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Posts by gNick

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Topic: Back underground ????
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/05/2020 15:30:47   Subject: Back underground ????
Given that a lot of mines are in remote areas, the influx of people from outside is unlikely to be welcomed and will do serious damage to how local communities see us.

Hearing the unhappin
Topic: Pangolin
gNick

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/04/2020 10:20:22   Subject: Pangolin
And an album by Plainsong...
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 10:08:07   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
[quote="pwhole"]Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? ;)[/quote]

No, just people are likely to have a limited stock of large heavy objects so reducing them to smaller less heavy obj
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 00:03:01   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
Virtual digging
Usually done at night to maximise the 'what the hell are they doing' factor on neighbours.

You will need:
Ideally a patch of rough ground
A hose with a spri
Topic: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
gNick

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/04/2020 23:14:26   Subject: Burtree Pasture Lead Mine (mine)
Hi Lydia,

Welcome to the wonderful world of mine explorers! You will no doubt get to meet quite a few of us.

Thank you for being so welcoming.

You will be very welcome
Topic: What’s the funniest thing underground?
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2020 14:08:00   Subject: What’s the funniest thing underground?
Pete Jackson losing his balance and falling over very slowly in deep ochre - real time slow motion!
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2020 14:05:05   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
The Cret!n;D;D
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 23:57:46   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
Interestingly, in my current reading material, namely The Colliery Managers Handbook 4th edition 1898, the Jim Crow is mentioned but Jazz Rails are not. Given the age of the book I wouldn't expect the
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 14:56:14   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
Forgive my ignorance but what are jazz rails?
Topic: Development of spades - a question
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2020 12:10:18   Subject: Development of spades - a question
Doing a quick bit of surfing, it seems that the opposite is true, with Wikipedia giving :
"English spade is from Old English spadu, spædu (f.) or spada (m.). The same word is found in Old Frisian
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 18/12/2019 14:52:47   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
[quote="royfellows"]Peter is very kind to do this.

It would be nice for someone to do a honest review of say my current top lamp, the Scorpion X 12, 'warts and all'?[/quote]

Lend
Topic: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/11/2019 15:38:23   Subject: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
[quote="jbg"]The rope may well not have been made / delivered in one continuous length, splicing of ropes is a specialized activity. It was certainly done on hemp ropes on ships, so possible it could
Topic: Nent Force Level
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/11/2019 10:47:17   Subject: Nent Force Level
I was up to the outflow the other day - about half choked at the moment so no danger of opening the gate quickly!
There are some new concrete steps down to it, not quite sure why...
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
gNick

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 10:44:14   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
I use a wax based bike chain lubricant (White Lightning Clean Ride) on all the moving parts of my SRT kit. It is very runny to start with, until the solvent evaporates which means that it gets where i
Topic: Calendar 2020 - Photographs please!
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2019 20:27:59   Subject: Calendar 2020 - Photographs please!
I have just checked with Kate's sister and she thinks that it is a lovely idea so publish away.
Topic: Nenthead Bad Air.
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/08/2019 19:34:17   Subject: Nenthead Bad Air.
[quote="TheCret!n"]Alan -

Super relieved you didn’t discover any “presents” for the diggers.
It was becoming much too frequent an occurrence! ;-)

Leif.[/quote]

Re
Topic: Nenthead Bad Air.
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/08/2019 17:22:29   Subject: Nenthead Bad Air.
Scaleburn inbye of the crawl
Gudhamgill
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/06/2019 19:08:44   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
About 3 medium sized housing estates?
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 09:43:07   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill
A long way between them so not related.
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 09:22:28   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill
Completely different place, a lot closer to the entrance.
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/05/2019 09:27:32   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
There is now a safe route through the fall, the water level inbye is only a little higher than on the outbye side and no unpleasant crawling is required.

Thanks to the dig team and all the
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #23 : Lowering A GoPro Camera Down A Shaft From The 1600s. Discovery Made!
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/05/2019 17:47:26   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #23 : Lowering A GoPro Camera Down A Shaft From The 1600s. Discovery Made!
That you get seasick watching a camera spin round?
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/05/2019 12:29:15   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
It is indeed a date ;D
I'll be up at the Assay House by about 5.
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/04/2019 10:30:19   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
[quote="kroca"]Thanks Nick thank god the hopper was empty.[/quote]
I think there would have been less debris if it had been full but...
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 29/04/2019 09:24:59   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
I forgot the camera when I was last in - carrying scaffold poles was a bit of a distraction! I'll take some pics on Thursday.

As a bit of a rough idea, the level is double width and effecti
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/04/2019 20:54:35   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Current status is that the dig is just about stable and we have got air and water flow. The water is about 3 feet deeper on the inbye side and currently verging on suicidal to try and get inbye from t
Topic: Maenofferen
gNick

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/04/2019 22:11:17   Subject: Maenofferen
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="gNick"][quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="ttxela"][quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="euros"]I don't mean to imply that the area is a heap. It's just that in welsh you would refer
Topic: Maenofferen
gNick

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/04/2019 16:42:48   Subject: Maenofferen
Rock Farm does seem appropriate...
Topic: Maenofferen
gNick

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/04/2019 15:10:09   Subject: Maenofferen
[quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="ttxela"][quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="euros"]I don't mean to imply that the area is a heap. It's just that in welsh you would refer to a pile of stones as tomen .
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/04/2019 10:53:12   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
Last Sunday I was in somewhere with fairly low O2, min 15.4%, a good length of time at ~16.5% and we noticed that we were a bit underpowered and getting out of breath a bit quicker but nothing that ma
Topic: Water Engines
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/04/2019 12:55:07   Subject: Water Engines
It could be...
Topic: Water Engines
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2019 22:25:49   Subject: Water Engines
Sort of a theoretical musing about a pipe.
Topic: Water Engines
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2019 17:54:28   Subject: Water Engines
Lots of nice things to look at (steam motorbikes anyone) at but the specific is whether a winch could realistically be driven from 25-30m head or ~45psi. I could design one that would but that isn't t
Topic: Water Engines
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2019 12:54:32   Subject: Water Engines
[quote="AdM Michael"]This might help if you can get it to work.

https://www.ifg.tu-clausthal.de/fileadmin/wass/wass_how-d.html#ADWN
[/quote]

Not at work I can't. I can't rea
Topic: Water Engines
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/04/2019 10:26:14   Subject: Water Engines
Could anyone point me in the direction of anything useful about water engines used in mines, particularly for winding?
Obviously there's the one in Sir Francis Level but I am wondering about requ
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
gNick

Forum: Events   Posted: 04/02/2019 10:34:29   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Oddly I got the same error with lemon cheesecake.
It works if you don't have the pudding - the sacrifices we must make :(
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
gNick

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 01/01/2019 16:37:00   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
I managed to leave it underground for a few days due to ineptitude and it is still reading fine so I am assuming that it was the a bit of local contamination. I've got one of the protective cases on i
Topic: Merry Christmas 2018!
gNick

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/12/2018 16:56:42   Subject: Merry Christmas 2018!
A Merry Christmas from me to one and all (apart from all the friendly rocks that want to jump down and give you a cuddle) ;D
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
gNick

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 12/12/2018 21:33:40   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
My meter is a BW Gas Alert Extreme. It lives in a protective case with an extra filter to protect the sensor.

After giving it a good clean it seems to be playing ball. While trying it on a
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
gNick

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 16:36:39   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]Bearing in mind the oxygen sensor uses some chemical magic to produce a potential and that is amplified and converted into a reading, there are a number of possi
Topic: Oxygen meter contamination
gNick

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 03/12/2018 15:18:45   Subject: Oxygen meter contamination
I had an odd reading from my oxygen meter yesterday, when I got back to the Assay House, I was getting a reading of 19.5%
Given the unsealed nature of the building, especially with the door open
Topic: Lamp cable failure
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 23/11/2018 13:01:59   Subject: Lamp cable failure
That is pretty much what Roy is using these days
Topic: Torch (hand held) recommendation
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 22/11/2018 13:17:57   Subject: Torch (hand held) recommendation
I find the Fenix (natch) PD35 to be a good tool for my basic photographic endeavours. Mine has suffered much in my hands and is still fine.

I just got an XTAR WK18 from Torch Direct (https:
Topic: Lamp cable failure
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/11/2018 16:40:51   Subject: Lamp cable failure
The problem is balancing the cable being mounted tight against the helmet to avoid snagging and giving it enough bend radius.

Mounting the glands at an angle to closer match the helmet curv
Topic: Lamp cable failure
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/11/2018 10:59:09   Subject: Lamp cable failure
To add a bit on this from stuff I have had to deal with in the day job:

Cable glands like this are a sealing point where a cable goes into an enclosure & they are designed for the cable to
Topic: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
gNick

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/11/2018 10:42:28   Subject: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
I think that they are doing something with the lower part of the river culvert. Someone will know the details as I've only got this second hand...
Topic: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/11/2018 14:46:50   Subject: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
I stand corrected ;D
Topic: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/11/2018 11:23:41   Subject: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
A bit edit

[/quote]The Firestone Level is a part of the Rampgill Mine workings which runs in Rampgill Vein 60m above the Horse Level up to the area of the Rampgill Shaft. It was driven in
Topic: Nenthead Mill
gNick

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/10/2018 13:00:09   Subject: Nenthead Mill
I gather that it was allowed to be demolished on the grounds that there are complete examples still existing; presumably in Belgium.
The earlier demolition of the 4 storey bit coupled with the r
Topic: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 29/10/2018 12:51:52   Subject: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
[quote="christwigg"][quote="TheCret!n"]It’s no longer wet or muddy.

[/quote]

Seriously, I find that hard to believe from the state I ended up in on my last visit.
[/quote]
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