Whats Happening ?

27th October 2009

The gates have to be widened by approximately 16 inches on both opening edges but first the existing mitres have to be cut off to provide a square edge to which the extensions can be firmly fixed.  Having marked out the piece which is to be cut off Adrian applies his chain saw while Trevor checks the cutting for squareness.  The cutting proves to be much more straight forward than either of them had imagined and they are both very pleased with the line of the cut and the good heart of the wood exposed.  They next cut to width, two of the sections of oak to be attached. A large portable electric circular saw is hired for the afternoon and duly applied to the wood,.  The oak is very hard and the saw struggles but eventually the timbers are reduced to the required size.

14th October 2009

Trevor continues de-rusting and painting the bars with rust.converter.  Adrian in the meantime gives the upturned gates another dose of creocote and fills some of the large splits with trowelling bitumen .to seal them.

13th October 2009

Trevor and Adrian are joined by Norman and begin work on widening the inner gates.  Adrian starts up the 22RB whist Trevor and Norman attach lifting strop to  the hook block. The large sections of timber which are to be attached to the gates are hoisted from where they have been stacked, to where they can be worked on.  

Each gate has 3 large bolts running horizontally through the gates from style to style which have to be cut so that they can be withdrawn and lengthened.  Norman attacks them with a large angle-grinder and once removed Trevor sets about removing all the rust with a smaller angle grinder..

4th October 2009

Alistair shows Adrian how to operate the RB in crane mode.  Adrian is first instructed as to how to manoeuvre the crane to a new position.  Driving such a large beast, even at only two or three miles an hour is somewhat scary!

Alistair sets Adrian the task of raising and lowering the boom and block in order to set the hook down in a number of different spots.

Barry Hughes arrives and discusses with Alistair how best to alter the gates and reinstate them. A whole lot of careful measuring and wood-working is required.  Alistair is going to look for suitable pieces of timber, the size required to extend the gates to the necessary width, in his stock of redundant balance beams.

3rd October 2009

Alistair and Adrian change the reeving of the boom from clamshell work to craning.  This entails removing the clamshell bucket, its closing rope and tag line rope.  The power lift drive has to be reassembled and the connecting chain reinstated.  The hoist rope for the clamshell is not used when craning so that is disconnected and spooled back onto its drum and secured to stop it coming free and possibly fouling the other drums

A new crane rope is attached and then the hook block connected.  Everything went very smoothly and Alistair then tested the system.  Once he was confident that all was holding correctly he and Adrian attached two lifting strops to the hook. Within a very short time both lock gates have been lifted, turned over and set down in a position that will enable the work necessary to widen them to continue.