Life at the end of the road

May 28, 2012

Turbine up turbine down :-)

Filed under: hydro, life off grid, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:09 am

Boringly good again today peeps 🙂 Only fly in the ointment being the disturbance to my morning routine, as I am a creature of habit 🙂 The habit being, an earlier rise than the rest of the house, several large cups of fresh coffee and a plonk away on the laptop while the rest of the house slumbers.

Today however I was pounced upon at 6:30 by two young boys that are staying with us for a couple of weeks. So instead of the usual blog and email check it was ‘Rice Crispies’  and get them them dressed whilst being bombarded by questions.

Eventually wifey arrived on the scene, took over and I made a hasty exit on the pretext of checking my concrete and feeding the pigs 🙂 Returning back for ‘second breakfast’ an hour or so later after which I dragged out the five and three year old for a spot of cutting rushes for bedding. My theory being that if I worked them hard enough they’d lie in bed a little longer tomorrow 🙂

‘Stream Engine’ service

The fantastic dry weather of late has dried up my burn to a mere trickle of water producing a measly 70w or less of power from the hydro turbine . As it wasn’t actually producing much anyway I thought it was time to give it a service. The unit has been running continuously now for eighteen months and never been lifted off its base. As it’s been running smoothly with no vibration, noise or issues I’ve never thought it necessary but after seeing the state of my mates ‘pelton runner’ on his Harris turbine recently,

I thought I’d better take a look.


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All has being going well with this little Canadian unit but I wanted to tidy it up a little after a pipe burst and check all the nozzles, fittings, bearings and ‘turgo runner’.


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This turbine has an advantage over the ‘Harris’ insomuch as the jets are easier to remove, coincidentally they use the same ones though 🙂

And I have to finish this off later as it went severely  ‘pear shaped’ last night, turning into gibberish on the screen so I just posted it to see what would happen. The gobbledygook did turn into what I’d originally written when posted but I can’t edit it in ‘’ so I’m trying to do it in ‘WordPress’ which doesn’t seem to like my browser or ISP. Either way it’s now 7:30am and I’ve two hyperactive ‘wee boys’ to deal with 🙂

I’ll fill you in later on the excitement of servicing a Proven wind turbine 🙂




  1. Best layed plans are rarely disturbed but what an annoyance when they do, hopefully they will not araise again tomorrow and you will have your normal day! We had the grandkids yesterday and the questions a 3 year old asks are indeed never ending, thankfully the younger one is only just a year so easy to keep happy and quite! lol
    I don’t know what Lily, the 3yr old, was thinking but on answering several (hundred) questions I decided to ask her one, being the chap I am I asked her who made the mess allover our normally pristine living room floor, Knowing full well who the culprit was. She answered it was Mathew! And thus it starts the younger brother get the blame for things he had not done and wasn’t likely to have done from the confines of a bouncy chair or baby walker!
    Being a middle child I know only to well the pattern poor Mathew is set to follow in teh sibling stakes! Ah the joys of growing up!
    Have a good one Paul, Graham

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 28, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    • Morning Graham,

      glad you made progress on the van, mine’s been sitting with the windows and doors wide open now for three days and nights to air it out. How I wish we were towing it away somewhere 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      • Me too Paul, maybe we could meet up after mine is done, would be good!

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 29, 2012 @ 11:16 am

  2. Morning Paul,
    We were near Kilt Rock today with a spyglass on Rasaay, but couldn’t spot Arnish. Hoped to give you a wave, but it seems we have both taken vacations at the same time. Is the single track road from the Glen Elg ferry in better shape than Callum’s? You likely don’t take that path often because the ferry costs money and the bridge is free. Just trying to decide whether a rental SUV would survive. Perhaps when Rasaay House reopens we can visit your fair isle. We spent the past 3 days in Roskhill, near Dunvegan, and made side trips to Stein, Uig, and Portree. Gorgeous weather !

    Comment by Drgeo — May 28, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    • The road over Mam Rattagan to Glenelg is in far better nick than Callum’s Road. I was up there earlier this month and they were repairing the footpath through the village. Being on the mainland they don’t have to pay Calmac to send a team over to repair it. 🙂

      There are signs at the road end at Shiel Bridge and on Skye to let you know if the ferry is off.

      Comment by Phil Cook — May 28, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    • Golly gosh DrG you’re a long way from home,

      the gap in the trees near the Storr parking place is the best place to see ours and Calum’s house. All the roads in Scotland are better than the ones in Highland region and all the roads in Highland region are better than the ones on Raasay 🙂 Look forward to your visit in the future.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  3. Raasay roads from end to end are in a dreadful state of disrepair. The heaters in the new waiting area are fixed so they cannot be turned on,even when the weather is cold and/or wet. Can anything be done to improve the situation?

    Comment by SOTW — May 28, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

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