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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9 Comments »

  1. On fencing tools, I have a New Zealand made chain strainer. It’s solidly built—our fencing is high tensile so it has to be able to take a fair strain.

    There are two downsides to them.

    One, the wire clamps have fine tolerances and seize unless cleaned of grit and lubricated before being put away. (I do that with my tools anyway, so not a huge problem.)

    Two, it’s far too easy to overstrain the wire! The result is either the wire snapping (bloody dangerous) or posts shifting as we have soft soil. The tamped area is fine but the ground starts compressing 2-3 feet from the post.

    I also have an old set of monkey strainers, which aren’t quite as straightforward to use as the NZ chain strainer. If you want, I’ll dig them out and post them to you. They’re heavy, so they’ll help keep the postie fit.

    Comment by Stonehead — January 21, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    • Hi Stoney,

      many thanks for the offer of the Monkey strainer but I have one, I just liked the simplicity of the ‘Myti’ useless one 😦 do you have a link to the NZ ones or anything stronger than the Draper or Myti, I saw a better looking one on the Drivall site but no price or info.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 22, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Hi Paul,you may well have seen/know this. Make a jig to clamp the full height of the netting.Use your quad draw bar to tension the netting with a suitable ratchet strap at every change of gradient or direction.Have done this with a small tractor as a weight so you may need to ballast the quad if you decide to give it a go.All the best.

    Andy

    Comment by Andy — January 21, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    • Hi Andy,

      that’s exactly how I used to do it but these tensioners (when they work) are much quicker.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 22, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

  3. HI Paul, you can come and do my fencing any time. My record is about 12 metres in a day, and the sheep got through by the next morning.

    By the way, thanks so much for your support of the fish fight campaign – very nice to hear it from the most sustainable man I’ve ever met! (i assume you haven’t yet eaten all the lobsters in the bay?)

    On a completely different matter: Apparently two strange men from London have kidnapped one of your pigs and are, even as I write, cutting it up on the kitchen table in the Old School House. I think you better get down there and sort them out. All the best, Hugh

    Comment by hugh Whittingstall — January 21, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    • No Problem Hugh,

      it’s a good cause and one near to my heart http://fishfight.net/ and with over 600,000 signatures already it’s looking good. I’m also led to believe that it went down well with the men at the sharp end.

      Two wayward Londoners arrived yesterday and went away very happy this morning with a good few pints of Ginger’s blood and his liver 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 22, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

  4. Hi Paul. Suggest you send photographs of the set to the manufacturers and tell them of your experience of using the tool. Possibly even a link to your blog. Would be interesting to hear what they say.

    Comment by Rienza — January 21, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    • Hi Rienza,

      It is on the cards 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 22, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  5. Hi, very interesting about Net-Tex Myti Fencer tool. I found one of these in a workshop and was wondering how it worked, now I know. My curiosity got the better of me, and I took it apart, finding a 1/2″ bolt. Even this is not much use because the plain section only covers one jaw. Needs to have 30mm of non threaded section.

    Comment by Simon — August 16, 2013 @ 8:12 am


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