Life at the end of the road

March 18, 2012

Good job it’s single storey :-)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:46 pm

Probably if you weren’t trying to paint anything it could be regarded as a fantastic weekend, but for me at any rate it’s been a bit of a disaster 😦 I did have a plan but unreliable weather info and an unexpected meeting with the ground put a damper on things. Well I say ‘unexpected’ but to be honest I’m surprised I’ve not done it before 🙂 Anyway I’m getting a little ahead of myself here in the kitchen on a chilly Sunday night, think I left you early on Saturday prior to heading south.

Saturday

After feeding everyone I hitched up my trailer to head down to http://www.raasayengineering.co.uk/ for my mates trailer. Simon had been making a detachable cage to sit on top of it for carrying luggage and stores to Torran. The narrow track and lack of suspension means that stuff quite often gets thrown out of it along the rough Torran track or two journeys have to be made when one would do.

I could have just driven down and towed it back but chose to load up the three ‘wheelie bins’ from the north end and take them south. It would knock twenty miles off the bin lorries journey, cost me nothing and save some wear and tear on the potholed and sinking road 😦 The forecast had given sunshine and showers for the morning but a fine afternoon so with any luck I might get some work done on the roof.

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Well they were right about that, no sooner had I stepped out of the house than I got caught in one 😦

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The fish farm in Portree also seemed to catch a belter 🙂

 

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But after stopping half a dozen times to watch and photograph rainbows I arrived at

 

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to collect my mates trailer.

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The short narrow galvanized trailer getting a nice ‘bespoke’ detachable cage with opening rear door 🙂

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Acquiring one of my ‘helpers’ whilst down there I headed home with him for ‘second breakfast’ after which we set about repairing the hydro turbine penstock. Of course having to drain the system down meant that we did a few other jobs also and it took far longer than anticipated.

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Prior to draining the tank my apprentice put this elbow on the end of the inlet pipe to divert the water flow.

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Normally a good scrub with that wire brush to clean the mesh and a plastic scoop to remove the silt sorts it but not today.

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No, on this occasion the filter was choked with rust so we loaded up the power washer and got to work.

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A single longer length of pipe was inserted into the penstock to replace three shorter lengths, it would make for better efficiency, give me three extra couplings and hopefully make it more ‘pig proof’ 🙂

 

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These blue couplings are far simpler to use than the larger compression fittings but they’re about five times the price 😦 Luckily I found these in a skip, it’s no wonder water is so expensive 🙂

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I can see that silt is going to be a problem here in a few years time and I’m not really sure what to do about it, still I’m sure I’ll come up with something 🙂

With that sorted and water once more flowing through the ‘Stream Engine’ http://www.microhydropower.com/ I finally got up the roof. It was well after 14:30 and I was convinced that I’d get half of it done. Or at least I was until I fell off 😦

 

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Working on the theory that ‘one should get straight back on a horse that you just fallen’ off I continued on into the dusk.

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Though not with quite as much haste and a little more carefully 🙂

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Sunday

Well it’s 22:39 now, so I’ll tell you about that tomorrow

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16 Comments »

  1. lets hope its a better day for you tomorrow taik to you soon

    Comment by neil brooks — March 18, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    • Hi Neil, even worse today 😦 😦 though I did get a nice bottle of red wine given and a tenner, but I’ll tell you all about that later 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Hello paul, you need to send a pig down the water pipe, no seriously! i was told that you send a device down the pipe that is shaped a bit like a bullet with spiralled wire brushes on it. you fit it to the pipe then turn the water on behind it. the force of the water sends it down the pipe in a spiral motion cleaning as it goes. job done. regards steve PRoN.

    Comment by steve — March 18, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    • Cheers Steve,

      looks like I need three pigs a 50mm 63mm and 90mm one 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  3. Paul, the nice man from Health and Safety would have a 5hit fit, 100% for risk for your assessment. Having the “helpers” for the weekend is a decent thing to do especially with the animals and quad driving involved. We discussed doing that here a few years ago but having six of our own might be enough for now. The idea is still on the table if any of this gang move out. Be careful on the roof, good luck with the new build and don’t waste that good building stone on your site.

    Comment by Michael Leonard — March 19, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    • Hi Michael,

      aye, I’d be lost without my ‘helpers’ right enough and don’t worry about the precious stone, much of it will be going into the house 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  4. Hi Paul
    You say you are going to have furring up of your hydro pipe system. This sounds just like what happens in the pub beer pipes, so we used the Guinness system. These were small foam pellets that we use to shoot with pressurised what down the pipe from the tap dispense end to a catching bucket in the cellar. Simple and it did the job. All you need to do is upsize the sponges and use the pressure from your head pressure in the water, Hey presto the jobs a goodin. Notice you really mean from bed to work in one of your photo’s or is work to bed. Walter

    Comment by Polite Scouser — March 19, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    • Hi Walter, think I’ll drink the Guinness and send a ‘pig’ down the pipe 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  5. I think I understand your painting system– with brush in one hand and paint can in the other, you bounce on the mattress until you can climb the ladder. Then you paint until the paint runs out and clamber down the other ladder and dive into the mattress for a quick nap. Then repeat?

    Comment by Drgeo — March 19, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    • I think I understand your painting system– with brush in one hand and paint can in the other, you bounce on the mattress until you can climb the ladder. Then you paint until the paint runs out and clamber down the other ladder and dive into the mattress for a quick nap. Then repeat?

      Not quite Dr G 🙂 I use a 4″ roller instead of a brush 🙂 apart from that, spot on 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  6. Another brilliant idea, having the nurse waiting on the bed to lick your wounds better
    Roof’s looking great and the good weather is here in Devon this morning
    Just off to Stourhead with Richie and the Girls for a picnic
    Have a good day and please don’t go bouncing your body off the Scottish hard stuff and thanks for the reminder for Hugh’s appeal
    Job done

    Comment by chrisbbbbb — March 19, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    • Cheers Chris,

      I promise, no more bouncing off Scotland 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  7. Yes a pig is what you need worked a few months in a fuel oil storage depot in the Midlands. used mainly for separating the different grades of petrol and diesel when they are pumping it through the pipelines. it doesn’t really matter if you have a few meters of commingling, but you don’t really want a few hundred meters the pigs make quiet a noise when they end up in the pig trap. They also use them for cleaning. the pipeline. It shouldn’t be very difficult for you too build one, perhaps a heavy steel ball bearing slightly smaller than the pipe water and gravity assisted should keep siltage down too a minimum if done ever year, just disconnect the pipe at the bottom and feed it into a plastic wash basket to catch the pig and roll it through a few times. This site should give you all you want to know

    http://steelturman.typepad.com/thesteeldeal/2006/08/pigs.html

    The ones on the left look like Tamworth reds

    Just a small question have you sorted out the The Riemann Conjecture yet? there is a million dollar prize for the person who does, by the way Grigori Perelman has just won the same amount for sorting out The Poincaré Conjecture, I am sure you wanted to know that, now come on get your finger out.

    Deep Regards

    Dave

    Comment by herewig1@planet.nl — March 19, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    • Interesting link Dave, loved the TW story 🙂

      Just a small question have you sorted out the The Riemann Conjecture yet? there is a million dollar prize for the person who does, by the way Grigori Perelman has just won the same amount for sorting out The Poincaré Conjecture, I am sure you wanted to know that, now come on get your finger out.

      Way above my head mate, far too busy trying to build a house and barn 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

  8. I’m sorry Paul, but someone’s got to say it – thank goodness you didn’t land on Wee Dug !
    Did something similar when getting house ready to sell & fell off the ladder & down the stairs and all I could shout out was “make sure the paint doesn’t get onto the carpet !” – I think it comes from trying to do too many things at the same time ! Be careful !
    Sue

    Comment by Sue Mason — March 19, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  9. Sorry about the fall mate, be glad no ribs are broken. They take a very long time to get back to normal. Fish Fight duty done.

    Comment by Lloyd — March 19, 2012 @ 8:25 pm


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