Thread: Druidic exploits of a various nature!!

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    been 33C here today .. apparently a perfect day for Vax-ing the living room carpet (TBF .. she was right) ....











    was still 29C here at 21.00 ... just locked up and still 28 in a box - was 39C in there, this afternoon
    ... 26C outside on the patio still
    listening to the weather earlier, they're forecasting even higher, record breaking temp.s later in the week
    I like it dry and comfy ... like 20ish .... been melting all day
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    So.....last night.. had a hell of a leccy storm here ... anyone else have it ? was mega here ...... sat outside in a sun lounger watching it all around us, until we had plop, plop .... run for cover and down it came .... glad I took all the cushions in with me

    Sparts was sat watching it on me lap ... Squeak cowering under the table indoors.

    Left a lamp on for 'em when I eventually went to bed ... not a happy pussy was Squeak .... having them on the bed was not an option ... had enough difficulty getting any sleep as it was, with the storm and the heat.

    Reminded me of an electrical storm we had back in summer of '82 ...
    was living in Raglan, at the time and sat out again watching it, most of the night ...
    doubt I'll ever see anything to match that again ...
    very little cloud and the sky was spectacular colours ... reds, purples, yellows - you name it ... had to be seen.

    the lightning was virtually continuous for hours, from about 22.00 'til 04.00 am ... multiple forked across the sky and loads of ground strikes.
    Was a privilege to see it TBH .... words can not describe how awesome it was
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    usual pilgrimage to Welland steam rally on Saturday ... started to pee down, half way up the M50 on the way there .... but'd reached a tolerable wetness, by our arrival ... told it'd lashed it down the previous night - we'd had sod all

    IMHDO was a bit of a subdued event, compared to the usual 'carnival' atmosphere ... sadly.

    Disappointing day TBH and was heading for the car, to catch up with the rest of 'em, to leave, when my eye was caught by a bit of kit i'd seen being dragged about earlier in the day, which'd looked at first glance like a big water pump ..... anyway

    Turned out on closer inspection, to be a water brake dynamometer and they were just hooking up a gert Traction engine to it ..... departure was delayed
    not often you get the chance to see one of these beasts flat out, under full load .... so for your delectation



    takes a while to 'get going', but worth the wait ..... no idea on the eventual figures as it'd started to pee down and seemed to take 'em forever calculating the outputs
    oh and watch the steam start to appear out of the brake's water reservoir tank
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    been trying to find a new suds pump belt for me band saw for a while ...
    eventually have tracked down some outfit doing Startrite Meba spares
    but .....
    they want 52 quid plus VAT for this and 15 quid to post it out FFS !!








    it's 555mm long/circumference ... been trying to find a sewing machine belt or similar to no avail


    was on the verge of biting the bullet, when i thought I'd have a.n.other go at Google for it and came up with another seller doing 'generic' belts for 38 quid ...... better !!


    theeeeen found an outfit that makes 'em


    just paid for two at 7.50 each plus 2.95 shipping plus the usual Vodka & Tonic


    HTF do the first two sellers sleep at night/justify their exorbitant prices ???
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Also been trying to suss out, for a while, why the speed indicator/limiter on said band saw has been so far out .... having found a pic of one the other night, I could see that some numpty had had it off and straightened it out .. God knows why?? so it had to have a bit of treatment the other day ..







    to try to return it to its proper shape ...





    and position ..... split it doing it .. some pretty tight bends required, to get the twists and angle changes required ..... but sod all the welder won't cure, the next time it's out though




    was gonna mow the bloody green stuff this evening ..... 'til it pissed down for 20 minutes, half an hour ago ... bit slick now


    this bit is in special need LOL





    and's in even more dire need since I took that last week .... growing like hell ATM

    Yodel's van came Friday and left more than a parcel ......








    dunno what it was, but smelt like DOT4 to me ... LOL ... wonder how far he got?? .... TFR shifted it .. eventually ..... he was only parked there maybe 2-3 minutes ... hell of a leak for that short space of time .. wonder how big his brake master cylinder reservoir was ???






    and on the subject of parcels ... 'they' get worse ...





    posty told me, when he saw the label that there's a guy in the sorting office who doesn't seem able to distinguish between his Aber,s (there're a lot round here LOL ..... it got so bad at one time, they had a van running between Abercarn, Aberbeeg, Abertillery, Abersychan and Abergavenny ... swapping deliveries around FFS !!
    posty thought the guy'd been sacked .... seems he's back :
    so much for paying for tracked next day mail --- another 4+ day delivery
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    been to Newport Weds morning, to St Joseph's hospital ... for Pam this time, for a change .... has a large mole type thing on the side of her face, by her ear, which she caught with a comb a few weeks back and has been giving her serious jip since .. GP referred her to a skin specialist ... appointment in several months, ..... so rang St Josephs and paid for a private consultation ... in less than two weeks ... gonna get sorted in the next couple of weeks, before the end of the month ... sorted .... and then shot back 'cos......


    the bloody post office have done it again!!! .... text and email that morning saying - be in between 15.50 and 17.50 to take a delivery ....but ..... no show .. again
    getting PO-ed with this caper ... .... if it's got an Abercarn label on it, when it eventually arrives, we will be having words


    what is the point of paying for a service that just doesn't happen, when it could be got elsewhere


    so whilst I'm waiting, the green stuff got a caning this afters ... should be good for a few more days .... nearly lost the countax into the drain sump in the shed pulling it out .... would appear the supports have succumbed to a spot of wet rot .... so after I'd finished i thought i'd better have a shufty, to see how bad it was .


    'Course now't's ever simple .... the bloody mountfield was also sat on it ... and lo and behold it had a flat ... and i mean F L A T


    So ... remove one back wheel after the air refused to stay in it .. tyre burgered ..... the two that came off the Dane were close enough, so one of them was gonna have to have it ...
    wrestled the old one off





    pity, cos it's not exactly slick ... might work with a tube ... only gets 15 PSI in 'em ... but no tube to hand, so wrestled the Dane's old one back on ... and stuck said wheel back on ... in the process of this i discovered an outer carrier bearing knackered in the trans-axle, so that's now sat by me bench awaiting attention, when I pick it up on there ...





    but at least I could now get at the sump lid ..... once I'd supported the front wheel of the Wing





    the sump is a collection point for four pipes and feeds the next chamber down the line, which also collects another four together as well








    that too could do with a 'refresher' on a couple of the lid timbers


    in fairness .... the one in the shed was out in the elements for six years and the other one's been out in all weathers, going on nine years ... not done too bad ... time for some repairs ...... and some new boots for the lil' traccy .... after i've sussed the trans axle issue
    It's very handy with a trailer behind it, 'round the place and beats walking with a pile of gear


    was surprised how little silt had accumulated in the shed sump .... again nine years old and gets a lot of water down it cleaned it out after tea ... and is now ready for attention.


    So first job in the morning is lift the Mountfield onto the bench, lift Delbouy 's plastic pig chassis out of me trailer and go get some 50 x 50 x 6 angle for some new (and more permanent) supports for the sump lid and get them installed after a good coat of bituminous, then rip the trans axle off the little un and strip it to see what's required in the way of a new bearing.


    there's always summat to keep me occupied ..... and that's just the tip of the proverbial ice berg


    T'was time for bed .... I was knackered ..... this tyre changing mallarchy's hard work








    well the day didn't go quite as planned .... me mate Pete wasn't there Friday, so the angle iron'd have to wait for another day .... replaced the bearers with some CLS ... after it'd had a liberal coating of bituminous ... then had to remake the deck cover as the bearers tying the boards together wasn't looking the best ..... can't believe how long all that took








    but it's all safe and usable again now


    me suds pump belts arrived ....








    and one went on after I'd cleared up in the shed








    I'd run it up tomorrow and give it a try ...


    the Mountfield got a ride onto the bench before the tea bell got rung ...





    and the trans axle fell out of it a little while later








    sussed the problem with the outer carrier bearing ...





    'tweren't there ..... 'least 90% of it wasn't
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    so got the remnant out ....








    and sussed a resolution to the problem .....


    got a lovely bit of thick wall 1" seamless ... with a 1/2" bore





    couple of inches of that was gonna get the treatment tomorrow .... with the Ajax .. bore it out to 18.5 and cleaned up a 3/4" reamer this evening, for the finishing touch .... going to make it 2" long and replace that damaged bush with it as a one piece .... it may even have been that way originally


    's gotta be better than it is ATM .. and doesn't get a lot of use, or do any real speed ..... might introduce a grease nipple into the carrier though .. 's gotta help


    now to search ebay for some brake pads for it .... what's in there are 'beyond tolerance' IMHDO ...


    Keep forgetting to say ..... there're always lots more pix available than I put up ... for anyone wanting more piccy porn ... I still load all my stuff on 'Bucket ... for anyone interested ..... https://s1275.photobucket.com/user/v...?sort=3&page=1 ....
    https://s1275.photobucket.com/user/v8druid/library/my bucket 2?page=1


    all the folders are open/unlocked


    we had one last delivery that day .... Hermes ... the guy is excellent, knows his patch and is always on time ..... and if anyone wants any signs making up .... thoroughly recommend this bloke ... so obliging .. and quick


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303155234155?ul_noapp=true


    Llanthony & district show on Saturday .... ALL traffic has to go past Ken's place and there's a nicely positioned telegraph pole at the bottom of his drive ..... this was getting nailed to it tomorrow .... 'bout 12 ft in the air





    after weeeeeeks of form filling and collating info. we are just about ready to submit all the IHT paperwork for probate ... the printer is still cooling down .. what a bloody job

    so if any of you might wanna buy it
    It's one of the last traditional Welsh long houses left in the valley, untouched ...LLanthony valley is a bit of a time warp .. there are no 'new builds' and never likely to be ... what's here is it .. and now't stays on the market long











    600k buys you that ... kitchen, bathroom, living room and three bedrooms .... with a n other house/building behind it which ain't been used for much more than storage in decades








    Plus a newish steel frame circa 45' x 30' ,





    another steel/timber barn





    and several outbuildings. The potential is immense ... were I twenty years younger, I'd have already bought it


    another 120k gets you a further 15 acres of pasture and woodland, the other side of the road, with/including the river along its lower boundary





    it's a stunningly pretty parcel ... and if it doesn't sell for at least the asking, I WILL be buying it.


    so 720k gets you the whole caboodle.
    as always, it's "location, location, location" .... places up the valley just DO NOT come up


    for anyone interested ... there are a load of images here ..... https://s1275.photobucket.com/user/v...?sort=3&page=1


    wants/needs a lot of work, but'd be worth a serious bundle, done


    most places up the valley go to 'incomers' ... the most recent 'incomer' has spent a couple of million so far .... but it's gonna be amazing, when he's finished it ...
    Monty Don lives a couple of miles further up the valley - bought Pam's son in law's grand-dad's place .... and poured many at it


    and a couple of miles down the valley is the Landmark Trust's latest project, just completed - was on the box a few weeks ago.


    Llwyn Celyn ... https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/sea...51563#Overview ....
    they should have been shot for lowering the floors a foot - ruined the place ........... wouldn't surprise me if they had a sniff about TBH . Ken's is circa early 1600,s
    not surprisingly its grade two listed


    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    so my day'd been completely shot ... again .... by the time we got back ... had some nibbles for a late lunch .... I stripped and cleaned Ken and Doug's Dyson, which kept shutting down and overheating, when Pam was trying to use it last week up there, clearing up ... never seen such a blocked Dyson .... sucking bloody well now though .... my lil' projects got left


    Did manage to haul out a machine vice from its hiding place in a box after tea, gave that a strip and clean ...







    then lugged it onto the Ajax, ready for a bit of action ....








    gut muscles were complaining that night though ..... 'twas bloody heavier than I remember it being .. or i'm just getting old(er)


    was gonna see if I can get that bush made for the Mountfield, in the morning ... and get it back together


    so was time for bed - yet again ..... Sparts had me up at 04.00 the previous night .... howling down stairs .... thought he was hurt, the noise he was making, but nope ... he just wanted a cuddle ... poor lil bugger is losing/has lost the plot ..


    forgot to say earlier in that original post .... the house has a huge stone barn attached to it ... bigger than the house with massive potential to extend it into the house ... all one building - hence Welsh long house ... the animals provided heat for the house .. with the barn incorporated it'd be a hell of a house .... there is a door into it upstairs in the house - sealed up as the upper floor in the barn has long since been removed, but a huge fireplace still exists in the end wall at the first floor level ..... If only I were forty again














    and the views are just fab ..





    can see the wonky church across the valley, where we buried Ken, under that tump








    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    band saw saw a bit of action yesterday .....first job was 68 mm of seamless





    suds refused to pump ... and could not be arsed to pull the pipes off to prime it


    opened the bore out to 18 .5 mm ....





    then reamed it out to 3/4" .....I know i took a pic ... but weren't on't phone this evening when I down loaded em all
    neither was the 7/8" cutter counter-boring it out to take the hardened 'top hat' boss, that was left in one piece in the pix yesterday, holding the oil seal in the output casing ??


    trimmed it down to 67.5 mm ... as per requirement ...





    and got a pic of the finished article .......... which has also disappeared ?????? FFS


    Pressed the top hat boss into the new bush ..





    and pressed them into the stub carrier ....








    sweet fit and went together real nice ...





    sussed a location for a grease nipple and stuck it back in the Ajax ...





    centre drilled it, 4.5 mm for a grease port and then 10.4 mm for a 3/8" x 28 tap (BSG / 1/8" BSP) for a nipple











    that ought to extend its life a bit





    would've put it all back together, but waiting for some brake pads for it ... what's in the caliper is way beyond serviceable ... and explains the shortage of brakes, last time I used it .. much easier to do on the bench than grovelling under the back frame. It'll wait, 'til they arrive









    thought I'd chop a few more of these .......





    got eight sat and needed another eight for all the various things that need boss-ing up


    need to find me a bigger 3 jaw chuck .... as per usual - used to have a couple of suitable candidates ... which went in the workshop clear out .... couldn't keep it all -- wasn't allowed
    can bore them out to the required 70.2 mm then
    need summat that'll take a 100 mm comfortably .... 'least they'm sat with t'others now, ready


    Genny has been good to me ...





    all displays as they should be and did a vid for people's acoustic delight .. to show just how quiet a 'silent-pak' can be


    <a href="https://youtu.be/GlnRHX5LtOM" target="_blank">


    genny behaved all day with one exception .... kick off !!!! ... did not wanna play ... so ..... earths off the starter - post filed back to bare, shiny stuff, as were the copper terminals and all dogged up ... went first flick and behaved for the rest of the day ... must remember to vaseline it all .... keep the old verdigris at bay, 'til next time ..... and beyond




    and today ..... yet more paperwork for HMRC .. IHT forms - again and prepping sales blurb ...
    sod giving an agent 2% for sweet **** all ...
    we'd have to supply it all anyway ...
    managed to sell me workshop site without their help to a 'national' .... think we can manage this one too .....


    the Turpins in the bank wanted 2.5% of the entire estate to do the Probate paperwork -- for which we would have to supply ALL the info. anyway.
    might make this a bit of a side line .... not rocket science
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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