Monday saw a big step forward as Arthur completed the needle gunning of the boiler. Neal intends to inspect inside himself before too long.
Les came on Monday to continue with NDT on the boiler. I last saw him mixing what looked like heavy wallpaper paste. I doubt that he was about to cover the firebox with anaglypta. Arthur John and Tim continued machining the V blocks for measurement of the J72 frames.
Today Sue Smeaton arrived with the NYMR truck and all hands ran the remaining pallets down to the crossing for loading. The back door area is now clear of the “Brexit Bonfire” that I feared the local youths might light. Outside the brambles are starting to grow again despite the earlier blitz on the new growth. We need to return to the job soon.
Arthur and John and Maurice continued machining the spring hanger bolts for the J72. Derek and Allan continued cleaning the paint from the eccentric straps in preparation for NDT. Colin mended Henry, which I used for cleaning the workshop. James did a big sort and tidy of the machinists cupboard.
Discussion of the jammed drill took place over afternoon tea. The drill has been opened. Opinion seems to be that the chuck is attached via a metric Allen bolt. Unfortunately, we only appear to have imperial sized Allen keys in the drawer. Colin has been able to free the chuck sufficiently to take larger bits. However, the chuck has been chewed about a bit and may not be of a great deal of use now. The right answer would appear to be to buy an additional drill and to obtain a replacement chuck for the existing drill. Both chucks ought to be Jacobs chucks with keys.
We won’t be opening on Bank Holiday Monday, but will open Thursday 9:00. All workers welcome.