... in t'second drawer, luv.
If you messed up a do-it-yourself job around your home over the weekend, you're in good company: a new power switching unit at the International Space Station has had to be tethered and left partly-fitted, after a jammed bolt led to the spacewalking electricians abandoning their installation attempt. The spacewalk was …
... in t'second drawer, luv.
While i am aware bolts are the workhorse of the fastening industry world wide and nothing will ever supplant them, it makes me wonder why they are used in this case?
I would think those "T" shaped pins that are pushed through a slot/hole combination, turned 90 degrees to fasten into a slight resess to capture the protruding pin would have been a better fit for this purpose. It would drastically cut down on EVA time as installation and removal take only seconds, are just as secure as bolts and more forgiving of alignment issues. You often find them made from plastic in some childrens toys that require basic assembly.
You mean Dzus fasteners? Not a good idea for the temperature extremes seen in space ...
Perhaps you should be emailing NASA - I'm sure they have a department eager to respond to informed suggestions like yours
They ought to pack a roll of duct tape for times like this.
Or at least a can of WD-40! Regular can, *not* the spray cans!
If it moves and it's not supposed to - Duct Tape
If it doesn't move and it's supposed to - WD-40
The pint is, of course, for afterwards to celebrate a job well done.
You forgot the bailing wire and chewing gum.
Question is, do they have beer of any sort on the space station? I'm not holding out much hope that they've got anything that CAMRA would approve of.
...unless it's the CAMpaign for Relativistic Ale.
And don't forget - if it leaks, copious amounts of silicon sealant.
Question is, do they have beer of any sort on the space station?
If I'm not mistaken, there's whisky (in the making) on board at the moment.
No WD40 in space, pretty sure it would freeze to everything it touched...
"I always carry a Swiss Army Knife and a coil of wire"
-- Agatha Heterodyne
I'm from Birmingham and if it's stuck we 'its it wiv an ommer.
Wats an ommer?
Anyfing big enuff to 'it fings wiv
An' doan talk to me about zero gravity, you shouldda sin this place yesterday.
Can't let that pass.
That's a line given to Agatha in the Heterodynamic Radio Theatre play; "Revenge of the Weasel Queen", not a direct quote.
OK, it's not a direct quote from a fictional character, it's a direct quote from a fictional version of that fictional character ...
of trying to work in gloves
I'll haf t' reroute the power through the secondary conduits and back to the transporter module!
You'll haf to be quick though, or we'll burn through the dilithium crystals!
Sounds like a job for an inanimate carbon rod to me.
You owe me a keyboard sir/madam!
Loose bolts can be a costly exercise. Not too long ago one of the reactors at our one & only nuclear power plant was damaged beyond repair because someone had neglected to apply a spanner properly and a loose bolt fell into the works.
Them astronauts.... If they waited long enough, that bag of space tools from one of the previous missions would have orbited by and they could have just grabbed a shifting spanner from there*.
<<< I hope all the bolts on Mars are securely fitted. (I.e., work was not done by my local mechanic).
* It may have "de-orbited" by now (I.e. fallen to the ground in pre-space-age terminology).
Sorry to be pedantic, but... That would be the GENERATOR, not the reactor. The nearest city would have been uninhabitable if the reactor had been damaged beyond repair. From what I understand, it took Areva six months to ship a new rotor due to lack of capacity to build a new one.
"at our one & only nuclear power plant was damaged beyond repair because someone had neglected to apply a spanner properly......"
Mr Burns is not going to be happy!
Don't feel bad, you are not alone:
A perfect example of why it is better to leave complicated repairs to the experts.
BTW, Progress Energy was merged into Duke Energy recently. The original plan was for the Progress CEO to take the CEO position of the merged company. Look what happened to him:
Johnson’s abrupt removal July 2, just hours after Duke closed the merger, is the subject of the probe launched July 6 by the commission and a parallel investigation started by the North Carolina attorney general. (emphasis is mine)
source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/08/3438059/duke-energy-submits-1900-pages.html (para # 7 under 'Early Doubts')
I don't know what spec they use for the threads, but I bet they wouldn't have had the same problem with a Whitworth thread.
There are coarse and fine threads in metric just as much as in imperial systems.
If they'd sent a couple of Kwik-fit lads, it would have been done by now.
Sticking bolt? Air hammer with the torque limiter disabled.
They're used to sticking bolts, after all it was them that stuck most of 'em.......
Just hammer a couple of shims under the nut until it feels tight and stops rattling.
I mean if it was good enough for the first Tay Bridge ...
.. according to the excruciating poetry of William McGonnagall.
Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.
(it get even worse later)
It's only nuts 'n' bolts. Hardly rocket science.
I don't suppose you can twat it with a hammer in space, can you?
Just downloaded the app for my playbook, can't wait.
Damn send em up a variety of zip ties, they fix anything down.
Just get a bigger hammer!
If the bolt won't turn then it's not stripped and if it went 9 turns I don't think it's cross threaded. probably someone's chewing gum in the hole or something
its out with the 'tap and die' set then....
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