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    been a busy-ish sort of day .... my old alarm guy arrived this morning ... bloody early ... we'd arranged it last week, but didn't anticipate him turning up at 08.00


    needed some fabbing skills to sort out an automated gate system bracketry.
    not the first one i've done for him ... these things arrive with half the bits missing / not assembled / sorted to suit their eventual homes !!


    Pretty poor show really considering the cost of these kits.


    anyway three hours later and he's a happy chappy, with it all modified/adjusted to suit his needs.
    tells me that he and others struggle to get small fab jobs done these days, with me long out of it and no-one else to turn to locally.


    Richy the lad who used to work for me and set up on his own has apparently been tempted by a monthly pay cheque, to take a job as a maintenance engineer in a large factory of some sort and now only does what he fancies, as and when, for himself. ... Can understand the steady wage being a temptation ... the vagaries of self employment can be hard work some times


    Anyway, can see Darren being back more often, as he does a lot of these gate automations, along side his alarm systems and video surveillance work .


    with half the day shot, I turned my attentions to getting me cabling into the duct up the patch, now that a couple of rolls of cable i'd been waiting for had arrived last Friday


    went up the duct very well .... aided by a three core 20mm SWA as a pusher .... bloody heavy though, as it got further and further up the duct





    'til it eventually surfaced in the black shed ......





    sorted the tails out on the SWA and persuaded it into the junction/dis. box .... hot - couldn't be arsed to get up in the loft to isolate it,





    especially as I wasn't going to be connecting the tails, other than the earth line for now, as there's now't on t'other end ATM, 'til me boxes get moved.
    Will mean though that it's a simple task to re-establish leccy in 'em fairly quickly after they're moved !!


    also laid in two control lines... one to extend the 8 core from the house for the outside lighting control and a second to extend the LED flood supply, up from the black shed to the boxes, making them all controllable fro the house eventually --- beats groping down from there in the dark


    all done and buttoned back up for now, 'til I can get it hooked up each end





    didn't bother putting a pull line into this one, as I can't foresee wanting anything else up it ..... did consider laying in an MDPE pipe for an air line, but pretty sure it could be persuaded up there again .... need to decide whether to bother or not, though, before I get it all stoned up !!
    Reckon a 20mm would do it, but would need to go get a roll, as I don't currently have any sat ..... either that or stick with the 25 mm which i do have, plus plenty of fittings too

    excess coiled up for now ..... stone next (or an air pipe?? )





    been waiting on a new ISO 40 INT to MT4 sleeve adapter to arrive with a 5/8" x 11 draw thread ..... the one I picked up recently for next to now't is M 16, which is a PITA .... without the metric bar to match it ... must get one made up
    also got three more #3 MT sleeves arriving too ..... couldn't leave 'em there at a tenner each ... much quicker dropping the adapters out the quill and swapping for the next one than changing bits/tools.


    guy selling them, in Oxford, told me last night he used to live four miles down the road in Grosmont ..... his dad was the local vicar ... and knows the area very well ........ such a small world !!!!








    so she's now armed with a #4 MT mounted, 3/4" chuck, plus the ability to drive up to a 2" MT drill bits .. aside from all the various Clarkson cutter chucks and collet chucks I have sat, ready to use, on some of the next projects.


    would have come in well handy for Darren's lil' job this morning and saved hauling the mag drill out !!


    Genny's oil pressure gauge was playing 'silly buggers' yesterday .....





    will have to try the new sender unit, Serge gave me, in it ..... see if that cures the problem .....
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    watch this space ...... BIG catch up coming up .....soon ...... been busy as !!
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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