i went kayaking on the weekend
i went kayaking on the weekend
If we are Off Topic in the Off Topic area, are we On Topic and hence risking the thread being moved?
Ahh.. Andy is changing the forum i got shocked!
off topic in this section would be something about coffee.
with so much stuff being moved Im a bit worried that when I look for something related to coffee, there may not be any posts ;D
Lets see....Off topic, but about coffee......
Going down for a cruise on the boat, during which well have a couple of stove-top coffees. Well also sample the very bitter lattes served locally.
Looks like rain. That means less urgency for drip tray waste to pour on the garden.
Well this is about not coffee...... does that count?
Last night some scumbag visited my house whilst we were all out......
Turned off the main switch and removed (and stole) all the high current fuses. As they switchboard is old, there are no longer any replacement fuse wedges for this style..... (according to the police theft of this style of fuse is becoming more common - the other alternative is to replace the whole board - mucho dolleros) so I had to scrounge the demolition yards to find replacements....
From 8 p.m. last night until about 11:00 a.m. this morning - no coffee.... :( :( :(
I even thought about instant - very briefly ;) ;D
Thats the weirdest theft Ive ever heard of JavaB. What an absolute low life to do that. Could have caused untold damage to frozen food, any tropical aquarium and everything else you may well have dependent on power.
And of course you cant lock it because of meter readings -- perhaps a glass panelinsert for that purpose.
I suppose the fuse holders being unique dont take circuit breakers?
Some of the original circuit breakers were designed to replace the old style fuses.
Im not sure about now though.
In NSW its possible to purchase a padlock from the electricity supplier so that you both have a key.
Here is WA you can buy a cover with a window so you can lock it tight but the supplier can still read the meter. . .
Not that that helps if the fuses have already been stolen.
Well Ive already designed a "custom built" lid for the fuse box..... and it will be fitted tomorrow.
Most older homes in WA were supplied with 3 phase power (all electric homes with instant heat H/W, 3 phase bore pumps etc) and so instead of fitting 240V fuses they used 440V ones..... even though its only 240V per phase..... and these havent been produced for years.
The breakers which plug in only fit the 240V fuses, a standard cabinet wont work (the fuse board + meter is too big) and I need a cut-out to access the bore pump starter switch..... so home grown carpentry to the rescue.....
(Might just connect an electric fence generator to the padlock as well ;) :))
I think Id be tempted to buy a "custom built" lead-dispenser and wait on the porch............... except Id probably shoot myself in the foot.
What a shitty thing to do!
Years ago a friend of mine kept losing CB aerials off his 4wd during the night.
He told me hed rigged up some system between the aerial and the coil to deter the next would be thief.
Didnt take long before some howling one night awakened him to find a yelping miscreant near his vehicle swearing blue murder.
THe guy was so upset that he called the police.
When the cops came he explaine how hed been zapped while trying to remove the aerial.
The cops subsequntly took him away for trying to steal the aerial (brain must have still been smoking).
Before he left though, the senior copper whispered to my friend that hed better remove the "man trap" to avoid any prosecutions of his own.
Its amazing what can go through your mind in a time of crisis. Must have been terrible to have even considered instant! :)Originally Posted by JavaB link=1175061744/0#9 date=1175070766
What possible benefit could they get from rippin off your fuses? Too tight arsed to find replacements for their own fuse box? is there a black market for fuses?
Oxygen thieves as well as fuse thieves!
Thats gold.....GOLD!!! ;DOriginally Posted by Thundergod link=1175061744/15#16 date=1175083703
That really hurts. I electrified my face with an ignition coil once (dont ask). Everything went white.
Originally Posted by InternationalRoast link=1175061744/15#19 date=1175128480
Sorry, dont ask just doesnt cut it here in Off Topic country - I gotta know how you managed that.
Me too! *:P ;D Come on spill the beans...Originally Posted by grendel link=1175061744/15#20 date=1175129735
I knew one day Id get to tell my lawnmower spark lead story. As a kid, we had a few different billy carts / go karts. One of them was powered by a Victa 160cc two stroke motor that had been my dads pet performance modification project one year. When we were finished driving it we used to reach around and turn the fuel tap off to stop it. One day I missed the fuel tap and grabbed the spark plug lead. I must have sat there for seconds with my hand practically glued to the lead with a decent electrical current flowing through me. I think I turned white then too...
You now know that youre not supposed to do the old 9V battery terminal across the tongue trick with an ignition coil! * ;);DOriginally Posted by InternationalRoast link=1175061744/15#19 date=1175128480
I remember a time when I was out on a field exercise in the army. I was a satellite communications tech at the time, and the officers notified us that our blackout lighting system wasnt working. When the door is opened, the lights inside the van shut off, and a red light comes on to light the inside of the van, keeping you from being spotted easily at night. Since the equipment was online, you couldnt shut the van down to work on the lights. An interruption in transmission would have been a serious problem. So I set out working on the blackout system. I found that the switch for the system was wired incorrectly. That was the easy part. The tough part was working on it. It was in a tight place, and I could only get at it with my fingers. I wish we had some nitrile gloves or something, because I must have been electrocuted about 25 times. In the end, about an hour later, the blackout system was working properly, and the officers were happy. I certainly wasnt, and I had to arrange later for all the communications vans to go in to be serviced, and have the blackout systems fixed. Luckily I could do all that work without power to the van.
The things youre forced to do in the service of your country...
I fell out of a tree when I was 6. :(
That explains everything.Originally Posted by Saambo link=1175061744/15#25 date=1175149085
Your point being??Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1175061744/15#26 date=1175149441
A probationary police constable held a gun to my back once - that wasnt cool
i is woman.... triumph and tribulation all in one... without one of my fingers in the powerpoint...
in all seriousness, that sort of theft is a very low act... imagine, having to consider instant... :)