is painting the cap with a bitumen paint, to help prevent rusting.
The cable was fed into the column with ease - it's surprising how long the column becomes when you do this, however!
Eventually though, the end was in sight. The bucket has limited space at the best of times, so when you start taking up long brackets with irreplaceable lanterns at the end of them, the situation just gets worse!
The cable was kept tight to stop it overlapping in the spigot, and then the bracket was lifted into position.
At this point, I suddenly realised just how small the ESLA looked - I had become used to seeing it close up.
A bit of time was then taken up with getting the bracket aligned perpendicular to the ladder bars; this involved walking around the column and down the road to check, and eventually, Jeremy tightened the bolts on the spigot; fixing the bracket in its position.
The next task was doing the same again for the lantern itself - this took even more precision. Jeremy managed to sort out the twisted finial as well - something I hadn't been able to do (and was wary about doing - I didn't want to snap it).
One final check that everything looks right. I'm amazed that I never seem to get seen from the reflection in the mirrors. That's assuming that I have a reflection of course!
Meanwhile, at the 'other' end of the boom, the front of the van lifted off the ground due to the leverage - hence why the hydraulic jacks have to be lowered before the bucket can be raised.
I tried to get the mirrors to reflect the camera flash, and I did - just one mind!
And...it's finished! Jeremy had one last glance, and then brought the bucket down.
Here we are then...two photographs of the ESLA a day or so after installation.
Choosing the Column
Wiring up and Working
An ESLA for all Seasons
The First Bulb Change
Five Years On
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