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My calculations were based on the weight of the three stones being I think around 30 tones and the water column from entrance to AP being equivalent to a bit over 50 tones. The curious experiment that someone did regarding the coefficient of friction of granite equaling the opposed downward sliding force only at an angle equal to the angle of the AP, that being 26 degrees, was a significant prod in this direction.

If these plugs had a system for removal, I would presume that every time they were replaced, there would need to be some patch work and some plaster type material spread on the surfaces at the bottom so that when the plugs slid into place, the gaps would seal well for pressure. In this case, the plaster wouldn't need to be that of a strong hardening bond as it would only need to remain solid enough to fill gaps under great pressure from the granite plugs leaning down on the bottom surface.

If that were true, (multiple assumptions here but...), then the force you'd be facing to remove the plugs would be the coefficient of friction of these blocks initial wedged position. After they were pushed free from that stuck position, the pressure necessary to simply push them up could be closer to a one to one in force from the water weight to the stone weight as they're both loading pressure on the same slope.

Any discrepancy of this system and force measurement can of course also be affected by a mechanical linkage in the system that affords 'advantage' if necessary. Meaning you adjust it to a lower gear, say a 2 to 1 for the weight of the water pushing on the rock, which give the equivalent of 100 tones of water vs 30 tones of granite. Its presumable that might be sufficient or some mechanical advantage could solve the force requirement necessary for that first most difficult push to break the static coefficient of friction. Again, after that, it might be closer to a 1 to 1 push for distance for every fill and jack, (hence my proposal that a few days would be all that's necessary for this system to complete its plug push up into the GG.

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Removable plugs on purpose 2764 Open mind 21-Nov-15 17:11
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 864 cladking 21-Nov-15 17:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 817 Open mind 21-Nov-15 18:33
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 689 cladking 21-Nov-15 18:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 918 Open mind 21-Nov-15 19:44
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 802 cladking 21-Nov-15 19:52
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 858 Open mind 21-Nov-15 20:28
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 713 cladking 21-Nov-15 21:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 815 Open mind 21-Nov-15 23:26
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 789 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 00:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 873 Corpuscles 22-Nov-15 11:32
Pragmatic Semantics 928 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 723 Open mind 22-Nov-15 17:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 728 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Nov-15 18:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 807 Open mind 23-Nov-15 21:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 698 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 21:32
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 725 Open mind 23-Nov-15 22:27
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 780 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 654 cladking 23-Nov-15 22:39
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 728 Origyptian 23-Nov-15 22:53
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 683 Dr. Troglodyte 24-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 846 Open mind 24-Nov-15 19:06
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 760 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 819 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:30
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 592 cladking 24-Nov-15 20:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 731 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:31
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 633 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:33
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 753 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 746 Open mind 24-Nov-15 20:49
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 689 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:02
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 705 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 700 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 20:51
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 700 cladking 22-Nov-15 20:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 759 Origyptian 22-Nov-15 16:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 761 Open mind 22-Nov-15 18:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 809 Open mind 22-Nov-15 20:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 713 cladking 22-Nov-15 21:08
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 731 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 18:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 615 cladking 24-Nov-15 19:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 675 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 20:59
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 772 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:35
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 686 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:38
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 738 Open mind 24-Nov-15 21:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 688 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 651 Jon Ellison 24-Nov-15 21:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 662 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 21:55
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 666 cladking 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 785 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 690 Jon Ellison 27-Nov-15 18:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 743 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:22
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 723 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 22:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 693 cladking 25-Nov-15 00:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 814 Martin Stower 27-Nov-15 16:25
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 596 cladking 28-Nov-15 00:04
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 724 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 00:43
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 655 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 745 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 02:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 654 cladking 28-Nov-15 02:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 850 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 13:40
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 682 cladking 28-Nov-15 15:16
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 779 Brian Patterson 28-Nov-15 15:45
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 648 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 20:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 663 Merrell 28-Nov-15 21:39
According to Archae... 672 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:09
Re: According to Archae... 682 Merrell 28-Nov-15 22:54
Re: According to Archae... 670 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 22:58
Re: According to Archae... 690 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:11
Mindset 704 Ratcho 28-Nov-15 23:36
Re: Mindset 705 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:49
Re: Mindset 683 Merrell 29-Nov-15 10:17
Re: Mindset 875 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 18:33
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Re: Mindset 708 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:47
Re: Mindset 637 cladking 30-Nov-15 05:07
Re: Mindset 668 Martin Stower 29-Nov-15 23:31
Re: Mindset 735 Thanos5150 29-Nov-15 23:46
Re: According to Archae... 747 Martin Stower 28-Nov-15 23:28
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 635 cladking 28-Nov-15 23:13
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 534 cladking 28-Nov-15 01:21
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 699 Brian Patterson 24-Nov-15 22:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 796 Origyptian 24-Nov-15 23:19
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 698 cladking 24-Nov-15 23:57
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 687 Martin Stower 25-Nov-15 00:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 806 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 00:42
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 753 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 01:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 728 Open mind 25-Nov-15 04:05
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 675 Jon Ellison 25-Nov-15 07:03
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 718 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:18
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 596 Open mind 25-Nov-15 13:37
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 765 Open mind 25-Nov-15 03:47
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 798 Origyptian 25-Nov-15 03:58
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 790 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Nov-15 16:25
Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 776 Howard West 29-Nov-15 16:48
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 735 Origyptian 30-Nov-15 04:57
Re: Why the Plugs were covered by dirt 602 Howard West 30-Nov-15 16:07
Old Posters seem to act like the Caliph Omar 753 Howard West 30-Nov-15 17:11
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 679 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 17:17
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 727 Howard West 30-Nov-15 18:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 622 cladking 30-Nov-15 21:07
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 680 Origyptian 01-Dec-15 04:56
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 748 Brian Patterson 01-Dec-15 17:10
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 684 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 21:54
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 666 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 22:14
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 733 Howard West 30-Nov-15 23:01
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 659 Brian Patterson 30-Nov-15 23:15
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 717 Howard West 01-Dec-15 02:34
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 788 Howard West 01-Dec-15 22:36
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 764 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 00:48
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 654 Brian Patterson 02-Dec-15 00:29
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 759 Howard West 02-Dec-15 03:46
Re: Removable plugs on purpose 691 Dr. Troglodyte 02-Dec-15 21:04
some people just need lots of pictures 995 Howard West 03-Dec-15 02:12

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