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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mottie, 19 Feb 2020.

  1. Brigadier

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    Living their best life. Not.
     
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    Finished of an XJS-6 major service (valve clearances).

    Waved goodbye to the KTM Duke 125, 8,000 miles and main crank bearings disintegrated!, rebuilt engine. Not the 1st one to suffer from this either.

    Got a GTS-300, need to cut exhaust nuts off and try and save the studs or else it's another engine out job..

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    Been fixing Mrs Motties runabout. VW Golf. Took it in for a full service, then up for an mot. Passed but he mentioned a small weep on both front shocks. I thought I’d do them but turned out a right pain in the arris. First off, the drop links wouldn’t fully undo so I had to smash them off, then the captive nut on the worse bolt to get at on the strut mount came loose so the nut was just spinning. To cut that off I had to remove the scuttle and wiper motor assembly. Then I noticed the discs were a bit scabby so I changed them as well as the pads. Of course the disc retaining bolt rounded so I drilled that out. Then the caliper bolt rounded so more aggro. Didn’t leave until gone 7.00 tonight. So, full service with all filters, MOT, wipers all round, new discs and pads, new front struts and new drop links. I spent nearly three hundred quid on that lot. I didn’t know cars were so expensive!
    Some of my handywork!

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    Putting the wrong chemical into a hot tub necessitating a complete dump, re-fill, dump, refill and do it correctly.
    Thankfully the guests were out on park most of the day so no inconvenience to them.
    I shall have to check who was the last person to do this particular tub because they transposed the lids on the chemical containers leading to me making a mistake. :mad:
     
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    Having chemicals in containers which can so easily be misidentified surely can't be right.
     
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    I agree and suggested this when I first started but no one seem bothered. The containers are the same shape, colour and size but in the past someone has used a felt tip pen to mark the container and lid stating what is in them. The chemicals are compatible, in the sense mixing them together will not cause a catalytic reaction, but it is not recommended to dry mix them. They should be dissolved in the water. Rule of thumb ratio is around 10:1 I would have discovered the mistake when I took a sample of water for testing anyway but I happened to notice the one I was using was creamier than the one I should have been using.
    I shall be emphasising my point again tomorrow before I leave on Friday.
     
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    Maybe colour coded stickers on both tub and lid would sort this out.
     
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    Just got back from a quick visit to the allotment. Last of the runner beans, beetroot and rhubarb (Mrs Mottie bakes a mean rhubarb muffin). Some leeks, some kale and my last butternut squash.

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    Wondering why it takes the council/highways agencies 5 weeks to repave a small area outside our house and over the road.
    Wondering why they've also made the pathway smaller.

    Probably would help if they didn't go home at lunchtime!!
     
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    Maybe not decanting the contents into other containers would be the correct course of action?
     
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    No alternative to decant as they are supplied in 5 litre drums, (similar to a gallon of oil container), which are too cumbersome to lug around from lodge to lodge.
    I suggested different coloured pots with matching lids, (red for the acid and yellow for the PH reducer which are the standard colour markings). Now today, after explaining what happened at the weekend they have finally sat up and listened. New colour coded pots, dymo labels and some clear waterproof heat shrink cellophane have been ordered to make up the new system. Correctly labelled dymo labels on the correct pots covered with heat shrink cellophane to prevent them coming off in use, the colour is indicative enough to be honest, but when they finally do something sensible they go overboard.
    Unfortunately they won't be ready by the time I leave on Friday so I will keep in touch with one of the lads to see how long it takes to implement.
     
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    I'm not arguing with you, only giving an opinion, so don't take any of this or the previous other than it is intended :)

    I would not be surprised if the 5 litre drums are what your place buys in, and that these chems come in all sizes, from 500ml to 1000 litres.
    You might be able to effectively have it bought in in "one-shot" quantities?

    If they insist on 5 litre drums, some sort of trolley? Gotta be better than risking a chemical mix up through decanting stuff?
    After all, while these particular chemicals might not be too risky to mess with (your previous post), it's not a good practice to get used to ; swap the chemicals with the same slip - shod practices, and someone gets hurt.....
     
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    LOL, I know you are not arguing with me. Sorry if my post appeared to seem I was offended in any way, I certainly wasn't. LOL
    In fact you make some valid points that they should be stored and dispensed in such a manner there should be no chance of a mix up. The trolleys, whilst being a good idea, would be impractical in the surroundings. We cycle between the lodges through trees and undergrowth and though the bikes have baskets over the rear wheel they are only big enough to carry a test kit case and maybe a small tool kit. The small pots are kept in the individual plant rooms of each lodge and each week someone is tasked with collected all the acid ones, take them in a sealed van to a dispensing area and then return them to their respective lodges. The same then happens with the other chemical. I would say the chemical handling and warning procedures are pretty robust, it just seems this one area that they fail to act on.
     
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    When you say leave on Friday, is it for good?
     
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