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Meunier31/07/2019 20:17:29
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Nice work Al, do you find those Spaniards a bit untidy ?
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Neil Wyatt31/07/2019 20:23:32
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I suggest singeing his beard to keep him in order.

Neil

Samsaranda31/07/2019 20:52:01
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Why is everyone’s workshop so much tidier than mine ?

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Meunier31/07/2019 21:51:50
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Posted by Samsaranda on 31/07/2019 20:52:01:

Why is everyone’s workshop so much tidier than mine ?

Dave W

Is it because you don't have any Spaniards to help out ??

Daved

Nigel Graham 231/07/2019 23:53:19
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Don't want to worry you FullaFlava, but those brightly-coloured plastic trays look upside-down and all those sockets and things will fall out.....

'Fraid tidy and I don't mix; Spaniards or not. I try but everything gets all jumbled up again! A lot of it's where all my workshop things have accreted randomly and been stored randomly over many years, through various house moves too, and are overflowing the space available.

Mark Rand01/08/2019 00:22:55
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Finally got around to starting the wallpapering in our dining room. SWMBO had pointed out that she bought the wallpaper five years ago. It went a lot faster after I remembered that galvanized flat headed nails held the paper up better than countersunk screws. smile p

Al:- if you ever get to the stage again that you are repainting the collet cupboard door, you can do what I did:- Use short lengths of angle iron with a pair of dowels fitted to the top sides for the toolholders to seat onto, with the other sides welded (hence the repaint!) onto the inside of the door. I managed to fit most of my toolholders in this way

mechman4801/08/2019 12:26:36
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Where did you get your magic drawers Al ? I like the way your Spaniards & sockets don't fall out of the trays, are they magnetic ? devil

George.

FullaFlava01/08/2019 17:33:29
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Funny how the iPhone inverts the images!

Balls! That’s what I tried today, I wanted to scratch build a 90 deg ball valve:

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Next time I’ll make some flanges and a spindle.

Michael Gilligan02/08/2019 16:57:14
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Living less than 4 miles from the Todbrook reservoir, and having seen the numerous 'Road Closed' signs in the area : May I ask folks to spare a thought for the people of Whaley Bridge.

The town has been evacuated in anticipation of the dam collapsing.

You have probably seen the News coverage, but I think the images of the Chinook 'back-filling' the broken spillway tell us a lot about the magnitude of the situation ... that pile of 1-ton bags looks pathetically small.

MichaelG.

**LINK**

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/whaley-bridge-dam-collapse-raf-chinook_uk_5d43d8dce4b0acb57fca437a

Bob Mc02/08/2019 17:50:37
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Michael....

Thoughts are with those people of Whalley.

Yes I live in Poynton some 12? miles or so down from Whalley Bridge and there is a small stream at the top of my road which has overflowed its banks washed a stone bridge away completely, the fields have flooded and factories on a nearby industrial estate have been inundated with water.

As I understand it .. if the dam at Whalley gives way the water will inundate the town centre and follow the path of the canal probably taking all the boats with it.!

There has been a concerted effort by greedy developers who have no connection with the Poynton area to put hundreds of houses on what is basically an area of natural beauty, perhaps they might be put off when it is realized that the fields are in fact flood plains.

Lets hope the RAF at Whalley can save the day again.!

Bob..

Nigel Graham 202/08/2019 18:14:25
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Such developer won't be stopped until the mortgage-lenders and home-insurers concertedly say, in public, " Build on that flood-plain if you like, but the houses are all cash sales only and no Acts of God insurance. "

I think a lot of the enormous estates springing up everywhere without the slightest regard for local physical or human geography are being driven by remote planners who appear simply to apply politicians' theories, to fill in the white spaces on an AA road-atlas.

Not an Ordnance Survey map though. Those have contours but officials can't read them when determining safe distances from flood-prone rivers. As a friend in Yorkshire put it, he had problems with his insurer because he lived within a few hundred yards of the bank... but " They " were unable to spot that his road was some 200 feet above it!

Bazyle02/08/2019 18:21:32
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Similar problem in Feb 17 at Oroville as discussed on another forum.

Nigel Graham 202/08/2019 22:16:07
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Al lour thoughts are with the residents of Whaley Bridge and settlements downstream.

Does the dam have a flushing / drain-valve at its foot, as many do?

That might not have coped with the height of the flood, and it will only add yet more to the swollen R. Goyt - but at least in a controlled manner until the water has dropped below spill-way level.

Michael Gilligan02/08/2019 23:19:10
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 02/08/2019 22:16:07:

Does the dam have a flushing / drain-valve at its foot, as many do?

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To be honest Nigel, I don't know ... but I suspect not.

It was built to supply the canal, not for drinking water

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toddbrook_Reservoir

MichaelG.

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P.S. ... I my haste to post earlier, I mis-spelled the name as Todbrook blush

Edit: The really scary thing is the profile of the terrain:

See the Google Earth & Elevation composite on this BBC page:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-49189955

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Michael Gilligan03/08/2019 00:37:35
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 02/08/2019 22:16:07:

Does the dam have a flushing / drain-valve at its foot, as many do?

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I've just found this historic note from 2011 which might help explain what's there: **LINK**

http://www.whaleybridge.com/2011/01/toddbrook-reservoir-refilling-to-start-in-new-year/

MichaelG.

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Edit: ... and some interesting material here:

http://archive.bugsworthbasin.org/pages/174/1740511.htm

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 03/08/2019 00:42:59

Nigel Graham 203/08/2019 09:58:28
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So it all looks as if the appropriate valves etc are there - and were renewed / refurbished recently - but they don't look as if they'd have much effect on the flood itself as the explanations say they would take some days to drain the reservoir normally.

They aren't the problem though, and the spillway had been acting as it should.

Unfortunately no-one could have anticipated the spillway surface being ripped up, exposing the clay core. It could have taken just a couple of small holes to let water to flow under the first slab, to initiate the erosion.

V8Eng03/08/2019 10:13:12
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Best wishes for a safe and satisfactory outcome for all concerned.

Bazyle03/08/2019 10:40:11
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 03/08/2019 09:58:28:

Unfortunately no-one could have anticipated the spillway surface being ripped up, exposing the clay core.

Perhaps with the benefit of hindsight one can see on the remaining surface a number of small shrubs growing which indicate there is a hole in the concrete. Along with the Oroville dam problem it should have been a flag to look closely at this kind of structure. Probably no one person with specific responsibility for the maintenance.

Bob Mc03/08/2019 11:26:35
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Blimey... ! that Oroville dam problem makes our situation at Whalley look like a leak in a bathtub..!

Bob..

Neil Wyatt03/08/2019 11:27:02
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 02/08/2019 18:14:25:

Such developer won't be stopped until the mortgage-lenders and home-insurers concertedly say, in public, " Build on that flood-plain if you like, but the houses are all cash sales only and no Acts of God insurance. "

Exactly.

Neil

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