THE DRAFT TUBE GOES UNDER, JUST!

Taken from canoe rushing to rescue

Taken from canoe rushing to rescue

Sluice gate through the bridge
Sluice gate through the bridge

Draft tube not through the bridge.

Draft tube not through the bridge.  Water being pumped into barge to sink it

The flotilla lands in the grounds of 'Avignon'
The flotilla landing in the grounds of ‘Avignon’

Will the tube get under before the barge goes aground?
Will the tube get under before the barge goes aground?

Kirsty and Matthew jump onto back of barge and we get through with mm to spare

Kirsty and Matthew jump onto the  back of the barge and we get through with mm to spare

Water being pumped out to let the barge float again.

Water being pumped out to let the barge float again.

The Draft Tube Conundrum

The Draft Tube Conundrum

This little object, arrived at the landing stage today and was loaded onto the barge, along with a set of sluice gates, a small dumper truck, several scaffold boxes full of kit and a pump.
The reason for all this extra kit was to get the barge low enough in the water to fit under the low suspension bridge that goes to our neighbours garden. (The pump was to pump water into the barge). It didn’t work….. The thing was still 6″ too high.
Sokoban in real life.
Try again tomorrow.

The Plot Deepens!

Today’s work is to dig the hole for the draft tube ( big steel trumpet).  Are they going to go through the earth’s crust or am I just a natural worrier?

On the home front, we’ve finally sent off our response to the EA’s 250 page statement.  Glory Hallelujah bring out the booze and biscuits.  We’ve also had a surprise invitation from Robin Smith-Ryland, ( who kindly let’s us use his land for barge access), to play croquet.  So a great evening’s entertainment ahead.  Go club later.Image

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Walls formed and bracing removed. Real progress.

Shuttering removed today and a very pleasing result. The tall steel members on either side are grooves to receive the stop planks which will enable us to crawl up the draft tube for repairs if necessary, and will form the main defence against flooding of the works as soon as the outlet channels are finished off. The top of this new section of wall is slightly below the downstream water level.

Tomorrow, all that ramp between the hole and the digger will be removed to make a place for the draft tube to go.Image

Barge runs aground while full of ready mix

imageYesterday, the next 20 tonnes (or 8.5 yards for you traditionalists) of ready-mix arrived by barge and grounded about 100m above the works.  Scaffolding boxes were turned into make-shift hoppers, and taken by tug to the stricken vessel.  Concrete was hastily shovelled off into the boxes which were taken to land by tug.  At last the barge floated again and all was well.  We were not left with a barge of rock solid concrete as a memorial to our folly.

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Shuttering

Shuttering

Shuttering almost ready to pour concrete walls on Monday.
(not so good this morning as pumps tripped out again overnight)

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

The final submission for our appeal to the Environment Agency is due in next week. They have provided about 200 pages of documents which we have to comment on. This blog is just prevarication

Working with water!!

Working with water!!

The pumps tripped out overnight and this morning the builders arrived to an underwater site. The shuttering is almost in place for the concrete walls to be poured next week. Meanwhile, it’s all hands to the pump to get it dry again.

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Progress at the factory

More excitement, the castings for our turbine have now arrived at Newmills Engineering ready for machining.

Nose Cone hub and blades

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Concrete Chute

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Concrete being encouraged down a slide to get to the bottom of our 5m deep hole

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Men enjoying themselves in concrete porridge.

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