Getting rid of the rubble


You may remember, as we excavated, the mountains grew. IMG_6156

 

 

At the back of the barns is a track.  so we decided to use the rubble to widen this track.  This is how it used to look:Dev 0041

 

 

 

 

The objective is to use gabion baskets to hold a facing of good stone backed up by rubble.  We needed to create a small track down to the bottom.

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These sketches give a rough before and after.

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Bota the tractor gets rebuilt

To change the clutch on a tractor is not so easy.  The engine, gearbox, back axle and hydraulic lift are all bolted together to make one lump.  So, if you unbolt the middle it slumps and drops on the floor.  So it needed a cradle under the engine to stop this from happening and it hat to have wheels on so it could be wheeled away to work on.

IMG-20131202-00839This is the cradle and it will go under the engine.  The back end will simply be jacked up.

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Here is the cradle in place.

 

 

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And then – unbolt the two halves and separate…

 

 

 

 

 

So,  whilst we were working on the tractor in the workshop and the weather outside was terrible, we decided to restore the tractor.  We didn’t actually strip the engine down to its components but took the tractor apart generally.

IMG-20131220-00862IMG-20140106-00889Then we cleaned, checked and painted it and started to put it back together.

 

Nearly finished

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And finally – finished, complete with the roll-over protection I made.

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Back to work

In December, after 3 weeks of feeling awful on antibiotics and a period of physio getting my leg back together, I returned to the barn to start on the tractor.

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Mountains of stuff

Gradually we excavated the floor of the barn. We needed to go 500mm below the existing bottom of the barn.

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Notice the sky!

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Then we bought a tractor

So we decided that to move the rubble more efficiently we needed a tractor with a front bucket – only a small IMG_6183one (tractor).

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So we rented a digger with a pecker..

Yes, it was too hard with the hydraulic breaker so we rented a second digger with a pecker, broke up the concrete and then there were two of us:

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Breaking concrete is hard

Yes, breaking concrete is hard so we decided to survey to find out how much we needed to remove.

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Breaking concrete

BreakingConcreteThe time has come to start on the Milking Parlour (bedrooms) and there’s about 120 tonnes of concrete to remove: 2m x 15m x 1m deep x 2 sides = 60m2 @ 2 tonnes per m3 = 120 tonnes!  That’s a lot!  After 3 days I hardly touched the surface.

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The bat loft

Nearly finished: This is the bat loft or bat hotel where the bats will live in warmer weather. If it gets too warm there is a bat cave underneath where they can hang out and chill! Photos to follow. The next step is to fit chicken wire and bat roosting aids which will be pieces of plywood with gaps in between so they can crawl up into them to sleep.

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Slightly better picture :-)

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