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Geeky Engineering Bloke Stuff


Libspero
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Just bought some original (second hand) Johansson gauge blocks from eBay for £50.

I have no particular use for them,  but to my mind they are an authentic throwback to the birth of precision engineering, heralding in a new industrial age and golden era of technological advancement that, while not long ago, we now take for granted.

Next I think an original ships chronometer,  or possibly an antique sextant to complete my collection of old man junk.

Does anyone else collect weird geeky stuff like this?

 

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Lots of engineering stuff which use / might use.

Of the stuff bought just for owning it- a quack's electrotherapy machine (same as below), Avo meter, various odd multi-tools - hammer and pliers, odd specialist hand tools some which have no clue what they were used for.

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Chewing Grass
2 hours ago, Libspero said:

Just bought some original (second hand) Johansson gauge blocks from eBay for £50.

I have no particular use for them,  but to my mind they are an authentic throwback to the birth of precision engineering, heralding in a new industrial age and golden era of technological advancement that, while not long ago, we now take for granted.

Next I think an original ships chronometer,  or possibly an antique sextant to complete my collection of old man junk.

Does anyone else collect weird geeky stuff like this?

 

This is in my watch list, Rubert were in Cheadle, I always fancied a pocket set of surface finish comparator plates but can never find the ones I saw in the machine shop 40 years ago. Can't bring myself to spunk cash on the set here but I still like them.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/METROLOGY-RUBERT-box-set-giving-comparison-surface-finishes/254617014894

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Top shelfers on Electro-Magnetic and other spectrums.

CDV700 Model 6b - Electro-Neutronics, Oakland, California
CDV715 Model 1a - Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Conneticut
GQ Electronics GMC300E - American Designed - Chinky made
Trifield TF2 EMF meter - Hand made in the USA by Mormons

The glowing stuff in the glass jar is Uranium infused glass

Sign robbed from somewhere I worked 20 years ago that had a fuck-off industrial X-Ray machine before it was demolished.
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Chewing Grass
1 minute ago, Libspero said:

Starting to get an idea what sector you might work in for your day job chewy..   unless it's ghostbusting  :D

Yep, started off nationalised, now I'm not and have a shit pension.

Can do ghost-busting if you want and microwave radiation up to 5GHz.

Have a keen interest in dangerous things you can't smell, can't usually see unless your Mr Cherenkov or have a Spinthariscope,  and can't hear unless you have a clicky meter.

Unfortunately the day job is much more booooring.

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26 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

 

There's one of them in the Museum of Hartlepool. I think it's the same model.

I've probably got a photo of it somewhere, I'll see if I can dig it out...

 

XYY

 

Davis and Kidder, I think there were others.  Lots sold I reckon, as evidenced I stumbled on one and paid I think £30 for it.

 

 

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I preferred practical engineering stuff.i forgot to get more larger and I’m not hiting the spirits neat.so I found this serve over ice it says fuck no ice cubes.so I had to engineer some 

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4 minutes ago, stokiescum said:

I preferred practical engineering stuff.i forgot to get more larger and I’m not hiting the spirits neat.so I found this serve over ice it says fuck no ice cubes.so I had to engineer some 

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Improvise, adapt and overcome xD 

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Chewing Grass
7 minutes ago, stokiescum said:

I preferred practical engineering stuff.i forgot to get more larger and I’m not hiting the spirits neat.so I found this serve over ice it says fuck no ice cubes.so I had to engineer some 

De-ionised ice cubes, good job you are re-mineralising them with Gummy Bears and Coffee liqueur.

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12 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

Have a keen interest in dangerous things you can't smell, can't usually see unless your Mr Cherenkov or have a Spinthariscope,  and can't hear unless you have a clicky meter.

Perhaps you should add a tesla coil to your collection so you can check your glassware for leaks :/

 

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There used to be an antiques place in Wells in Somerset, by the cathedral that had all this lovely old instrumentation in the window. Some genuinely lovely old brass instruments, telescopes and the rest. you can pay big money for a lot of that stuff. Very collectable.

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Bandit Banzai
42 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

Top shelfers on Electro-Magnetic and other spectrums.

CDV700 Model 6b - Electro-Neutronics, Oakland, California
CDV715 Model 1a - Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Conneticut
GQ Electronics GMC300E - American Designed - Chinky made
Trifield TF2 EMF meter - Hand made in the USA by Mormons

The glowing stuff in the glass jar is Uranium infused glass

Sign robbed from somewhere I worked 20 years ago that had a fuck-off industrial X-Ray machine before it was demolished.
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I've got a dose rate and a count meter in the boot of the car. Ocassionally used in the day job. Horrible modern, digital stuff. Will never be collectable.

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7 minutes ago, Bandit Banzai said:

There used to be an antiques place in Wells in Somerset, by the cathedral that had all this lovely old instrumentation in the window. Some genuinely lovely old brass instruments, telescopes and the rest. you can pay big money for a lot of that stuff. Very collectable.

There was one near Salisbury Cathedral in the 1970s, it was not that expensive.

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Chewing Grass
5 minutes ago, Libspero said:

Perhaps you should add a tesla coil to your collection so you can check your glassware for leaks :/


I have always wanted to build a Tesla coil, thought I'd start small so bought this bag of bits off ebay from a bloke in Wigan.

I have lost the instructions.

Do you know what you are doing with 50,000 volts and do you have a quiet shed?

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Bandit Banzai
13 minutes ago, Bobthebuilder said:

One day it will be expensive.

Dunno. Just not the same. Old analog stuff just  looks better.

Only looks mind, my old AVO is not going to be anywhere near as good as a modern Fluke.

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Bobthebuilder
1 minute ago, Bandit Banzai said:

Dunno. Just not the same.

People were saying that about my Gibson guitars and Marshalls amps in the 80s.

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Happy Renting
On 09/10/2020 at 18:36, Libspero said:

Just bought some original (second hand) Johansson gauge blocks from eBay for £50.

I have no particular use for them,  but to my mind they are an authentic throwback to the birth of precision engineering, heralding in a new industrial age and golden era of technological advancement that, while not long ago, we now take for granted.

Next I think an original ships chronometer,  or possibly an antique sextant to complete my collection of old man junk.

Does anyone else collect weird geeky stuff like this?

 

I try not to, but I keep going back to a Facebook small ad for a 1900's Stanley transit theodolite for which I would have absoloutely no use, and dreaming about buying it.   Surveyor Porn.

Edit: Isn't she gorgeous.  So many things to twiddle.

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On 09/10/2020 at 22:20, Bobthebuilder said:

People were saying that about my Gibson guitars and Marshalls amps in the 80s.

Gibsons are still much the same. My Peavey amplifier must be old now, as I bought it used in 1999.

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Not sure if anyone cares,  but my gauge blocks are going back..

7 originals parts missing..  and two of the sizes weren't there at all.    *****ing ebay  :PissedOff:

Not only the customer's trying it on on there 9_9

 

If anyone has a set they don't want,  I'm in the market again..   

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Bandit Banzai
2 hours ago, Libspero said:

Not sure if anyone cares,  but my gauge blocks are going back..

7 originals parts missing..  and two of the sizes weren't there at all.    *****ing ebay  :PissedOff:

Not only the customer's trying it on on there 9_9

 

If anyone has a set they don't want,  I'm in the market again..   

Do they stick together? I used to be fascinated by that. Such a perfect ground finish meant they would actually stick to each other. Happy memories of my apprenticeship. The old boys I worked with used to call them Slips, maybe Slip Gauges, something like that.

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50 minutes ago, Bandit Banzai said:

Do they stick together? I used to be fascinated by that. Such a perfect ground finish meant they would actually stick to each other. Happy memories of my apprenticeship. The old boys I worked with used to call them Slips, maybe Slip Gauges, something like that.

They do when they are new.   These ones have had "a good life",   which I expected.  They were a bit rusty and probably salvaged from an old shed or garage.    I didn't mind because they are original Johansson ones,  he was the first guy to create them so they are of historical interest.  But if I'm going to have them for historical nostalgia,  I want a proper full set,  not a box of assorted odds and sods all thrown together.  I'm sure a better set will come along at some point..  hopefully.

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