An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Basingstoke update (9)

The new cill.  The small gap
was filled with something very
quick setting
A bit of 'fire and lightning'
as some bolts are 'cut to size'

A hive of activity in the rain this morning. The final fitting of the lower cill (they are also going to fit rubber edges to the cill as an experiment to see if it stops (slows) any leakage).  There's a couple more day's work I understand.

Meanwhile the re-watering of Deepcut continues.

The rubber seal on the mitre
and the cill are both visible

Both paddles are in place
but the paddle gear is still
to be fitted
I went back to Brookwood bottom lock this afternoon to look at the rubber seals that have been 'the experiment' with this lock.  I think the seals on the cill will work but I fear the seals on the mitres of the gates may well get knocked off by boats trying to 'single gate' their way in to or out of the lock. Time will tell - I hope the process works as someone has put a lot of time and effort into the design of this in order to retain the one thing the Basingstoke doesn't have - water.

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