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adidat

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Found this on the road side the other day. Was expecting it to be very heavy but it's made from Ali so weighs nothing.


My ideas are a large possibly two man screw driver for railways, electrical, water???

It's about 620 long by 450 wide and I'm guessing the part missing would be identical to the other side with a rubber grip.








TIA

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Some sort of lifter for manhole covers?

That said, they usually have wheeled thingys nowadays, elf'n'safety 'n'all, and an alloy casting wouldn't be very strong either.

[edit] Just noticed you say there's a bit broken off. If it was symmetrical, it wouldn't be a lifter. I was assuming the bit opposite the handle was a hook, rather than another handle.[/]

Ok, dunno. But the sardines must be bloomin' massive...
 

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Only a guess, being aluminium an unusual material for a tool I think it could be to make it spark proof for use working with gas mains.
 

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Seems to have very little wear. Signs of use but no tell-tale scrape or scratch marks.

If you hold the plastic covered part - does it feel like a decent attempt at a handgrip? Is it at all comfortable? Is it clearly for use in one direction / plane? Might give some clues.
 

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Boringgeoff":2qqbpzzi said:
I really like the idea of a dowsing tool but I think insulated handle(s) would defeat the purpose.
Does insulation stop the woo from working? :lol:
 

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some interesting suggestions.....

but no positive I.d

I am quietly hoping that andyt's silence so far means he is going over his collection of tool catalogues to find out what it is!!

thanks so far

Adidat
 

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Sorry, I've got no clue.
It's a bit modern and too specialist to be easily recognised by anyone yet, so I'd guess it's for gas pipelines or similar, as suggested already, but I couldn't say at all.
 

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Some time back ChrisP did a what am I making thread. He tried to pass it off in the end as playground apparatus. Hiding in plain sight. Several of us (me) suspected he was actually making a Giant Wooden Death Robot with Lazoor Eyes.
Now. I have no empirical evidence as such. But if you think about anything for long enough while keeping your eyes closed it happens.
The Pope told me.
And there is ChrisP again trying to to distract you all with talk of sparks and has mains and such.
No Feckin Mention of Winding Keys For Giant Robots.
None.
Whatsoever.
Let the scales fall from your eyes Sheeple! :shock:
*adjusts foil hat for snugness*
 

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My guess is something water related - aluminium can create a spark when it hits rust (thermite reaction) so not ideal on gas systems. We've been stopped from using our aluminium steps in EXE areas on sites because of this.
 

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TFrench":3ta61urh said:
My guess is something water related - aluminium can create a spark when it hits rust (thermite reaction) so not ideal on gas systems. We've been stopped from using our aluminium steps in EXE areas on sites because of this.
Can it actually create a spark? I thought you needed crazy amounts of heat to get a thermite reaction going in the first place.
 

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Is it aluminium or is it galvanized? From the picture I'd say the latter?

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