Tuesday, 22 January 2013
|Some of the parts of the second waterwheel|
We were therefore at least able to do a few preparatory jobs. There is also a project to restore the mill barn, so we had to remove a few mill artifacts from it - such as the shroud plates from the second waterwheel. These may not look much, but need 3 men to move them safely.
|George and Richard clean up|
Today there was no Ray, as he was digging his car out of the snow.
We all helped to remove the large old, delaminating stone from the edge of the spillway, remove the loose stones below it, and tidy up the mortar. George carried on tidying up the stones and mortar in the general launder area. We seem to have acquired a suitable replacement for the top stone from the former greenhouse floor. Ian, the Trust buildings man, has approved the lime mortar we plan to use to rebuild the spillway, so this can now go ahead.
Bob and Richard mounted the two new pulley brackets for the revised sack hoist. Richard had fabricated them to the measurements Bob took a few weeks ago, and they were painted last week. Everything went together without too much of a problem.
|Richard fixes the pulley bracket; note the|
rare glimmer of sunshine!
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
For the rest of the day, Ray and Richard did some work on the spillway end of the launder, and on the end of the part we rebuilt a couple of years ago.
Bob helped George to clean up old mortar and re-bed the top stones of the two intermediate piers. We left them covered with plastic sheet (the old pond liner rides again!) so that, with any luck, the piers will dry out so they can be repointed next week.
The scaffold is expected to be installed this week, so we will be protected from the drop into the spillway pit - especially when it is wet or icy underfoot.