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Old 6th Nov 2019, 02:40
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Bloody useless bloody branded in Orstraya bloody made-in-china bloody hedge trimmer.
You're petrol powered and vicious; you're supposed to be able to cut through a branch the size of me forearm.
And yet you [email protected] yourself yesterday evening on a twig... then when I tried to fix you, get all the screws undone and discover the secret, hidden greasy bearing race around the busted bit.
Tiny ball bearings all over the garage floor.
Off to Artarmon Mowers at the weekend to see if they can help.
Sucking air through teeth "...tried to fix it ourselves did we sir?"
Don't you guys dare tell me it can't be repaired...
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 10:04
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Is something upsetting you, Mr T?
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 10:36
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What brand hedge trimmer, tartare?

PM me with the details if you wish.
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 22:08
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Thanks Pinkie - appreciated.
Report of the AHTSB (Australian Hedge Trimmer Safety Bureau) is below.

Type
Victa Tornado TTB2226AD

Time and Location
0800Z, Driveway, up the step ladder. Hadn’t even necked the first Coopers pale ale of the evening; at least 12 hours from bottle `til throttle

Conditions
CAVOK.

What happened
Bastard stopped working. Power being generated (engine screaming head off) but blades not reciprocating. Much swearing and cursing.

Examination
On tear down, trimmer show to have design which transfers torque via internal driveshaft from two-stroke to extension poles via female receptacle to male protrusion in next pole, anchored by a spring loaded catch. Allows poles to be clicked into place to extend reach of trimmer, and various different heads to be attached to top of pole to perform different tasks. Female master drive receptacle on power unit normally has two flanges, with hole in the middle , which male receptacle fits firmly into. One flange was broken (ouch). More swearing and cursing.

Analysis
Trimmer blades have been observed to sometime suddenly seize on a branch while under power. This will have effect of shock loading female and male drive joins, presumably weakening female flanges over time (same reason for ensuring propeller never contacts ground while taxying plane). Latest shock load probably too much for weakened metal flange, which separated from female receptacle, leaving male to rotate freely – and subsequent lack of drive engagement. Swearing, cursing etc.


Actions
Take to mower shop and throw on mercy of trimmer fixer, while seeking PPRuNe wisdom in parallel. Try not to swear.

Safety messages to self
Pay particularly close attention to diameter of hedge branches trimmed in future. And don’t stand on the top two rungs of the steppie while it’s balanced on the driveway you muppet, you were lucky you didn’t fall off and bust your leg.
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Old 7th Nov 2019, 02:17
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Hedge Trimmers - the motorized hand and arm vibrating tools.

Have a friend who had a pickup truck with homemade wooden canopy on the back.
Came time to get rid of the aforesaid canopy. What tools to use? Crowbar and hammers? Naw....... He had a chainsaw. Wood - chainsaw.....sounds good.
Into the job and a vertical cut was required. Roar goes saw, bang goes the nail it hit, sending chainsaw kicking back vertically into nose.
He kept his nose and got a big new scar.
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Old 7th Nov 2019, 05:10
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Jaysus... that's a tale and a half.
Hire em occasionally, but chainsaws scare me.
Sounds like a very lucky man...
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Old 7th Nov 2019, 14:02
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Well, they got Halloween over with and now that all the kids are recovering from sugar overdoses (they had to work for it in Chicago - it snowed on them.)
Right on cue they have started the >insert name< holiday merchandising. I presume the Chinese toys made it to the shelves and virtual shelves before the tariffs kicked in.
I sometimes think consumerism is keeping the world economies afloat. Everybody buying new stuff they think they need. Feeding the engine.
Sure, money is re-invested but I think most of it goes to new places to make more stuff. And just how often can you improve laundry detergent, mascara and phones?

Might order some Bendicks mints. They remind me of >insert holiday<. especially if it snows and don't come from China.
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Old 7th Nov 2019, 20:09
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My wife has just had an e-mail from the Tax people about a refund. I have always told her not to click on any links
and just delete it. Today however she sent it onto me as it looked like it might have been genuine.After looking at it
I deleted it but then thought that I would indeed log into her I.R.D. account.

Oh much joy and happiness as it was genuine and she did indeed qualify for a refund I then checked our Bank
and lo and behold there it was - a direct deposit from I.R.D.

3 Cents

.
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Old 8th Nov 2019, 14:47
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Just sayin', but wouldn't the money have been there without clicking the link and so avoiding the concern?
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Old 8th Nov 2019, 16:12
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Situational awareness question for drivers........

When approaching temporary traffic lights for road works, do you ?
(a) stop behind a car already stopped because the light is on RED.

(b sit in car and wait, not bothering to glance in mirrors as you are static

(c) pull out and proceed past stationary car and past RED light

(d) now look in your mirror due to car with blue flashing lights, making a lot of noise, which was formerly parked three cars behind you and is now immediately behind you

One was number four in the queue in this entertaining diversion this morning......lady driver in car in front seen clapping hands as police car announced it's presence and commenced to follow our hero above

Should also add no approaching traffic from opposite direction
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Old 8th Nov 2019, 16:21
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Sit in car waiting for the light to turn to green whilst watching the mirrors intently in case subsequent cars look like failing to stop. (We have had 2 cars written off in the past 5 years hit from behind whilst waiting in similar situations).
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Old 8th Nov 2019, 19:25
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
Just sayin', but wouldn't the money have been there without clicking the link and so avoiding the concern?
As I said I deleted the e-mail, I never click on any links but I did go and log-in on the genuine IRD website.

I am so very glad my wife has retired from her job as a midwife in a hospital.

The below is happening at Christchurch hospital ( on the South Island NZ not in UK ) although at the hospital where
my wife used to work there was one security person for the whole hospital during the night. Hospital management
hated the Police being called as it reflected on the image of the hospital. Night staff had to park a long way from the
building but of course management, who only attended during daylight hours, were allocated parking spots as close as
possible. Night staff were strictly forbidden from using them even though they started and finished long before management
appeared on site.

"At this time of year it's not as bad, but middle of winter, it's cold, pitch-black, a safety issue really.

"We're told to walk with our scissors in our pocket, and I don't think that should be really necessary."

In April 2018, a student nurse was assaulted and robbed at knife-point after she left work about 10.30pm.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/11...k-of-car-parks

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Old 8th Nov 2019, 22:11
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Mixed fruit in a plastic bag.
Rum poured in.
Sealed and occasionally fondled.
First steps in cake making.
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 06:34
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 07:08
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That's too deep for me...
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 07:25
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Originally Posted by izod tester View Post
Sit in car waiting for the light to turn to green whilst watching the mirrors intently in case subsequent cars look like failing to stop. (We have had 2 cars written off in the past 5 years hit from behind whilst waiting in similar situations).
Yes, I keep my eyes on the mirror and pump the brakes a bit if another car comes into view, just to remind the driver - who will probably be head down on his phone - of my stationary presence. Ye' canna be tooooo carrrfull.

I also sit in neutral with handbrake on, footbrake off, at red traffic lights in wet weather, to avoid the red dazzle for the car behind. Few do. I accept that one has to be slick when the lights change, to avoid the blast from behind, but one can often see the progression of the changing lights on the other road, to help.
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 10:13
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
That's too deep for me...
He likes to make a splash.
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 07:35
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Bought my first of the season strorberries and sparrowgrass today. Summer's here!
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 09:54
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Had to put my heating on for an hour or two last night. Winter's here...
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 21:39
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Wow ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50347952
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