Do-it-yourself electric snow blower with a washing machine engine

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton. Born March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey (England). British rock musician, composer, guitarist and vocalist.

Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 in the village of Ripley, Surrey.

Father - Edward Walter Fryer.

Mother - Patricia Molly Clapton.

When Eric was born, his mother was 16 and his father was a 24-year-old soldier from Montreal. Fryer was sent to war before Clapton was born and then returned to Canada. The boy grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was the stepfather of Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian. The similarity of the surnames has given rise to the misconception that Clapton's real surname is Clapp. A few years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.

When Clapton was 13 years old, he got a Hoyer acoustic guitar, made in Germany, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was difficult to play and Eric briefly lost interest in him. Two years later, the boy took it again and began to play on a regular basis. He was influenced by the blues from an early age, practicing for hours, studying blues chords, playing along with audio recordings. He continued his studies using his Grundig portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he got it right.

Eric Clapton as a child

In 1961, after graduating from Hollyfield High School in Serbiton, he studied at Kingston College of Art, but was dropped at the end of the school year because his focus was still on music. Eric was already a good guitar player by that time, and at the age of sixteen he began to be noticed. It was around this time that he began performing as a street musician in Kingston, Richmond and London's West End.

In 1962, he began performing a duet with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs throughout Surrey. At seventeen he joined his first band, The Roosters, which performed early British R&B, playing in it from January to August 1963 with fellow guitarist Tom McGuinness. In October of that year, Clapton played seven shows with Casey Jones & The Engineers.

Eric Clapton with The Yardbirds

In October 1963, the aspiring guitarist joined The Yardbirds, a rock band with strong blues influences, and stayed with them until March 1965. Connecting Chicago blues and leading blues guitarists such as Buddy Guy, Freddie King and BB King, Clapton forged a unique style and quickly became one of the most popular guitarists in the British music scene.

The band originally performed blues tracks from Chess / Checker / Vee-Jay and began to gain prominence when they took over from the Rolling Stones at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond. They toured England with American bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II, and recorded a joint album with him in December 1963, released in 1965.

Eric Clapton - biography, information, personal life

Design options for homemade snow blowers

The main task of a snow blower is to capture and throw snow masses from the place of their accumulation, for example, from the sidewalk. Snow blowers made by craftsmen have a different design. But according to the type of snow capture, the models differ into screw and rotary ones.

Auger unit

The main part of the snow removal unit is an auger that resembles a screw from a meat grinder.

Screw aggregates are of two types.

Rotary unit

The rotary snow blower has the simplest design and consists of a round “snail” body and guide vanes. In the upper part of the body there is a sleeve through which snow is thrown out.

A rotor with blades is installed in the central part of the volute. This impeller is driven by a motor (gasoline or electric). The rotor, rotating at high speeds, captures the snow, crushes it in the snail's body and throws it out through the sleeve.

Snow throwers made by artisans for the home can be of two types.

  • With stationary drive. The motor is installed in the unit, after which it becomes a full-fledged snow blower.
  • As an addition to other units (mini-tractor or walk-behind tractor). Therefore, the motor is not installed on these mechanisms. The transfer of rotary motion from the engine to the rotor occurs by means of a chain or belt drive.

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