Prairie Barbie

Prairie momma, modern homesteader, blogger, advocate for rural living.  Making life as beautiful as possible.

Completion of a Dream

This is a big deal.  Like, HUGE.  Well, for me anyway....  For the last eighteen months that I've owned this little ranch, I have hoped and prayed to find someone who could fix my old relic of a windmill.  Every day I'd gaze off my back porch at a sad little tail of a windmill and I just knew  we needed to fix it.  But everyone I had approached about fixing it would scratch their heads and politely decline the job.  Until one man was crazy enough to tackle it....

Lift off!

Lift off!

After the initial struggles of straightening bent rods, re-threading them and wrestling the motor off of the shaft, Adam took the motor in for a major face lift.  He power washed and steam cleaned it for an hour and a half to get probably 80 years of grime off of it.  Then he had to weld the cracks, bore out snapped bolts and repair the brake.  Adam and my windmill now know each other quite well....

Up, up and away....

Up, up and away....

Adam brought the motor home yesterday afternoon and bolted the entire contraption  together.  And he nearly sacrificed a finger in the process.  I guess he had to have at least one scar from the battle. 

Easy does it....

Easy does it....

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 I was the one at the bottom of the tower, helping guide Adam until we got the motor exactly over the shaft to be lowered onto it. Then I held the shaft in just the right position until it was bolted into place.  I even got my hands all greasy.... Sometimes it feels good to get dirty!

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We look pretty serious here, don't we?!

We look pretty serious here, don't we?!

After re-attaching the shaft at the bottom of the tower. She was ready for action.  Well, almost.  There was one more small adjustment.... Which meant Adam had to climb the tower.  This girl does not do heights!  Like, ever.  At all.  Nadda.  Good thing there's other people that can climb things without throwing up....

 

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Are you ready?  Can you hear the drum roll?  

 

Ta-Da!!  This now the view from my lower pasture.  She stands proudly over the whole farm.  Just like she did decades ago.  A symbol of a bygone era and of dreams coming true. 

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Special thank-you's go out to Adam.  Without his passionate, almost obsessive determination and perseverance this would not have been possible. 

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