Wooden Water Tank / Tower repaired – Roof replaced. Barrington Hills, Illinois

RJ's tank rebuldIMG_0491RJ's roof workRJ's new cedar roof and tank topRJ's spraying roof topIMG_0540December 2012, We rebuilt this 14′ E702 Aermotor atop this neat 75′ tank tower. This Spring 2013, we tackled rebuilding the tank. The barrell was still in amazingly good shape, but everything else was very bad shape. We tore off old rotten roof top, supporting structure, and tank cover, then replaced everything with treated lumber and custom Cedar roof slats. Finished by spraying rooftop with special Urethane, then sealed with two coats roof paint.  We also replaced all catwalk supporting beams and planks. Finished by painting the 100+ year old handrail. The tower was originally built by the US Wind Engine & Pump Co of Batavia and probably dates to late ninteenth century. The bottom legs are 3/8″ x 6″ x 6″ angle iron. Tank is approx 18,000 gal capacity and measured 16′ diameter, and about 12′ tall. Let me tell you, the raccoons had really taken over up there!!!

Windmill repaired in Wilmington, IL

The old head was a 1916 Aermotor early model A602. When I arrived it was hanging upside down only by the extremely worn pump rod. The mast pipe had snapped so it was literally hanging by a thread.  Replacement mill is a beautiful Aermotor A702. Looks great on this 50′ three legged tower. Sept 7, 2013.Wilmington, IL


Hey paul, just a quick note to say I was out at the ranch this past weekend and finally had a chance to pop the windmill’s brake for the first time—and it was just amazing watching the whole thing swing into gear—seamless and smooth and totally hypnotic. I kept finding myself staring up at it as I walked around the grounds doing my chores. It’s really added an important missing element to the vibe of the property. Thanks again for doing such an amazing job. Your knowledge and enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism throughout the process were noted and much appreciated.




Andy Cirzan

Elizabeth, IllinoisWoodmanse rebuild

Woodmanse windmill restored in JoDaviess, County, IL

Last weekend’s work found us in beautiful JoDavies County, IL where we installed four rebuilt windmills in Mt Carroll, Galena, Apple River, and Elizabeth,IL.  Here are a couple pics of the job at Elizabeth…an 8′ Woodmanse “Oil Bath” model. Although it had rained on the other 3 jobs, the rain held off here until we were packing up-yea!  Paul



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