Continuing the discussion from Housekeeping is watchkeeping:
Once, long ago, ships’ crews included an artful man who knew all the peculiarities of each machine, the trace of every piping system, and the purpose of every ‘special’ tool. His habitat was the queit and well-ordered workshop. He was taciturn, and a keen judge of character. Woe to the arrogant young 3rd Engineer who left dirty tools and parts of an oily pump scattered on the bench overnight: an unforgivable outrage. But if you could win him over, he would show you the secret ways and methods. Alas, now the motorman is rarely seen. Perhaps we can save some of his wisdom here.
So tell us the tricks and know-how you’ve learned from the motorman, wiper, or oiler. I’ll go first:
~The best way to clean an oring groove without damaging it is with a custom trimmed zip tie.
~Empty water bottles are not garbage: they are clean funnels.
~Always start your round on the tank top level, so you can climb up one deck at a time and never break a sweat.