Sunday, 17 February 2019

50 Years

The Australia Post courier delivered the shed electrical distribution board early this morning.  So early that I was still asleep!  Anyway, Jan accepted it.  Another cheap purchase from eBay.

Obviously it needed to be fitted which I decided to do before it got too hot.  It's been some time since I last fitted a switchboard and I've seen too many boards where the reverse looks like a birds nest.  Fifty years ago, when I'd started my apprenticeship, my 'master' was a tyrant demanding both speed and neatness.  He taught me well and I've always endeavoured to keep my wiring tidy.

The white cable loop sticking out of the box is actually plastic covered steel curtain wire.  It's the drawer cord for the yet to be installed main power and earth cables.

I've fitted a temporary supply cable to the power board whilst I wait for the necessary energy and enthusiasm to dig the cable trench from the shed to the house.

You can see the 32mm diameter grey plastic conduit for the power cable below.  The white cord is for pulling the main earth through the wall.  To the left is an orange conduit which carries the power cable for the bench saw plug which is in the middle of the concrete floor. 

Friday, 15 February 2019

The rear needs modifying

One thing leads to another and before you know it you need to do more than you anticipated.

I want the trailer tailgate door to open 180° which will provide unrestricted access to the interior of the trailer.  So the hinges were modified.  However in opening the door 180° I discovered the left rear light fitting was going to be an obstruction.  If I needed to relocated the left fitting then obviously the right also had to be moved.  Then I realised the spare wheel mounting on the tailgate would also need to be moved as the larger tyre and rim would catch on the back corner of the trailer.

So this is what the rear of the trailer now looks like.

OK... the spare wheel mounting hasn't changed.  But do you see the other changes?

Well the first change was with the rear lights (A).  After relocating them higher on the trailer I discovered they were non compliant with the Australian Design Regulations (ADRs).  Lights must be not more than 1750mm above ground level and with the larger tyres and rims on the trailer they were slightly over the legal limit.  To rectify this I purchased a second set of lights  (B) and mounted them on the rear bar.  Of course the number plate was then in the way and was also going to be obscured by the spare wheel once the mounting has been moved.  So the number plate and wiring (C) was moved to the opposite side.

By the time I finish there isn't going to be much that's original on this trailer! :-)

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Floor is In!

You would think the trailer floor qualified for frequent traveller points based on the number of times I’ve attempted test installation fittings.  However before I could do this I needed to cut the matrix of 10mm holes with the router.  The first problem was with the chinese sourced router bit.  The diameter of the shaft was 0.5mm less than standard.  So it wasn’t a ¼ inch bit.  This was overcome by wrapping some masking tape around the shaft.

Cutting the outer series of holes in the board was achieved using the router guide.

A length of dressed pine was then used as a guide for the inner holes. 

After completing all the holes I discovered the router bit is only 9mm rather than the specified 10mm.  So perhaps a cheap bit from China wasn’t the best option.  Anyway, the holes are completed and I have (I hope) a perfect matrix of holes at 100mm spacing.

I wanted to ensure the sheet of plywood doesn't bounce around.  It's not likely to happen, however I made a set of small timber blocks which were then screwed to the corners of the trailer frame.

When I was fitting the plywood floor into Waiouru the joiners showed me how to use wood screws into metal.  So that's what I did with the blocks.

One lateral partition was made from the sheet offcuts.  I'm waiting on the delivery of brass rod from China to make the pins which will then be glued into the base of the vertical partitions at 100mm spacing.  The photos below are just a demonstration on what the system will look like.

The idea is to have a set of movable partitions that will provide flexibility for various size loads.  

I can probably start fitting some of the camping gear into the trailer and identify how many partitions are require.


Monday, 11 February 2019

It's Cooler

Not the outside temperature!  I’ve installed all the insulation and plywood lining in the shed and its had a dramatic affect on the temperature inside.

Today everything was removed from the shed apart from the table and mitre saw.  Then I used the Aldi spray paint gun to apply three coats of paint to the plywood.  I used the grey paint left over from the boundary fences.  Halfway through the task I discovered the rubber in my face mask had perished and I was occasionally sucking paint vapour.  I’m extremely disappointed with the quality of the mask.  It’s only lasted 33 years!

The postman delivered the router bit I’d ordered from China.

It has a pointed tip and will cut a 10mm hole.  I could have purchased a similar bit in Perth for $44.  However by ordering one from China and waiting a month for delivery it cost me $1.64 including postage.  So why do I need this bit?  The plan is to drill a matrix of 10mm holes in the 19mm plywood upper floor in the trailer.  You may be able to see the matrix of 2mm pilot holes in the photo below.

I’ve also ordered a length of 10mm brass rod from China.  My plan is to cut the brass rod into 40mm lengths which will become pegs.  These pegs will be glued into the base of the 19mm plywood vertical partitions I plan on making.  Having a matrix of 10mm holes in the floor will allow me to move the partitions around to suit the size of the contents of the trailer.  Well that’s the theory.

As with all jobs..... Safety First!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Hard Border

There was a TV news article on Northern Ireland yesterday and I was slightly surprised to hear the Northern Ireland Parliament hadn’t met for two years because the major parties were in dispute.  One assumes that a country can operate without their elected representatives.  But then the program mentioned Northern Ireland was being governed from Westminster.

Now the elected representatives of Westminster appear to be in turmoil with no clear agreement or directions.  Should the UK parliament be suspended and government be vested in….. Brussels?  Just saying….. :-)

Actually I was more interested in the ‘hard border’ argument.  One ‘remainer’ stated that if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal the WTO would require a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.  A little research on my part suggested this wasn’t true.  WTO rules require a country to allow all trading countries equal access, unless specific arrangements have been agreed.  The WTO would therefore not require the UK to install a hard border if it allowed all nations to trade with the UK on equal terms.  However the Irish Republic would require a hard border because it’s a member of the EU.  The EU has a protectionist approach and has applied tariffs and quotas on many good and services from non EU countries.

An example of this is Irish beef.  67% of all Irish Republic beef goes to the UK.  Under WTO rules they would have to compete with much cheaper beef from countries like Australia, Argentina and Brazil.  This would decimate the Irish beef industry.  Actually it gets worse for the Irish because without a hard border, cheaper beef could be imported into the UK and then slipped across the Irish border. 

Actually I think this hard border is a red herring.  Switzerland is surrounded by EU countries and there is no hard border.

Of course adopting WTO rules wouldn’t be all good news for the UK.  Local farmers (eg, sheep) would have to compete with producers from the rest of the world.  New Zealand could probably send their lamb half way around the world and still sell it in the UK at a lower price.  NZ and the UK have similar standards of living which suggests the NZ farmers are more efficient. 

One of the problems with being a member of a protectionist organisation is it results in inefficiency and increased costs which are borne by the consumer.

If the UK does leave the EU without a deal and adopts WTO rules there will be some parts of the UK economy that will go through a period of pain whilst they struggle to adjust to a competitive market.   Interesting times ahead.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Testing AGAIN

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More reading and research regarding the OLW problem.  This is yet another suggested solution to the problem caused by Google abandoning its API.

If this post publishes and the photos are displayed I will explain what I’ve done.

Today was definitely a day for indoor jobs.  Despite this I did manage to install another three sheets of plywood lining in the shed.  So these are the before and after photos of the light fittings



Well the "fix" for OLW didn't work and I was forced to do this post in Blogger.  Hence the unsatisfactory format.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Google is playing funny buggers!

Well if you've been following my various attempts to get photos to publish from Open Live Writer you will know I've failed spectacularly.  Google keeps moving the goal posts.  I've just read an official notice from Google advising this state of affairs is likely to continue to 1 March so I'm going to cease these fruitless attempts until after that date.

Meanwhile Jan mentioned she didn't particularly like the horrible (her word) blue light shade in the laundry.

Nor did she like the hallway shade by the front door.

And while she was on the subject, the shade in the front room looked tired.

All this led to a decision to visit the local lighting warehouse where they have an excellent range of Chinese made light fittings (Isn't everything made in China these days?)  Whilst we were in the shop I added to strip lights to the purchase order.  Actually I require four in the shed so the last two are on order.

We also visited the timber merchant where I purchased 11 sheets of 9mm plywood and two bags of insulation Batts.  He sold me the non itchy version...... But he lied!

Jan helped me carry the plywood sheets from the trailer to the shed (good girl) and I then used the Batts from one pack to insulate most of two walls.

Then I started cutting and fitting the plywood.  Eight years ago I would have nailed the sheets in place, but after the boat fit out I'm a fan of using screws.  It takes longer, but the sheets are less likely to move.

It was so damned hot in the shed I probably drank more water than a thirsty camel.  If I left any tools out in the sunlight there was a chance I'd burn myself picking them up.  In the end it became all too much and I retreated inside to the air conditioning and a cold cleansing ale.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

It's Official

It’s official.  We’ve experienced the hottest January since records were first kept.  Meanwhile, up in northern Queensland over 4 feet of rain has fallen in the last few days.  That’s the average annual rainfall in less than a week.  More that 20,000 houses are forecast to be inundated.  Forest fires continue to rage in Tasmania.  It’s been an interesting start to the year!

I’ve been making slow but steady progress with the workshop.  The lighting wiring is now complete and I’ve installed the timber framing for the back wall.  This has used the last of the scrap timber which means we’re back to involving the plastic card.  Hopefully I’ll start installing the insulation and plywood lining on Monday.

Someone has eaten the last of the ‘ginger gems’ (OK… I put my hand up) so today Jan made Lamingtons.  not those little stale bricks you buy in the supermarket.  These are man size.  Light and soft on the inside and sticky on the outside.  I’m being rationed to one daily. 

Photo method 4 has now stopped working.  I must go back and check method 3.  I suspect one of the problems was with Google who appear to have been fiddling around with their code in the background.  If you see the above photo then Method 3 is again working (I hope)  No… it didn’t work.  Back to no photos for me.  Now the post won’t publish with NO PHOTOS Sad smile Sad smile

BUT WAIT.  I’ve deleted the draft post and pasted the text into a new draft before adding the photo using Method 3.  (Didn’t work).  It appears the OLW situation has reached the point where drafts in OLW won’t publish with or without photos.  What are you doing Google?

I noticed there was a new post from nb Wandering Bark and was anticipating another video report on the history of the BCN.  However it appears Captain Ahab and the first mate have travelled a long way in search of other waterways.  Gosh hasn’t Singapore changed since we lived there in the early 80’s.  Even back then the Singaporean authorities were becoming concerned about the rapid loss of old architecture.  I recall in one part of the downtown area they retained the facades of the old ‘Malaca” style three story houses building new high rises behind. Singapore keeps increasing in physical size as they continue to reclaim more land from the surrounding sea.  Most of Changi Airport is on reclaimed land.  

I don’t believe Andy & Helen are going to find many canals in NZ! But then they may be searching for Hobbits.

This post was drafted in OLW and pasted into Blogger Editor before publishing

Friday, 1 February 2019

Method 4

A big thank you to everyone who left a comment regarding my latest attempt to find a solution to the Open Live Writer photo problem.

Method 4 is actually quite simple.  You need to use Blogger and Open Live Writer.  The steps are:

  1. Login to you Blogger editor and start a new post.  Add all the photos you want in your Open Live Writer post; size photos to Original Size. Save as draft.
  2. Open OLW. Click on File > Open Recent Post >Your Blog Name > the post you just created in Blogger.
  3. Edit with desired text and formatting. Resize photos as needed. (If you need to add another photo or image, you'll have to save, close, and reopen in Blogger to add it)
  4. Publish
  5. When you next login to Blogger delete the draft from the previous post.

I used the above steps yesterday to insert the 3 photos into Open Live Writer and then published them from OLW. 

Pip & Mick (nb Oleana) I agree with you.  Google has apparently been making a number of changes to their systems over the last few days.  I suspect this may be the reason why sometimes the photos can be seen and at other times there are just blank boxes. 

I’ve also looked at Wordpress.  Apparently there are two versions.  One version is hosted at no cost by Wordpress, but does carry Ads.  The other version requires the user to host it themselves on server space they rent.  This option doesn’t display Wordpress Ads.