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Power generation,Wind Turbine Projects

Roof Ice Does a Number to the Small Wind Turbine Tower

26 Feb , 2015  

Roof-ice-bends-tower-600 Never know what to find when you arrive to an off grid property. Drove up with the family on Friday night and saw the small wind turbine tower was at a serious list to one side. Didn’t see damage from a tree branch or a broken guy wire. The small tower is located on top of the bunk house. What had happened was the ice on the roof was melting and slowly creeping off. A portion of the roof snow (like an iceberg) had grabbed a hold of a guy wire and was tugging it in one direction. I managed to knock off a large chunk of snow and ice without falling off the ladder or breaking window below. The next day, I went back and straightened out the tower and added another guy wire. It’s good for now, but changes will be made for next years winter.

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Hauling, digging, etc,Transportation

How Not to Transport a Ladder with a Snowmobile

12 Feb , 2015   Video

Spent a few days up at the cabin messing around with projects. The weather was quite mild and it made it easier to get outside projects finished. One of them was to go up on the roof and remove snow and fix a leak. I needed an extension ladder to get on the roof safely. Had a spare 30-foot extension ladder at home, so it was brought up to the cabin.  The drive up was quite loud with the wind whistling over the ladder on top of the car. (Must of scared away all the deer in the area!)

Since the main roads were covered with “Black Ice” (that’s ice that can’t be distinguished between the road or water) the drive took a lot longer and I arrived late at night. My family and I decided to walk in and then come back the next day to haul the reminder of supplies in. It’s not always easy to get all your materials onsite. In the winter, everything has to be transported in using a snowmobile and a cargo sled. The object is to make as few trips as possible.

I had to transport a large container of firewood, flooring, lumber and an extension ladder all at the same time. With a bad snow storm approaching, I didn’t have a lot time, so I quickly tied everything on and hoped that it didn’t fall off or get stuck in the forest.

The trail I took started through a driveway that was a solid piece of ice. It was a little tricky to drive through, the cargo sled would move left or right depending on the terrain. Once I got to the trail, it was covered with four feet of snow, but packed down. I had to navigate through the trees and over stumps. A little challenging at times, because you don’t want to catch a ski on a branch or fall into the soft snow near the base of a tree. Managed to hit only one tree with the end of the ladder. It happened on a tight turn and the ladder was sticking out. The bump actually help straighten out the ladder on top of the load.

After few minutes of careful navigation, the snowmobile and cargo made it to the front door. But due to a pile of snow, all the weight slid to one side and the load toppled over. Well, on the bright side, nothing was damaged and I made it to the front door.

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