Triple Aught Design trousers are the shiznit!

They really are. So comfortable. Pockets within pockets. Only been wearing them (Force 10 AC cargo in tan btw) for about 10 minutes and I have fallen in love. Well, when I was in America I got a chance to look at the pair that Pig Monkey gave to Avagdu as a wedding gift. Decided then I wanted my own.

I ordered through Heinnie Haynes here in the UK, less hassle than ordering direct from America, less customs fees and shipping and whatnot.



I made a thing

I just recorded an episode of R4nger5 Radio. Been a bit of a media drought over there so I thought I would try an experiment in audio recording. Audio quality is a bit rough but hey, its free.

Have a listen and tell me if you like it or hate it.




Well, today could have gone better

I've just finished working on Serenity for the day. I would have been finished hours ago on a job that was supposed to be about 30 seconds long. I was relocating the aux battery ground point to a seatbelt mount to cut down on the amount of wiring running all over the place.

I was torquing the nut down to the post when suddenly it got very easy to turn. Lifted the wrench off and saw that the post had sheared.

Balls.

Of course, being a Land Rover, things are never that simple to fix. If the post was in fact a bolt that could be removed, this 30 second job would have turned into a mere 5 minute job. Sadly, the post is welded into place.

Cock.

Cue 20 minutes underneath faffing about with the socket set and a spanner removing 2 nuts and bolts that have been covered up with the general crud that accumulates under Land Rovers. Didn't help that I was scraping my knuckles on the outrigger every 10 seconds.

Eventually the bolts came out and after a little prying the plate dropped onto my gut, along with more built up crap from behind it. I must have looked a right state getting out from under Serenity.

The next task was to grind off the remainder of the post and then drill a new hole for a replacement bolt. Easy enough though my drill bits leave a lot to be desired.

Screwfix is a great place to go to get replacement fixings and fittings. Cheap and they do stainless steel nuts and bolts. However, I must have a wee rant about something.

Bolts are sold in packs of 10. Washers in packs of 10. Nuts in packs of 100.

WHY!!!!

What the hell am I gonna do with 100 nuts! I only needed 3! Come on Screwfix, sell nuts in packs of 10! Make it easier for the DIY crowd to get stuff done.

Anyway, I have the bits I need and the plate is drying after having rust and crap ground off and a coat of hammerite.  Need to do the other side but that can wait till tomorrow.

Land Rover Defender ownership is never easy.


Anyone want a tow?

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want a
pull? Anyone want a tow?[/caption]

Arrived just in time, nice 4 meter tow strop and 2 shackles. Want to get my winching on.




Tesco CREE aluminium torch: initial review

Lighting is important. Without it, you run the risk of falling off a cliff and dying. Along with a knife and a reliable way to make fire, a torch is a very good tool to have on you.

The question is, what torch to get? You can pick up a multitude of torches at both ends of the price spectrum, tacticool with insane brightness or cheapo things that barely throw light more than a few meters.

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CREE aluminium
torch Tesco CREE aluminium torch[/caption]

For the princely sum of £10 (\~US\$17) you can pick up what seems to be a pretty good torch from the supermarket chain Tesco. As the name states, it has a CREE LED and an aluminium body. There are 2 variants, a 2 AA battery and a 2 D version (which is £15).

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LD20 Comparison between the Tesco CREE and Fenix LD20[/caption]

Size wise, it is very comparable to the Fenix LD20. The Tesco torch is slightly longer -  about a centimetre - and a few millimetres larger in diameter. It is lacking in the features of the Fenix LD20 though. The Fenix boasts 4 levels of light intensity - low, medium, high and turbo - as well as strobe and SOS. The Tesco one just does on and off. Both have lanyard capability but the LD20 has a pocket clip.

On the subject of brightness, I was really surprised at how good the Tesco CREE torch is "out of the box".  There is a noticeable difference in brightness between the Tesco and the Fenix with the Tesco one coming out on top. I was really surprised at this. Granted, the Tesco torch had fresh batteries and the Fenix batteries have been in use for a few weeks but there shouldn't be a massive difference. Am wondering if the lack of brightness from the Fenix is due to a battery leaking its guts and corroding things a bit. Need to clean it up properly.

Not gonna show photos because I don't have a camera decent enough to capture the performances but trust me, the Tesco CREE is good.

Am gonna use the Tesco CREE for a while (planning on using it on my bike) and continue to compare it to the Fenix LD20 but at this point, I think it is a winner.