Archive for May, 2012

Olympic Torch & Our Local Hero.

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Misc, Uncategorized

Ger Killeen from Kinnegad, who at the age of 10 years saved his fathers life after his arm had been severed in a farming incident. Ger who used a spanner and twine to apply a tourniquet to his fathers upper arm twice , never left his fathers side after he raised the alarm. On the basis of his heroic actions Ger became Young Person Of The Year in 2007. Another honour is being bestowed upon Ger when he will be the youngest participant to carry the Olympic Torch in Dublin.

Yeah we all are aware that Peat or more commonly known in Ireland as Turf, is a highly popular type of fuel used in Ireland. Why? Well it is available to most people living in the countryside by simply visiting your local bog . Its harvested in abundance with the latest technology and is relatively cheap. What used to be a back breaking exercise for turf cutters and their wives and kids , is now a pleasant couple of days spent on the bog, inhaling natures fresh air, mingling with the townie folk and generally having a ball, assuming the weather remains favourable for the process.
The downside of Turf as a fuel is that it contains excessive levels of moisture, and we all are aware of the consequences of burning high moisture content fuels. The formation and build up of Tar and Cresote in stoves/ cookers, flues and liners causes multiple problems with clogging and blocking of the natural airflow which is so necessary, not to mention the highly combustible nature of this God forsaken deposit. We aim to have our fuel moisture content at a very max 20% with an ideal level of 15% being our benchmark. 2011 turf is now measureing 38 to 40% which is in excess of double the preferred limit and think about it this type of turf is nearly half water, so definitely dont buy it by weight. Having tested 3 year old turf being stored in an open type shed we recorded 15% which goes to prove that last seasons turf is a NONO .

Birds Nesting

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Birds Nesting

What a run of birds nests in flexi liners. Was called out 2 weeks ago to investigate smoke billowing back into kitchen. The appliance was a Stanley Donard Cooker , supplying heat to the kitchen and domestic hot water and radiators throughout a 300 year old house.  To complicate matters, the occupant is an 86 year old lady in a wheelchair, totally dependant upon the functioning cooker.  When I arrived the son had been onto the roof with a teleporter trying to drag up as much of the debris as he could. He had not taken into account the flexi liner and was using the steel claw. His success was limited, and thats why I was called upon. However I think he did more harm than good. Firstly he may have compacted what was there into what I can safely say was an acute bend in the flexi, and secondly the metal claw may have punctured the flexi. Three hours later with me at the base of the flexi and the son on the winder 7 rods behind me , we eventually made it through. Dont want to see one of them again. I advised him of the potential damage to the liner and the risk of leakage.

Exactly one week later to the day , got an 08.15am call from a neighbour. Her Stanley Donard was not functioning properly and she heard birds in the chimney. When I called she told me that it was her only means of supplying heat throughout the house. I explained , as I had done the previous week that I did not like disturbing birds that may be breeding. However having watched the chimney pot for almost half an hour observing the birds busily returning with debris for the nest we came to the correct assumption that breeding had not commenced. There was great difficulty in removing 2 x 45 bends and 2 straight flues which formed the route from top of cooker to flexi , which had no proper connector and just protruded below the register plate by 5  mm to  20 mm. The debris was already accumulating in the cooker , back up the connecting flues and into the flexi. It took over two hours to break through 12 feet (3,66 metres) of debris in the flexi. Phew