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Posts by Dean Allison

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Topic: Harnisha-Burn-Lead-mine-User-Album-Image-156 (photo)
Dean Allison

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/09/2008 09:44:15   Subject: Harnisha-Burn-Lead-mine-User-Album-Image-156 (photo)
Cheers for that Chris, that is unreal and amazing to see it like that. I was just down there a few times in the last couple of months.

Can I ask, is it because of the water level in the m
Topic: Underground safety
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2008 17:37:26   Subject: Underground safety
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][Can I draw Bigloada to the full explanation I posted earlier in this thread as to the reasoning behind why I [u][b]seldom[/b][/u] wear a helmet.[/quote]

Sorry mate, d
Topic: Underground safety
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2008 18:13:30   Subject: Underground safety
I have just noticed this thread while browsing the forum. I found some trip reports on a website whilst searching for info about a mine on Google. I was curious and had a look and couldn't believe it.
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 02/09/2008 17:38:43   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
I am thinking of replaing my Fenix with one actually. May not be as bright but those AA batteries are much cheaper than CR123A ones.
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 31/08/2008 20:12:01   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Certainly very bright! My mate has the Tesco lamp and I have to say it is very good. I have used it on my photographs and is nearly as good as the Fenix.

By the way, it was good to meet you
Topic: 2009 Calendar
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2008 20:48:02   Subject: 2009 Calendar
I will definitely buy two. One for me and one for my old ex-coal miner dad who cannot manage mine exploring due to coal dust on the lungs and knackered knees etc. Bought him last years calendar and he
Topic: New Light needed
Dean Allison

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/08/2008 13:16:16   Subject: New Light needed
Nice one Ben, I love mine and though I haven't done loads of mines, I find it so far has done the job great. Its tough and gives off nice light.I know you are into your photography and I find mine wor
Topic: 2009 Calendar
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/08/2008 20:57:27   Subject: 2009 Calendar
May would be great if that is okay! Thanks!

January - Ferret
February - LAP
March - Simonrl
April -
May - BigLoada
June - Vanoord
July -
August - Mole
Topic: Weird rope anomaly
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/08/2008 09:34:10   Subject: Weird rope anomaly
Yes, brand new, bought about a month ago from a reputable caving shop. It was white when it went in! Its still white but there are several bits a few inches long where its gone brown.

I use
Topic: 2009 Calendar
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/08/2008 18:33:17   Subject: 2009 Calendar
Would love one. The last years I bought I gave to me dad so this time i want one for me too! Save two for me!
Topic: Weird rope anomaly
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/08/2008 17:35:50   Subject: Weird rope anomaly
Just emailed Beal. Just a bit worried in case its contaminated somehow, though the container with the water was sealed.
Topic: Which Pelicase?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 24/08/2008 17:34:27   Subject: Which Pelicase?
Cheers Vanoord :thumbup:

Looks a bit tight as you say. May have to get the bigger one. Hopefully the 1300 will fit in a tacklesack (standard size). I have bought the D80 with the 18-70 len
Topic: Weird rope anomaly
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/08/2008 16:25:20   Subject: Weird rope anomaly
I was soaking some new rope I bought and it appears that parts of the rope have turned a really dark brown colour instead of staying white. There are several sections, about 3 or 4 inches that have tu
Topic: Which Pelicase?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 23/08/2008 09:54:20   Subject: Which Pelicase?
Great thanks for the info Ferret :thumbup:

I was concerned it might not fit into a tacklesacke because of the rectangular shape, they look quite bulky but if it fits then I want one! I jus
Topic: Which Pelicase?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/08/2008 17:56:26   Subject: Which Pelicase?
Nice one mate. Can you tell me, does the foam inside come pre-cut or is it one big solid lump that I would have to cut out myself?

I may buiy a case withiout the foam and keep the D80 in my
Topic: Which Pelicase?
Dean Allison

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 22/08/2008 17:38:58   Subject: Which Pelicase?
I just ordered a shiny new Nikon D80 and was thinking of buying a pelicase to keep it protected. Having looked on their website there are loads of different ones. Just wondering if anyone else uses on
Topic: Wetsocks
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2008 13:59:02   Subject: Wetsocks
Oh right, cheers Jimbo. I found them dead easy to put on, it was getting them off that was a ******!
Topic: Wetsocks
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/08/2008 20:33:04   Subject: Wetsocks
Ahh I see! Brilliant tip. I wondered why it took me some serious wrestling and much cursing to remove them on Saturday night!
Topic: Wetsocks
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/08/2008 18:01:41   Subject: Wetsocks
Roy, Wormster,Vanoord: Thanks lads, great advice. I didnt realise about lying them flat so thanks for that. I would have just thrown them in the washer so cheers for the info.

I love this f
Topic: Wetsocks
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2008 14:31:48   Subject: Wetsocks
Nice one mate :) Maybe hand washing is the thing to do, that way avoiding fabric conditioners etc. I will pass the advice onto my girlfriend ;D
Topic: Wetsocks
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2008 14:21:35   Subject: Wetsocks
I finally got a pair of long wetsocks which I tried out at the weekend, great stuff, but I was wondering how do I wash them? There was no info and I cannot find anything online, but can I just throw t
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/08/2008 08:03:00   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Hi Vanoord, I did buy a 10 pack which only cost £12 but they didnt last half as long as the more expensive ones. They were not a make I have heard of.

I think those new lithium batteries wh
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/08/2008 21:43:49   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
SOunds like a decent light for photography. I might get one too as my Fenix eats lithium batteries, its very expensive.
Topic: Links to other sites & link exchanging
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/08/2008 20:50:11   Subject: Links to other sites & link exchanging
How about this:

[url]http://www.dmm-pitwork.org.uk/html/menu3.htm[/url]

Some interesting history on north east disasters as well as other history.

Topic: Slightly off topic request for information
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/08/2008 18:55:03   Subject: Slightly off topic request for information
Done. I am knackered after that!
Topic: oldham lamps?
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/08/2008 18:14:49   Subject: oldham lamps?
As far as charging goes, I remember me old Dad bringing Oldham lamps home from the pit he worked at as we used to use them for night fishing. We didnt have a proper charger at home, probably couldnt b
Topic: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2008 22:57:16   Subject: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
[quote="Gwyn"]That doesn't sound like Health and Safety, BigLoada, just "can't be bothered for one person". What changes in the risk assessment between an individual and a group visiting?[/quote]
Topic: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2008 22:21:56   Subject: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
Wish someone would mention that to Woodhorn Colliery Museum at Ashington here in Northumberland. Had a trip there recemtly, my main purpose to see the winderhouse of which my dad worked on the restor
Topic: New review added 'Cheap Glowsticks'
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/08/2008 21:38:18   Subject: New review added 'Cheap Glowsticks'
Great review! But what distance will they light? Could you navigate a mine tunnel with these if you were desperate?
Topic: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2008 18:58:02   Subject: Artifacts - Just how safe are they? (AGAIN!)
Such a shame. I have never seen a rail bender before and this is the first time I have seen a photo of one, thanks for posting it.

I have quite a few nice artefacts from coal mines but thes
Topic: Leave only Foot Prints and Fag Butts..!..?
Dean Allison

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/08/2008 19:59:49   Subject: Leave only Foot Prints and Fag Butts..!..?
I totally agree. I am fairly new to mine exploring but when I was taken to the Smallcleugh recently I was disappointed to find loads of newspapers and tealights discarded. I just donyt understand why
Topic: Hello... (Groverake pics)
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/08/2008 17:57:18   Subject: Hello... (Groverake pics)
Hi mate, good to see you here, hope to see some of your mine opictures on here too.
Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 11/08/2008 17:56:18   Subject: Backup lights?
Whats a snaplight? Is that those things I call glowsticks, what you bend to crack the inside and they glow?

Do they give off enough light to navigate by?

Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/08/2008 19:44:23   Subject: Backup lights?
I am drying mine at present I am sure it will be fine! I just think they are too faint to navigate rough tunnels. I use mine for other underground purposes but I wouldn't like to rely on it in a place
Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/08/2008 19:36:14   Subject: Backup lights?
[quote="Vanoord"]Good lord, what were you doing to drown the thing?

Just as I was about to order a Petzl Tactikka with the helmet mount thingy as a backup as well...[/quote]

Noth
Topic: Cambokeels
Dean Allison

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/08/2008 19:12:56   Subject: Cambokeels
Took my old dad down Cambokeels today and I noticed that just past the second air door that exits the fanhouse, one of the huge props (about 10 feet high, thick ones) has been knocked down and the hea
Topic: New review added 'Battery case'
Dean Allison

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 10/08/2008 19:05:05   Subject: New review added 'Battery case'
Wow, I had no idea anything like this existed, and its odd because for a while now I have been trying to find something to make a AA batery case which stops them rattling round but never found anythin
Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/08/2008 18:41:05   Subject: Backup lights?
Just got back from a trip where I had to ditch the Stenlight and use a Petzl Myo XP. I definitely agree with Jagman now. I will never use it again underground.

Not only did battery case fil
Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/08/2008 19:26:06   Subject: Backup lights?
Cheers Vanoord, for some reason I thought your shop was Excellent Stuff. Or is that Simon's shop? Very confusing :confused:
Topic: Backup lights?
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/08/2008 18:58:38   Subject: Backup lights?
I just have a Stenlight as my main light. But I hope to buy one of those L1D torches. Vanoord, whats the website name of your shop?
Topic: Fenix - testimonial!
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/08/2008 14:07:03   Subject: Fenix - testimonial!
That looks great! I assume it must be the L1D if it has the Q5. I think the L1T used the other Cree is it a Q2???

Anyway yes I would like to know how much it would be for this L1 plus the l
Topic: Fenix - testimonial!
Dean Allison

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 07/08/2008 20:25:19   Subject: Fenix - testimonial!
Thats incredible. I am amazed it wasn't damaged more. I have been considering for a while now getting one of these to clip to my helmet as backup, as they are so small and unobtrusive.

I lo
Topic: Hello Chaps
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/08/2008 20:18:59   Subject: Hello Chaps
I thought it was great seeing the dog, she looked real cute with her very own Petzl torch!
Topic: rigging advice
Dean Allison

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/08/2008 19:05:11   Subject: rigging advice
[quote="Mr Mike"]Can you put in a deviation on the main hang attached to something else to stop it slipping.

I take it you have got yourself an SRT rig now?[/quote]

Yes that seem
Topic: rigging advice
Dean Allison

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/08/2008 19:07:03   Subject: rigging advice
It is kinda obvious when you put it like that! I guess being new to this, I find it all a bit daunting realy, so many knots and so mnay ways of anchoring! Hopfully it will get easier :)
Topic: rigging advice
Dean Allison

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/08/2008 18:57:23   Subject: rigging advice
Thanks Vanoord, it is a bit of a tricky one as there isn't a lot of space or anchors available. Its not actually a mine shaft, its an old well that is 150 feet deep. I am pretty new to all this SRT th
Topic: rigging advice
Dean Allison

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/08/2008 18:41:42   Subject: rigging advice
I have a project coming up which requires SRT but the only thing to rig the rope from is some timber which runs at a 45 degree angle. I was wondering if there is any way to tie into this or will I hav
Topic: Hodbarrow iron mine - the car
Dean Allison

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/08/2008 18:33:46   Subject: Hodbarrow iron mine - the car
I'm with redlion...looks like a Rover..mind you, check out how vertical the rear windshield is. Its got me intrigued now and I wont rest until I find out what it is ::)
Topic: Hello Chaps
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/08/2008 17:39:56   Subject: Hello Chaps
[quote="patch"]Bigloada

I've had a certain amount of success bouncing the light off a sheet of white A4 card to illuminate the close-ups, rather than trying to diffuse a really strong light
Topic: Hello Chaps
Dean Allison

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/07/2008 19:38:33   Subject: Hello Chaps
Vanoord I know what you mean about light being too high power sometimes. The Fenix is great for long distance lighting but I actually find it too much when taking close up shots of artefacts etc.
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