November 15-18, 1999
Fulton, IL, USA - Some finishing touches
Time began to run out: the latest news on the 3rd shipment by now was that, again due to bad weather (now while it was sailing), it would arrive in Chicago by rail no sooner than either the 16th or 17th of November. Fortunately Circle International was able to pre-clear the container through customs, so that this would not cause an extra delay.
In the meantime the workers worked on the final touches to the base
and the octagon.
The engineering firm of Willett Hofmann and Associates arrived on the 16th to make sure the base of the concrete substructure was level.
This allowed Johan Havenga to do the last work on the beam structure and floor of the 2nd floor.
The contracting firm for the landscaping part of the project had already brought in enough land fill to allow for an easy access to the base from the West side.
The last jobs to be done on the octagon and head was some paint work
plus attaching the ring on top of the octagon on which the head will rest and turn.
Night already began to fall while the final adjustments were done by Eric by means of a sledge hammer. He's really the only person I ever met who is able to fine-tune things with a chain saw or sledge hammer. His favorite reply is always: 'Hey, it's a mill, you know!!'. Many years of experience...
After this all that remained was to wait for the arrival of the 6th container.
Building windmill De Immigrant
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