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Moneybox
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From: Cue, WA
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09 October 2019 12:58 am

Mrs M saw me sitting in front of the computer, obviously with spare time yikes

She asked what I was up to and I made the mistake of saying "Not much". If only I'd have a chance to answer that again....... sad
There's a whole big whiteboard in the study and on it a list of jobs for Phil. Somehow she pulled another one out of the hat. It wasn't even on the list.

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We'd just returned home. It was a good trip but it was getting hot by the time we packed up to leave. Somewhere along the way a thought must have sprung into Mrs M's head because after a sleep or two she had this sudden urge to see the bus parked in the shade over summer.

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Somehow she suddenly produced these awfully large pieces of shade cloth and to top it off she had a plan. Of course the plan seemed simple enough, just put up a few posts and string the shade cloth in between. Yeah sure Mrs M. That sounds simple enough hmm

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She said "Haven't you got some posts behind the shed?" What could I say, she had it all worked out, and I was sitting still at the time neutral

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It was going to be a heavy job and up high so the first thing I did was fire up the forklift and run it outside. Of course nothing goes all that easily so as soon as I drove off the concrete I was bogged to the axle in the gravel.

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Of course I've had a bit of practice in bogs so I got it out ok, turned it around and promptly bogged it again. That's just how a job starts out when your heart's not right in it.

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Mrs M soon got the hint and came out to give me a hand. We need a heap of big bolts to hold those posts down so that was her first job. We usually keep a few bolts but we needed more so I upended a box of assorted old bolts and she set to work matching bolts with nuts. She did a good job too, I couldn't use the No Bolts excuse any more.

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After measuring the posts and the height of the bus it was clear that the shade cloth had to go higher. That meant a quick trip to Cue Bunno (our Bunnings) to see what was on offer. Fortunately, somebody had supplied some old bore casing but you know what it's like, the bit you want is always on the bottom argh

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It's heavy too but Mrs M came to the rescue with her old race jack.

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They are all 6m lengths as well and we have to get past the local cop shop on the way home yikes

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And then sometimes when you get somebody's reject it's not in perfect condition. Well this is seriously solid pipe but it has some sort of bitumen stuck to it so it had to be chiseled clean.

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Fortunately, the forklift helped with the heaving lifting once we got home smile


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MegsyB007
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09 October 2019 01:21 am

She said "Haven't you got some posts behind the shed?" What could I say, she had it all worked out, and I was sitting still at the time hmm

lol lol lol


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09 October 2019 04:37 am

You guys ...... you never cease to amaze me yikes lol lol


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RM Outback
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09 October 2019 08:25 am

Love the Cue Bunno store thumbsup beer out of curiosity MB what would a length of bore casing weigh.

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Rockhunter62
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09 October 2019 08:35 am

Looks more like a drill rod Phil, pretty solid them suckers.

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09 October 2019 10:00 am

"Mrs M saw me sitting in front of the computer, obviously with spare time yikes

She asked what I was up to and I made the mistake of saying "Not much". If only I'd have a chance to answer that again....... sad
There's a whole big whiteboard in the study and on it a list of jobs for Phil. Somehow she pulled another one out of the hat. It wasn't even on the list."

We must be married to the same woman Moneybox! smile

Last edited by Deepseeker (09 October 2019 10:00 am)


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Moneybox
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09 October 2019 10:44 am

RM Outback wrote:

Love the Cue Bunno store thumbsup beer out of curiosity MB what would a length of bore casing weigh.

The one I was trying to tow out from under the dozer tracks has another tube inside. I think it must be near 200kg. The forklift can't lift it from the end without driving on two wheels. I got it back out of the van by dragging it with just the forklift drive wheels on the ground.


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Moneybox
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09 October 2019 10:46 am

Rockhunter62 wrote:

Looks more like a drill rod Phil, pretty solid them suckers.

Cheers

Doug

Yes Doug I think you are right but I don't know much about drills and drilling. It has another tube inside.


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Nanjim
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09 October 2019 11:16 am

The pic of the rod on the trolley jack that is drill rod ....


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Rockhunter62
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09 October 2019 03:40 pm

I'm fairly certain that the inner tube is for the drill sample to come back up. The air is forced down between the inner and outer tubes and blows all the ground material (drill sample) back up the inner.

Cheers

Doug


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Moneybox
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09 October 2019 11:06 pm

The instructions that came with the sail shades state that the post holes should be 400x400x1200 deep. Whoever wrote those instructions must have worked for a government department where it's ok to spend a couple of days digging a hole and then have an unlimited budget for the concrete to fill the hole.

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I'm digging holes with a jack hammer to break through the rock so there's no chance of me ever getting near a metre let alone 1200.

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We're in Cue where a mate panned gold from our driveway so Mrs M couldn't miss the opportunity to test the holes.

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I heard something like measure once and cut twice, or was that the other way around? Well I guess I should have clarified that before I started. My pipe ended up too long on one end and too short on the other sad

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And then to top it off my new Kempi mig welder failed to operate in even moderately hot weather. It started to operate like a spot welder with 1 second weld intervals. The over-temperature light flashes on as it cuts out. The temperature had just struck 35°C when the welder failed. I had to quit as the thermometer kept rising to 38° before the day was done. I went back out after dark and it still played up although by about 7:30 pm it seemed to come good again. Very poor performance from a very expensive machine mad


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10 October 2019 01:48 pm

If you put a fan in behind the welder to draw cooler air through the welder that should keep it a bit cooler for you...

LW...


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mudgee hunter
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10 October 2019 06:49 pm

Sounds like you got a shady deal! smile

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LoneWolf
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11 October 2019 12:06 am

mudgee hunter wrote:

Sounds like you got a shady deal! smile

smile lol lol lol lol classic.. clap

LW...


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travelergold
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11 October 2019 10:21 am

And all this to just 'keep em happy' flowers

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DanielMaranello
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11 October 2019 10:36 am

Great story, I can certainly relate to it. Thanks Moneybox. lol lol lol

Daniel pickshovel


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