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Posts by Drillbilly.

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Topic: Wheal Tehidy near Redruth, Cornwall
Drillbilly.

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/09/2014 00:16:49   Subject: Wheal Tehidy near Redruth, Cornwall
I withdrew my reply because arguing with clowns on the internet is not my style.

These chumps clearly know best, I merely do it as a job.
Topic: Interesting thing to have in your back garden....
Drillbilly.

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/09/2014 11:04:36   Subject: Interesting thing to have in your back garden....
I imagine it will be bought by cannabis farmers.
Topic: New Petzl Ascenders. (2013+)
Drillbilly.

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 18/09/2014 09:30:55   Subject: New Petzl Ascenders. (2013+)
I'm not happy with this at all.

Sadly, due to not believing my eyes, the first thing I did was pull them out of the box (whilst assembling the rest of my kit) and pull the tags off. It is
Topic: New advertiser - Starless River
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2014 11:42:29   Subject: New advertiser - Starless River
I bought my gear from them, as they offer a range of AV gear, which is seriously good.

The AV Muruck sit harness is like the old caving supplies one, it has the "ass straps" to stop the le
Topic: New Petzl Ascenders. (2013+)
Drillbilly.

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 15/09/2014 10:57:35   Subject: New Petzl Ascenders. (2013+)
I have just got a pair of these and my word, haven't they shrunk!!

I'm sure I will get used to them, but I would advise anyone with pre-2013 ascenders to see a pair of new ones in the flesh
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/09/2014 17:37:49   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
I was around at my architect mate's today and asked him the same question. He produced an ancient draughtsmanship book and it had the whole lot in there, including fancy lettering.

Really
Topic: anyone identify this
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/09/2014 12:14:11   Subject: anyone identify this
The place is wet, the tube is made of a moderately reactive metal, there are also salts and oxygen present.

My guess is that it's considerably newer. Dead torch perhaps? If the rest of it
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/09/2014 14:17:54   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Irritatingly, my dad had a set of "the right tools" and they all went up in a shed fire we had... Sadly, his personal account and photo record of the unearthing of Morwellham Quay went up as well.
Topic: Carbis bay mine shafts
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/09/2014 14:14:43   Subject: Carbis bay mine shafts
[link]Personal-Album-14777-Image-96469[linkphoto]Personal-Album-14777-Image-96469[/linkphoto][/link]

For completeness, there is my interpretation of the 1880 map, as applied to that photo,
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/09/2014 11:38:12   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
[link]Personal-Album-14777-Image-96466[linkphoto]Personal-Album-14777-Image-96466[/linkphoto][/link]

There's the picture of what I was talking about earlier. A plan in progress.

Topic: Carbis bay mine shafts
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/09/2014 11:28:53   Subject: Carbis bay mine shafts
These are awesome images! Which archive are they from?

A while ago, someone made a comment about the variety in the construction of engine houses and how that reflects the company which co
Topic: Carbis bay mine shafts
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/09/2014 10:15:04   Subject: Carbis bay mine shafts
If in doubt, pick up your yellow pages and ask someone who is backed up by insurance.

I do sometimes wonder about aditnow. It seems many a good debate ends in tittle tattle.

Tha
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/09/2014 09:13:24   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
I imagine a lot of you are talking about the Leroy Lettering type stuff.

[img]http://drjill.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/typography-leroy.jpg[/img]

Thanks for the input so far
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2014 19:06:10   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
gNick, you are on the ball. I could have been much more concise!

The idea is being able to produce a plan from first principles in it's entirety. No scanners, no rasters, no vectors and no
Topic: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/09/2014 17:57:34   Subject: 19th Cent Cartography/Plan Making/Calligraphy/etc
Following looking through the Henderson Bull archive in the County Record office, I noticed some incomplete plans.

It turns out that Henderson Bull (a noted mining cartographer) had his co
Topic: Mount Wellington Mine Twelve Heads: Which is the best surface portal?
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/09/2014 18:08:49   Subject: Mount Wellington Mine Twelve Heads: Which is the best surface portal?
Weirdybeardies.

I'll be there.
Topic: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2014 18:24:48   Subject: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
[quote="RJV"]But much easier, cheaper & ultimately satisfying to laminate a copy of an extract from your lovely hand inked Victorian plan & use that instead...[/quote]

This is how I operat
Topic: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2014 18:16:52   Subject: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
Orientation is something you can get your head around. Especially if you've had a look at the relevant maps/plans beforehand. It's not as if (westcountry) stuff is lacking in structure.

Topic: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2014 17:02:22   Subject: Using the Earth's Magnetic Field for Location
Old plans and surveying methods are a particular interest of mine.

The accuracy is surprisingly good. The other day, I was overlaying something from 1815 onto modern mapping and apart from
Topic: Looking for lecturer
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2014 15:03:36   Subject: Looking for lecturer
[quote="MHSaher"]"Given the nature of universities being pretty slack"; that sounds suspiciously like a remark by somebody who has never actually worked at a university.[/quote]

I've spent
Topic: Looking for lecturer
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2014 13:33:43   Subject: Looking for lecturer
Let's face it, if we had a war, the cannon fodder would be too out of shape from 80" tellies and council-chicken and everyone else is totally ruined from working to pay for the first lot and the luxur
Topic: Looking for lecturer
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2014 12:17:11   Subject: Looking for lecturer
My serious reply to the original poster would be to contact Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) and see who is available to talk on such matters. Given the nature of universities being pre
Topic: Looking for lecturer
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/08/2014 15:30:54   Subject: Looking for lecturer
I can come along and give a lecture in response to your key points.

The lecture will be delivered in 2 parts.

Part 1. Health and Safety says no.

Part 2. Environment
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/08/2014 17:34:22   Subject: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
[quote="Tamarmole"][quote="JohnnearCfon"]Exactly Vanoord, let sleeping dogs lie! I think anything that draws attention to such things will only end up with less access, no matter how well intentioned
Topic: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/08/2014 12:03:18   Subject: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
Yes and yes. I'm sure some kit could be rustled up, should you want to come out.

Cornwall Mine Explorer's Club also do training and have "club equipment" which is available for club members
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/08/2014 10:17:16   Subject: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
I'm liking your signature line! :lol:
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2014 20:28:32   Subject: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
You could argue that it is only the surface which is extended, so it's like a dip which becomes a trench becomes a tunnel becomes a complex "surface".

I think people trying to get holes in
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/08/2014 14:24:34   Subject: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Here's a thought for you....

My old chum who was a medic explained how it was possible to consider the inside of your intestines as outside of your body.

So, rather than conside
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2014 22:40:13   Subject: Access to mines under Freedom of Access Legislation
I've just read the UKCaving thread.

I wonder, do these people actually go caving/read about the hobby/research anything...or do they just form various bodies, create more acronyms and laye
Topic: Access to mines under the CRoW Act
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2014 14:17:42   Subject: Access to mines under Freedom of Access Legislation
The best thing that can happen is that no-one makes a fuss.

Everything is fine as it is, whether they make their own access arrangements, or whether they go in holes without permission.
Topic: Old Ordnance Survey Maps
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2014 12:47:33   Subject: Old Ordnance Survey Maps
For £25, I suspect they are compromised in some manner?

Otherwise they would just be like the maps of Cornwall...people passing copies around willy-nilly.
Topic: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/08/2014 15:54:42   Subject: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
I thought they were the people running around chopping PCG padlocks off? :lol:

(and it's people like this who give the whole thing a bad name)
Topic: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/08/2014 09:35:14   Subject: Looking for explorer groups in cornwall
I'm in West Cornwall, but there are several of us who meet up and do bits and bobs. The Carbis Bay Crew not-club was formed from a load of people going in various adits and eventually grew with people
Topic: Geoffrey Ordish
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2014 21:45:14   Subject: Geoffrey Ordish
Dickie, this is fascinating stuff.

Now, I'm going to test you.

When you observed Killifreth Hawke's Shaft open, did you happen to see any open on Wheal Busy.

I have
Topic: Caving harness wanted
Drillbilly.

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 16/08/2014 21:28:16   Subject: Caving harness wanted
I've decided to go for an AV Muruck as sold by Starless River, which is about as close to a Caving Supplies Yellow as you can get.

£40. Bargain.
Topic: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
Drillbilly.

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/08/2014 17:42:39   Subject: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
I am very ashamed to admit that I eat a lot of beef jerky and have a lot of scavengers, which I carefully store!
Topic: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
Drillbilly.

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/08/2014 15:03:38   Subject: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
Here is a thought about gas meters.

The oxygen sensors are a PAIN. They are a continual chemical reaction (with oxygen) and the meter monitors it's progress electronically.

Betw
Topic: Wanted: Caving Supplies Harness in VGC.
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/08/2014 22:43:20   Subject: Wanted: Caving Supplies Harness in VGC.
I have gone and lost my bloody gear and I am hopping.

Looking at everything on the internet, nothing measures up without modifying and I'm not paying any money if I have to break out the s
Topic: Canadian Dam Failure.
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/08/2014 11:44:45   Subject: Canadian Dam Failure.
The dam probably failed due to climate change.

Clearly, people with range rovers need to pay a higher rate of tax.
Topic: Which Helmet
Drillbilly.

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 08/08/2014 13:04:46   Subject: Which Helmet
Locate a New Old Stock Caving Supplies one.

They are hard to find, but do come up. I'd avoid the lego things. You don't want to be hitting everything, or looking like a *****.
Topic: Tin mining artifacts for sale
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/08/2014 15:34:01   Subject: Tin mining artifacts for sale
I gather the stuff is from an old (small) museum local to Geevor which has been closed some time.

North Levant plan is quite nice. The others are typical of others, the geevor ones being p
Topic: Heartlands Project
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/08/2014 09:04:16   Subject: Heartlands Project
Whilst we're here. We know that NCK headgear is looking spiffing it it's new coating, we also know that the mine is going to be worked by the decline. ( :lol: )

When's the Linden/Midas dev
Topic: Chambers at Boskednan
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/08/2014 15:16:23   Subject: Chambers at Boskednan
Something to do with Sheep IIRC. Possibly for shelter during lambing season/bad weather.
Topic: Heartlands Project
Drillbilly.

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/08/2014 22:47:24   Subject: Heartlands Project
Heartlands was merely the lefties getting in the way of a massive development. They couldn't just do it without ticking the "community box". It's probably something to do with the EU funding.
Topic: Tin mining artifacts for sale
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/08/2014 18:48:59   Subject: Tin mining artifacts for sale
Significant collectors/local mining enthusiasts do eventually die.

Sometimes, they dispose of their collections whilst they are still alive.

There are a couple of candidates loc
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Drillbilly.

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/08/2014 22:35:44   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
[quote="Tamarmole"][quote="Drillbilly."][quote="christwigg"][quote="Drillbilly."]Caving has gucci fashion elements and some of this has seeped into mine exploring in the form of "jewellery".[/quote]
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Drillbilly.

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/08/2014 17:40:30   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
[quote="christwigg"][quote="Drillbilly."]Caving has gucci fashion elements and some of this has seeped into mine exploring in the form of "jewellery".[/quote]

One could make similar sweepin
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Drillbilly.

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 01/08/2014 15:06:36   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I am utterly dedicated to Roy's Trigon and it blows all the other lamps into the weeds, including my Magnumstar, which is just total overkill.

The trigon is 80% of the magnumstar, whilst a
Topic: Tin mining artifacts for sale
Drillbilly.

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/08/2014 09:45:21   Subject: Tin mining artifacts for sale
Rowe's auction is amazing. It's one of those last places where you get the contents of people like Fred Dibnah's shed. They are notable for their mining lots. It seems the place of choice for the disp
Topic: Wheal Agar Windstraw & New Engine Shafts
Drillbilly.

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 31/07/2014 14:50:42   Subject: Wheal Agar Windstraw & New Engine Shafts
If you're serious about the history of the place, a very worthwhile book to own is

Cornwall's Central Mines - the northern district by TA Morrison.

It has a breakdown of agar,
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