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    Was born and raised in Nottingham, take a keen interest in coal mining history, ham radio reading, woodworking etc etc....
    I'm called a lot of things but I'll accept John Waudby as it's my given name...LOL

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    The end of the Petrol engine!

    They make hybrids, so once you get low on battery power, choose the engine, which you'd still use on long journeys. Sales of electric cars has dropped here, useless pieces of junk in a country where most people drive long distances, and commute much longer distances to work than in most countries. I'm seeing more and more new pickup trucks on the roads as cars are getting so small, you'll be able to get four in a two car garage soon. Sardine cans on wheels. Pickups are much more comfortable than they used to be years ago, but I don't like tiny engines in full sized trucks!! V6's that only get 16mpg!! when a V8 5.5L will get up to 21mpg, seems a bit stupid to me. I have an older pickup, I've had as much as 24mpg with a 5.7L V8 engine. (remember our gallons are smaller than UK gallons, so my mpg would be around 28 in UK galls.)
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    Are you a Lurker Reading this?

    Garfield, there's a poorly produced book called "Radford, The Bread and Herring Pit" Poorly produced meaning photocopied pages, old style, but well worth reading if you want to know what life was like in Radford for a miner and his family in the late 1800's through the 20th century. One of the lads here emailed a copy to me, but I'm sure if you ask someone they will get a copy from the Council House for you. The author, probably long gone by now, worked at Radford and spent most of his life working there, was invited to throw the first shovel of dirt down the shaft after it's closure.
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    Things that pee you off

    But we didn't walk around with green hair, skin piercings rings in our noses like prize bulls, tattoos all over our bodies, we knew what sex we are, in general, we respected the older generation, war memorials, didn't deface things... I could go on, but I'd get keyboard cramps.
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    How's your day?

    Plenty of flying bugs this way Dave, those pesky but harmless carpenter bees are always hovering around, seen several species of bees around here including the large honey bees, and I know nobody around here keeps them, so there must be a "honey tree" near by. Dragon flies by the hundreds, and step outside here, day or night and get eaten alive by mozzies. But then I'm in cattle country, very few crops grown around here, other than for hay making.
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    How's your day?

    Yellow jackets are a farmers worst nightmare this side of the pond, they nest below ground, so when we pass over the entrance with a tractor with implement, they emerge by the thousands. I carry a can of wasp killer in my tractors toolbox.
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    How's your day?

    I declared war on all hornets after I got stung multiple times in my left wrist, I couldn't use my left hand for over two weeks it was so swollen. I used the most painful killing methods I can devise at the time and place of "execution". Like a pair of scissors to cut their wings off when the get indoors, then cut them in half. Outdoors it's powerful insecticides. A hornets sting is the most painful insect sting I've ever encountered, imagine heating a needle to red heat, then sticking it in your arm, hand or leg, then dragging it across the top of the entry wound. That's the best way I can describe a hornet sting. The pain is excruciating for about 15-20 seconds. Then it starts turning red and swells, and after a short time it itches like hell for days.
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    Sears is just a brand name, their products are made by other companies, stove by electrolux and another company, that's why it's possible to buy parts much, much cheaper elsewhere. Yeah their tools are crap these days, they will not stand by their warranty anymore, in fact Husky state if you break a "Craftsman" brand tool, take it to Lowes etc and have them exchange it for one of their brand. Husky are the quality "Craftsman" used to be and have a no argument exchange for any tool you manage to break.
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    It's the only household appliance that is actually cost effective to repair, luckily I can change out parts myself, which reduces the repairs costs by 90%. Parts listed at $95, but there are several places listing it at less than 20 bucks. No wonder Sears is going bust!! They overcharge on everything. I found parts at Sears are usually marked up as much as 300% over other companies same parts. Very rare I buy parts from them.
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    I might get real technical, proximity switch, anti freeze in detection...LOL How about a sequence roller, or vacuum interrupter vacuum detector, or thyristor gate card..... Sorry Ben. Bloody gas range bake igniters failed, was going to do a roast this evening for din dins, but the ovens gone tits up. Jeeze stoves were so simple years ago. Now got to wait for a replacement igniter before we can use the oven again.
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    It's Brake Ben, it stops a moving conveyor like your car does when you press the brake pedal, only it doesn't need a human to operate it..
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    I made a mistake once trying to test a thruster brake for a conveyor in the workshops at Marblaegis mine. We hadn't got a three phase 110 volt supply, but the lighting circuit was 120v two phase supply..Hmm "worrabhat" a 240 volt capacitor to make the 3rd phase to earth?? Sure it would work, as long as it's a high enough capacitance. Bingo I found one. Friggin worked alright, tripped the main breakers out on E/L, brought the whole trunk conveyors to a standstill. Didn't click at first, thought it was just a coincidence.. Rest everything and left it at that.
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    Standard 120-0-120 Dave, any centre tapped transformer can be used on two phases, as long as it's wound with the correct number of turns for the voltage.
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    Dave, last place I lived in California had two phase and neutral transformer, there was a three phase line going up the hill to an old Western Union micro wave station that linked that part of Cal with other states prior to satellite communications. So our "pole pigs" were connected to two phases, LV side would be 120volts-neutral one phase and neutral-120 volts another phase, plus two phases gave us 120 volts. Here its a centre tapped transformer.
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    Ring mains were common in UK collieries, some engineers used to frown on them as unsafe, even more so when pits started standardizing to 6.6Kv from 3.3Kv with the advent of "heavy duty faces" with 400HPto 500HP shearers and 200HP face conveyor motors. At Clifton we had a "partial" ring main, with the mid section isolated Lol Adcock the engineer believed they were highly dangerous. At Cotgrave, when we arrived in 68, we were warned about the ring main. One of the shift engineers told me it caught an electrician out and cost him his life as there was very little to inform him the circuit was dead after he isolated it. After that British Coal developed a visible addition to indicate the three phases were either dead or alive. I adapt pretty quickly Brew, Rural areas here are the same as Australia and a good part of northern England and Scotland, all poles and pole mounted transformers at the customers residents. the state of Victoria was an oddity, they carried a single HV line on their poles with earth return!!! Around here, the neutral is below the 7400v line for safety and the neutral is grounded at EVERY pole, that's done to provide a low impedance path for lightning strikes. Same goes for our breaker boxes, the neutral has to be bonded to the house earth system, an 8ft grounding rod. Another regulation is if you have more than one ground rod, they must all be bonded together, exception is the telephone companies ground rod. They use one to allow a path for induced hv spikes to be discharged from ground lightning strikes. Even those haven't saved my answering machines, lost a few here during storms. All the telephone lines are buried. One storm a few years back knocked the whole telephone system out for a radius of 60 miles, we were without a phone for 48 hours.
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    Been years since I've seen a fuse on anything above 24 volts, all houses this side of the pond have circuit breakers, and everything in my career as a mining elec was always circuit breakers. Mind, I've worked on some very old gear at the first colliery I worked at in NSW, the transformers had slate with the contactors and breakers mounted on it. That places them to the 1920's at least.