Gutted…

Seems like the end of the line for my whisper H80. Arrived home from work on Sunday morning (there goes another story), to see a turbine just limping around. It was fairly sound bet that there was an electrical failure in the system.
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So after a cursory eyeball into the box of tricks, my bed was calling.

The extra layer of snow that was dumped on the republic during friday night had turned into a mess,
The picture from Paul’s blog show the road in. http://lifeattheendoftheroad.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/0059.jpg
Once this lot started to thaw, even the landrover with its off road tyres really struggled to keep to the road.
Of course, as expected the wall of snow had turned into a wall of water and yes, as expected the ford was impassable. So after my twelve-hour night shift, the battle to get through the soggy white stuff, the floods… there was nothing else to do but walk home…
No mean feat, scrambling over bridges, bags in hand, howling gale and little to no grips left on the soles of my work boots to climb a mountain!!! Halfway up i met Mrs R coming down, she’s missed 3 days of work and just had to go in to catch up. A cursory morning my love, hand over the keys then on home to find my turbine failure….
First task of my waking hours was to put the test meter in the system to find the fault. The fault is in the turbine itself,
Still, once the tower is dropped, it may be possible to salvage something.
Just a shame, it’s missing out on a good old blow.
I have 2 days to affect a repair that will last long enough to source a replacement. Paul http://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/ has pointed out a couple of replacement ideas, his knowledge on such matters is well received up here in the sticks and will go a long way towards making the final decision.

Monday.. and after cursory sleep the task in hand was drop the turbine to inspect the damage.

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after slackening the guy ropes and setting up the gin pole, the turbine was winched down and rested on a barrel.

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the first sign of damage was this, a scorched hole in the brush block, not a good sign…

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next, take off the rotor and blades, this gives better access the wiring

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and here’s the problem, completely burn out. whats happened is, the furl mechanism has been frozen in this minus 10 deg C frosts, the snow has ingress’d and frozen inside.

with the rapid thaw, combined with the very stong wind, it has broken from its icy grip then furled rapidly. the flick back has snapped a wire inside the head, causing a short-circuit. the resulting power being produced to no where has in turn caused the  block and slip rings to melt and catch fire. must have been quite a sight in the dark..

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so there’s nothing can be done, that’s it, the thing is dead. luckily I have insurance..

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no point putting it back together, so there it stands awaiting the assessor…

The Northumbrian

more scribbles later…TTFN…Posted from WordPress for Android,

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    • Bit of a mess that mate 😦 Hope you get it sorted, I was guessing that snowmelt and the ford might have been a problem. Oh and happy birthday (to the blog) 🙂

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      • Thanks Paul, Mrs R has left the landrover at the far side of the ford, that’s me on shanks pony first thing. I hope it’s not raining in the morning…

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