About a week ago at work somebody told me that a freezer needed defrosting, but that it had “tons” of ice in it. “Big deal” I thought, “I once saw a fridge in a very 60’s office that was probably the original, which also probably hadn’t been defrosted since Modesty Blaise was a new thing”. Then I walked over to the small lab and saw it. Lets just say it was just like the fridge in the 60’s office but twice the size!
I’d started chippin’ before I started photographin’
No pansy plastic scraper was going to cut through that shit. I went straight for the big guns…
Call me the Icenator
Discovered a cavern
In one side there was a bit of blue visible (it didn’t photograph) very well. I recognised it as the top of maybe a 15ml Falcon centrifuge tube.
There was also the run of the mill quantities of ice on the other shelves. One of them had it partly frozen onto the ‘basket’ below (this thing had apparently not even been opened in 2 years). I pulled out the basket and the whole slab of ice came with it. Some progress anyway!
I went back to the main lab where I was working because a Japanese guy was apparently starting that day, and I wanted to practice on him. As of now (more than a week later) the only word I’ve said to him is “Chiisai”. I’m too shy XD
Anyway later I went back and did some more chipping.
I had emptied the box last time
The excavations revealed that actually the centrifuge tube in the ice was a 50ml, not a 15 ml. And there was rather more than just one…
I can understand one or two little 1.5 ml tubes getting stuck in the ice…
…but this is ridiiiculous!
A few more excavations. The ice at the bottom of the compartment was actually coming off in quite big lumps despite being “softer” than the “chippable” rock-solid stuff.
And finally I reached and removed the stuff frozen in the ice.
All this was frozen in there! It’s definitely more than one 15ml tube…
Then I turned my attention to the ice on the bottom of the compartment. The top came off pretty easily mostly in one lump.
I’m glad there was this big old developing sink.
Now for the ice under the shelf. I wondered if I could “cut” it in the middle, then prise it down so that it’d drop off in two big lumps. I was worried that doing that would bend the shelf it was on the bottom of out of shape. But that didn’t happen.
Unfortunately I didn’t consider what it’d do to the shelf below…
Nobody was around so I discreetly shoved it back into place… kind of.
Just like it left the factory!
(Luckily it turned out later the freezer was going to be thrown away anyway). I used the same tactics on the “big job”, the ice at the top of the compartment.
Now there was only a little few bits left, so I set up a box to catch the drips and called it a day.
Oh yeah, and of course I got a picture of the sum total (well mostly) of the ice removed.