Just when I thought I could get back to some Capital jobs/tasks!
A couple of days ago, here in Normandy, France, 50 minutes from the Atlantic coast, we had some appalling severe gusting/squalls winds at about 100mph.
It only lasted 2 hours and left most roads around here un-drivable, with the bare winter trees down and branches all over the place.
My satellite dishes got thrashed and have had to be reset, my boys like their TV and Internet, but lots of debris everywhere with the sound of chainsaws in our valley.
My 3 Turbines are 3.7m, 12 footers, to Hugh Piggott design.
No 1 has survived an official Hurricane winds some 8 years ago, so I was surprised to see its tail had lifted off.
No 3, Is my latest and has only been up 2 ˝ years, but its tail came off and broke when it hit the ground, so new ply tail vane required.
No 2, (photo 2) Has my modification on it, as its tail jumped 3 years ago. Nothing fancy just a 4mm diameter woven bronze line, I suppose a good stainless steel fishing trace line would do, and just 2off 6mm bolts one on the tail arm gusset the other on the main frame tail spigot. The tail can move about as designed but cannot lift away.
I will start repairs tomorrow and modifications and see if the blades struck the tail as it jumped ship. I will keep my fingers crossed on that one.
And all those bushes growth around the base of my Turbines will now all be hacked back to basic cattle hedge. Although a small battle with her that must be obeyed will probably ensue, and a compromise will be reached.