I have a personal rule that if I've had an exposed flame in the workshop (welding etc) I won't leave the workshop for half an hour after I've put it out and turned the gas off. This dates back many years when I was told by a fire officer that any fire will show itself by smoke, flame or smell within20 minutes. Dunno if it's true, but it makes sense to me, so I do it.
Anyway, this often means I'm sat on the stool mooning calf-like at my Toy of the Moment and planning the next move, but sometimes I'm just generally communing with my hoard - sad old miser that I am. Last night, I idly wondered just how many engines I'd contrived to gather into one place in the last - what? - three years? - and did a reasonably accurate count up, counting only engines that actually go or which are so complete that it will not take more than a day's work to fire them up and I didn't begin to consider driven devices like generators, pumps, compressors, vacuum pumps et al.
Oh dear ............
What's an average number of engines to gather around you? Should I worry? Is Hazel right?
J. Kim Siddorn,