Life at the end of the road

January 4, 2019

2019, Begun in earnest :-)

Filed under: animals, Avon Searider, daily doings, How I — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:46 pm

Apart from the fact I dunno what day it is, it would appear that ‘normality is restored’. That is waking up at ‘stupid o clock’ with a project in mind and getting stuck in. It’s my son’s last day at home and with mild settled weather perfect for going boating, diving and exploring I guess that’s what we should have done but he’s as ‘laid back’ as I am ‘manic’ so I left him in bed and started work once more on the boat/car port. Callum at the Raasay Sawmill has been cutting me timbers and I really needed to get mounts sorted for the eight 150mm x 150mm larch uprights. It’s been on the ‘to do’ list for long enough and today conditions were perfect, mild, dry and not too windy for mixing concrete, which is what I had in mind.

First off though it was crab on toast for breakfast and then out with the dogs for a walk,

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as usual Charlie seemed more interested in stones Smile I dunno what it is about him but he’s plain obsessed with stones and will chew them, bury them and chase them for hours, it’s a boodly miracle he’s got any teeth left.


Sure this dog walking lark is good for soul, not to mention blood pressure but me, I just cannae wait to get back home to get ‘stuck in’ Smile

The ‘boat park’

To be honest if I’d have given this project some thought years ago I could have made an easier job of it. However when I started on the concrete ‘hard standing’ in front of the house a couple of years ago it was purely as something flat to park the cars on. The idea of a car/boat/solar panel mount kinda evolved when the diving/boating lark got rekindled a year or so back. Had you told me a few years ago that I’d buy another boat I would have thought you were mad. I have spent my entire working life messing about, working on or working in boats. The last time I went out in a boat for pleasure would have been around 1985. That was of course until my son got interested in SCUBA diving and I bought the 1990 Avon Searider SR5M in 2017.

Anyway, this recent obsession has encouraged me to build somewhere to keep the Searider out of the rain and more importantly sunlight. It’ll also be a good place to hang diving gear to dry and clean scallops without bringing them in the house. It’ll also give me yet another roof to stick more solar panels on, you cannae have too many solar panels Smile Had I thought of all this before I poured several tons of concrete I’d have put uprights directly into the concrete base. As it is I’m making steel mounts from the 6 and 8mm shell plating of MV Hallaig that was cut out at the last docking. This is then bolted to the concrete using Hilti HIT RE500 resin and M12 threaded rod.

I’d already bored 14mm holes in most of theses plates so most of the day was spent drilling the concrete to take the M12 rod.

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Once the holes are drilled they have to cleaned out using a hoover, wire brush and air pump supplied with the Hilti kit.

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The plates are levelled using steel shims then the bar is cut to the correct length before injecting the resin with the gun.

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I lost count of the number of holes we drilled but by 15:00 we had all bar one done. The last plate needed boring before the concrete could be drilled and light was fading fast.

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Here’s a dummy upright in place just to ensure we have all the stud spacing correct.

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And here is my son the ‘engineer’ boring some of the 14mm holes in the 8mm plate using the magnetic drill/cutter. It cuts through steel like butter, boring holes up to 40mm in diameter allegedly. I can vouch that it easily bores 32mm holes in 19mm plate for sure as I did a couple of dozen that size for the big wind turbine.

So much for mixing concrete hey, I was hoping to fill in a few gaps where I’d run out the last time I did a mix but that never happened, ‘best laid plans of mice and men’ hey. Still, was well chuffed with what we did achieve and before I go back to work I’ll torque up all the studs once the resin has set.

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