Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OK, I GOT IT UP, NOW WHAT

Those of you who follow this blog probably know a little bit about us and what we enjoy doing.  One thing that raised some eyebrows and questions was, what was I going to do with a windmill.  Well, today I got it up.  What did you think I was talking about?

Anyway this project started in November of 09, and finally it's complete.  You can read two previous posts.  HERE'S where it started and here's an UPDATE.  The motor was completely rebuilt, a location to mount it was prepared and after all this time it's finally spinning in front of the house.  I know, I know, everyone wants to know what's it gonna do.  Pump water, make electricity. No it's just going to go around and I'm going to watch it.  It's positioned so I can see it from my chair in the living room, from my office, and the front yard.  We also took into consideration the neighbors so they too can enjoy it.

It took three lifts with a crane to get it into position.  One to lift it onto the trailer, it's use donated my neighbor Willie, one to take it off the trailer and the final lift to set it in place.  Once it was bolted down to the footings, Son Eric volunteered to climb the tower and fill the motor with oil.  If you thought I was going up there, you must be crazy. There's only one of me, I've got extra kids.  So with everything in place, I released the brake and.......nothing, no wind.

In due time is was spinning happily around and I finally got to sit and watch it do it's thing.  Everyone is welcome to stop by and watch too.

FIRST LIFT ONTO THE TRAILER


LOTS OF HELP

ON THE WAY

DO I LOOK EXCITED?

SECOND LIFT

THIRD LIFT

UP AND OVER THE FENCE, WOW!

IT'S IN POSTION

ERIC ON THE TOWER

PUTTIN IN THE OIL

NOW IS THAT SWEET, OR WHAT?

2 comments:

Nick Saraceni said...

Ok...does it do anything other than look pretty and rotate/ You know, run a water pump, churn butter, ground corn?

Gassaway's Adventures said...

It keeps me entertained