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Old 20-01-2011, 19:07   #1
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Question Question: Fixture of Wind Generator

During one of the last Typhoons, the fixture of wind generator on deck was damaged, and i am trying to fix it - but I struggle to understand how it works. Maybe someone has seen this before, I have attached a picture.
It looks like the pole where the generator sits on is supposed to be squeezed into the rubberstick on the picture and by tightening the nut, the rubber is squeezed and presses against the inside of the pole. All fine - but there is no way to tighten the screw once I put the pole on it as it slips.
Anyone has seen this? What are alternative fixtures?
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The generator is a Southwest Windpower Air 303 Wind Generator - Dont think it matters though the whole fixture might have come from Southwest Windpower as well...
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Old 20-01-2011, 19:12   #2
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Reverse the bolt.
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Take the bolt and turn it the other way with the nut at the bottom rather than the top. Remove the large washer and let the head of the bolt bite into the rubber. I have seen it work like that with other rubber bushings.
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can you replace the bolt/nut combo with a long bolt and put the nut at the bottom so you can at least get it started then hold the bottom of the bolt (by the thread) as you tighten the nut.

It's not the prettiest solution but it could work.

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Thanks everyone for the tips. We will try and see if it works...seems like a simple enough solution. Slight concern is the degradation of the rubber.
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... I was actually asking the question for Nomad81...helping him on the boat...
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Old 20-01-2011, 22:44   #7
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yup, tighten from below with a socket wrench, ratcheting if you got it...
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The pole for the Air-x has a similar set-up. It needs a hole drilled in the side of the pole right about where the rubber would end. You go in the wire hole exit to tighten it down. Take a look here (click here)
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