The last time I wrote about my volunteer activities was about 2 months ago (March 6th, here). I wrote that, “I’m still waiting for my Helium because without it, I can’t do any analysis work.” Well, the long wait is over! It’s here! It arrived a couple of weeks ago. We hooked it up. Started up the machine. Analysis got underway, and everyone lived happily ever after!
Not quite. After being idle in a hot, humid room for 5 months, one of the vacuum pumps is now not working. Personally, I don’t think it’s a huge problem. An oil change or venting pressure in some of the components and repriming will probably take care of the situation. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka has a very well established system vendors and contractors which means all repairs and maintenance has to be done by them. So, again, I wait. Will I be able to fix it myself? Probably. Will they do a better job than me? Definitely! It’s only a matter of when they get here.