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Messages - Doctor Gollum

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Not arguing either of those points ;) But I did find it 'interesting' that the company risk assessment included something that is strictly prohibited (and has been for decades) when there's literally 101 other things more deadly in the work place... :D


Where do you get the idea using MEK is prohibited? It, and many other far worse chemicals are in daily use for all sorts of jobs.


But the first requirement for using it is to do so in a well ventilated area so you don't breathe in the fumes. If that isn't possible, then either the method needs to be changed(which isn't possible inside an aeroplane) or the employer needs to supply appropriate PPE. Employing people who don't know better, and ensuring they stay that way, is not an answer.
I know it's not prohibited, we use it for pretty much all our NTF and tedlar work. ;)

The long prohibited thing I was referring to was reversing without a Banksman...

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General Car Chat / Re: ABS module
« on: Yesterday at 17:48:26 »
Perhaps you simply had ALOT more air in it than you had realised...

Certainly sounds like you're making progress with it.  :y

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I suspect most of the cases in Texas are walking in from Mexico :-X

But certainly, those States which reopened fully and early following the brief initial lockdown last year are effectively supporting the US economy. :y

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Company risk assessment would have you believe that the only two dangerous things we do are catch TCV and reverse without a Banksman...  ::) only one of those is long since prohibited by the Airport (it's not TCV) and the company policy gives no indication of how to deal with either situation.

Working with MEK in confined spaces is arguably more hazardous than either item, yet doesn't even get a mention...  ::)



reversing with a banksman is standard practice with large vehicles in tight situations, where there are people present, or where there is expensive and/or easily damaged equipment. Requiring a banksman is the simplest, most cost-effective way to dramatically reduce damage to property and people.


There's nothing arguable about the hazards of working with MEK. It's long been a common industrial chemical with lots of uses, so its effects and the methods and equipment to work with it safely are well established. Any effective solvent needs to be handled with informed care, and any employer who uses them is required to make that information available.
Not arguing either of those points ;) But I did find it 'interesting' that the company risk assessment included something that is strictly prohibited (and has been for decades) when there's literally 101 other things more deadly in the work place... :D

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General Car Chat / Re: ABS module
« on: Yesterday at 10:40:03 »
Firstly, Andy is correct re the ABS differences.

However, it sounds like you need a Tech 2 or decent alternative to run the ABS as the brakes are bled.

Swapping out the ABS unit won't change this, as the new one is guaranteed to be full of air, and depending on how it has been stored, probably corroded inside (it's aluminium after all).

You should start furthest point from the reservoir and work back... So Nsr, Osr, Nsf, Osf. Although some sugest to treat the ABS as the 'reservoir' giving Osr, Nsr, Osf, Nsf.

Either way, I would try the following.

Open the cap, ensure that the reservoir is topped up, completely remove each bleed nipple in turn, slowly pump the pedal by hand a couple of times and refit the bled nipple. Once you have done this on all four wheels, you will hopefully have fluid at all four corners and can then bleed it normally.  ;)

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Alot of what we do is set by the Airport, they have just adjusted their policy to compulsory mask wearing inside terminal/airport property when in passenger facing areas in the presence of passengers, or passing through security whilst giving us the freedom to wear/not wear masks in other areas.

What we do on site is largely dictated by customer policy.

Company risk assessment would have you believe that the only two dangerous things we do are catch TCV and reverse without a Banksman...  ::) only one of those is long since prohibited by the Airport (it's not TCV) and the company policy gives no indication of how to deal with either situation.

Working with MEK in confined spaces is arguably more hazardous than either item, yet doesn't even get a mention...  ::)

From next week, we're returning to working a full shift in turn, so four days on, twenty days off (assuming no extrs work) and will only be required to test once the day before.

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Ugly bastards will be sorry to see the end of masks.  ;D
At your age, you really should start to own that ;D
I saw your picture when you hit yourself on the nose. I've got nothing to worry about  ;D
There's that ;D

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We don't get many passengers or crew in the hangar... Besides now we have to test before returning from temporary furlough/days off (4 times in 8 days :-X), don't worry, won't be infecting anyone anytime soon.

And I have never said that being vaccinated prevents you from catching TCV. (or anything else you might be vaccinated against).

Whilst I respect the fact that some people will forever insist on wearing a mask to bed, I personally draw the line at Tescos.

NHS staff and anyone else working in health care, does so out of choice, and presumably they are contractually obliged to wear a mask etc at work. Many of the people not wearing masks in shops (before that was a thing) were usually care staff in uniform. Which is pretty poor when you consider that you're pretty much guaranteed to catch TCV in hospital  :-X

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Ugly bastards will be sorry to see the end of masks.  ;D
At your age, you really should start to own that ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 26 July 2021, 16:28:29 »
Ordered a new coil for the Barge... Started to develop a nasty cylinder 4 misfire at WOT, plugs are a nice, soot free shade of tan, so it is otherwise healthy.

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Omega General Help / Re: Space in ashtray slot...
« on: 26 July 2021, 16:25:55 »
You might get one of the new fangled mechless units to fit but it's a ridiculously stupid place to fit it ;D

An alternative would be to either fit a telematics glovebox or butcher the existing and fit a single din cage in the glovebox. An adapter loom will easily reach and with a suitable box, you might retain the wheel controls.This also means you can retain the 'plodness' whilst discretely adding some creature comforts ;)

I have also fitted a Bluetooth headunit along with cd changer control in the glovebox, in my case running the audio though the cdc side of a factory 2015 Bose unit.

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Apparently SARS was a thing ::)

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Incidentally I don't subscribe to the belief/excuse that the vaccines are being used to genetically alter humans and don't see that as a reasoned excuse to not be vaccinated.  It's a bit like arguing that you don't like custard because it's yellow :D

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Is it really hard to wear a mask…… ? Answer after considering wearing it when it is 39C.
Working conditions are primarily why no one at work wears one. There is the odd exception both individuals and places, but working inside an aircraft that's 30°+ with no airflow isn't one of them. Especially factored in with the ability to quickly and effectively communicate with each other.

The portable breathing devices you suggest is far fetched nonsense though, and if they have their own oxygen supply  then that is helping to restrict the availability where it is genuinely needed. (21% of the atmosphere is oxygen, so you only require extra if you are unable to breathe properly).

As for having to demonstrate vaccination, that I have no problem with :y although I do appreciate that not everyone is able to be vaccinated, pregnant women for one, so for those people there has to be an accepted level of risk in what those people choose to do, so it would not be right if the so-called vaccination passports were used to victimise those who cannot or will not be vaccinated. That's the responsibility that comes with choice.

It may well be that in the not too distant future, children are routinely vaccinated against TCV along with MMR, Polio and BCG jabs. We were given the flu jab every year at secondary school, and unsurprisingly, every year half the school got flu as a result (this is why I haven't had the flu jab since I left school, and also why I believe that it isn't news that people can still catch TCV inspite of being vaccinated).

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General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 26 July 2021, 09:06:48 »
Sadly, that goes with territory. At least it was on the track rather than slipping in the shower or a peanut allergy :-\

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