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Fitting the new stock

Fitting the new stock

Fitting the new stock

Fitting the new stock









Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton
Website Design : Simon Potter & Kevin Crampton

STOCK AND SWEEPS 2007

The maintenance work carried out on Jill Windmill by our volunteers is scheduled over a repeating seven year cycle.

On 28th April 2007 Sweeps I and III were removed by crane for inspection, refurbishment and painting.

Two sweeps down - photo : Joey Barber

The crane was hired from Coussens of Bexhill Limited, who kindly discounted their hire charges in recognition of our charitable status.

Two sweeps down - photo : Philip HicksTwo sweeps down - photo : Philip Hicks

With the Sweeps on the ground, we inspected the wooden Stock to which the Sweeps were attached, and discovered that parts of the Stock were rotten. Our options were to replace the rotten sections of the Stock or to purchase a new Stock.

When we purchased a new Stock in the 1980s [to support Sweeps II and IV] it was fabricated in metal to our specifications.

This time however, in common with many other windmills in the UK, we have decided that the replacement Stock will be made from laminated timber, imported from Denmark.
Two sweeps down - photo : Joey Barber


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Two sweeps down - photo : Paul Barber


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Scaffolding by Independent Scaffolding of Brighton, Photo by Noel Thomas

Two sweeps down - photo : Philip Hicks

The Stock is held in place in the Canister by two wooden Cheeks.

These Cheeks needed to be removed before the Stock could be lowered, so scaffolding was erected by Independent Scaffolding of Brighton on 2nd May.

On Saturday 5th May the bolts retaining the Stock were lubricated, the Spider was removed and the Striking Rod was pushed back as far as possible.

Scaffolding by Independent Scaffolding of Brighton, Photo by Noel Thomas

Photo : Roger French
The Spider

Photo : Roger French

The Cheeks were lowered to the ground

Photo : Roger French
Loosening the clamps that retain the Stock
Photo : Roger French
The Striking Rod before drilling the hole

On Saturday 12th May a hole was drilled through the weatherboarding at the rear of the Mill in order that the Striking Rod could be pushed back enough to clear the Stock.

In very windy conditions the Stock [33 feet long, weight approximately 1200 pounds] was gently lowered to the ground with ropes, a pulley and a Tirfor winch.

Photo : Janet Thomas Given enough rope - Photo : Janet Thomas
Given enough rope ! !
Photo : Janet Thomas

To our surprise, it proved to be quite a challenge to dislodge the thin timber wedges between the Stock and the Canister, which were sufficient in themselves to hold the Stock in place even after all the bolts had been loosened and the Stock had been positioned vertically.

Photo : Janet Thomas Photo : Roger French

Photo : Roger French
Moving the new Stock

The new laminated Stock was delivered on 3rd July.

The Stock, made from Siberian Larch, was constructed for us by Lilleheden Ltd, based in Denmark, who have fabricated components for many windmills including Oldland, Shipley and Chesterton.

The new Stock was placed next to the old Stock so that we could easily transfer measurements and determine the position of drilled holes and mortices.

The laminated sections can be clearly seen on this photograph.

Laminated sections Photo : Roger French

Shutters on racks - Photo : Roger French
After painting, the Shutters are placed on racks to dry

The vast majority of the Shutters have been painted.

The shutters are being painted off site in a local garage. This work is normally done when rain prevents us from working outside on the Sweeps.

The Stock was given a coat of priming paint on the day following delivery.

The next stage was to drill holes for the Striking Rod and Sweep bolts as well as cutting mortices to accomodate the Sweep clamps.

Painting the Stock - Photo : Roger French
Painting the Stock

The two Stocks - Photo : Roger French
The new Stock placed on top of the old one. Three wedges were pre-fitted to the side of the Stock.

Further coats of paint were applied to the new Stock when weather permitted.

The shutters were brought back on site and were fitted into the Sweeps.

The Stock was moved to the front of the site using the old Stock as a 'sledge'.

Rather than dispose of the old Stock, we have decided to retain it and to use it as a somewhat unusual bench !

Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber

On Saturday 18th August the Stock was hung with the aid of a crane hired from Coussens of Bexhill Limited, who again kindly discounted their hire charges in recognition of our charitable status.
Fitting the new stock
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. . . . well, one of those three maybe !

Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber
Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber
Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber
Fitting the new stock - Photo Paul Barber
Guiding the Striking Rod through the Canister
 

Fitting the Stock Cheeks - Photo by Roger French

On 11th September scaffolding was erected by Independent Scaffolding of Brighton to enable us to fit the two Stock Cheeks.

The Stock Cheeks were lifted with a Tirfor Winch, ropes and pulleys.

Once in place the holes were drilled through the Stock for the bolts that hold the Clamps in place.

Upper Stock Cheek in place. Ropes around the lower Cheek prior to lifting - Photo by Roger French
Upper Stock Cheek in place.
Ropes around the lower Cheek prior to lifting
Drilling holes for the bolts - Photo by Roger French
Drilling holes for the bolts
More drilling ! - Photo by Roger French
More drilling !
Tightening the bolts - Photo by Roger French
Tightening the bolts
Stock Cheeks in place - what a view ! - Photo by Roger French
Stock Cheeks in place - what a view !
More Painting ! - Photo by Jack Slaughter
More painting ! !

Following the fitting of the Stock Cheeks on 14th September, further coats of paint were applied to the Stock and Canister

The project was completed on 26th September with the re-hanging of the Sweeps.
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Nick Brown
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Jack Slaughter
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Jack Slaughter
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Jack Slaughter
Hanging the Sweeps
Hanging the sweeps - Photo by Jack Slaughter
Hanging the Sweeps

Photo : Philip Hicks
Some members of The Saturday Gang on a lunch break

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