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Revamping the stream

Post by ge_rik » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:00 pm

I needed to revamp part of the stream which runs beside my railway because :
  • a) I thought I had a leak,
    b) the trackbed had sunk slightly beside it owing to mouse excavations,
    c) I wanted to create a mill stream / race for the water mill
As it turned out there was no leak in the stream lining ...... but I did sort out the other problems and tracked down the leak.
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For those interested - here' what I did - http://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2017/07 ... tream.html

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Re: Revamping the stream

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:22 pm

Very well explained and illustrated Rik, I am not a fan of maintenance for its own sake but to be able to improve a site and add further detailing too makes it all worthwhile.
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Post by philipy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:54 pm

Excellent Rik and thanks for the Blog explanation.
I've always been envious of your stream, and even more so now.

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Post by Dwayne » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:45 pm

Looked like a major task. At least you had the help of the blackbird. :)

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Post by Soar Valley Light » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:49 pm

Great work Rik. I've always admired your stream from the moment I first saw it. The tracklaying looks good too, nice geometry.

It's lovely to see the wildlife taking an interest.

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Post by LNR » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:06 am

Must echo what others have said Rik, and I sympathize with your leak problem as I have the same. I just love the overgrown trackwork to the right of the stream. I imagine you would be building an undershot style of wheel for your mill. Getting mine to turn slowly and steadily took some thought. I have a large gear wheel and a square wooden box attached to the shaft inside the millhouse. The box has four holes in the sides and has about 8 small hardwood blocks rattling around inside and provides a nice chunky wooden gear type noise as the wheel rotates.
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I later added the small battens inside the box as shown, as it caused the blocks to tumble to a greater extent.
Just something for you to ponder.
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Re: Revamping the stream

Post by DG » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:33 am

Hi Rik,

thank you for posting this. Highly entertaining and informative as usual. Top notch presentation. However you have now given me even more ideas for projects to start when I have got far too many on the go already. We have a stream running under the garden but not where the railway is, maybe I could get them together somehow .....

thanks

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p.s. I was trying to squeeze a computer mouse joke in somewhere but I left it out as I thought that would be taking the mickey.

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Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:31 am

LNR wrote:
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:06 am
Must echo what others have said Rik, and I sympathize with your leak problem as I have the same. I just love the overgrown trackwork to the right of the stream. I imagine you would be building an undershot style of wheel for your mill. Getting mine to turn slowly and steadily took some thought. I have a large gear wheel and a square wooden box attached to the shaft inside the millhouse. The box has four holes in the sides and has about 8 small hardwood blocks rattling around inside and provides a nice chunky wooden gear type noise as the wheel rotates.

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I later added the small battens inside the box as shown, as it caused the blocks to tumble to a greater extent.
Just something for you to ponder.
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Hi Grant
That's really useful, thanks. I was wondering how to slow down the wheel by some mechanical means - your idea has the added bonus of natural sound effects.

My wheel will be undershot. There are three working water mills nearby all on the 'River' Gowy (which is little more than a stream). One is overshot (Bunbury), one is (I think) breast-shot (Bates Mill - privately owned and so not accessible. He uses the wheel t generate electricity) and the other is undershot Poncelet (Walk Mill). I've made a little video of Walk Mill - I'm so impressed by how much energy they extract from little more than a two foot head of water.



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Post by LNR » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:24 am

Great video Rik, they are amazing pieces of machinery. I imagine the diameter of the wheel accounts for the amount of torque, mine is overshot and 12" diam. It is very hard to stop with very little water going over it. Looking forward to the build.
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Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:27 pm

I would love to have a water feature like that in my garden or railway.

For the wheel Rik could you not connect it to one of the ZeCar toys which would stop it spinning really fast as it has a flywheel?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kikkerland-Zec ... B000L2JVKW

You can hide the device in the building and connect the wheel to the axle.

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Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:27 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:27 pm
I would love to have a water feature like that in my garden or railway.

For the wheel Rik could you not connect it to one of the ZeCar toys which would stop it spinning really fast as it has a flywheel?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kikkerland-Zec ... B000L2JVKW

You can hide the device in the building and connect the wheel to the axle.
Another possibility, Tom. Looks like I need to do some experimenting

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Re: Revamping the stream

Post by ge_rik » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:41 pm

The sun shone this afternoon, so I decided to test-run the stream .....



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Re: Revamping the stream

Post by LNR » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:49 pm

Ah! the sounds of gurgling water, very relaxing I find. You've certainly got a raging torrent by Australian standards Rik, should easily drive a mill wheel.
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Re: Revamping the stream

Post by Peter Butler » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:54 pm

A thing of great natural beauty and a work of art too! That is spectacular! Although it is recent work it looks so well established, top marks.
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Post by philipy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:23 am

Beautiful.

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