Whats Happening ?

Bits and Pieces

Trevor, Barry and Adrian continie working on the lead tub-bot construction.  While Barry sets the joints between the bow and side-chines Trevor and Adrian bore and countersink hole through which bolts will pass to hole the joints firm.Barry then sets out the positions where mortise sockets have to be cut to accommodate the rib posts.  Adrian and Trevor begin to cut out the sockets.

Following lunch Barry returns home to deal with other commitments.  Trevor and Adrian collect a load of hardcore and use it to fill the trench behind the outer wing wall where Adrian had been rebuilding the inner edge.

Having packed up for the day Adrian has to return to the site workshop to collect some tools and becomes involved with the Allen Scythe cutting bar.  It is badly corroded and the side to side cutting action is seized.  Following a considerable drenching in penetrating oil Adrian finally manages to undo all the bolts and completely dismantle to bar. It is now ready for restoration and followed by reassembly.

One wheel on his wagon (nearly!)

Trevor and Adrian visit Barry at his workshop.  He has taken on the task of manufacturing a wooden pattern of a tub-boat wheel that can be used to make a mould into which molten iron will be cast.  The mould required for each wheel has to be made in two halves which are pressed into ‘green’ sand packed in special casting boxes by the foundry master.

Barry is already at his lathe completing turning one side of the pattern by the time they arrive.  He has previously completed one half, which looks really good.  As soon as the second half is finished Adrian will take the pattern to  a foundry and the casting process can begin.

Wing wall gets higher

Trevor, Norman and Adrian continue to work on rebuilding the eastern wing wall.  Barry arrives and intends to mark out the places where mortise joints are required to locate rib posts.  After some work has been completed and a cup of tea enjoyed further progress is denied by the offset of heavy rain

Wing wall gets attention

Norman joins Trevor  and Adrian for a ‘spell’ of work at Sea Lock.  Adrian had already removed some of the overburden of weeds and silt depositions on the damaged eastern, outer wing wall.  They decide to bring up the inner skin of the wall since that can be acheived without erecting scaffolding.

Adrian  works on the actual reconstruction whilst Trevor keeps him supplied with mortar.  Norman uses the Kubota tractor to bring supplies of concrete block and bricks over to where Adrian is building.

Finger in the dyke?

Alistair and Adrian spend a lot of time considering how best to stop leaks between the heel posts and the quoin stones in the inner gates.  Alistair brought a sample of expanded neoprene rubber which he thought may have been suitable to form of gasket.  After cutting the neoprene to various wedge-shapes they decide this isn’t going to work satisfactorily and think of alternatives.

A wedge of marine-grade plywood running the height  of each gate attached where the heel posts meet the quoin stones may be the answer.  This wedge could easily be ground to the shape of the wall using coarse glass-paper on an angle-grinder.  More thought is required!

Later Norman arrives and since no work is scheduled Alistair gives him his first lesson in crane operations.

As usual Daisy, Alistair’s Labrador, assists.