I need, tomorrow, some power tools

scudsucker

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Where do I hire these in Cape Town on a Sunday?

- small generator (to power the following)
- circular saw
- variable torque drill
- mechanical sander

I need to secure a bunch of buildings that have become inhabited. I don't own the property; any "evictions" will be for the govt account. I just want to secure some heritage buildings that I have learnt, today, have unexpected tenants.
 

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Where do I hire these in Cape Town on a Sunday?

- small generator (to power the following)
- circular saw
- variable torque drill
- mechanical sander

I need to secure a bunch of buildings that have become inhabited. I don't own the property; any "evictions" will be for the govt account. I just want to secure some heritage buildings that I have learnt, today, have unexpected tenants.
Don't know about Sunday but you can try O'Tool in Melkbos:

 

Paul Hjul

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Where do I hire these in Cape Town on a Sunday?

- small generator (to power the following)
- circular saw
- variable torque drill
- mechanical sander

I need to secure a bunch of buildings that have become inhabited. I don't own the property; any "evictions" will be for the govt account. I just want to secure some heritage buildings that I have learnt, today, have unexpected tenants.
I am now so intrigued as to what do you do for a living

Also provincial or national owned heritage sites.
 

scudsucker

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I am now so intrigued as to what do you do for a living

Also provincial or national owned heritage sites.
National Heritage.

I don't do this for a living - I am the junior Miller at Mostert's Mill.

Both myself and the senior Miller are volunteers to support a non-profit "The Friends of Mostert's Mill"
organisation which until the 2021 fire, maintained the Mill and occasionally (usually once a month) ran it and opened to the public.

The Mill itself belongs to the govt. - Dept. of Public Works - but the day-to-day running and funding is up to us and our committee, which includes representatives from the Vernacular Architecture Society.

Unfortunately... it burnt down, and so did De Meule, a magnificent property next door, that used, ironically, to host the Minister of Public Works. More unfortunately, access for scrap metal thieves into De Meulle was easiest via the Mill, and when all the copper has been removed from there - or, really, until I spotted a thief, photographed him and called the cops, and the Dept. posted a guard - they moved on to strip what pitiful scrap that could be had at the windmill.

This led to our toilets becoming inhabited. They are modern buildings, so I felt no worry boarding them up, but my senior Miller suggested that it was money wasted: they will break in again, despite breaking the water supply for R3 worth of pipe, because the toilet is a warm, dry place. In the summer, we will secure it better, because there is less incentive to break in.

So I did not go on a bergie-eviction rampage, after all.

We moved the most valuable metal - to us - all of the original 1796-era hand-made iron into storage very soon after the fire.

The prognosis for the restoration/rebuild is good. We have a tentative date of April 2023 - it takes time to rebuild by hand - but have secured funding and a great public response in donations (time, money, expertise and physical pieces)

Also, because we can't really afford a heavy lift crane on site to lift one massive beam every 3 days or so for several months we have a helicopter company who will instead airlift them, pro bono as necessary - while this is not exactly traditional - this is, by my standards, pretty cool.

Anyway. Long answer to a fairly simple question. Here's a couple of pics, to round off.

1) to give some sense of scale about what we are rebuilding in there, all by hand (an earlier renovation pic)
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2) The Mill in happier times
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Once restored can you guys strap Nathi the iconoclast to the blades as part of the opening and leave him there so he can't do any more damage to heritage?
 

scudsucker

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Once restored can you guys strap Nathi the iconoclast to the blades as part of the opening and leave him there so he can't do any more damage to heritage?
The sails are about 7.5m, so the angular velocity of the sails in a good wind will be ~5° rad/s... this will not be much fun for anyone attached to them.

We tie the sails down when we climb them to tie the sailcloth on, for this reason!
 

Paul Hjul

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The sails are about 7.5m, so the angular velocity of the sails in a good wind will be ~5° rad/s... this will not be much fun for anyone attached to them.

We tie the sails down when we climb them to tie the sailcloth on, for this reason!
so it will be a perfect way to deal with the dipshit who has done so much damage to heritage, arts and culture.
 
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