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After the gnomon was sandblasted it was moved to the site in Pinawa on a 28 foot flatbed trailer. This job also required the services of the GALION which was used to load and unload the gnomon as well as erect it.
Gnomon base structure. This photograph shows the base for the gnomon. There are four 16" concrete piles about 16 ft. deep. From each protrude 4 - 1" threaded rods. The east-west 8" by 12" hollow steel section is bolted to two of the piles. The north-south 12" square section is bolted to the other two piles and welded to the 8" by 12" section. The hole in the large section allows access to the bolts.

Lifting the gnomon into position. The welding starts.
The gnomon was installed on November 1, 2000. Here it is being lifted into position by the GALION. It took over two days to weld the gnomon to its base including such items as the front nose piece and various end caps. The welder (Fred Betker) burnt piles of rod and worked very hard to complete the job. It was a very impressive job. And the weather just wouldn't co-operate. It rained periodically during the first two days and when Fred came to complete the job on the third day it had snowed during the night.

STANDING FREE! Here is the gnomon just after it was released from the GALION.

In the foreground is the portable welder used on the job.

The lamp pole was removed by the LGD the next day when it became obvious that it detracted from the gnomon and just had to go.


"The Gnomon Erectors"
"THE GNOMON ERECTORS"
These are the men who were directly involved in the installation of the gnomon.

l-r: Barrie Burnett, Fred Betker, Al Abraham, Brian Dyck, Leonard Scholz, Clive Schultz, Me too but I was taking the picture.


The gnomon at the end of the first day. Here is the gnomon at the end of the first day of its installation. The effects of the rain are quite obvious from the amount of oxidation that has occurred on the mild steel. The other side is not quite at this stage as it was facing down when the gnomon was on the ground. It is very interesting to watch as the surface changes from day to day and to see the colour variations from wet to dry.


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