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    As I was watching coverage of this morning's spacewalk to continue servicing the Hubble, the astronauts ran into a bit of trouble.

    A handrail had to be removed in order to mount a plate to do more work.

    Of the 4 screws securing the rail, the top 2 were easily removed , as well as one of the bottom screws.

    The last screw however was not co-operative. These are socket heads, and the fourth had a stripped out head. Over 2 hours of work yielded no results to speak of.

    Alternatives were discussed, and options were weighed.

    Then, in true back-yarder fashion, the decision was made to just break the damn thing off!

    This is from NASA, who put men on the moon, and then sent 4 wheel drive cars there to cruise around in. They just broke the damn thing off!

    I'd feel right at home there!
    Alex

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    That's because they didn't bring the vise grips.

    Cheers,

    BW
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Maker

      A handrail had to be removed in order to mount a plate to do more work.... Then, in true back-yard fashion, the decision was made to just break the damn thing off! ...
      Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!

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      Last edited by Mike Burdick; 05-17-2009, 01:57 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BobWarfield
        That's because they didn't bring the vise grips.

        Cheers,

        BW
        While brainstorming a solution, Houston had the astronauts move to a toolbox for more equipment.

        One tool ground control suggested using were visegrips!
        Alex

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mike Burdick
          Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!

          .
          Is there a falling hazard in a 'weightless' environment?

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          • #6
            Sounds like somebody put locktite on instead of anti-sieze
            Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rancherbill
              Originally posted by Mike Burdick
              Whoops! Now OSHA will get involved!
              Is there a falling hazard in a 'weightless' environment?
              Yea, I wouldnt want to fall back to earth, how bout you? Ouch!

              rock~
              Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

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              • #8
                I would have hammered it off...but I am not sure if hammers work in space
                Do they?
                "...do you not think you have enough machines?"

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                • #9
                  They don't have hammers, they use Manually Operated Inertial Impact Generators. That's why they cost $1400.00 each. During the design phase an engineer suggested they make the MOIIG from Magnesium or Titanium to save weight until a machinist pointed out that inertial impacts are generating by moving masses....

                  Yes, hammers work in a zero gee environment. The Laws of motion don't change one bit.

                  The shuttle also carries a set of Crescent Wrenches. Those are made from titanium.
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                  • #10
                    Wouldn't you just love to have your very own set of Titanium crescent wrenches and vice grips.

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                    • #11
                      There is a set scattered somewhere over the central USA. They survive reentry just fine.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by quadrod
                        Wouldn't you just love to have your very own set of Titanium crescent wrenches and vice grips.
                        Here you go ...

                        http://www.newmaticsound.com/index.p...7i32i050jqp717

                        -SD:

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                        • #13
                          Evan-

                          Are you referring to the recent famously lost toolbag, or Columbia? I forget where the toolbag was thought to have landed (or rather the debris field from it)

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                          • #14
                            I was referring to Columbia.
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                            • #15
                              i wonder what the fine is for having one of those titanium wrenches from Columbia?

                              andy b.
                              The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining

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