Monday, 15 July 2013

General Site Work

Well whilst the big things have been going on, the little jobs also continue. Chris one of our newer members has been busy working on the listed buildings and in particular window cills for the pump room and forge. The pump room has received a brand new softwood cill, and the forge is getting a scarfed front with new drip. This has been expertly applied, screwed, glued and then pegged, all it needs is planning back flush and painting. A pair of shutters for this window are also on the cards. 

Graham has been busy cutting a stainless cover for the 'well' created to sit under the new deep well pump. This will stop general debris and small mammals from dropping into it! A mesh cover will protect the returning water. Hopefully the pump base seen in the background can be bolted down and the pump put together.

With this progress and the removal of the oiling station for restoration by a volunteer the area in front of the Bellis compound engine is looking much tidier. Other work in the Exhibition Hall includes work to the Crossley Diesel Engine, Dave had removed the air inlet valve (compressed air is used to start the engine) to try and stop a leak. Once stripped down it was found that the valve inside when completely open was only giving the equivalent of a 9mm diameter inlet, this is a considerably small hole and might indicate why when we were trying to start it in on 150psi rather than its usual 250psi failed! The valve has been adjusted re fitted and now needs to be hooked up to a 150psi air supply for testing.

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