Life at the end of the road

May 8, 2018

Shuttering, mainly :-)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro, life off grid — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:15 pm

Golly gosh, it’s almost midnight and I’m waaay too wrecked to be let anywhere near a keyboard, but, for reasons beyond my comprehension I’m not actually falling asleep yet. Must be the ‘birthday wine’ Smile Anyway’s, the guests have departed leaving us a well stocked drinks cabinet and I’ve been up since ‘stupid O clock’  working down at the old fish farm slip mainly.

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Though I did have a spell of tinkering with one of my hydro turbines, the ‘Stream Engine’ http://microhydropower.com/our-products/stream-engine/ is usually redundant at this time of year. It works from a small burn, more of a drain really and is usually not producing power from Easter until September.However, it’s been so boodly miserable this last month that it’s been doing overtime. Capable of producing some 18/20kWh per day in the ‘rainy season’ the wee Canadian hydro turbine does around 6kWh per day for the rest of the year and very little in the summer. A concerned neighbour had informed me of a leak yesterday so I went to investigate and found a burst joint, probably a result of freezing in the winter. Whilst it hadn’t unduly affected performance during the winter, it certainly would do in the drier months so that was the first task prior to getting stuck back into my civil engineering project on the slip.

Back to the slip

The neap tides being perfect for working on the second slab.

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Once more the weather was pure 5h1te with me having to cover up tools with my old jackets and Radio2 telling me how fecking sunny and hot it was darn sowf. Still the job was going well and the damp was actually good for the expanding foam I was using to seal the joints in the shuttering.

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In fact, I was actually feeling quite pleased with myself at using all the wood I’d managed to salvage from the previous shuttering.

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I also managed to drill and pin some more sections using rebar and M12 galvanized bolts to help key the fresh concrete into the older stuff.

Apart from that, well, I walked the dugs,

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and fitted a new towing bracket to my Mate’s Yamaha YFM 350 Bruin quad. This amazing machine has proved a most reliable and ‘idiot proof’ quad but has always been a little problematical when sourcing parts. That is until recently, https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/en in Holland seem to be able to source anything and do not ‘rip you off’ for delivery.

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2 Comments »

  1. Ayup … what’s with the rusty spanners next to the hydro??

    That was short … I tried to reload the page twice before I cottoned that you’d just stuffed less into this one than most. Next I’ll be looking for the ‘any key’ …

    Comment by Matt — May 9, 2018 @ 10:26 pm

  2. Looking forward to your next update, Paul 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — June 2, 2018 @ 9:47 pm


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