A perfect example of this is the face plate for the weir. What I thought would be a simple 1-2 day project, has rapidly turned into a week long affair. We started on Wednesday, going to the shop to find the metal face plate. After explaining to the owner (who has been extremely helpful, very useful, interesting in what we were doing) what we wanted to do, he said that he would have the outline of the weir done by the evening, then he would cut it, and we could pick it up in the morning.
We went Thursday morning to go and look at the face plate. It had not been cut, nor was it ready to be picked up. We then discussed what we would do with the face plate, how we would attach it to the concrete structure, and how it would be built and put together. So, we left the shop again to return back today, Friday.
This morning we again reached the shop. The face plate was cut, but the braces were not yet cut or welded on. So Sanjay, the owner, and I went to another shop to get the gasket to put between the metal and the concrete to prevent leaking. This was an easy task. We went to the store, got the gasket, had a cup of tea, and then returned back to the metal shop. Then, Sanjay and I went to the old part of the city to pick up the bolts. This took a bit longer than expected as we had to find the shop to get the bolts. Needless to say the shop was “not on the beaten path.” We finally found the shop, got the bolts, and returned back to the office for a bit, and arranged for the car to pick us up at 1:00. I was picked up from my house at 2:00.
We then left for the field at 3:00 after picking up the face plate, weighg it (43kg, so about 80+lbs), paying for the rest of the work that had been done, and a few other minor tasks. We reached the field office at 4:30 to pick up the generator to power the drill to drill the holes to put the bolts into the concrete to attach the weir face plate too. When we got to the field office to try the generator, it did not work. (Are you surprised by this??) So, right now it is 6:30, the generator just left in the car to go to the electrician’s shop, three other people left on a motor cycle to go to the shop as well, and I am waiting at the field office for them to return. One good thing about all of this is I get to relax, get some work done, and enjoy the beautiful weather on the porch, watching the parrots fly in and out of the tree.