I seem to be putting in a regular 13-hour day 7 days a week on the day
job at the moment. I haven't managed a day in the shed since last year
:-( The day job? All I can say is that I am beginning to loathe
computers... On the engine front, I finally managed to acquire a small
3-phase alternator (I'd been looking for a couple of years) and need to
go to Devon to fetch a CS 3/1 before much longer. Now all I need is the
time to make a couple of trolleys.
Well, the alternator was an eBay win, thanks to a heads-up from Arthur.
It's a 5KVA Conyers 2-pole (x 3) machine with a rather nice
multiplication gearbox made by Godfreys, Brinchley (don't know whether
that's Godfreys of... or Godfreys and...). The gearbox has a 1:6 input
splined for a standard tractor PTO and a 1:2 input with a plain 30mm
shaft and a reduced 28.5mm section with keyway. The ensemble is mounted
on a channel frame with industrial castors. It looks like just the
thing to drive with the CS 12/2 with the appropriate pulleys etc.. If
it works well, then I may have a 5KVA Transwave converter to dispose of.
I am probably still going to look out for a slightly larger alternator
though, maybe in the 10 - 15KVA range.
The CS 3/1 was courtesy of Roland's recent posting here and was bought
pretty much 'sight unseen' from Devon at the beginning of the month. I
must make an effort to go and get it as soon as I can. I now have a
3/1, a 5/1, a 6/1, a 6/1 Start-o-Matic and a 12/2 - I could use a 10/2
to fill the gap :-) The trip to Devon will depend largely on the
weather and the good offices of the vendor, but I may well be going
empty with trailer this weekend if I can take anything South for anyone?
Pics at http://www.petesextension.com/shed/ later today.
On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 07:25:50 +0000, Peter Scales wrote:
Are you self employed? In which case it's your own fault.
If employed it's illegal under the Working Time Directive. The hours
restriction can be opted out of for *some* categories of job (I don't
think computing is one of the jobs...). Rest time, ie. minimum breaks
between duty periods and days off can't be opted out of, ever.
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
Like he said :-)
If it's a choice between 13-hour days or the dole and bankruptcy court,
I can think of a few other things that are illegal too, like doing 90 on
British roads - we never do that, do we?
On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 12:45:44 +0000, Peter Scales wrote:
*If* you are an employee that level of weork is not legal and to be
honest it's about time the UK employed work force stopped doing stupid
hours and got a private life...
Yes, I have done those sort of hours in the past but there is *much*
more to life than eating, sleeping and working.
Nope, I don't think my motor will go that fast. B-) I cruise at 60,
thats where it feels and sounds happiest.
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
On Sat, 26 Feb 2005 22:52:41 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Liquorice"
As it's a Stationary Engine newsgroup and not Political I'll say no
more, but to add that the new minimum wage comes in next October, with
the TUC howling for yet more increases, so who is going to pay for
that? We pay above the minimum wage, but not everyone can, especially
when you cannot get anything like the quality of people to do the
work, and most firms, including ours, are reluctant to take on new
employees as they are ridiculously difficult to get rid of, and get
full benefits after 13 weeks, including 4 weeks paid holidays!!
Employment Law is great when it is based on commonsense, but like so
many other things in life, we are getting to the point of being
totally uncompetitive because we pay ourselves too much and don't work
hard enough (with exceptions) while other countries are more than
happy to take the employment away from us.
You may be well-meaning in your posts, Dave, but it does not reflect
the true world at all, and when we run out of jobs in the UK, someone,
somewhere will have to pay for the unemployment benefit and all the
Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK
I'm not an employer like him but I have to agree with what Peter Forbes has
to say. In my working life I have been made redundant four times and as I
get older, over fifty, it becomes harder to find work. I now have a job
where I am appreciated and paid well for doing it plus other little extras
that the boss gives me. In return I work Monday to Friday away from home all
the hours it takes to do the job. fortunately the nature of the job does not
allow weekend work but we still have to finish the work load no choice.
Its a fact of life that those who work work harder than ever and if that is
required for me to support my family I will do it.
Sorry to the rest of you but I had to get it off my chest.
Legislators may make all the rules they wish - if they don't suit the
rank and file then they'll be ignored.
May I also refer you to
where there is much that touches on my situation - in particular
sections 2, 3 and 4.
In sum, I will be unemployed if I don't work and put in the hours the
job requires. This won't be because my boss fires me, it will be
because the firm folds. If it were just me, then I might be inclined to
say "To hell with it!", but I have a wife and three children to feed,
clothe and house.
Agreed - but *only* if you can afford it.
Hmm, this thread has taken quite an interesting turn.
Growing up in the late 60's and 70's as a complete addict of Tomorrows World
(I used to trot up the road to watch it in colour at a neighbours house) I
looked forward to a utopian future where the only problem would be how to
fill the leisure time released when all the mundane tasks were taken over by
technology. What went wrong - did Raymond Baxter et al lie?
I had a period of 'leisure' some years ago which was indeed pretty good
while the redundancy money lasted, but once back in employment it seems that
one has to work harder and under more stress than ever. As John Ambler
indicated in the 'varied interests' thread, stress does take its toll,
though not in my case on the heart. I sometimes think that finding the odd
ten minutes for this NG really is one of the things which keeps me nominally
sane - keep up the therapy lads!
Hoping to get a quiet weekend after a few busy ones, mostly work-related but
there has been a lot of activity on the machine tool front as well.
The Beaver turret mill is still awaiting collection due to bad weather, we don't
want to drag it back on the trailer in snow and salt-laden weather, the smaller
of the Adcock & Shipley machines, the one with the small 'M' Bridgeport head has
had to go to make space, and I didn't need to advertise it either...
We've moved out some of the engines we sold recently, so covered floor space is
gradually becoming less of a problem. I will probably sell the 5/1 engine bitza
which we have here, it is a collection of parts that make up a complete engine,
but wasn't complete when we got it some years ago. That will probably go on
Space up at the farm is being increased so that we can move out a lot of the
stuff we have here, including some of the company component stock, then we hope
to be able to move the machinery in properly and get it all running.
Been to Blackpool this week on a delivery run, but that's about all that is of
Peter & Rita Forbes
I've been working on a new cooling tank stand for the Petter lighting
plant, having decided that a remotely mounted tank would be a good
idea. When that's finished, I want to take the big Amanco No.3 pump off
its trolley for a spot of minor maintenance.
Oh, and I ought to think about getting some new, higher quality
bearings for my pillar drill
I hope the weather does improve, I've been booked to give three slide
shows in March :-)
Barely ventured into the garage since getting the Scott PAB nominally
running a couple of months ago. Weather doesn't help but to be honest, when
I survey my meagre collection of half completed junk the total value of
which would barely cover a Crossley cylinder oiler, I begin to see the gulf
between a dilettante tinkerer such as myself and the 'proper' engine
enthusiasts who contribute so much to the preservation movement. I marvel at
the energy and enthusiasm which others seem to have, tackling major rebuilds
of huge lumps of iron and then hauling them round the countryside to put on
a show which most members of the public, if they notice it at all, seem to
view with the sort of bemused curiosity usually reserved for documentary
films about the culture and habits of the Nbongo tribe.
There is no 'gulf' really, we all contribute something in some way or
other. If you take the time that you have spent on various research
efforts, and others with their websites, plus there are the 'fringe'
activities that I mentioned in my other post about varied interests,
then it would be surprising indeed if anything at all got sorted out!
Kim asked...What are YOU busy with?
Work (making plastic film capacitors) keeps me occupied 9-5ish weekdays, farm
work keeps me busy at weekends, I feed
the sheep in the morning before work, so evenings are my hobby time.
Unfiortunately, I've spent most of the week running around in the evenings and
spent little time in the workshop. On
Monday evening I did the best part of very little apart from TV and PC, as I was
knackered following a weekend spent
hauling logs from the top of the mountain to the bottom, then spent a day on the
tractor sawbench cutting a lot of them
up (all part of a cunning plan to have dry firewood next Winter).
Tuesday evening picked up a couple of tons of nuts for the ewes, who were
threatening industrial action without extra
Wednesday evening picked up a parts engine. Grabbed an hour in the workshop,
continuing the strip of the 10/2.
Thursday evening picked up 1000 hedge plants for the new hedge we're planting on
the plateau. Bloody rabbits have
played havoc with last year's planting. I can almost smell the cordite.....
Also popped in to see a rather overworked
friend who was kind enough to show me his engine collection.
Tonight, maybe a little tinkering and later I've got a date with a couple of
bottles of Shropshire lad :-).
Tomorrow off to pick up a new ram from Derbyshire, to replace the sod I was sold
as top grade scrapie resistant, but
Sunday I've got to vaccinate our ewe flock as lambing beckons.
Thursday evening picked up a 1000 hedging plans for the hedge that needs doing
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