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Posts by Boy Engineer

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Topic: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 24/10/2019 17:35:40   Subject: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
In the unlikely event that anyone wants more info on the Silver 3, here’s an advert from 1959. Although it is for Holbits, the red photo shows a Silver 3.

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Topic: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/10/2019 17:21:59   Subject: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
:lol:
You must have strong arms, unless you were underhand stoping.
The only ones that I’ve ever seen called stopers are the ones with an axial leg, like the picture on A P Browns website:<
Topic: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/10/2019 16:10:53   Subject: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
[quote]No, its a stoper. [/quote]

It certainly isn’t. It’s a sinker.
Topic: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/10/2019 11:18:22   Subject: For Sale - Holman silver3 rock drill
Is this a sinker or airleg?
Topic: Yesterdays Witness - Levant
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/09/2019 08:05:50   Subject: Yesterdays Witness - Levant
An interesting and moving film. A timely reminder of the price paid when greed is king.
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 29/08/2019 14:49:28   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
[quote="Morlock"][quote="Buckhill"]..........which leads to the suspicion that some unscrupulous persons may upend bottom halves and sell them as tops:o[/quote]

The "wheel Trade" appears to
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 28/08/2019 22:49:05   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
If you travel to old mining areas in Australia, you’ll see where the bottom halves go. It’s almost like they were sticking through......
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
Boy Engineer

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 24/08/2019 20:55:02   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
[quote]A friend of mine has asked me how much one half of a former coal mine head gear would be worth.[/quote]

Just guessing on this one, but I reckon about half what you’d pay for a comple
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
Boy Engineer

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 12:45:51   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:
[quote]a pillowcase of steel wool/swarf. [/quote]

This is also a great tip for anyone with a down allergy, providing they haven’t got a magnetic p
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2019 15:49:46   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
If there is a continuation of this hot weather and inevitable sunburn, they will have to reopen some of the calamine workings for the prodigious quantities of lotion that will be required.

Topic: Sherburn No.2 mine abandonment
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/07/2019 17:33:55   Subject: Sherburn No.2 mine abandonment
Back in the 1980s, I was involved in the (as it turned out, extremely short-lived) attempt to control an inrush of water into the gypsum mine at Sherburn in Elmet. The following account is what has st
Topic: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/06/2019 10:50:34   Subject: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
[quote]whilst someone stares intently at a bit of the wall which appears no different to the rest of the wall and mumbles through their beard about minerals, then describes in great detail how a parti
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 18:38:30   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Now that I've taken my motion sickness tablets (you can't please some people) I've looked at the video from Mr Knocker. The inset looks to be on the 'downhill' side of the shaft (opposite the winder).
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 16:32:54   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
[quote]Were you also present for the infamous "armchair illumination" episode at Magpie?Devil[/quote]

Not present. Others on here may be able to, ahem, ‘enlighten’ you.
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 12:48:36   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
[quote]Might have to do the "Harry Parker" technique with a lighted newspaper[/quote]

I'll preface this comment by noting that times change and one did stuff once that one wouldn't do now.
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2019 21:04:37   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Jim,
It’s defo the Denver 4 cell unit then. You can see the impeller drive arrangements above each cell (motor at back generally driving the impeller shaft pulley by multiple vee belts. I’m no mi
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2019 18:30:18   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Jim,
The bits on the right look like flotation cells. Am I looking in the correct place?
Nick
Topic: Caving Videos ?
Boy Engineer

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 26/04/2019 16:53:00   Subject: Caving Videos ?
[quote]Mr Blonde goes green?[/quote]

It's a long time since this Mr Blonde had enough hair to dye it. Although he did try two colours......(you only dye twice).
Topic: Caving Videos ?
Boy Engineer

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 26/04/2019 14:03:21   Subject: Caving Videos ?
[quote]and no-one has visited me in the night with pliers and a blowtorch as yet.......[/quote]

That’s only because we haven’t tracked your house down yet.:lol::o
Please be aware that
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Boy Engineer

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2019 17:41:59   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
[quote="Pete Monkhouse"][quote="staffordshirechina"]Why is it that people think that they used canaries to monitor oxygen??[/quote]

I meant a Norwich City supporter. They are more expendabl
Topic: Slag, clinker and ash
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2019 11:46:07   Subject: Slag, clinker and ash
Have you seen the Historical Metallurgy Society website? Some of the data sheets available for free may be of help. Suggest that joining the HMS may be a good idea if you haven't joined already.
Topic: Neoprene socks in Aldi
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/02/2019 11:23:40   Subject: Neoprene socks in Aldi
Just doing the weekly trudge around Aldi and notice that they are selling neoprene socks for £4.99 a pair. They feel to be around 2mm thick.
Topic: Pictures from the 70s and a bit later
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2018 13:43:00   Subject: Pictures from the 70s and a bit later
What a fantastic set of images. Some familiar faces too.
Topic: Cave Diver wanted
Boy Engineer

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/11/2018 19:29:37   Subject: Cave Diver wanted
For the price of a tank and reg you could get 10 or 11 sets of drain rods from the folk who promise to fix your screws :lol:
No training issues and you won't get that wet.
Topic: Dave Williams
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2018 18:26:35   Subject: Dave Williams
[photo]116534[/photo]

Happier times in the late 70's, down a shaft on Winster Sough. We all took snuff back then.
Topic: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
Boy Engineer

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/11/2018 17:08:59   Subject: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
[quote] fine grained framboidal metastable non-stoichiometric marcasite[/quote]

That's easy for you to say. :lol:
Topic: Li thium Ion Battery digest
Boy Engineer

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/09/2018 18:01:46   Subject: Li thium Ion Battery digest
If you connected one of the "voltage of less than 0v" cells to a lamp, would it give out darkness? Or capture it? We didn't cover this sort of thing in chemistry in the 70s.
Topic: Ron Hooper ACSM
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/06/2018 18:35:09   Subject: Ron Hooper ACSM
Saddened to hear the news but a good innings. I remember helping to 'kidnap' Ron during Crazy Week, using a wheelbarrow to take him to the Bassett Arms, if my memory serves. We then plied him with cop
Topic: Levant - New Health and Safety from National Trust
Boy Engineer

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/04/2018 22:50:31   Subject: Levant - New Health and Safety from National Trust
As regards the question about Listed Bulding Consent, there are two applications on the Cornwall County Council planning portal, PA18/03164 and 03165. Interestingly undecided, so perhaps a case of the
Topic: bulbs
Boy Engineer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 17/04/2018 20:31:27   Subject: bulbs
Spring is traditionally the season when the bulbs come out........ even in Oldham. :lol:
Topic: Lichen as guide to chronology
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/04/2018 16:48:14   Subject: Lichen as guide to chronology
[quote]Do people still date telegraph poles?[/quote]
I thought all one had to do was to saw the pole in half and count the rings.

Although I can see the advantage of sawing it into di
Topic: Norwich Chalk Mines
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2018 21:47:19   Subject: Norwich Chalk Mines
[quote]The bus driver led passengers to safety.[/quote]

Looking at the height of the front end, that must have been a challenge.

Still, every cloud etc.
Topic: French Coal archive footage
Boy Engineer

Forum: Europe   Posted: 04/03/2018 14:27:25   Subject: French Coal archive footage
Agreed. A fascinating resource with an interesting mix of archive and more contemporary material. Well worth a look.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2018 20:04:20   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Garepool Burn.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2018 12:48:18   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Yes! Adit level accessed via Agneash Shaft.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2018 11:34:04   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
I appreciate that I've pushed the geographical location further than was originally intended. It isn't as far west as Ireland, but it is quite a way off the Pennines. It the sort of place known for bi
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2018 11:34:00   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
I appreciate that I've pushed the geographical location further than was originally intended. It isn't as far west as Ireland, but it is quite a way off the Pennines. It the sort of place known for bi
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2018 10:58:10   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Nope. Much further west.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2018 22:12:35   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Nope.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2018 19:54:59   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
It is west of the Pennines. North of Wales, south of Scotland, and not in the Lakes.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2018 19:46:56   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Here we go, but not in the North Pennines. It's somewhere else.

[link]114214[linkphoto]114214[/linkphoto][/link]
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2018 19:39:42   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Not a clue where, as I've never been down Brownley Hill. I adopted the armchair explorer's approach of methodically trawling through your photo album :lol::lol:Time-consuming but quick enough, as it t
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/02/2018 19:19:55   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.

Brownley Hill?
Topic: Pooch problem solved for Mine Explorers
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/12/2017 11:08:59   Subject: Pooch problem solved for Mine Explorers
In my 'day job' I receive copies of an aerospace and defence briefing. From this month's copy of 'Advance', I note a new offering from Marlow Ropes.
"This innovative British-made device is light
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Boy Engineer

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 31/10/2017 22:34:51   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
[quote]Dont worry about being caught in *******, by time they get their eyesight back you be gone[/quote]

Do the asterisks represent "flagrante delicto" or a proscribed geographical locatio
Topic: One for the steam buffs
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/10/2017 19:43:37   Subject: One for the steam buffs
[quote]'gender neutral' tripe[/quote]

Whatever next? Bi-curious kidneys? Will cow-heel go the same way? When I go into the butchers I expect the gender to be unambiguous. The world has gone
Topic: Great Rake Mine Brassington
Boy Engineer

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/05/2017 21:58:54   Subject: Great Rake Mine Brassington
The Bullhay Dale working is covered in this Bulletin article by Chris Heathcote:
http://www.pdmhs.com/docs/default-source/bulletins/bulletin-15-6/bulletin-15-6---lead-and-calcite-workings-near-ch
Topic: 'Maerdy Monster' found at coal mine
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2017 09:46:30   Subject: 'Maerdy Monster' found at coal mine
[quote="BertyBasset"] Like a big stick of liquorice with legs.[/quote]

Hence your username? :lol::lol:
Topic: Preserving memories
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 22:42:07   Subject: Preserving memories
[quote]I know more mineral has been turned in pubs and clubs than was ever mined[/quote]

"What time did we start turning?" was the first thing one asked on arrival at work. I'm not sure if
Topic: Preserving memories
Boy Engineer

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 17:39:45   Subject: Preserving memories
We are fortunate enough to have a number of members who have worked/are working in the mining industry. Whilst we have an unparalled collection of images, some contemporary with active working, we don
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