Satisfaction…

Well it’s now Monday night, the cloud factory has my full attention (apart from my break times, where i can pen this). The one long weekend off a month has been filled to capacity, as my poor old back can justify…
Friday and the first job on the cards was check my traps. They had been in for two days while my dayshifts ticked by.

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The ground is still soaking so not much action there…
Back in the house before ten, changed and off down to the smoke for some provisions and fuel. Mrs R took the opportunity to check out the sale’s while me! Well, Costa coffee grabbed me by the lug and dragged me kicking and screaming inside for a relaxing Americano with cream…
The idea was to go and see the Hobbit at the flicks..
http://html5.warnerbros.com/us/thehobbit/
This was the book we had to read for english during my middle school years. It had to be read chapter by chapter, then a mini exam was held each week to check if you had read it… The damn book never sunk in to this day. Of course, it so stuck in my mind, “I hate the book so never want to read the thing again”. When the lord of the rings trilogy came out, the films captivated me and the memory of english lessons came back, including the tyrant of an english master who would punish you at the drop of a pencil. Now the hobbit is in the cinema, It’s a must see for me. Any way all that said, still didn’t see it, ran out of time.

Saturday, spent all day doing a refurbishment on my Whisper H80.
The yaw bearing has been on it’s way out for a couple of months.
Luckily my stores has some odds and sods to cobble together one working turbine.

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The reverse test run has proved a success, although it needs a better arrangement to keep it in the airflow.

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With an output seen higher than this

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It will be worth considering a full time conversion, but in the interim, a bitsa will have to do.
In my bitsa stores there is a re bushed top casting.

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And a base casting with a good yaw bearing but no brush housing.

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Theres also an armature and a rotor all of which had to be stripped off the very knackered housings. They had to be cut out by grinder using a slitting disc, corrosion between the alloy cast and the stainless steel meant it was impossible to remove the main shaft.
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Once retrieved the shaft and winding was fitted to the good one.
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With those tasks done it was time to drop the tower. To do this the guy ropes have to be slackened and one must be detached then reattached to the drop pole. This has a proper name but for the life of me, i can’t remember what it is.
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My trusty little hand winch on the quad rear rack does just fine to drop the tower.
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Just enough to work at a sensible level.
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Where the head can be stripped of the blades and tail.
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Then electrically disconnected.
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Next, a bit more bench work, with both units side by side it was time to decide what brush block was the best to fit the good base.
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Trouble was neither… Both had problems, detached wires and broken springs
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But with a little bit of one and some of the other a new brush set was born
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And fitted. The whole thing put back together and electrically tested before being mounted to the tower
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With the blades and tail fitted, it was put back into the upright position and anchored back down to the floor.
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And instantly started producing a steady 6 to 8amp charge in what can only be described as a light wind… Result…
Time had slipped by far to quick, by the time all that was done the mole traps had to wait, darkness had crashed down as had my poor old back.
Sunday.. The days jobs included, sorting the pot holes in our access road,
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with david, my trusty friend.
And the other task was to take a bit of embankment away from the ford access. This should be done by the council, trouble is, try and get them out to do a little job like this…
Reason behind this job is, because the ford is on a slight bend in the burn, the silt builds up on one side, this has the effect of banking the water up, making it deeper to one side.
It also holds water on the ramp down, this in turn freezes and makes the approach, shall we say rather slippy.
Back home for spot on twelve with a splendid lunch of free range egg omelet then out again for a spell of logging
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Which was interrupted by Mrs R who wanted a hide set up for some wildlife photography she’s planned.
All this hard graft has got me worn out.
Monday..
Not so early start this morning; nightshift beckoned so a wee lie in was in order. First job this morning, check the turbine output and also check the settings for the number two solar array.
After my technical advise from Enersys, they got me thinking; why did i not have what should be a constant charge from bank two, turns out the system has been set up incorrectly by the installers some eight plus years ago.
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The sodding thing shuts itself down at a certain voltage point, then runs intermittently for the next sixty days, depending on the sunshine. No bloody wonder the battery bank has sulphated for %#@?!%# sake.
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That sorted and the input tested, a new set of battery’s was ordered…ouch…
Next was a trip to the joinery firm that made the windows for our sun room, one unit has failed, it’s not seven month old yet.
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The single largest piece of glass has got condensation in between the glazing unit. It’s a good job when the lads in the joinery shop are old school pals, no sooner said than done, new unit on order to replace the faulty one.
After a detour to the George hotel
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186351-d249184-Reviews-The_George_Hotel-Hexham_Northumberland_England.html
for a meeting with RSNE http://www.rsne.org.uk/ who have advised us on many an issue and are getting us access to defra owned land to aid them in grey control along with funding for volunteer expenses for feed stuff. All in all a fruitful day, but now,
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this computer screen is my world and i must get on…….

more scribbles later…TTFN…Posted from WordPress for Android

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  1. I just went to “speak now or for ever had ya tounge” and realised there’s a typo in “tongue”. You’d think I’d have noticed before 😦 .

    Anyhoo, great post, great photos πŸ™‚

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    • Well would you credit it… That one slipped past the net. When the laptops free, i will get around to change it.. Cheers San..

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