Well, I started getting ready for a trip today and thought it was time to
set things up right for an extended away period. I cleanup the shop, put
covers on all the tools, oiled the bench (disposed of the rags properly),
put the power tool batteries away fully charged and separate from the tools
themselves so any thieves will have to search or buy/steal more batteries.
Wiped down the machines with lanolin oil then turned off all switches and
power sources, finally, turned off the main breaker to the shop and locked
it up good and tight.
Then on to the yard shed, removed all rags and junk, squeezed excess air out
of containers of fuel so they don't pop their lids in the heat and secured
Finally, inside to prep for the trip. Got out the Streetfinder GPS and
worked out a scenic route along the coast road that would get us to
Adelaide, partway through the upload I got a low power message. After the
download I checked the batteries - oh no! Leakage! Two weeks since purchased
from the shop, the Eveready Energizers had leaked into the battery
compartment and started causing damage. A quick search on Al Gore's internet
showed that I needed to wash it out with 50/50 white vinegar and water, then
use methylated spirited (alcohol) to help dry it out.
About an hour later I have it all cleaned up and only minimal damage has
occurred, though it could have been much worse. What gets me a little riled
is the fact these are new batteries, in a new $GPS$, and have not been
abused at all in my care. Their leakage could have caused $1500 damage and
there is not a darn thing I could have done about it (there is no warranty
on damage caused by faulty batteries in Australia).
Anyway, I guess I got lucky and noticed it before too much damage was done,
only a contact plate and some of the casing was affected.
You may want to check some of your equipment, take the batteries out if you
are not using it.
Merry Christmas to you all, and have a safe, ten fingered, New Year.
I might get to see you in Sydney this year, I expect a bit of travel with
the new job (WGCDR position at Laverton). Also I still want to get the Hock
blade (if your up for it still) and I have a couple of new HNT toys you may
be interested in (1" shoulder and a Tulipwood palm plane + LN Independance
dovey saw). *meep meep*
I should be back from Adelaide early in the new year so drop me an email if
you want to get the Hocks.
Best for the season to you and yours Noons,
Hehehe! Can't keep you away from the place, eh? ;)
I'm off ACSS for the time being, at least until July04.
Probably back by then. I'm in North Sydney for the time
being doing Mines and we moved to Mona Vale. Make sure you
bring your cozzies: the beach is only 500 yards East of
where we live now!
Yes, very much so. Got a new Preston spokeshave that I want
to get a blade for and the Rev might just have something for it.
Besides, I need some new knife blades.
No worries. You know how to contact me anyways. Make sure
you use the new domain optusnet.com.au instead of the old
one in optushome.com.au, I'm blocking everything on the
old one now. And the phone is new as well, drop me
a line and I'll send it.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.