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Tharpe Mill Restoration
18 Foot Welded Waterwheel installed August 2005
Twice coat bronze textured powder coated metal finish
This is how the mill looked in the good old days. Started in 1914 by Ralph Tharpe
With the lack of use for the last decade, the wheel rusted out sitting in pools of water
The old wheel was pulled out just leaving the old Fitz hub and axle Careful measurements were made of the old wheel parts to replicate as close as possible the original wheel
The new wheel arrived and was unloaded off the truck
Mr. Tharpe watches as the new wheel is unloaded off the truck.
The buckets sections and the spokes were staged for installation
The new bucket sections and spokes were powder coated with 2 coats of powder. This process is the same as the military uses for their outdoor equipment for high endurance.
The half inch thick by 5 inches wide set of 10 pair of spokes are installed The wheel installation almost finished Final checking of the bolts are done
The finished Tharpe Mill Waterwheel.
After the old gears are checked out, the old segment gear will be installed back onto the wheel