Life at the end of the road

January 20, 2011

Myti rubbish :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:41 pm

Why do we put up with this cr4p ???? cars are getting bigger yet supermarket parking  spaces seem to be getting smaller, what’s all that about ??? I am not a big person by any means, 5’8” in my shoes and only 32” around the waist. A Land Rover is not a wide vehicle and wifey’s Daihatsu is even narrower yet we both struggle getting out of the car without battering the vehicle next door. And toasters, every single sliced loaf you look at in supermarket is the same size, yet how many of them fit in the piece of cr4p Chinese toaster you get from the high street ??? I had my ‘spacesaver’ tyre rant last week so I’ll not bore you with that but I’m just sick of buying stuff that falls apart or is unfit for purpose.

Is there such a thing as a tyre inflator, weather electric or foot pump that does not self destruct the first time you use it. Kettles are another, have you any idea how many kettles I’ve worn out, no not plastic electrical bits of rubbish from the far east but stainless steel ones that sit on the stove. I’ve lost count of how many cheap ones I’ve bought that have sprung a leak just as the warranty expires so the last time I paid over £50 for one of these,

 

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a Stellar stove top kettle. The dogs danglies of kettles, British made and guaranteed for life, well the frigging thing has just peed over the cooker 😦 All I have to do now is find the receipt, that should be a laugh, my filing system is as organized as my sons bedroom 🙂

Sorry about that, but this morning, after feeding everyone and checking the header tank on my hydro turbine I set off up the hill to continue with my fencing.

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Giving the top coarse screen a good shake to remove the dead leaves,

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and the fine internal one a good scrub with a special long handled wire brush to clean it.

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That’s it with just the first two penstock pipes fully filled and producing a very respectable 500w, for the last week it’s been doing around 750w or 18Kwh per day 🙂

Once up there I set about doing another, probably the trickiest section of fence,

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only 22m but on a steep slope with a 12” cliff at the 9m mark, (just where that post is without stays). After  stretching a bottom wire between the three strainers using my new ‘Myti Fencer’ wire tensioner.

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Yes that red piece of cr4p above the blue piece of cr4p 😦

 

 

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Once the bottom wire was as tight as my inferior tool would allow I started looking for suitable places to drive the posts in with my pry bar.

 

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It was only six posts but it took a good bit of effort to find a spot soft enough to drive them in.

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Once they were in and as level as the rock would allow I put the top wires on, I say wires because I had to do it in two separate lengths due to that wee cliff.

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Then it was on with the netting,

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each time I came to tension a wire with my ‘Myti’ new tool it got harder and harder as the jaws got farther and farther apart.

Anyway, we got the section done and I retired to my workshop to look at my new tool.

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What I discovered was nothing short of a joke, well it would be if I hadn’t just paid the best part of £40 for this piece of rubbish. You will notice that the bolt hole through the jaws is already oval after less than 50m of fencing 😦 What you may not notice unless you’re an engineer is that that is not a bolt but a set, a set is threaded right up to the head and a bolt has a shoulder on it, you will also notice that the ‘set’ is bent.

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Bolt on right, set on left, notice how the threads are flattened on the set,

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and just look at the ridges the threads have worn in the bolt hole.

Now this is not rocket science, any apprentice engineer will tell you that an application like this requires a bolt and not a set. It’s not like there’s even a great deal of difference in the price, but then some accountant probably discovered he could save a few pence by buying sets instead of bolts 😦

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Which is a shame because apart from that it’s an excellent tool, though I had to laugh at the website http://www.net-tex.co.uk/ ‘innovative high technology solutions for all industries worldwide’. I think what this means is that it solves the problem of some sweat shop in Mumbai unloading it’s rubbish onto people in the west at a gazillion percent mark up for the distributor. Just call me cynical :-)  

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