Universally useful …..

….. skills.

You might think that building instruments and deploying them on the seabed requires some very specific skills that might not be widely useful in “normal” life.

Well you’d be wrong.

Many of the things we do teach us some very useful skills that are widely transferrable – the educational phrase for generally applicable.

And on top of that, having to be self sufficient on vessels because our work areas are in the middle of nowhere also trains us to be confident enough to “have a go” and tackle things that, at home, many people might just “get someone in”.

We have to have a go and tackle repairs because there is no-one to do it for us at sea.

Over the years the Boss has gained some very useful transferrable skills, and generally has a go at repairs herself.

The current repair involved making transferrable use of her o’ring seal knowledge and how to make sure water stays in – the opposite of what we normally try to do, but the principles are the same, and even a bit of impeller pump knowledge also goes along way in the domestic setting.

So seabed to kitchen – what has the Boss been up to her elbows in fixing?

Any idea what this is? Or perhaps even, where it is?

All will be revealed – eventually.

So here is the problem on the right hand side below.

This is the inside of a impeller pump, whose impellor has come free and detached itself from the magnet, turned by the magnetic field, generated by a coil of wire when it is electrically energised.

Result – loud rattle; no movement of water.

Any guess yet what the Boss is fixing by fixing this pump?

New replacement part on the left above shows what it should look like.

And like many of the instrument pressure vessels we have, this pump head has an o’ring, which needs to be treated in exactly the same way as our deep water ones.

With a new o’ring in place, the new pump head was refitted ………. into ………. the Boss’s washing machine to pump the water out.

Even we need a washing machine every now and again – if nothing else to wash our protective boiler suits – which the Boss has been known to do for us at the end of data acquisition “cruises” at sea because they end up rather stinky!

Who knew OBS skills could be applied to washing machines!

A bit of confidence to have a go, a screwdriver, a spare part, an o’ring, a towel to mop up escaped water, and a hand to flip the washing machine over for access will keep this one going for a few more years yet!

[APC – not forgotten, and in progress]

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