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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1980 on: July 23, 2020, 09:10:47 pm »
23 July

Just one of those days where things didnít quite go according to plan. Coupled with yesterdayís leas than stellar study session, the stress levels climbed steadily.

But, a nice afternoon walk and a beautiful evening helped the mind and body, and rounded off the day rather nicely.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1981 on: July 24, 2020, 09:04:01 pm »
23 July

The berg wind, while lovely and warm, has done nothing for my sinuses.

But, it was a good day otherwise.

I have spent 5 minutes trying to think of what else to write. I got nothiní.

Night!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1982 on: July 24, 2020, 09:14:22 pm »
Congratulations on 100 pages of this thread, Sardine!  :occasion14:
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1983 on: July 25, 2020, 06:17:35 pm »
Congratulations on 100 pages of this thread, Sardine!  :occasion14:

I was just going to say the exact same thing....snap....well done - that's quite an achievement hey  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1984 on: July 25, 2020, 09:22:24 pm »
25 July

Boats, boats, boats. Perk of being up since 03:30? An awesome sunrise over glassy-smooth water.

It was a fun morning with lots of activity, and many new faces and names to remember. Unfortunately I didnít go out on the boats, but I did get familiar with the gear and operations at the base.

I made the most of the good weather and took a stroll around Gordons Bay afterwards. Beautiful.

Another perk of being up since 03:30? It feels like there are so many more hours in the day. Well, the 1.5hrs extra felt like a lot more (I am normally up at 5am).

There will be a lot (more) studying in the coming weeks!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1985 on: July 26, 2020, 10:06:02 pm »
26 July

So, about that Plan B.

Having to store newly-painted bicycle parts in your room is not ideal. But, I should have some interesting dreams tonight!

Also, does anyone know what flux is required to solder stainless steel?
And is anyone in the Helderberg in the laser cutting industry?

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1986 on: July 27, 2020, 07:05:34 am »
I didnít have funky dreams from the paint fumes, but I was out like a log!

A massive thank you to those who follow my thread! It has been quite the adventure so far, and I think I am just getting started. Every comment, view and thanks is a huge boost, and the support is amazing!
I am normally quite private but thereís just something about being able to speak freely. I know anyone can come and read what I say, but saying it here just feels a little more comfortable than in my blog.

Speaking if which, I was gathering steam with my adventure write-ups but my priorities have changed. I am trying to come up with a schedule for all of my different tasks. Studying nutrition coaching, studying NSRI volunteer stuff, making clocks, family time, me time, finding a job 😳 etc.
I have decided that I will make it work. How, I donít know. But I will. 💪🏻

Have a super day, folks!
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1987 on: July 27, 2020, 07:47:10 am »
26 July

And is anyone in the Helderberg in the laser cutting industry?

What do you want to laser cut? If acrylic or MDF I can help even though I'm in Benoni. Postnet is R99 up to 5kg.

If it is metal, I think waterjet cutting is better.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1988 on: July 27, 2020, 06:36:09 pm »
I like the clock nice idea  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1989 on: July 27, 2020, 10:06:07 pm »
27 July

I bought a lemon of a car last year. Despite an engine overhaul, it uses oil and emits a smokescreen. I summoned the courage to take it to the mechanics, bracing myself for bad news and a massive bill. Well, they arenít quite sure what is wrong, so they are trying a few things to start with.

The bill was bearable. In fact, I wondered if they felt sorry for me, based on the dirty state of my car and its troubled history.
And, when I climbed in I discovered the car had been vacuumed and shined inside. I went back into the shop, choking back a small sob, and told the guys that if I could hug them, I would.

I know it is kind of expected to get your car back clean from a service, but these guys have always been so friendly and helpful, and with all the stress and uncertainty these past few months, finally having a clean car was kind of a big deal.

I donít know if the oil issues are solved, but for now, I am happy.

Thank you, KSW.

It was also nice to sit in on a simulator session and realise that, despite the break from flying, I can still remember the procedures and (most of the) rules and laws.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1990 on: July 28, 2020, 09:06:25 pm »
28 July

So I got a muffin. Lemon poppyseed. From Pick Ďn Pay. The lady sold me two. Sneaky. One is cappuccino. The lemon one was under baked. But still crispy on top. Thank goodness.

I will not eat the other one tonight. I will not eat the other one tonight. I will not eat the other one tonight.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1991 on: July 29, 2020, 09:30:19 am »
26 July

So, about that Plan B.

Having to store newly-painted bicycle parts in your room is not ideal. But, I should have some interesting dreams tonight!

Also, does anyone know what flux is required to solder stainless steel?
And is anyone in the Helderberg in the laser cutting industry?

What do you want to solder to stainless steel (soldering and welding are quite different processes, and used for different purposes)
TFD Manufacturing is close to you, they do laser cutting and bending at a fair price, and they give good service (https://www.tfdm.co.za/)
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1992 on: July 29, 2020, 02:28:43 pm »
@Trail Blazer thank you for your response! Unfortunately it wonít be viable to order elsewhere and ship.

@Bergie , bicycle chain links. Both complete links and just the single plates. It will be stainless to stainless. I have a soldering iron, just need to get flux. I believe silver is best?

I will check out TFD, thank you!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1993 on: July 29, 2020, 08:44:30 pm »
29 July

Mosbolletjie french toast. Jeffís Bistro. Win.

Also. I have figured out how to get the crispy-top effect I have been seeking in store-bought muffins. Bake it again. Works a treat! Break into pieces and mix in yoghurt. Dessert, sorted!

Dinner was a Middle Eastern chicken pilaf. Came out quite nicely.

Feeling a lot better have a mental rest day. Tomorrow it is back to the books!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1994 on: July 30, 2020, 06:15:36 am »
I have never heard of being able to solder to Stainless Steel?
I weld copper to SS using coated Silver Solder rods.
Maybe take your parts and ask your local fridge repair guy if he can help you out?
They use it.
Hope you come right.
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« Reply #1995 on: July 30, 2020, 07:28:31 am »
@Trail Blazer thank you for your response! Unfortunately it wonít be viable to order elsewhere and ship.

@Bergie , bicycle chain links. Both complete links and just the single plates. It will be stainless to stainless. I have a soldering iron, just need to get flux. I believe silver is best?

I will check out TFD, thank you!
Soldering has almost zero structural strength, do you want to use the chain links for a clock?
In which case I would recommend superglue, or even hot glue (a glue gun).  Much cheaper and easier, and still strong enough for decorative links on a clock.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1996 on: July 30, 2020, 08:34:14 pm »
30 July

I am quite surprised about this free course. Itís the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach course.
Itís 60 days free, and at the end of it, you can cancel, no questions asked.
But if you cancel, they do say you need to ship the books back. To Canada. Hmmm.

Huge kudos to the Fedex guy who delivered them: he must have done shotput in school because he lobbed a good 5kg about 2.5m over a high fence.

Feeling loads better and I canít wait to go for a run.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1997 on: July 31, 2020, 05:49:14 am »
Thanks for the input, gents.

I am experimenting with making odds and ends from bicycle parts. One idea is earrings from chain links and chain plates. Not quite enough to warrant outsourcing, and quite a finicky job to just get them partly assembled.

I also want to make keyrings.
@Bergie  I have tried several types of super glueís and contact adhesives. Iím finding that I canít get the oily residue off the parts (despite 2-3 washes with a variety of cleaners and a scrubbing brush), so the glue doesnít adhere. With the keyrings, I am using sections of chain links and I canít get the glue to seep into the gaps (glue gun would probably work here, but I am worried I will have the residue issue still).

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1998 on: July 31, 2020, 06:23:57 am »
To get the oil off and out of small spaces it might work to soak/shake the parts in lemon juice?
It cleans all the junk out of carburetors so should clean your parts good enough for the glue to stick.
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« Reply #1999 on: July 31, 2020, 08:43:01 pm »
31 July

Managed to get quite a bit if studying done today. We will see how much of it I remember tomorrow when I head to NSRI Station 9 for more training. It has been interesting so far.
The rope work has my brain in a bit of twist though.







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