Life at the end of the road

November 13, 2011

Powerspout’s a ‘goer’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:44 pm

After the mainly wet and windy Saturday, Sunday could not have been more different, it was, right from the start brilliant, well apart from the headache ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A late night and friend for dinner with two fine bottles of red led us a little astray ๐Ÿ™‚ Still it didnโ€™t stop me, or my team from getting up early and feeding everyone. The morning at least had us down to one quad so work over at the loch to restart the siphon was out for the moment.

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So instead we headed over to Brochel to load up some road sweepings to patch up my drive.

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It really had the makings of a fine day.

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After our road work, breakfast, arrival of quad number two and loading up pump and tools we set off for Loch Beag.

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There was not a breath of wind up there and we soon had the pump going and pipe bled.

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Though do need someone brave (or daft) to turn off the bleed valves ๐Ÿ™‚


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Penstock bled but with the pump still running it was off to check the turbine and fit its new hat ๐Ÿ™‚


With the champion of the โ€˜Raasay digger challengeโ€™ and runner up in the lead we made the mile or so journey in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Though there were a few leaks that needed sorting out before I could turn my attention to the new roof ๐Ÿ™‚

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A good deal of PTFE tape around the hose tails and some severe clamping with a ratchet soon had it down to just a few drips from the MDPE couplings which were struggling to seal on the rather scratched blue pipe. It had after all been towed seven miles down the road ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once the boys had fitted the roof we coupled up a meter and let her rip ๐Ÿ™‚


To say I was well pleased would be putting it mildly, still 90psi or 6.2bar of head with the turbine producing 1Kw, not that I could actually check that but the voltage was right. All I need now is the cable and inverter ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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A few more days like this ๐Ÿ™‚ Ard Torran, Glas Eilean, Brothers point and Harris in the background,

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porpoises in Loch Arnish

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and a fine view from the new house site ๐Ÿ™‚ what a holiday, and Iโ€™ve not gone anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Hi Paul

    Great spout technology, brilliant views, amazing weather – who needs to go anywhere else for a holiday?

    And from your previous post, I seem to remember that Rocky got the position all wrong on another occasion….



    Comment by Sue — November 14, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    • It’s weeks like these that make up for the pishing rain, gales, dark, midgies, extortionate fuel prices, rip off postage costs and incompetence of the local Co Op Sue ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 15, 2011 @ 5:34 am

  2. Having read about the new turbine over the last few months I’m also hugely pleased to see it working. The noise from it is incredible – obviously a huge amount of power to be had!

    Comment by markp — November 14, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    • Morning Mark, it is a noisy brute isn’t it, glad it’s not right next to the house.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 15, 2011 @ 5:35 am

  3. […] After sorting out a few wee leaks (at 6 bar pressure), Paul Camilli has got his Powerspout turbine running sweetly. […]

    Pingback by Paul on Raasay gets his Powerspout spinning | Hugh Piggott's blog — November 14, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  4. thank you for the video, haven’t had a ride like that since we lived in the jungle in africa. now i know why molly maintains her girlish white pudding figure — shock absorbers. she needs them!

    Comment by jeannette — November 16, 2011 @ 1:22 am

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