Week 5

Ok. Now I’m crook as a dog. I’ve got this awful virus which knocked me out of action on Thursday and Friday. It’s now Sunday and I think it’s actually getting worse, but I can’t afford to take any more time off so I’ll have to push through tomorrow and see what happens.

My second attempt at the drill gauge is looking MUCH better. I finished filing and drilling it on Wednesday so the only thing left to do was to tap a thread in one of the holes, and make it look pretty. As I had a couple of bed-ridden days where my head was too foggy to do any theory, I spent that time sanding and polishing the gauge. We weren’t supposed to polish it, but I felt guilty about not being able to do any other work, so I got a bit carried away.

We were finally given concrete dates for our vocational placement and I was able to arrange a spot so that was a bit of a relief.

On top of everything else, I am moving house next weekend. As a result I may be limited to only a 40 or 50 hour week this week. My grades may suffer a bit which will sting me substantially (I’m a bit of a perfectionist) but I have to be realistic. This week I have limited resources, I’ll just have to do the best I can within those limits. I’ve been so far ahead with almost everything to date, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for a bit of slack under these circumstances.

I also managed to get a copy of several relevant standards, acts, and regulations. If you are considering doing an electrical apprenticeship in Australia I seriously recommend that you get your hands on a copy of AS3000:2000 (Wiring Rules) and read it before you start. You probably won’t understand a lot of it at first, but it will expose you to most of the terminology and ideas that you’ll come across in the beginning. Trust me, it will make life much easier for you. Now, a copy of the standard will set you back about $100. Why you have to pay for it is beyond me. Reasonable printing costs are fine, but the maintenance and authoring should be funded by the government in my opinion. They’re Australian Standards for goodness sake! They should be freely accessible. You can’t even view a copy online without paying for it.

Anyway, I’m crawling back into bed now and hoping that I wake up tomorrow miraculously cured and clear of head.

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