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Windsock Installation 4 & 6 foot

Windsock to Frame

Attach windsock to frame using the cable ties supplied, keeping the longitudinal seams of the windsock at the 3 & 9 o’clock positions. The cable ties should be tight enough so that the windsock is restricted form rubbing on the frame rim.

Windsock Frame to Vertical Support

Any suitable support pole or pipe may be used to gain the required windsock height.

Windsock notes

If a pipe is being used, insert a bolt or a pin, through the upper hole in the support rod, then insert the rod into the pipe. A rubber cap, such as a chair leg end piece, may be used to cover the join.

4 and 6 windsock pole 1

Note that the 23cm space between the holes of the frame support rod, will match up with the hole spacing of most BHP metal star posts and may be directly attached using wire, bolts or cable ties.

This method is well suited to a 4 foot windsock; and using two star posts joined, will well suit a 6 foot windsock. (The extra height needed, due to extra length.)

Tape over any sharp parts that are within the sweep of the windsock, or cut a hole in a plastic spray can lid, a small tin can, or cut the base out of a plastic bottle, then sleeve onto the support rod in order to cover any rough projections that could snag the windsock at this joint.

4 and 6 foot windsock pole 2

For a more permanent windsock installation, the star post section may be covered with any suitable 50mm PVC vent pipe so that there are no external sharp parts that could cause windsock damage. This pipe is readily available at around $6/m

It is recommended to snip the cable ties and rotate the windsock, top to bottom (180°) on a yearly basis.

Standard cable ties may be used, the black ties tend to be more ultraviolet resistant than the clear ones, and as a result the black ones should last longer.

It is important that the windsock pole and frame is exactly vertical, or the windsock will constantly swing to one side.

The 4 & 6 foot windsocks are available in ripstop, they are chemical & UV resistant, and of a lightweight sailcloth material in white, yellow, pink or orange.

White has the least problem with fade, Yellow can normally be see the greatest distance, and tends to attract attention more than the white. Pink is used on grassland and forest areas, where white or yellow blossoms are possible, and orange is used in snow areas only.

 

By |2019-04-23T23:05:11+10:00November 28th, 2010|Installation, Windsocks|0 Comments

The History Of The Australian Windmill

As Australian as lamingtons, dirt roads and kangaroos, this “Glenview Range” of Model Windmills are faithfully hand made replicas of the windmills that have graced the Australian skyline for nearly a century. Before electricity was available to drive pumps, or large machines to build dams, the windmill had become a vital component of rural life, pulling water from bores and wells.
They can be traced back to the year 644 in Persia. It was Persian millwrights taken prisoner by Genghis Khan who instructed the Chinese in their construction for irrigation, a use that lasts to this day. They became increasingly widespread in Europe from the 12th century to the 19th when steam power caused their slow demise, which was accelerated after World War One by the internal combustion engine.

Australia and it’s vast rural areas was still a stronghold of this inexpensive low maintenance method of watering stock and moving water for irrigation. In 1871 George Griffiths set up a mechanical workshop in Toowoomba thus starting, what is now the Southern Cross Group of Engineering Companies. His first wooden framed windmills were built in 1876 and supplied to Jimbour Station at Dalby on the Darling Downs. Between1876 and1884 these simple direct acting windmills were made in several sizes up to 16ft in diameter.

A patent had been applied for in 1875.The “Simplex Economy” and “Little Wonder” mills were produced in various sizes and often to customers’ specifications until 1893. Usually of timber, the wheel operated behind the tower while reefing (to control the speed) was done by means of a counterweighted vane on a lever at right angles to the vane pole.

1893 saw the first geared windmills and the advent of the wheel on the windward side of the tower. In sizes to 18ft in diameter and with progressive improvements, over 300 of these mills were built in a decade. In 1903 the brand name Southern Cross was given to windmills produced by the Toowoomba Foundry and a range of both geared and direct action self oiling mills is in production to this day. Over nearly a century, in excess of 200,000 have been produced, the majority for use in rural Australia where they have become an indelible feature of our landscape.

Several groups of Southern Cross Mills contributed to the unique visual flavour of Expo 88, while another stands outside the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach to symbolise the role played by these machines in the development of the outback. Others have been exported to Ireland to pump out peat bogs prior to extracting the fuel, and others to Kwinana where nearly 100 resembling a forest of steel wheels are recovering chemicals from an underground aquifer.
Birdsville’s water supply is driven by a huge, Southern Cross Windmill drawing water from the Diamentina River, while in Hawaii another is irrigating a tropical fruit farm. Architects and developers are increasingly using windmills to add visual excitement and a truly Australian flavour to their projects.But the nicest touch of all is the recent shipment of 100 windmills to their original birthplace – Iran – formerly Persia.

Now……… if you purchase your own personal windmill you will have enough information to generate conversation with just about anyone.

By |2019-04-23T23:05:18+10:00November 28th, 2010|Windmills|1 Comment

Windsock Colours

Windsock Colours. Standard and Special Purpose.

Standard Colours for Aviation Purposes are White and Yellow. The Primary windsock at an airport is white. The secondary windsocks are yellow. They are by regulation 8 foot or 12 foot long.

Special Purpose Windsocks (more correctly called Wind indicators)  They are usually 4 foot or 6 foot long and fall into the following colour categories :

Yellow is the most visible and are useful when view the wind indicator from the ground on a cloudy day when it can be difficult to see a white Wind indicator against a sky full of white clouds.

Pink is an unnatural colour and is usefully used in forrest country.

Orange is used in snow country because of its high visibility. It is also used for road works and similar purposes.

Red is used on mining sites and Rifle ranges and indicates danger.

Dark green is used for crops and orchards to gauge the drift when spraying chemicals.

Warning It is very hard to stabilise the colours Red, Pink and Orange and so these products do suffer fade because of the suns ultraviolet rays.
Yellow Windsock

By |2019-04-23T23:05:23+10:00November 28th, 2010|Windsocks|0 Comments

How To Care For Your Windsock

To extend windsock life, rotate 180 degrees, (top to bottom) each year.

The seams of the windsock should be horizontal (9 o’clock and 3 o’clock)

Black Cable Ties offer better UV protection than clear.

Cable Ties are a quick and easy method of attachment and should be pulled up tight enough to restrict the windsock rubbing on the support frame. Any suitable method of firm attachment may be used.

The Windsock Frame should be exactly vertical, otherwise the frame will constantly swing to the low side, and this tends to cause the windsock to tangle or wrap around the windsock support pole.

8 foot and 12 foot Stainless Steel windsock frames supplied by Glenview Products have stainless bearings top and bottom and can be fitted with a 12 volt lighting kit which will operate from any 12 volt automotive type battery, or plug into vehicle cigarette lighter.

Warranty 25 Years.

Windsock Lighting

By |2019-04-23T23:06:38+10:00June 30th, 2008|Installation, Windsocks|1 Comment
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