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  • Originally posted by Willy View Post
    Arcane, I've known a few lineman over the years and have always had a lot of respect for the job they do, the procedural safety protocol, and of course the inherent risks involved. Your two stories highlight some of the things that can happen and I'm sure you could rattle off a couple more given time.

    They also reminded me of a news story seen just a few days ago about a woman from southern British Columbia that was lucky to come home alive after an incident while in Mexico.
    Apparently she was standing on a hotel balcony waving to friends while holding her cell phone. Although she did not make contact with the nearby power lines themselves she did get close enough to have an arc reach out, strike her hand and run through her body. This 27 year old woman was burned extensively and was lucky to have survived this incident. The link below to the short news video of her incident and injuries show graphically how fast and how destructive an electrocution incident can be.

    https://globalnews.ca/video/4368982/...dent-in-mexico

    I can well appreciate your happiness in not having to deal with this on a daily basis under what I'm sure are not always ideal situations.
    She says she didn't make contact but I would bet my own money she did and didn't realize it. I remember years ago our techs did voltage tests to see just when our 14,400 volt lines would arc to ground and it was something like 1/4".
    Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    • Reminds me of a time when I used to work on cb equipment before I became a radio amateur, and one rather keen cb'er had a 1Kw valved zetagi linear amplifier he used to use on 11m band ssb illegally.
      It was forever carbon'ing up the changeover contacts on ssb which lead to noise in the transmitted audio, I changed the relay out a few times but it kept doing it so I used to squirt some contact cleaner in there, and it'd be ok for a few weeks again till he pestered again. So one day I showed him how to bleed it down with resistors on clip leads, and spray contact cleaner into the contacts, save him having to drag it round my house and pester me. Kept stressing how it had to be powered off and bled down or it would be dangerous and he'd die.
      Shortly after that he's on and some rare contact comes online and he's desperate to get a qso card from them in Croatia I think it was and his audio went scratchy. So while the whole setup was powered up, he keyed the metal shure desk microphone with one hand and sprayed contact cleaner into the linear with the other.
      Yes, the magnetic field energised by the HT rail on the valves collapsed up the stream of contact cleaner into him and took the heart path across his body to his other hand grounded out on the metal desk microphone, blew his glasses off which were twisted and melted by it and lifted him bodily across the room and he had to go to hospital to have his heart checked out as it was irregular for a few days after. After that I decided to never show anything to him that relied on them not being a idiot in the heat of the moment to stay safe. Darwinism in action nearly.

      Today I've been at work all day and most of the night now, but yesterday I did some bits to my project turbo bike and finally got the footrest mountings looking how I wanted, but by borrowing them off another project bike, now I like how they look I have to make another set the way I made this one but using yamaha r6 pedals instead of fireblade ones, because that was what was cheapest used on ebay. I made the whole rearset footrest assembly on a previous bike then every time I crashed it or it fell off the stand in the workshop or it got knocked somehow, I ended up spending hours making replacements, so now I just make the mounting plates and buy replacement footrests and levers cheap.

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      • Finished my soft jaws today. Of course I have some video for you
        https://youtu.be/4Akbsp-wThU



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        • Originally posted by Illinoyance View Post
          $600. about 100 mi., from home. The machine looks beautiful. Ball bearing ways, Mag chuck. Excello spindle. It even has illumination in the spark stop. Only missing parts are a flap on the wheel guard and one of the table stops.
          Yeah, that's worthy of a little ribbing, but, congratulations on a great acquisition.

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          • How else do you get water out of foam?
            Andy

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            • Originally posted by vpt View Post
              How else do you get water out of foam?
              "What's the swing on your lathe?"
              "One sofa cushion."
              "?!"

              I hope you broke the edges of that foam first....might cause someone an injury otherwise!

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              • Okay I'll bite Andy, .... wasup?
                Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                Location: British Columbia

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                • Originally posted by vpt View Post
                  How else do you get water out of foam?
                  I'm guessing the center is still soaked? I think it hit 100 degrees yesterday outside. That would have been a good time to bake the water out of it.

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                  • Originally posted by vpt View Post
                    When I saw that picture pop up on the screen I thought to myself "He has finally lost it. Now he's making round throw pillows out of square ones".
                    Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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                    • Originally posted by vpt View Post

                      How else do you get water out of foam?
                      Could have used the sheet metal roller
                      Helder Ferreira
                      Setubal, Portugal

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                      • Could have just used a clothes dryer, but where's the fun in that. No heat, just tumble dry. Been there done that.

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                        • Looks like we haven't heard anything from Andy in awhile.. Maybe someone should check on him? He might be lying on the ground this very moment with a serious head injury waiting for one of us to figure out what happened

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                          • Originally posted by RichR View Post
                            When I saw that picture pop up on the screen I thought to myself "He has finally lost it. Now he's making round throw pillows out of square ones".
                            haha!

                            Originally posted by Noitoen View Post
                            Could have used the sheet metal roller
                            HAHAHA! I need to get that done!

                            Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
                            Could have just used a clothes dryer, but where's the fun in that. No heat, just tumble dry. Been there done that.
                            They are to big, could cram them in there but not sure they would dry that way?

                            Didn't do as good of job as I hoped. This is the second time I've had to dry these in the past few years. Last time it took a month to get them dry. Sat them in the sun, fans, windows, all sorts of things we tried. I put them down ont he cement, put a board on them and parked my truck on them for a few hours.

                            Everything seems to pull a bit of water out but nothing gets them dry.
                            Andy

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                            • Originally posted by vpt View Post

                              Everything seems to pull a bit of water out but nothing gets them dry.
                              Weld up a pressure vessel. Throw your bed pillows in there Connect up an A/C evacuation pump to the vessel. Pull a vacuum with the pump until all of the water boils out of the vessel.

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                              • Best way to dry them, fix the leaking roof (they are squabs from a car seat aren't they?)
                                Speaking as a long term landrover owner, that has the double curse of a diy sunroof in it fitted by a previous owner. Which is actually just a household wooden window and leaks like a sieve. I should take my own advice one day but its only the rear area that gets wet :-)

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