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chasfromnorfolk
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« on: October 12, 2020, 01:13:11 PM »


During a wet Sunday afternoon, I found myself on a web-wander through fishing to fish traps to home-made rat traps to a whole world, mainly a third-world, of enterprise and finally this guy, patiently rebuilding a tractor or truck battery.

Watching him might fill an idle few minutes - itís a demonstration of skill and total disregard for personal safety thatís very heart-warming.The anthesis of bodging really, I hope he does well out of it.



Cheers,
Chas
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 01:27:24 PM »

What are we watching.
Can only see a White Box
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 01:57:47 PM »


https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l665eovBlEk
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 05:22:09 PM »

I would give that a go Chas,
       But I would at least wear gloves. Times must be tough and yet he works deftly and confidently to produce such a large battery. I wonder if I could rebuild my forklift cells this way but I would expect that the plates and spacers would cost as much as a battery.
      Biff
   There is a book on Amazon  "Battery builders Guide"
  Interesting. .
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2020, 08:29:57 AM »

Wow, what else can be said......

It's definitely a lesson in necessity driving creativity, very impressive.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2020, 08:54:47 AM »

That Man has got skills. SWMBO & I spent a month in India and saw many entrepreneurial skills in action. My personal fave was the small manufactories and reprocessing centres in Dharhvai slum, Mumbai.

 I also used to watch the wee street front mechanics working in Nigeria when I worked there, those lads could do some jobs! I also used to be a microloan angel but stopped as too many defaulted. Nonetheless I live in hope that I can get involved again.

These wee places are epic to wander about and learn from. Thanks to OP for posting this.

Also, over in my house in Turkey there are places of a similar nature. Build anything, make a dollar or 2 and hope you'll come back. They are so on the ball!
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2020, 01:21:03 PM »

That's the problem
           We get this idea that we are the only able and clever folks on the planet. It's  hard to believe that you could find nomads who live in tents, who keep on the move because their business of making arms and weapons of war are , or were not quite legal .
   I recall some 30 years ago, a reporter called Caroline Crowley and a male co reporter, were sent walking to China,(hitching lifts). This was all new stuff. A lovely Irish girl being sent off to the wilds where anything could happen to her and did she not need a chaperone to get between her and her co reporter.?  Well Caroline took to the job like a duck to water. She was doing a great job wandering all over the place  meeting all kinds of interesting folks and you could not help worrying about her. She is still gifted with a smile that renders men quite hapless and helpful,  Such was her power back then that she could gain entry to any Pakistan warlord,s Domain and they would make it clear that if anyone as much as looked at her the wrong way, they would lose their head on the spot. They were all real Gentlemen, and would make sure that she was safely escorted to the next warlords domain after asking to marry her and being such a decent sort, she would not giggle or make fun of then but instead treat them with respect as one would treat someone with a gentle affliction for which there is no cure. In other words, Caroline got on like a house on fire with them and they gave her some very privileged tours that they would never grant to any other outsiders
   One of those tours was warlords arms factory.. it was absolutely amazing. They had long low tents peppered with Laths, Drills, all the machinery necessary to build rifles and small arms of all kinds. There were no big 4 x 4s visible, everything was carted about on the back of Donjeys and horses. Their factory was in a valley between steep cliffs, Caroline got to see an Ak47 coming of the production line(you would have to call it that). She was offered a chance to test it, which she accepted and could have dislocated her shoulder but for her guide,s quiet intervention, They tested their new rifles on targets set high on the cliffs.  It was a bit sad in one way because here were very talented clever people who choose to make weapons of war rather than weapons of peace. She reached China and became an instant celebrity with the young people stopping her on the streets and practising their English on her. Her co reporter picked up a tummy bug half way through the whole journey and needed some TLC  when they reached China..
There were these guys in old long tents, boring out rifle barrels, making shiny hardwood stocks and intricate triger mechanisms and you had to ask yourself, why can't,
 everybody not do that, The answer was some...Skill or lack of it and of course those big long low tents are not easy to purchase and set up. Carolne took a well earned break a few years  after that, got married, had a family and then returned to the screen.
 The suns out, I smell Denny,s Sausages bouncing about in the pan,  There is a mug of tea heading my way. The shed can wait another 20 mins,
     Biff
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2020, 02:23:47 PM »

I worked a couple of times in Karachi, big city in Pakistan, and every district seemed to have workshops that would make you a car silencer from sheet metal in a couple of hours. I never saw a big car dealership, presumably not needed.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2020, 07:14:30 PM »

I had the pleasure of visiting the Tungstone Lead acid battery factory in Market Harborough in the 90s, now closed. Visit purpose was to witness the teardown tests on some Original Plante cells that were about 20 years old, interesting to see how the group bar to plate lug lead joint (burn) fails through corrosion, or not. Also the excellent condition of the plates.
When a lead acid battery is drained, the negative plates (spongy lead)  undergo oxidation, known as negative plate burn out. A very exothermic reaction. Basically, if the guy lets the negative plates dry out too far, the oxidation process starts and the battery is only going to the lead smelter.
The staff ( M & W)  who worked in the UK factory from the furnace, casting shop, plate manufacture, assembly and test had had regular blood tests to check for any lead ingestion, despite the Hepa filtration. Something this poor chap will not have access to. I hope he can minimise his risk factors doing this job.
BTW, The factory was moved to S Africa because labour was cheaper and little H&S.
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