Monthly Archives: May 2013

Good old BSP

As Wikipedia says (and it’s always right):
The British Standard Pipe (BSP) is a family of standard screw thread types that has been adopted internationally for interconnecting and sealing pipe ends by mating an external (male) with an internal (female) thread and has been adopted as a standard scale used in plumbing fittings, except in the United States where NPT is the standard used.
If you needed any proof that is more or less the international standard here is a street market in Trinidad—Cuba.
Note: The taps and flex fittings are definitely BSP but there were also some Male Iron (or NPT) threads as used more in the USA which, given Cuba’s relationship with the USA, is surprising.


Health and Safety …Cuban style

Some fun from a wonderful country where perhaps standards are as good as they can manage on a budget…

Wooden scaffolding

Wooden scaffolding …and excellent joinery to boot

Safety harness

Safety harness—well a rope is better than nothing


Electrical (in a high ranking Havana hotel)—don’t touch any bits that bite!

Acrow props

Wooden ‘Acrow’ props can even double as a ladder


Walkway …not sure it would even take the weight of my cat.

Who needs a jack?

Who needs a jack?