This week at the station
This week at Macquarie Island: 21 June 2013
Maccawood music clip
(Photo: Barry Becker)
Balloon release building doors
One of the major jobs on the maintenance crew's schedule for this winter is to remove the old balloon-release building doors. This has been giving the BOM staff difficulty when opening and closing these doors for some time now.
The new doors were constructed back in the workshop at HQ in Kingston, Tasmania and with all the sizes, specifications and technical data that had to be emailed back and forwards between Kingston and Macca, we double, triple and quadrupled checked the new against the old prior to any work being commenced. To the credit of those back in Kingston, and Jim the previous building services supervisor, the doors went in just as we had all hoped with minimal adjustments with big hammers, grinders or other aggressive means.
Part of the process was to set up a temporary building for the balloon release while the works were being done. We wandered aimlessly back and forth selecting a building then rejecting it for all types of technical, logistic or even practical reasons, as in the case when the station leader office in Compton Cottage was suggested.
While walking for the 4th time past the boat shed, Barry in jest said lets pull the wall out. This was rejected with looks of disbelief from the select group set the task of finding the new location, so that is of cause what we did and with great success.