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Feb. 14th, 2014

09:59 am - Ask a busy person..

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So I had reason to call a courier this morning and ended up getting put on hold. Instead of the usual Bic Runga hold music (why yes I do spend a fair bit of time on hold to IRD, why do you ask?), I was confronted with one of those morning radio hosts informing me in a semi-shout that "Women LOVE getting flowers for Valentine's Day, but what should you give to a man?"

Luckily I was put through to an operator before they enlightened me. I believe dead animal flesh and fellatio is the generally-accepted-by-morning-radio Universal Man Gift. Not that I've anything against either, but the minute I'm told that it's a requirement, I get all bloody-minded about it. I doubt I'm alone in this.

Have I mentioned how much I detest morning radio hosts?


I used to be a florist. As a consequence I'm not a huge fan of cut flowers as a gift - I spent years wallowing in them and presenting them and observing people using them as a form of currency in a relationship that was supposed to fix all sorts of neglect and mistreatment.

But having said that, the sight of Dr Wheel this morning in his dressing gown, out in the garden picking me a nasturtium, made my little heart go "D'awww!" Not because of the flower, but because Dr Wheel in his dressing gown traipsing round the garden in the peaceful early dawn. Who wouldn't be moved by that?

He's luffly. Every day of the year. *ticks off mental checklist*

Terrifyingly intelligent - check
Hawt - check
Makes me laugh till I nearly wet myself on a regular basis - check

What more could a girl ask for?

"Steak and blowjobs!" comes the shout from the peanut gallery. Well, yes. And flowers. A Ferrari. A trip to Majorca. I could ask for a lot of things. But that list up there, along with the enablement for pursuit of my own happiness and willingess to share his, are enough for me I reckon.

Although, installing 3-phase power into our shed would be pretty cool. Then I could bring this home:



Behold my grinder. I'm quite proud of it. It's the only thing I own that's bigger than Patrick's. I use it for sharpening my shearing gear. It's basically an industrial-strength bench grinder with 2 14-inch plates that spin at about 3600rpm. It weighs 45kg, and lives in a (very messy) shed up the back of Horokiwi.

This means that to grind my gear I have to arrange for the shed to be open, then go up there to do the job. Changing the papers takes a bit more time, and last time I did it I was in a rush, and messed the job up - the comb paper has a bubble in it that's giving an uneven grind, which causes the cutters to wool up and not cut properly, which makes everything hard. So I have to do it again.

This time I took the plates off and brought them home, so I can do them at my leisure. Then when I take them back I'll get a good grind (hopefully) which should see me right until next mainshear, when the whole rigmarole will have to start again.

This was good for a while, but the guy whose shed it is has gone out of sheep. He doesn't use it any more, and as you can see his shed is slowly encroaching on the space the grinder takes up. I'm pretty sure he'd be happy for me to take it away, and I'm starting to think that might be a good plan. However, our shed doesn't have three phase power, and I don't know (and can't read off the grinder plate cos it's so old) whether they will actually run on single phase without blacking out our house and half the neighbourhood. Hmm.. how to find out?


Anyway, I'm adding that to the list of jobs for the weekend. It goes like this:

Mow lawn, weed garden, plant carrots and onions, make catnip cage for fuvenusrs, change grinder papers, help out with Between the Lines (which you should go to, incidentally), make some progress on Cullen, and maybe go for a walk and find some good spots to chuck a line in for a spot of spinning for kahawai. I'm sure there'll be time for all that, right?

Oh yeah, and I rejoined the Kiwiburn excom.

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From:fbhjr
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
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That is an impressive grinder.
If the plate is worn off, I'm not sure there is a way to tell if it will run single phase.
I've known people who might be able to tell looking at the wires, but I am not one of them.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I figure my best options are to contact the manufacturer, or take it to the local electric motor experts and ask. The switch and cabling needs a coat of looking at anyway, so I could just take it in and see what they say.
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From:fbhjr
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
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The motor people would be a good bet. They are the kind that could probably tell by looking at it.
Do you have anything like swap meets over there? If so, you might be able to find one to swap with that is single phase for this one.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
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We do have swap meets, but it's unlikely I'd find a single-phase shearing grinder at one - especially not near where I live (urban as all getout). Most grinders are wired directly into the woolshed power supply. Woolsheds are always three phase because of the amount of grunt it takes to run shearing machines, but I've always wondered if grinders actually needed the three phase to run, or whether they were just set up that way because of where they'd be wired to.

Hence my wondering. But yeah, the electric motor people should know, eh?
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From:fbhjr
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
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My dad used to have a single phase one. So, it can be done.
But, given the weird things he did with wiring that doesn't mean it came single phase.
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From:richdrich
Date:February 15th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC)
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Have links:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/workshop/qa/three-phase-machines-in-shop.aspx

http://www.eurotech.co.nz/

Also, there is an inverter / variable speed drive in most heat pumps, I think these may be 3 phase. You may be able to rescue one from a dead unit.
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
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A requirement for 3 phase grunt sounds like one that Happy may be able to satisfy (a comment made from mu limited knowledge of the sorts of games Happy has been publicly known to play) given that he apparently has a shiny new workshop in his shiny new place of residence.

I may also, of course, be completely wrong, never having actually been to Happy's house...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 13th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you're right, tieke and Happy have three phase power in their workshop, and have indeed offered to let the grinder live there. However, I'm painfully aware of how big and heavy it is and how much space it would take up in said shed. If it can be taking up space in our shed instead, I'd be a lot more comfortable.
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From:tieke
Date:February 14th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
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Actually, the three phase is in our living area. That's my fault. I don't think Happy has had reason to use it yet, but I've been having fun!
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From:richaarde
Date:February 13th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I don't even think my eternal-handyman dad has a grinder that large. I'm impressed.
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From:pombagira
Date:February 13th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Ooo Kiwiburn excom.. it will be full of different people now yes? i am curious as to what its like now.. not that i want to join..

:D

yay grinders
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From:empresskylon
Date:February 14th, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
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I too am intrigued, I know a lot of people are about to leave.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
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I am still not certain who's who either, but I think we'll still have myself, Hippie Tim, Karl, Poppy, and Lumos. Not sure about Ems and Bex, and I know a couple of others have offered to step up but again I'm uncertain who they are. All will come clear in time, I guess.
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From:meathiel
Date:February 14th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
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Valentine's Day? What's that ... ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2014 07:28 am (UTC)
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A thing they talk about a lot on the radio, apparently. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 14th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Now that is a sexy beast!

We have three phase power in our garage and loads of space, but I'd hate to know the shipping...and it would be a bit expensive every time you wanted to pop by and use it :-p
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
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This is why you should come and live in New Zealand.

That and New Zealand needs more people like you. Yep.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 14th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I think you should inform immigration of this stat!

At least in New Zealand I will be closer to the ocean no matter where I move! And the mountains!
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From:bekitty
Date:February 14th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
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You mean steak like this?

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