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tony draper
14th Mar 2014, 21:02
Start with good intentions on the Towers junk room(one loves junk) mysterious boxes opened and examined,aha!! whats this,forgot all about these things,cant remember where I found that thing sidetrack after sidetrack
Time allocated for tidy up of junk room draws to a close,look about room now three times more untidy than when I started.
Bag full of old vintage cameras,1920s - 30s inherited thirty years ago and entirely forgotten draws interest,why dont you sell em on ebay Bro Draper suggests,feckoff! I int selling any of my junk, say I.
:rolleyes:
Eleven different toolboxes,I kid you not

rgbrock1
14th Mar 2014, 21:06
Tony D.

Thanks for sharing. However, I don't have that kind of problem. My motto has always been: when in doubt, throw it out. And that includes women as well. :}:ok:

tony draper
14th Mar 2014, 21:11
Tiz a failing common among shedites that we cannot bring ourselves to throw anything out,for we just know with the certainty of sunrise tomorrow that should we do so withing 36 hours we will find we have desperate need for the item flung.
:(

GrumpyOldFart
14th Mar 2014, 21:29
with the certainty of sunrise tomorrow



We could only dream of sunrises...

con-pilot
14th Mar 2014, 22:05
You had sun???


We should have been so lucky. :{

Windy Militant
14th Mar 2014, 22:21
Agree Mr D nothing more useful that a "Comehandy" and you can guarantee the day after you throw any of it out you'll have urgent need of it! ;)

Cornish Jack
14th Mar 2014, 23:24
One method of sorting out one's shed of 'come-in-handy's is to let Nature take over. Mind you, this was only the 'small' shed - the garage was inundated and even after that I have a shortage of storage space. Come the rebuild, things WILL be different!!!:mad:http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu193/CornishJack/Damage2_zpsbec39f8a.jpghttp://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu193/CornishJack/Damage1_zpsad7a1c06.jpghttp://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu193/CornishJack/Damage3_zps25226d97.jpg

tony draper
14th Mar 2014, 23:35
They all look like human skulls scattered about the place in that top picture Mr Jack, did you practice a unusual hobby in your shed.:uhoh:

Cornish Jack
15th Mar 2014, 00:02
Norfolk stone, Mr D - surprising amount of it around here ;):E
One of our neighbours (an historical buff) reckons that a previous owner used to pick up skulls washed upon the beach and store them on shelves - until the plods heard about it. This was post WW2 - apparently - lots of them about. Doesn't have quite the appeal of my machine tool habit ... 12 lathes, 4 mills, 4 saws 6 drills etc., etc.:ugh:

axefurabz
15th Mar 2014, 00:10
Norfolk stone, Mr D - surprising amount of it around here

The wind was obviously a lot stronger than I thought. :eek:

Cornish Jack
15th Mar 2014, 09:39
Just realised that my rather cryptic response to Mr D didn't make obvious sense - not unusual!!::\
My location is Norfolk!

A A Gruntpuddock
15th Mar 2014, 10:13
I decided to tidy up my 'man cave' by sorting stuff into plastic crates so I have a little more room.

Trouble is it now takes up even more room!

SpringHeeledJack
15th Mar 2014, 10:46
A watch of those 'Hoarders' programmes on TV will sober up anyone with a bit too much junk at home. As has been suggested a purchase of a good few see-through plastic boxes for putting like with like is a good start, if only for the satisfaction of the inner autism that is said to afflict most men (and a few women). Also may one recommend a storage room at a storage facility, this being a huge help to those who are under severe pressure from co-habities to "clear that *****mess up out of that room!" etc etc.

A sorting through 'stuff' and throwing out/donating/selling, or even using :eek: is cathartic and to be recommended. That said, you have to be ready to do it, otherwise resistance, self-sabotage, laziness, aroundtuit will always get in the way.


SHJ

Capn Notarious
15th Mar 2014, 14:54
plastic crates

I knows about them: that crack after a winter in the shed, or when something heavy is put down at arms stretch.
Fortunately 5/8th plywood does make a strong box: which becomes covered; by the stuff that is essential to keep.

gingernut
15th Mar 2014, 23:25
Checked my Cornish shed last week, and found it about half a mile downwind :-)

radeng
16th Mar 2014, 00:18
I find the problem is that I know I have the part but where is it? The only answer I can see is to adopt a 'storeman' attitude and everything has to be registered in a log. But then you need to ensure that a 'bracket, right angle, 3/8 by 1/2' is what you are looking for rather than 'small angle bracket'.

The saying that 'A place for everything and everything in its place' sounds fine until the question is asked 'What is its place?'

Don't suggest a computer or you end up with the BA 'EWS' result - described as 'Engineers Want Spares' and leading to 'I know you can see it on the shelf but the computer says we haven't got it so you can't have it even it means cancelling the flight' - which I believe actually happened!

SARF
16th Mar 2014, 00:46
Burn all your old shit.. Seriously life is to short to keep crap
I have tons of shit.. I have play mobile stuff from the 80's
It's mint and worth a lot of money. But it's not played with or mobile
What a waste of plastic..

G-CPTN
16th Mar 2014, 01:07
'I know you can see it on the shelf but the computer says we haven't got it so you can't have it even it means cancelling the flight'

Been there and experienced that!

Another Catch 22 situation was when suppliers brought in items that were entered into the stores but the chief store manager wouldn't release the parts as all items had to be 'planned' so that there was labour (and workshop space) available to fit parts as part of a programme, even though the parts were replacements for those that had been redesigned.
If it wasn't 'planned' it wouldn't happen - so we had vehicles running around with obsolete parts whilst the updated parts sat in the stores unissued. :ugh:

I've also had the answer that the item couldn't be issued as that would leave the stores without stock . . .

meadowrun
16th Mar 2014, 05:00
'I know you can see it on the shelf but the computer says we haven't got it so you can't have it even it means cancelling the flight' Been there and experienced that!

Another Catch 22 situation was when suppliers brought in items that were entered into the stores but the chief store manager wouldn't release the parts as all items had to be 'planned' so that there was labour (and workshop space) available to fit parts as part of a programme, even though the parts were replacements for those that had been redesigned.
If it wasn't 'planned' it wouldn't happen - so we had vehicles running around with obsolete parts whilst the updated parts sat in the stores unissued. :ugh:

I've also had the answer that the item couldn't be issued as that would leave the stores without stock

I started out in aviation on that side of things and on my watch all those idiots above would have been overridden, and disciplined or tanked very quickly.
One of the joys of being contactable 24/7/365.25. The training staff would have been in for a meet, re-training done and manuals re-written if that was needed.
A flight was sacred and never cancelled or delayed for those reasons. As long as a part was properly documented as legit and was serviceable and appropriate to the use, it was issued.
Would love to know the airline where that happened.

onetrack
16th Mar 2014, 05:10
I've seen a couple of farmer clients who were hoarders suffering from a form of OCD. The crap they collected was unbelieveable. One bloke used to do a daily run to the local town tips and bring home anything even faintly useable.

This bloke couldn't even throw out newspapers. He stacked them in the entrance hallway of his house until one person could barely fit through.
I kid you not, they reached the ceiling and filled the entire hallway length. There were even newspapers stacked in the rooms.

Then came the day the fire brigade got a call. His house was on fire. It burnt like a Roman Candle.
A 100 firetrucks would have had trouble putting it out, but only there were only 2 available (it was a small country town volunteer fire brigade).

Insurance paid out (God knows how, they must have been a relaxed company to deal with) and he built a new house with the proceeds.
I moved away not long after, and never visited him again, but I'll wager the new house now looks like the old one.

ExSp33db1rd
16th Mar 2014, 05:12
I have the same problem, no hope. Boxes imported from UK 30 years ago still unopened.

Slighty off thread I'm afraid, but talking of stock keeping ... Long story, but had a call for a pilot to drop a motor fan belt on to a yacht mid Tasman, fan belt name said it came from Dayton, Ohio. Mrs.ExS Giggled it then rang Ohio to ask how long to deliver to NZ, like it was fairly urgent ? Why not ring our Sth Pacific dealer, in Melbourne, said Ohio. Melbourne said ring Auckland, Auckland said why not buy it from - wait for it, a place in our own village ! Hopped on the bike and had it within 30 minutes of the request.

Dropping it on the boat was another story.

Later - suggested that the sailor was a bit unprepared setting off without a spare fan belt ? Wait, he said, disappeared into the bilges and came up with a box from Ohio. Label said correct fan belt spec. - opened it, wrong fan belt !

Murphy is always with us.

llondel
16th Mar 2014, 06:12
Storemen are a breed apart. A friend told me the tale of when he went to stores, filled in the appropriate requisition with the part number for some small widget he wanted. The storeman looked at it, asked if that's what he really wanted and on receiving the affirmative, disappeared in amongst the shelves and came back with a great big lump weighing about 30lb. On being told by my friend that it wasn't what he asked for, there was no sympathy. Turns out he'd transposed a couple of digits on the part number. That's also when he discovered that the process for returning a part to stores was way more complicated than requisitioning one. It wasn't as simple as just handing it back.

MadsDad
16th Mar 2014, 13:14
HM Dockyard Devonport, someone working on a reactor finds he needs a special 1/2 inch bolt for something or other. Goes to the stores and fills in his request and they check but haven't got any in stock. Check on MOD nationwide then turns up the part in Rosyth (logical enough for a bit for a reactor) so it is ordered to be sent to Devonport and matey returns to finish off other tasks. Two weeks later a low-loader turns up at Devonport, with a 17 ton battleship anchor on the back. After much 'where do you want it' 'we never ordered that' 'yes you did' type conversationsit transpired that the part number of the anchor was identical to the part number of the 1/2 inch bolt except for two transposed digits.

And the anchor is still in Plymouth, forming part of the RN memorial up by the Hoe.

Or so I was told when I worked at Devonport.

tony draper
16th Mar 2014, 13:38
Better a proper storeman than some dick tippy tapping on a puter keyboard.
As I know to me cost.
:uhoh: