Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sat 10 November - Volunteer Working Day

Another good productive day!

Work continued on establishing the condition of the structure under the  floor boards in the cargo holds, which this time moved to the rear hold. During the day, 2 floor boards were lifted, which were located next to the cargo door, and further forward on the opposite side. It was not necessary to lift the boards the side of these, as it was possible to see the area beneath them  from those we had removed.  In the case of the 2nd board that was lifted, you could see under the next 2 boards further forward as well. So in total that meant 6 sections of the underfloor structure had effectively been checked, and all were dry. As before, the vacuum was used to tidy up the areas where the boards were taken out. The vacuum, however, isn't very effective, so the results weren't as good as they could have been. We agreed that a good bagless vacuum should be on the shopping list! 

Yet again the lighting inside the hold meant it was necessary to use the 2 lights on the tripod again. The extension cable for this would be needed for the vacuum anyway. Some of the photos show the stuff that had to be removed, in order to gain access to the aforementioned floor boards. According to the label you can see on 1 of the 2 mirrors, they are from the toilets. Does anyone know if this is true? Everything was put back with the exception of the electrical connectors and suitcase (which we checked was empty), which were moved under the workshop container. 
Another task that carried on from the previous weekend, was the sorting out of the tools. Given the forecast had predicted rain, this was carried out inside the aircraft. Pictures show the BA spanners,  the imperial c-spanners/adjustable hook wrenches, and the metric c-spanners. The c-spanners shown had markings on them, but what they mean eludes us.
As before any tool that was in a bad condition, bent, unmarked, or if they were it wasn't legible, were put into a separate pile to be thrown away (in future). 
The results of the tidy up can be seen here.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Saturday 3rd Nov 18, volunteer working day update and photos

During the day work progressed on ascertaining the condition of the forward hold, underneath the floorboards.  The good news is that water was not found under all floorboards. The water ingress appears to be localised to underneath the main entry door. It was therefore decided no more floor boards in this hold would be lifted but some drain holes were created in the water ingress area. A number of items were discovered under the floor boards in the hold area, and it is very much a case of “guess the part”. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The other task of the day was sorting out the spanners into their respective types and sizes. Those in good condition will be kept, but we propose that those in poor condition be disposed of. A future task will be to do the same process with the sockets. There a number of metric tools, but these may not be needed for the Britannia as all measurements are in inches and feet.

Work is continuing in sorting out the numerous parts and tools, some in good condition, some in not so good condition, and deciding what is to be done with them.