Whats Happening ?

27th November

Thursday 27th

Trevor and Adrian resign themselves to applying ‘handraulics’ to the augur using Barry’s tommy bar.  Much to their surprise and delight it works beautifully.   As anticipated it does require a considerable measure of grunt to bore a 50mm diameter hole through 30cm of solid oak but by taking matters slowly and steadily the augur cuts its way through nice and cleanly  The only thing hampering progress now is the very unsettled weather and the frequent downpours of heavy rain but by the end of the day most of the holes have been cut.

28th November

Friday 28th

Adrian completes boring the final holes. The next step is to offer up the extended bolts once they have been manufactured.

26th November

Wednesday 26th

Back to the tool hire company and the drawing board!

Barry, in the meantime has come up with a ‘Heath Robinson’ means of attaching the augur to a tommy bar handle, constructed out of a combination of tube steel, two lengths of centimetre square steel rod and a length of vacuum-cleaner pipe. But, of course!

Continue reading 26th November

29th October 2009

The largest sections of timber to be added to the gates have to be repositioned for marking up.  Using the 22RB is the obvious means of manoeuvring such heavy weights so Adrian starts it up while Trevor and Barry continue boring holes.

The crane starts up easily and Adrian works the boom hoist and lift clutches to warm them up.  Unfortunately he cannot get the propulsion clutch to engage consequently is unable to drive the crane to the position in which it needs to be; another mechanical set-back! Trevor, Barry and Adrian resort to the ‘Egyptian way’,  using rollers and the pulling power of the dumper to shift the timbers.

The sections of wood to be removed to form the scarf-joints necessary to make up the large lengths of timber they need Is marked out and  Adrian cuts them out using his chain saw.

 In the meantime Trevor and Barry continue boring holes until unfortunately the tip of the bit breaks off and a replacement has to be found.  Despite wrecking the bit and the crane misbehaving it has been a very productive day.

28th October 2009

Trevor and Adrian are joined by Barry Hughes.  They offer-up the lengths of timber that are to be attached to the gates where the mitres have been removed so that the positions of the holes for large bolts can be accurately marked.  While Trevor and Adrian sweat blood boring holes through the oak with a brace and very large diameter bit (1 inch and 9/16) Barry planes the faces of the gates and timbers to be mated.  An electric planer makes life a lot easier!