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Newsletter 105, Summer 2014  © Hampshire Mills Group

 

Eling Tide Mill - Footstep Bearing - December 2013

David Plunkett            

 

After the major sub-tidal works, undertaken by the New Forest District Council (as owners) from late 2012 through most of 2013, there were still a few maintenance items to catch up on, as stated in a number of Reports to the Eling Experience, by David Plunkett

Eling started regular milling production in October but was hampered by the poor seating of the repaired sluice gate and wrong seating of the sluice gate cill.  Away from these difficulties we were producing good wholemeal flour for public sale.  Continued monitoring, following a break in the grease line to the footstep bearing, revealed that wear to the bearing under the vertical mainshaft had increased and no adjustment was available, as the four adjustment bolts had seized on the cast iron “Armfield Arch.”  So the helpful local engineering company, GHL Engineering, discussed with me a programme of works and method statement.  This led to an estimate which was accepted by Totton & Eling Town Council as managers of the Mill.  GHL, having no expertise in jacking up over two tons of cast iron main mill gearing, left this to Dave Hibbert and myself to levitate.  We did this, with a rising tide, in about four hours with the aid of five ‘Acrow props’, a length of chain and some timber packing.  I planned with GHL to take out the Armfield Arch at the same time as an NFDC inspection.

GHL rigged up a one tonne chain block and pulled up the Armfield Arch (with bearing) just as the rising tide reached an inch from the top of my wellies. So with a few heaves and grunts, it went into the back of their pickup truck, to the workshop about half a mile away.

While I was hoping GHL would press on with the bearing works, I was surprised to hear that it was ready to go back about a week later and before their Christmas shut-down.  A check with the Eling Experience revealed that milling was planned to commence on the 8th January and an official visit by Heritage Lottery Funding officers was planed for the 10th January.

Delay was not an option, so at 8.30 am on the 23rd December, two engineers from GHL with Dave Hibbert and self, met, lowered the ironwork, reset in place, adjusted and lowered the main shaft into place on the bearing once more. Coupled up and pressurised the grease line   Done - all in just over two hours.  I was back home in Fleet before 11.30 am in time to get washed and change, much to the relief of Ros who had booked a meal for us, with friends, at a local hotel for1.00 pm   My grateful thanks are passed to Dave Hibbert and GHL Engineering.

 

Armfield arch with footstep bearing

 

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