Looks like I'll be on the road for work starting next week, so I won't be
for at least a couple of months, maybe many months. I've posted here and on my
site every week for the past ten years so I guess I'm over due for a break.
to everyone for their participation, I've enjoyed it and have learned a lot.
The answers for this week have been posted:
Have a great weekend everyone!
It has been enormous fun for many people and you've obviously put a huge
amount of effort into it. I hope you found it worthwhile.
Many thanks for all your work over the years, and I do hope to see it
suddenly reappear at some time in the future.
All the best!
You'll be sorely missed Rob. Thanks for all the effort you've put into this
and the enjoyment you've given us all going crazy trying to work out what
the hell those things were. Have a great time on the road and hope to see
you back in the future.
Another thought occurred to me for item #3236. It looks as
though it could be used as part of a safety device by those working on
power lines. In particular, there are pairs of clamps similar to this,
connected together by a flexible cable. The cable could go to the eye
on the left in the photo. The clamp is applied by an insulated pole
which lifts it to the wire (by the handle of the clamp) and then is
twisted to tighten the clamp onto the wire.
I've only seen these at a distance, so I can't be sure that this
would serve for that purpose, but it looks as though it would.
Perhaps someone reading this does such power line work and could
I saw them in use after the Derecho hit the East Coast a couple
of years ago, and left us (Washington DC vicinity, Northern VA in
particular) without power (and air conditioning) for about five days,
and some for significantly longer.
It does resemble a hot line clamp, I'm not sure if this is right or not but will
forward it to the owner. Thanks for all of your posts over the years, I know you
supplied answers for quite a few of the items. Take it easy DoN!
I would feel more certain about it if there were a flat sided
ring for the cable to clamp to, instead of a rounded ring for something
to simply clip into. I guess that at the voltages involved, they will
make connection fairly easily even without a rigid clamping of terminals
-- at least enough to ground the wire and blow a fuse upline somewhere.
(Or kill some idiot's generator which is backfeeding the line. :-)
And the best of luck with whatever it is which you are going to
be doing for a while.
I look forward to your eventual return. I've spotted some
interesting things to submit to you for future puzzles, if I can
remember to photograph them at the right time. :-)
On Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:46:12 -0400, Stormin Mormon
If someone has the web-savvy - to set it up -
- we could do a version of Rob's What-Is-It ..
... just while he's away...
We'll post the answers first - so everyone will know
where to find them - < nudge nudge wink wink >
and then we'll all post pictures of what the answer
looks like to us.
Gotta be a Reality TV pilot here somewhere !
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