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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4380 on: October 12, 2019, 12:38:43 PM »
Not dying is a worthy goal.

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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4381 on: October 12, 2019, 01:09:50 PM »
That's pretty much my #1 daily goal.
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4382 on: October 12, 2019, 10:17:46 PM »
Rocking it today, 8.17 and still standing  ;D
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4383 on: October 13, 2019, 08:48:33 AM »
Looking through some of my old tools yesterday and found a steel engineer's ruler, part of which is marked off in hundredths of an inch.  I used to be able to take readings with this, without needing glasses.  Sadly not any more.

I recently bought myself a digital vernier/caliper which measures internal, external, and depth, down to the nearest thousandth of an inch, but delivers this information via a nice large print digital read out.

Fascinating stuff.  I discovered that a sheet of 12mm MDF board is several thou thinner at one end than the other.  Completely unnoticeable in a woodworking context, but...

I remember setting ignition timing with a pencil dropped into the spark plug hole and two fine notches carved on it with a razor blade.  It worked well enough.

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« Reply #4384 on: October 14, 2019, 12:15:36 PM »
I'm pretty sure that thousandths of an inch is not metric and doesn't much matter in the course of human events. We are capable of much more than is really necessary.

Is thousandths of an inch like millionths of a millimeter?
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« Reply #4385 on: October 15, 2019, 02:40:32 AM »
Or the breadth of a breath?
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4386 on: October 15, 2019, 11:00:03 AM »
It's bloody small, yet still big enough for experienced fingers to detect a slight wobble in non-matched parts.

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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4387 on: October 15, 2019, 12:17:36 PM »
I know we can feel an uneven surface even when the uneven part is teeny tiny, but does that really matter overall? And in a ball bearing, how much time would it take to actually smooth out in use?
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4388 on: October 15, 2019, 11:11:19 PM »
I wonder what happened to the ball bearing birds?
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4389 on: October 16, 2019, 12:19:28 AM »
I'd never heard of the fabled creature.  So I looked on the net and apparently it's another of those exotic Aussie creatures which can kill you.
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« Reply #4390 on: October 16, 2019, 12:16:13 PM »
They aren't even exotic. Just all the creatures of Australia can kill you. They just like it that way.
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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4391 on: October 16, 2019, 01:07:53 PM »
I've just had a lovely little lady gas-fitter come to sort out my boiler.  She diagnosed a faulty pump and it will be a week before it arrives.  She bled all the radiators and reset the timer for me.

I think our housing association have a size-ist policy.  Over the last few years nearly all their new staff, male or female, have been short and compact little folks who can squeeze into corners.

She shot under my office desk to bleed the radiator like a ferret down a hole ;-)

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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4392 on: October 17, 2019, 03:46:21 AM »
I don't think the Ball Bearing Bird is Aussie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt8-HXJ5oh8

Did she do a good job for you Gyp? Always good when they actually do the job
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« Reply #4393 on: October 17, 2019, 08:32:47 AM »
She certainly seemed to know her stuff, and still had that enthusiasm you don't always get with older tradespeople.

Initially she couldn't find a source for the noise the gas safety bloke had heard a month earlier.  So she phoned him up, had a discussion about it, and finally admitted herself beaten.  She was just putting the covers back on when the boiler obliged with a strange hissing and bubbling noise.

"It is the pump."

She then spent several minutes quietly grumbling about 'this bloody app' as she tried to work out exactly which pump she needed.  In the end she closed the app and phoned 'a real live person', who tracked it down for her.

It seems as if my 'not quite standard' curse extends to my gas boiler ;-)  Another of those 'interim specs' which you find during the changeover between two standard models.

So the boiler's working okay and the part was finally ordered.

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Re: The last person to post here wins
« Reply #4394 on: October 17, 2019, 12:25:49 PM »
I often think things like that only happen to me. But then I realize that with the many thousands of things I interact with, only the rare ones are annoying. They are just so much more visible.
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