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Posted: 27/07/2016 12:29:49
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If you know Cwmorthin you'll know the old managers office that you walk past on the way in. It's been in a steadily deteriorating state for years, but is the only building in the Cwm that still (barely) has a roof.

We just last week acquired it on a long-term lease with a view to restoring and protecting it.

Although summer is running out, we're hoping to have it re-roofed before the winter. A local chap (an ex-Oakeley quarryman) has accepted the re-roofing job and work is to start soon - hopefully Smile

It is presently roofed in Old Vein (unsurprisingly) and extra slates that will be required will also be reclaimed Old Vein so it will all match nicely.
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Posted: 27/07/2016 18:17:27
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That's really good news! That building wasn't getting better with the state of its roof. Glad to hear it will get better! Thumbs Up IP: 92.10.110.177
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Posted: 27/07/2016 20:03:23
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Excellent news! It's a fine building and worth spending time on.
If I lived closer I'd be up there with my toolbox. Big Grin

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Posted: 27/07/2016 22:39:45
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Posted: 27/07/2016 22:59:46
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Great news Miles! Thumbs Up IP: 46.208.104.77
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Posted: 27/07/2016 23:08:45
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Well done Miles!Thumbs Up IP: 95.147.250.63
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Posted: 28/07/2016 09:55:34
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Well, lets hope all goes according to plan.

Hopefully in time we can get it back in order.
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Posted: 28/07/2016 12:03:59
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Thumbs Up Excellent Smile IP: 188.39.178.242
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Posted: 29/07/2016 11:22:34
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With you installed as the Gaffer, Miles! Excellent. Next thing we know there'll be rails coming out of Lake Level Adit and blocks of slate trundling out - dug out by makey learn miners on one of the 'experience' trips to then be trimmed in the old compressor house / small mill below the office by makey learn splitters...
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Posted: 29/07/2016 11:34:37
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TheBogieman wrote:

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With you installed as the Gaffer, Miles! Excellent. Next thing we know there'll be rails coming out of Lake Level Adit and blocks of slate trundling out - dug out by makey learn miners on one of the 'experience' trips to then be trimmed in the old compressor house / small mill below the office by makey learn splitters...


I wouldn't count on seeing wagons of slate rolling out of Cwmorthin again any time soon. These days the general approach to slate quarrying seems to be about seeing how much anfo you can get into the hillside and then scooping all you can from the rubble of what was once a well engineered and productive mine below.

It's all plant driving geo-tecing fat blokes in hi-vis now you know. Progress.
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Posted: 29/07/2016 12:42:12
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Progress was using less bang and undercutting the face with a BIG chainsaw (or diamond wire saw) then cracking blocks from off the face - as at Corris in the last days. Instead of 10% good rock, 90% waste, they reckoned to have swapped the figures over. With loads of ANFO, they'll probably be getting 3-4% good rock, the rest, waste. Doesn't seem to make sense... IP: 86.154.8.130
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Posted: 30/07/2016 00:15:12
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Problem is...Anfo is cheap.

Still seems potty to me though Confused

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Posted: 30/07/2016 07:59:36
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TheBogieman wrote:

Progress was using less bang and undercutting the face with a BIG chainsaw (or diamond wire saw) then cracking blocks from off the face - as at Corris in the last days. Instead of 10% good rock, 90% waste, they reckoned to have swapped the figures over. With loads of ANFO, they'll probably be getting 3-4% good rock, the rest, waste. Doesn't seem to make sense...


Does anyone actually produce anything other than "decorative chippings" any more, rather than rely on dwindling existing stock? ANFO is perfect for that, less messing around with a crusher, and easier to scoop up into a front loader as well.

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Posted: 30/07/2016 14:34:12
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It's all plant driving geo-tecing fat blokes in hi-vis now you know. Progress.


"Fat blokes in hi-vis" sounds like one of those ... ahem ... special interest web sites. Off Topic

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Posted: 30/07/2016 19:04:36
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Great news Smile

And Miles you have chosen a great chap to do the work.

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Posted: 03/08/2016 19:01:10
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weather permitting, roofing works to start on 11th of this month.
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Posted: 06/08/2016 10:25:44
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RAMPAGE wrote:




I wouldn't count on seeing wagons of slate rolling out of Cwmorthin again any time soon. These days the general approach to slate quarrying seems to be about seeing how much anfo you can get into the hillside and then scooping all you can from the rubble of what was once a well engineered and productive mine below.

It's all plant driving geo-tecing fat blokes in hi-vis now you know. Progress.


I never knew Anfo was used for slate extraction?

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Posted: 06/08/2016 12:20:57
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Posted: 06/08/2016 12:37:31
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DylanW wrote:


I never knew Anfo was used for slate extraction?


I was talking about quarrying generally. Although having spent years of my childhood playing in the hills around llechwedd making forts from the many, many sacks of Ammonium Nitrate left lying around all over the place, I can concur in its use even in ffestiniog.

I believe it is standard issue for untopping work.
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Posted: 07/08/2016 00:47:28
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Great news Miles.
With a new roof, windows & freezers installed, the Thursday nighters can enjoy a refreshing ice cream after that grueling walk up from the car park.Shocked

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