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Bruiser’s Bore Pulling 10 January 2020. Rick’s tap, Ann’s Edit and Go

I went to write this description in the area #YouTube gives you when you make a #YouTube video, but it became more than the 5000 characters, the allowed number. So I have had to make a blog out of #BossMan’s videos and my description. As I had more words and photos to add 😊😉bdr_7330-rick-goodwood-windmill-4
           #BossMan sitting on the “head” of the Goodwood house windmill, to give you an idea of size.

                  Goodwood windmill from the ground


Goodwood windmill  from a birds-eye view or as #DameDrone sees it

#BossMan is one person that knows a bit about windmills.
That is one of the reasons I want to document these videos that he is willing to take. Considering we are moving away from windmills to solar on our boreholes. This decision has a lot to do with work, health place and safety. #BossMan doesn’t like anyone else but himself “upstairs.” Also solar eliminates “upstairs” ….all those moving parts that require oiling and attention, amongst other things.
#BossMan no doubt speaks a different language when he is talking all things “bores” and I have to be aware of that. Look and listen from a “outsiders” point of view. Hence finding more and more to explain and inform you about.
If you haven’t heard me say it before “water” is our top priority. To us, it is second nature as to why it is our very first consideration …for animal welfare. We may be lucky, to have surface water for a few months a year. Yes, we have dams, but we rely on the Great Artesian Basin for our main water supply.

It is why I treasuer the windmill and the people who walked before us, (in the beef/wool industries) the combination of them both opened up this country and allowed us to do what we do today. It is a history that I hope is never forgotten. My very first blog was on windmills. They are very special to me for allowing us to do what we do today.

If you are happy to just watch the video, listen to #BossMan and Slim in the background, please do so. If you want to read the rest of this description for more information about the video and windmill work, please read on.
When your head is in the clouds #Goodwoodwindmill

Bruiser’s Bore is one of our newest bores. Esp in the last 20-25 years I guess (BossMan would know the exact year. I asked him and he looked up, on his phone, yep, some things are that important that you must have it on your phone, 27 February 2008 was the date the borehole was made)
We have actually sold the property Bruiser’s Bore is on, to neighbours late last year, but we still own one paddock that joins it. So it is a shared bore at the moment.
The pump rod that broke “up top” usually isn’t one that breaks that often. It is usually the rods in the casing, down the hole, that could possibly break, not often, but more often than the pump rod. The pump rod is the rod that the “head” or upstairs workings, is connected to. So if it is broken, then the link to the rest of the rods is broken. Like the neck bone connected to the backbone…type of thing. Basically, if any rod is broken that is the scenario, just that a rod in the casing is something we have on hand and easier to fix.
So #BossMan established Bruiser’s bore was 21″ Southern Cross. This information is very important for “upstairs” parts of windmills and making sure they fit. He put a shout out on Facebook to see if anyone would have this rod. Yep, that rare. New parts for windmills are becoming harder to obtain, but with many people turning to solar 2nd hand parts for windmills can be easier to obtain. He was on the phone to some very generous people and was swamping windmills and parts. There are still a few “experts” in windmill game.

Oh bring it on, rainy weather and visiting weaners in the house yard with the Goodwood mill in the background

If you think listening to #BossMan talk on this video is double dutch you should listen to one of those conversations on the telephone or read #BossMan’s bore book. I would call it his bible, hence why it’s been transferred to his phone. I can understand the double dutch, like a 2nd language as is cattle work language. (I think every workplace (industry) would  have their own language in one way or another)

Above diagram: Attached to the bottom of the casing in the borehole is the pump barrel.
Attached to the bottom of the rods in the borehole, inside the pump barrel is the plunger.
The windmill goes round, making the rods go up and down, the plunger draws water into the pump barrel, filling the casing.
Such an amazingly simple, very clever concept that has stood the test of time.
In the above photos, to the left is a plunger with worn-out buckets, the diagram above calls them cups. Also, there is a set of chain tongs, tools of the trade when pulling a bore.
                           On the left are three worn-out buckets. Going up and down in the plunger rubbing up against the pump barrel wall buckets get worn-out. Worn out buckets are one reason a mill may have stopped pumping. Top priority is for every single piece of the worn-out buckets to be found. So no foreign matter is left in the pump barrel that may jam the valves.
The bucket on the right is a brand new bucket. (a bucket or cup, with a hole in it, that holds water, the naming of them… that I can’t explain)

The pump rod, (a 3.4m x50mm pipe) is a different size than the casing rods (wood 3x2inch x 6m or pipe inch wide x 6.7m, both can be cut to fit, lengthwise, depending on the depth of the borehole) in the bore casing (3″ in this case with a 4″ flush cap, with 5″ ground casing) isn’t as clean as the rods that go down the borehole. The head of the windmill is oiled on a regular basis, so you get an idea of many years of oiling and this rod is the first point of call from the head.
Please excuse the mix of measurements. Windmill parts are talked about in inches and feet, usually the width it would seem. The length of rods and casing in metres. Those that talk the talk all seem to relate.
The volume of water is a mix of gallons and litres in #BossMans case. He reckons 2inches or 200pts of rain is more and 50mm. Old habits die hard. They are the exact same measure. (the metric measurement system was adopted in Australia in the 70’s)
There is also a pitman rod, it connects the pump rod to the rods in the casing, it is wooden (or #BossMan thinks it should be) it is out of the casing.
Submersible=electric pump attached to poley that is put down a borehole to pump water when needed. The submersible was put 50m down Bruisers Bore. The borehole is 80m deep. The standing water (or where you would hit the water when you put anything down the hole) is at 32m.

                         The 9mile at Lucknow

When #BossMan refers to “the nest” or “Turkey Nest” that is the above-ground man-made dam. It is used to store the water that is pumped from the borehole. This then feeds the trough/s joined to the turkey nest to water the cattle.
Being able to establish a windmill or use poley pipe to transport water to troughs in paddocks, helps us utilise feed in paddocks. Bruiser’s Bore turkey nest is around 400,000g (that’s g for gallons. 1 gallon is roughly y 4.5L. So Bruiser’s bore in litres would be 1,514,164L)
Bruiser’s bore supplies via three watering points, roughly around 20,000acres (9083ha). The bore waters (has a trough) at the bore itself, as well as a poley line heading east 2km to a trough called Gum Creek, in the same paddock. As well as poley laid to the west 5.5km to the 21mile. The 21mile is equipped with two 10,000gallons tanks that water two troughs. One in the same paddock as Bruisers bore and one in Paton Paddock (our paddock) Both these poley lines are gravity feed.
Where #BossMan tries to talk over the sound of the motor what he is trying to say is
* 3 cylinder Perkins
* 4 kva gen-set
* 200L diesel in 300hrs
* it does have a 7 day/24 hr timer. Not used this time as they wanted to fill the half-empty turkey nest as there are about 700 cattle using Bruiser Bore
* pumping full 63mm poley (this talk gets #BossMan excited 😆 )
* gen-set pumps (guess-timent) a 3600L an hour

When the windmill is working, it will keep the turkey nest full to overflowing, depending on the number of cattle watering from it. Boulia is known to normally have a good supply of wind, in its weather.(as it does sunny days,  hence solar being suitable too)  As a rule, the night is a time for good wind and during summer, this is just magic. As cattle are usually out feeding at night, the windmill is pumping water in the coolest time of the day, catching up, as in summer cattle can drink twice as much water than the cooler months of the year. Plus we have more warm to hot months than cold.

As you can imagine, I could continue, but I feel if you have got this far, understood the blog and still interested and want to, you will ask questions which I will be happy to answer.
imgp0737-windmill-head-rick-3                                     15 Mile at Black Mountain,  with #BossMan giving it an oil

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    […] This blog is for the windmill, borehole nerds or for those interested in how rural people solve issues they are faced with so that we have water…for our stock and humans…when things go pear shape. Water is how we survive out here. Well, water is how we all survive where ever we are. Where we live the infrastructure of the water is maintained by ourselves, so when issues arise it is up to us, or in this case and with most cases with the windmills, #BossMan has to figure out the best plan to solve the issue. You might refer back to my last blog for more information re #BossMan and windmills. […]

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