Life at the end of the road

July 10, 2009

Going backwards

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:25 pm

Continuing with my lazy week I yet again rose late, well late for me at just before 7:00 and once I’d fed my animals I finished off yesterdays effort on the blog.  My willing helper, the boys pal was leaving today so before we took him down to catch the ferry I ‘press ganged’ him into helping me bring up 5 large beams that we’d found on Grian a sgier a few weeks ago. These splendid 9″x4″ wooden planks around 20′ in length will go a long way towards roofing the new extension that I’m planning for my workshop. Well more of a car port than an extension but somewhere I can work on the ‘Old girl’ without getting wet.

DIY roof

DIY roof

These spectacular finds must have come off the deck of a cargo ship and have saved me much work or much money depending on how you look at it. I’ve been planning this ‘lean to’ for years and was either going to buy the beams (expensive) or use telegraph poles ( time consuming and better saved  for uprights and strainer posts). Anyway the sooner I started tripping over these things on the croft the more likely I would be to start the job and perhaps get it done for the winter.

Once we’d done that and had second breakfast we headed south for the post office and ferry, the post office to return the cr4p brake discs that I’d bought

It’s my own fault and I should have known better but as with most things in life you get what you pay for and at £36.50 + vat as opposed to £150 inc vat for the EBC ones that I have on at present, I should have smelled a rat. Paddocks are  a most excellent and efficient company to deal with but they do tend to stock cheap stuff made from recycled bean tins in Chindia. Of course they took them back no problem but it cost me £14 in postage 😦

Farewell to the ‘Happy blasters’

Still in shock from parting with £14 for returning the cr4ppy discs we headed for the 12:15 ferry and I’m glad we were not trying to catch it as it was already full by 12:00. Mainly with ‘Crushrock’s’ drilling rig

The 'Happy blasters'

The 'Happy blasters'

After spending well over a year on Raasay and blasting several thousand tons of Scotland into little pieces for the foundations of our new harbour these guys are leaving. Their work was not finished and they are leaving with a bitter taste in their mouths but I for one shall miss them.

Bye Bye :-(

Bye Bye 😦

I see allot of people on the ferry but it’s seldom that I see anyone with as much enthusiasm for their work as these chaps, but then letting off huge bangers for a living is probably every boys dream job! So if you need a septic tank burying in solid rock or holes boring for a well or ground source heat pump then I’m sure these dudes could sort you out. Crushrock Scotland in Dunfermline, no website but a quick ‘google’ will find them.

A simple job

After seeing the boy’s pal off we headed home, spotting the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ on the navy range to the east of Raasay

Kingdom of Fife

Kingdom of Fife

Probably on charter to for ROV operations.

Once home and fed I set about a nice easy and straight forward job on the Land Rover, changing the ignition switch. It had become faulty last year so I pulled it apart and cleaned it up. Whilst this repaired it, I ordered a new one anyway just in case. Sure enough it started playing up recently  so today seemed like a good opportunity to replace it.

Just a simple job

Changing the ignition switch on a Land Rover is a relitively straight forward job and would normally take me about an hour, it would take someonelse around 20 mins but I tend to faff about! The hardest job is removing a tiny screw at the back of the switch that secures it to the steering lock. This screw is totaly inaccessable with a screw driver and I suspect the correct way is to remove the whole steering lock to allow removal with a short screwdriver. However I’d managed to loosen it last year using just a cordless screw driver bit, they’re only about an inch long and you can grip the hexagon part in your fingers 🙂 if it’s tight you’ve had it but with a bit of luck you can undo it. Luck was with me but left shortly afterwards 😦

Same part number!

Same part number!

When I compared the new switch with the old, the terminals were configured slightly differently despite having the same number on the switch. Checking the terminals with a multimeter I came to the conclusion that I needed an extra terminal soldering on and another one bridging

Desperate measures

Desperate measures

Now any normal person in the real world would have turned back long ago, after all I was supplied the wrong switch despite giving the correct info, but it was 6 months ago and today was Friday so the chance of one getting here before I start work on Wednesday were slim. Anybody else faced with this problem in suburbia would catch the bus, train, taxi or even hitch a lift into work but here at ‘the end of the road’ it’s not that simple so as usual I went for the bodge option 🙂

Of course after refitting it all the ‘Old girl’ failed to start, I’d failed to notice that the configuration of the switch meant that the power to the fuel solenoid was being cut whilst the starter was operating. Of course I did not sus this out right away but when I did I went down the even sillier route of trying to make a good switch out of the two, which for several hours left me with two piles of junk on the workshop bench and still no running Land Rover!

To cut a long story short I gave up on it for the day and spent the rest of the evening eating and drinking with my ‘in laws’ that had arrived during the afternoon!

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