Happiness is . . .

. . . creosoting four-by-twos with a big floppy brush.

(That's REAL creosote, not the namby-pamby wishy-washy preservative they sell nowadays.)

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monsterlego6 years ago
Gummy bears, nuff said.
Happiness is a good bowl movement after being constipated for six months.
iceng6 years ago
Wearing glove and a tyvek coat while creosoting.
that would be the namby-pamby wish-washy method of applying the creosote. Figuring out how to get it off of your hands and face and favorite pair of blue jeans and white tennis sneakers without using toxic flammable solvents is half the fun.
AndyGadget (author)  caitlinsdad6 years ago


Although I admit I was wearing PVC gloves and old clothes. I've learned from past experience that when you're doing things like that, the flicked drops go much further that you ever expect (even when you take into account they're going to go much further than you ever expect.)

(Tyvek coat and rubber gloves - Whatever floats your boat, Alex #;¬)
Try these on for size. I didn't need the respirator-filter, but it still got Fn hot inside that cylinder.
AndyGadget (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
That's a fancy garden shed you've got there, Kelsey.
(Or are you creosoting your cyclotron to slow down the particle decay time?)
In 2002, the beryllium central section of the inner cylinder (the part I'm stuck inside) was cracked by an errant bolt during a major maintenance period. As the senior manager of the BaBar drift chamber, I went in and applied a patch (aluminum foil and conductive epoxy) over the ~30 cm crack.

The cleanroom suit and mask was there partly to protect me from any possible beryllium dust near the crack (despite the work done by a hazmat cleanup team), and partly to protect the drift chamber from dirty ol' me.
In 2002, as the senior manager of the Babar book collection, I used to read to Caitlin before she drifted off to sleep in her chambers. Good times.

Btw, was the other person in your pic Nacho-"now where did I leave my pack of smokes"-Mahma?.
Nope. The old bearded hippy-looking fellow was our senior lab manager and old-school engineer :-)
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