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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 03:53 pm
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I'm sure gravity gets stronger as I get older, more and more bits seem to fall off my bench or out of my hands than used to when I was younger.

Associated with this, the fallen items also tend roll &/or bounce much further once having reached the floor and have a knack of disappearing from view until one struggles down onto ones knees to search, with a subsequent much bigger struggle to regain a normal position.

I do wish someone would invent magnets that attract brass and plastic, it'd make life a lot easier.



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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2017 04:44 pm
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........... and I thought it was just me :shock:

Just had to crawl about on the garage floor to pick up a rail joiner which had 'jumped' under a wellington boot (don't ask)  :mutley


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It seems to me that every piece I pick up ends up on the floor and me scrabbling about trying to find it in the gloom under the workbench.  :roll:

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As I'm still building the interior of the shed, the colour of the floor has come up for some debate, favourite at the moment is blue. That sufficiently different to any plastics or other materials I use to help my failing eyes to see anything.
Mind you I think gravity will be strongest just when I've completed laying the floor. Something from Ransomes and Rapier might be needed to get me back up...



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 Re bits  falling on the floor.

I usually find it a lot quicker to make it again than go searching for it knowing full well that it's probably ended up in next door's garden.


Also, if a bit goes missing the first place to look for it is on your elbow where it will be stuck forever.


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The recent "incident" I had when the Proto2000 SD7 took a flying leap at the floor resulted in the loss of an essential bit of plastic that covers the worm/gear drive in the truck (bogie) and keeps things from flying apart. Searched high and low, we don't have carpet so no lurking in the shag. No spares, so I ordered some Athearn ones from eebygum. All six of them. They fit (the Proto2000 cover was almost a dead-ringer for Athearn one). At which point the lost one did a prodigal and turned up in the implement box (I hesitate so say tool box, given that it contains everything from darts through dental probes to metal clothes pegs). Now I'm pretty sure I searched that box twice.

So here's another one for the Murphy collection:

That essential component lost on the floor will eventually turn up where you have already searched high and low. But only after exorbitantly expensive replacements have been ordered, delivered, and installed.

The missing worm bearing from the incident has yet to turn up. I ordered some replacements (Athearn again), they came (12 of them) and I installed it.  Any day now, any day...

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Comforting to know that I'm not alone.  There's a carpet in the work room (originally a spare bedroom) that is grey with coloured flecks - perfect camouflage for model parts. 

I do give my elbows a cursory wipe down most days, so no parts there.

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Why do you think watchmakers and jewelers wear aprons ? No gap between legs for bits to drop through.


Cue for story about an escaped prisoner from Colditz.


He was sitting in a station waiting room dressed as a women but a gestapo agent got suspicious. So he throws 'her' a packet  of fags into 'her' lap where the escapee  closes his legs to catch them whereas a woman would have opened hers and caught them in her dress. Nicked, shackled and returned to Colditz.

The World is over populated with lost Kadee Coupler springs.


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An apron that clips onto the edge of the bench/work surface is probably the best idea - except when you have to get up in a hurry   :thud :brickwall :roll:



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Careful now, we'll be wearing plastic baby bibs soon (the ones with the catch tray on the bottom). I wear an apron while modeling anyway, tasteful brown with darker edging. Doesn't help except to keep glue of the shirts. Neither does the plastic tray I work on (IKEA, $1.50). Errant bits never land in the tray anyway.

There is a corollary to Murphy's law regarding missing bits: The smaller the bit the further it goes. Probably an exponential power involved somewhere relating to the scarcity of the object in question.

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Not model related but around 10 years ago we were laying some crazy paving in the back garden as part of a garden makeover, the wife somehow dropped an ear ring, we looked for ages but never found it.

2 years ago when we were pulling up the crazy paving to have a new patio laid I cracked a bit with my lump hammer and lifted it up and...... Yup there was the ruddy ear ring, the only problem was the wife never kept the other one.



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Wifey's, builders and ear rings never go together.

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