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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]
Topic: Rampgill Level
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/10/2018 15:29:56   Subject: Rampgill Level
I wonder how this might be affected by people stirring up the sediments, particularly the deep water sections in Hangingshaw?

If the zinc sampling is a single sample every few months, the s
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2018 10:57:23   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
And some more pictures.

Pack walling needs to be finished off and the scaffolding tidied up but otherwise all done and dusted.
The next hopper outbye probably needs some propping as w
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/09/2018 15:05:29   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
[quote="TheCret!n"]Scaleburn?
Is that next on the agenda? :-)[/quote]

One of many, though not for the Thursday Night Dig Experience
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/09/2018 12:56:49   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
Roy, bring some RSJs up and we can use them in Scaleburn, if you carry them in for us :devil:

Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 23/09/2018 20:32:29   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
[quote="royfellows"]Any chance of photo updates?
I really am interested.[/quote]

As of today. Apologies for the quality of the pic, the labouring makes the place rather misty. Thanks t
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/09/2018 13:58:25   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
I know it is short notice but we are going to be installing the spile support frame on the inbye side of the fall on Sunday and could do with a bit additional manpower.

If anyone happens to
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/09/2018 13:42:27   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
That's very kind,
(quick pause in typing while I skip round the room in a happy dance accompanied by worried looks from my colleagues)
but as Chris said I am far from the only one doing thi
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/09/2018 18:40:55   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
[quote="TheCret!n"]Thursday?
Count me in.[/quote]
Yes and I was :)
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/09/2018 08:47:01   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Latest update

Last Thursday we had a go at seeing whether we could get the fall to run clear which involved shifting quite a lot od spoil. Nothing definte but it is looking increasingly unl
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/08/2018 12:45:21   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Another day of digging at the Smallcleugh fall on Sunday the 2nd September.
This will be digging and scaffolding so no carrying of heavy things a long way but the place is a bit claggy...
Me
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/08/2018 11:57:09   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
In hand although I can hardly move today.
If there are enough willing labourers there will be another session next Sunday, the 2nd of September.

It was suggested that COMRU could use
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/08/2018 21:22:57   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Mike, yes I am aware of the group being part of it.
Mole, Mike the Map et al have been kept in the loop and have contributed in the form of the timber and some of the scaff bar that got carried
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/08/2018 22:39:03   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Hopefully we will have Smallcleugh back operational by then but there's always the Scaleburn flattening barrels dig...
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/08/2018 14:36:03   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
We are planning on starting to move some steel and timber into Smallcleugh this Sunday, the 26th.

If we get the stuff in quickly enough we might even start getting the steel somewhere near
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 17/08/2018 13:07:02   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
Update from last night's trip.

Still not able to work out how much overburden due to amount that has come out. Looking like the best option would be to plan to put in supports.

M
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
gNick

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/08/2018 16:40:18   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I can envisage you as a hairdresser Roy, if having your hair cut by a man wielding a Katana could be described as a hairdresser...:devil:
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/08/2018 10:39:53   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
Well from a trip to the other side of the fall some things are clear, it is a collapsed hopper and the fall is about 2'6" (0.76m in modern units) thick.
Oddly enough it is different on the inbye
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/08/2018 14:10:07   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
I'm going to try and have a look upstairs, if we can get anywhere near it. If the stope you get into from the hole in the roof doesn't connect inbye then we'll have to have a look at the nearer the Co
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/08/2018 12:59:16   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
After another look last night, I am still convinced that it is a run hopper that had been backfilled with dross. The reasons are:
1. The arching stone finishes at the fall, a couple of stones hav
Topic: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
gNick

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/08/2018 22:44:41   Subject: Caplecleugh - Smallcleugh through route blocked
I'll see what it looks like from the other side...
what made me think it was a hopper was the reasonably straight end of the arching and the unhappy state of the one outbye.

Thanks for
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