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Offline MarkS

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BCA cards: what are they good for?
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:14:13 am »
This is not intended as a serious topic - please save any serious replies for elsewhere.

The conversation at the York Caving Club pub meet this week drifted on to what we've all used our BCA cards for. There were a bunch of different things, the most common certainly being as an emergency ice-scraper.

My favourite use was definitely when someone locked us out of a climbing hut, and we carefully removed a window to regain access. My BCA card came in very handy the next morning for applying putty to seal the window back in.

So BCA cards: what are they good for? Bonus points for photos!
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 11:35:25 am by MarkS »

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 09:54:13 am »
Mine was very useful for cutting brie while making a sandwich in France last year  ;D
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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2019, 11:04:54 am »
Cut in half and use under table leg to stop table wobbling.  ;D
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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2019, 11:11:50 am »
Good for cutting out emergency guitar plectrums - but only previous years' cards as the current one is a crucial asset, on occasions.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2019, 12:16:18 pm »
I've used mine for scraping ice off a friends car windscreen, when caught without a proper scraper.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 12:45:15 pm »
Using as a spoon/shovel for eating cous cous

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2019, 01:32:45 pm »
I've used an old card for getting a concave finish on silicone sealant.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 01:36:43 pm »
Cheese.
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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2019, 05:49:23 pm »
Smoothing resin when installing anchors
Removing ticks (by cutting a notch).

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 06:35:34 pm »
Applying Polyfiller to cracks in your walls.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 07:11:25 pm »
Beer mat :thumbsup:

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2019, 08:14:48 pm »
Applying Polyfiller to cracks in your walls.

Second that :)

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2019, 09:09:49 pm »
I have used them in first aid - duct tape around them but they also are nice for giving a bit of structure to the dressing and stopping seepage reaching the tape.

Mainly though, brie.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2019, 09:31:48 pm »
I hear if you run out of toilet roll they make a good scraper

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2019, 09:48:26 pm »
I tried to (unsuccessfully) break back into my current flat 2 weeks ago, using mine. disappointing!

They need to be better at Yale locks.

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2019, 11:35:38 pm »
When you stay in a hotel room which requires that you put your keycard in a slot to make the power come on (e.g. Jury's Inn, Brighton) the BCA card is a useful proxy and means that you can leave your laptop/phone etc. on charge* but take your room key with you to the bar.

RAC membership cards work just as well - I use whatever is in my wallet that I don't mind forgetting.

* some hotel chains have got wise to this and require your actual room keycard (must be something to do with the RFID tag) but I can generally find a circuit that stays live when the others are off - e.g. the charging point for the free mobile Wi-Fi dongle (Royal Plaza, Singapore)


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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2019, 09:03:15 am »
a useful ludlow. Extra point if you understand this!

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2019, 08:35:57 pm »
a useful ludlow. Extra point if you understand this!
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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2019, 09:07:31 pm »
Smoothing resin when installing anchors
Removing ticks (by cutting a notch).

That's an interesting one; please could you give a little more detail about how the tick removal can be done?

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2019, 09:43:59 pm »
Smoothing resin when installing anchors
Removing ticks (by cutting a notch).
That's an interesting one; please could you give a little more detail about how the tick removal can be done?
We cut a little notch and used it to unhook the tick, more or less like https://www.tickremoval.co.uk/tick_card.html

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Re: BCA cards: what are they good for?
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2019, 09:22:41 am »
Robert Scott..... yes and no. Originally by Douglas Adams in the Meaning of Liff.

LUDLOW (n.)

      A wad of newspaper, folded tablenapkin or lump of carboard put under a wobbly table or chair to make it standup straight.
      It is perhaps not widely known that air-ace Sir Douglas Bader used to get about on an enormous pair of ludlows before he had his artificial legs fitted.