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hymac580c

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Posted: 06/09/2010 23:08:21
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simonrl wrote:

My own attempt at a non-contentious thread Laugh

What's your best piece of kit / innovation for the mine explorer? Could be SRT kit, photography, or anythind really.

My starter for 5... Heated car seats Smile So nice after a day in deep water!

Close second is the Petzl Pantin.


I don't have heated seats in my car as I no longer own a Volvo.
But what I really enjoy after a few hrs underground is a mug of tea from the flask and a sandwich.
While munching away I like to study the surroundings. Trying to work out how the area was worked, when and who last worked there.
Simply just appreiciating the fact that It is good to be involved in mine exploration.


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Strangely Brown

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Posted: 06/09/2010 23:16:46
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I don't think Hymac580 and DylanW count as innovations, but their knowledge is invaluable. (and you don't have to carry them Laugh )

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Mr.C

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Posted: 06/09/2010 23:17:23
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Derrickman on another thread reminded me of the (now much neglected) innovation of waist mounted carbide generators.
Not only did they give a great light but when you stopped for a brew, you could stick them inside your suit as a heater, lovely & warm Smile NB the generator not the lamp!!

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Posted: 07/09/2010 07:03:02
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Manicminer wrote:

My unbreakable Thermos flask

Ther's no such thing. i bragged my s/steel one was such,
a 'D9' track disproved my claim . Crying Owd Git.
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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 07/09/2010 08:44:18
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For me, without a doubt, the best recent(ish) innovation for use underground is digital photography.

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Vanoord

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Posted: 07/09/2010 09:11:51
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LED lighting.

The changes in the last 5 years have been staggering - a torch with a couple of AAs or CR123As can provide similar output to something that was the size of a picnic hamper and weighed about 5kg.

Exploring without a Stop (for example) can be done with a Figure of Eight; film cameras can still be used and even an old glass thermos can still be used if you take care of it. In fact, pretty much anything else can be replicated by 'old technology'.

Lights are one thing that you can't replicate, though - the ability to get a broad flood of light and / or see 50m away makes life so much easier, even if it does take a bit of the mystery away.



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royfellows

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Posted: 07/09/2010 09:39:54
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I started off a bit tongue in cheek but taking the thread seriously I have to agree with Mr Vanoord, and not just because I have a big hand in it now.

The Oldham belt weight battery and the feeble little ray of yellow light will soon be a thing of the past.
I have had Oldham lead acid batteries leak, fortunately without damaging ropes etc.
I have also banged my head and had my bulb go; something that an LED does not do.

I can now go underground and see all of the colours in a splendour that was not possible until LED lighting. Small artefacts are seen that I never even noticed before. The biggest slate and limestone mines are lit up like day.
Frankly, there is a large limestone mine that I go in alone, with the Oldham I would not be able to even find my way around.


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stuey

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Posted: 07/09/2010 12:32:01
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Mr.C wrote:

Derrickman on another thread reminded me of the (now much neglected) inovation of waist mounted carbide generators.
Not only did they give a great light but when you stopped for a brew, you could stick them inside your suit as a heater, lovely & warm Smile NB the generator not the lamp!!


Also, if you carry some Hydrogen Peroxide, you can put this in your carbide generator to turn your carbide lamp into an oxy-acetylene cutting torch. Perfect for cutting locks off.

NB:- DO NOT TRY THIS, THERE IS NO FLASHBACK ARRESTOR AND IT WILL GRENADE!!!!
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lipsi

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Posted: 07/09/2010 12:59:42
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I think AditNow must be a serious contender. I've discovered and shared lots since I got involved Thumbs Up

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Vanoord

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Posted: 07/09/2010 13:00:28
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lipsi wrote:

I think AditNow must be a serious contender. I've discovered and shared lots since I got involved Thumbs Up


This man will be the proud recipient of an AditNow Mars Bar as soon as we get some Wink

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Posted: 07/09/2010 14:16:27
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If I say something really really nice about Aditnow can I have a STEN? Laugh

Got to be LED lights, invented the same year as the first 747 flew, which means every single illumination from cabin to warning lamps was probably an incandecent bulb.

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SimonRL

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Posted: 07/09/2010 14:39:22
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owaincbrown wrote:

Got to be LED lights, invented the same year as the first 747 flew, which means every single illumination from cabin to warning lamps was probably an incandecent bulb.


I'm wandering OT but it was either the A380 or the 787 Dreamliner (think it was the 787) that was touted as the first commercial jetliner to feature 'all LED internal lighting'. Took them a while then!
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derrickman

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Posted: 07/09/2010 15:15:55
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Vanoord wrote:

lipsi wrote:

I think AditNow must be a serious contender. I've discovered and shared lots since I got involved Thumbs Up


This man will be the proud recipient of an AditNow Mars Bar as soon as we get some Wink


and a nomination for the least welcome innovation... the wet, faded, slightly fizzy-tasting Mars bar which has spent too long nect to the spare carbide in your ammo can... Thumb Down
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Posted: 07/09/2010 17:42:54
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For my money its got to be scaffolding. IP: 81.153.86.175
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Posted: 07/09/2010 21:46:52
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No contest for me: wetsocks. IP: 92.26.145.228
Vanoord

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Posted: 07/09/2010 21:52:09
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derrickman wrote:

and a nomination for the least welcome innovation... the wet, faded, slightly fizzy-tasting Mars bar which has spent too long nect to the spare carbide in your ammo can... Thumb Down


I once had a Mars Bar which had done the Croesor-Rhosydd trip three times... Roll Eyes

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Posted: 08/09/2010 17:39:21
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Vanoord wrote:


I once had a Mars Bar which had done the Croesor-Rhosydd trip three times... Roll Eyes


On it's own or was it accompanied?
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Posted: 08/09/2010 22:58:47
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A good pipe, filled with with blackcherry tobacco, mmmmm. Smile

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Posted: 08/09/2010 23:26:01
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I would have to go along with both LED lighting & digital cameras, now IF ONLY we could back some 25 years with this new gear.

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royfellows

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Posted: 09/09/2010 09:46:43
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If only I could go back to my youth with any bloody camera.

The places where 'I was there' but never bothered to take photographs.

Wasted youth!

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