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  1. Thank you !! All sorted ! lovely guy - and @daviehe mentioned you’d texted him 🙂 We are back on the road.
    13 points
  2. You know you are addicted to Land Rovers when.......... your local independent dealer calls you looking for spares.
    13 points
  3. Hey hey yea Sid's my name as you can see I'm not much of an artist lol regards Stephen
    12 points
  4. Back story, did a favour for a young kid last year and gave him an old intercooler for his Golf as it was belching black smoke and gutless. So he turns up today (in an even bigger cloud of black smoke) with a posh aftermarket jobbie and a request to help him put it in. So had a look at old intercooler, its fine, checks pipe work, they're fine. Bungs it on vcds and no boost pressure. Wonders if actuator has broke or circlip come off , so whips the turbo off to find: Explains that its kinda terminal, for a turbo. "Can you weld it ?", well sorry like, but I had to go make a cup of tea cos I was absolutely p!$$ing myself. Before anyone asks, he's a good kid, works hard for next to nothing and it's his first car which he dotes on. Luckily I had an old turbo from a scrapper that will do the job till he gets a chra. Bless him, "can you weld it..." He'd driven it nearly 20 miles, who says miracles don't happen!
    11 points
  5. Rest In peace His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Condolences to Her Majesty The Queen. Posted for and on behalf of the members of LR4x4.com and its administration & moderation team.
    11 points
  6. This is a Land Rover forum, not a conspiracy theorist’s forum - please keep things on topic.
    11 points
  7. Lightweight working for its keep today regards Stephen
    11 points
  8. Yes I am home, Very unsteady on my feet but I hope that will improve. Thank you all for your messages
    10 points
  9. Little update… He’s home! Complaining of being bored was our first clue that he was returning to being himself, plus blood tests showed the infection is starting to improve (that’ll be the IV engine oil) although he’s still uncomfortable at times. Pretty sure he’ll sleep well in his own bed tonight and hopefully be back to himself soon. Thank you all again for the messages 🥰
    10 points
  10. Found this little chap laid just outside my front door about 18:30 last night. Gave him/her some water from a syringe and called the SSPCA The officer was saying they are getting loads of bat rescues at the moment something to do with the weather Anyway before he/she left the little thing had a fly around my kitchen so must be improving regards Stephen
    10 points
  11. So some progress with motor cover made myself some billet aluminium out of some scrap I had it's not perfect a couple of air bubbles here and there but it will do the job Getting there new and old side by side fitted just got holes to drill and paint regards Stephen
    10 points
  12. Well, I am delighted to report that, in no small measure due to the assistance provided here, Zak and Oli went on to be judged the over-all winners of this year’s Mongol X Rally. Furthermore they have raised over £1000 for Parkinson’s UK. There are pictures of the exploits on Instagram - search for Team No Parkin Thanks to all of you who contributed Nick
    9 points
  13. Biggus diffus
    9 points
  14. And we have an MOT pass!! A big thank you to all you kind folks who have steered me in the right direction over these past 7 months. Feeling quite proud of my efforts and looking forward to being back behind the wheel and enjoying the truck one again.
    9 points
  15. I couldn't figure out what to do about a sofa! I wanted something comfortable to sit on but it had to sit above the wheel-arch. In my old van, I had a couple of custom cushions made but they were not comfortable (wrong density of foam) and were eye-wateringly expensive. I had designed a sofa in Solidworks - and got the same company to quote to make the cushions. They wanted £1500 to make them! I used the van for a month, just using folding camping chairs - which worked OK. Then I came across a company on Etsy who were offering cushion sets for Wicker Chairs, made to my dimensions - and they only wanted £80 per chair. I ordered two chairs worth - and set about building the sofa frame. Again, this is slightly unusual because it's a folding-sofa (how many folding sofa's have you seen?!). It uses the same Ikea bed slats as I used on the bed, for the base - and ended up being really comfortable! I talked to the company who made the cushions - and they advised on foam density. They got it right! The little white circle on the floor is an air vent. The LED Lights stuck to the back doors are 'bedside' lights. I needed the sofa to fold for two reasons. The most important is when I need to use the van to transport stuff. It then gives me 1.6m x 2m clear space. The second part, that I've not built yet is I want to use it as a mobile office. The top piece of angle iron when the sofa is folded is 700mm off the floor. I Intend to make a desk which hinges from that bar and folds to be horizontal. Lastly is the bed in it's stowed position. I was worried that it would raise the centre of gravity too much and make the whole thing unstable - but actually it hardly makes any difference! Solidworks thinks the CoG raises by 100mm as all the really heavy things (water tanks & batteries) are quite low. I'm not planning on driving it like I stole it - so I think it will be fine! The end result is fantastic. It's been mostly finished for about 6 weeks before Christmas (there are always little bits to finish off). I'm very pleased with it!
    9 points
  16. I had another Covid swab at the local drive through today, standard procedure for anyone having hospital treatment - in my case chemo on Tuesday. As I kept the A&M team briefed throughout so will now let you all know that I was discharged from hospital a couple of weeks or so ago after being in for nearly a month. I self admitted suffering from severe stomach pains and unable to keep any food or drink down. The initial diagnosis was bleak, very bleak. However after more investigations, tests etc they came up with a treatment plan that if successful may, may provide a less bleak outlook. May - nothing is guaranteed. As my immune system is now shot I have to continue to isolate. I've lost a huge amount of weight due to no food and just sips of water for days was - just IV hydration. They eventually put a permanent PICC line in my arm and then I was able to recieve liquid nutrition 24/7. So now you know. All the staff from consultants to nurses, ancillaries, porters, cleaners etc were lovely. While in hospital they were Covid testing patients every two days. Try and have a good Christmas but above all stay safe guys.
    9 points
  17. Finally back on this - Corona brought other priorities. I've been loaned a 3D printer by a friend and (after learning how to use it and tune the prints) I can make the designs I want, recognising the amazing amount of time that repeating metalwork fabrication takes up - especially if I want a decent result. I've printed the height sensor setup for the nearside rear. I really don't want to drill the chassis as it's galv, so better than being a "bolt-on" conversion, I can do custom firtree plugs for existing chassis holes so it's just a push fit. Using a clip arrangement here for the height sensor so I can use the P38 parts, even if the mounts have snapped off. Of course, now it's in CAD I can just flip the design 180° and print the other side, not back to doing battle with the miller. Here's a video in action: There's much more fabrication to get the air tank and solenoids mounted, but this feels like progress at least.
    9 points
  18. Sometimes it's the little touches regards Stephen
    8 points
  19. Well well. Ullapool.... Seems one of the couple who owns it drove to the shop and forgot they'd taken it, walked home and got engrossed in stuff. Then looked out window - no LR and panicked, called Police. It was found where it had been left. Sigh. Stand down chaps and chapesses!
    8 points
  20. Striking resemblance
    8 points
  21. My happy radius arms now have eyes in regards Stephen
    8 points
  22. I proposed to my now wife with a homemade engagement ring, I even made the box. In fact several of our friends and family have received homemade birthday gifts over the years, I guess I set a trend. Mike
    8 points
  23. This mornings and afternoons project was to knock up another one of these regards Stephen
    8 points
  24. This mornings efforts, decided to do this after needing some billet aluminium for a winch motor brush cover so have melted down some scrap aluminium into usable bullets for whatever in the future First some easy moulds De-seaming Finished bullets Regards Stephen
    8 points
  25. It's a well thought out and executed Land Rover build designed by a lifelong LR enthusiast . If we cannot discuss and enjoy this then what's the point in this forum ?
    8 points
  26. The screw i lost wasn't in the turbo pipe.... twas having a lie down on the floor ...
    8 points
  27. This is my little project for the weekend. New PCBs arrived (from China, after 7 days) on Thursday. It's a replacement controller for a Webasto ThermoTop C - which dynamically varies the fuel & combustion fan to regulate to a preset temperature, more accurately than the original Full Power / slightly less than full power / Off. While I was waiting for the PCBs I thought of a better way for one of the bits to work - but it was only $20 for 5 pcbs delivered. Mk3 is already in the works! The Mk1 used a different processor which struggled to measure the temperature accurately. Mk2 has much more accurate temperature readings. At the moment I'm measuring the exhaust temperature with a sensor stuck to the exhaust. Originally the heater used the glow plug to measure the flame temperature. It's resistance increases from about 1 Ohm to 3 Ohms. Originally I couldn't think of an easy way to measure the current flow / low resistance without using a shunt. Then I remembered Current Mirrors as a way of measuring the current flowing through a transistor. Mk3 will implement this! Although the 6 pin connector is largely pin compatible with the original, it uses plain serial for diagnostics - much easier to read than the webasto protocol. This one works just fine for the time being though. Recorded temperatures are rock steady. Once I have something I'm really happy with, I'll post the whole thing open source. Si
    8 points
  28. I swear your garage must be a bl**dy tardis to fit all this stuff in
    8 points
  29. You’re an inspiration to us all Stephen, after a snowfall last night I figured it was time to whip up something to get me out of the drive! it’s not on par with yours of course, but I can send you the blueprints if you want?
    8 points
  30. Hi Guys, a small tech thread to show you what we have been upto for those with the 6BT Cummins engines, this is meant as a non commercial technical thread to show how flexible the LT230 can be. features are : 0.900 Ratio, we have been aware for some time of demand for higher gearing for these low revving engines so after successfully making the 26 Tooth input gear for Reece to run with the 1.003 ratio gear set, we looked at how we could do this. Land Rover raised the ratios in the LT230 by reducing the diameter of the output gear but it was not possible to do this further as the 1.003 gear is already quite small and reducing it further would not be reliable so we made a new larger diameter input gear with 28T instead of 26T and this also allowed us to raise the output gear from 28 to 30T which helps strength. This gives an increase of 10.27% on high range. Increased width of gear teeth on the input gear and corresponding intermediate gear. Rather than leave wide air gaps between the 3 rows of teeth on the intermediate gear we have increased the width of the input gear and middle row of teeth on the intermediate gear by 4mm from 32.50mm to 36.50mm. Bigger bearing on high range side of intermediate gear. We have seen failures in the past of other brands of these input gears and I suspect these failures are related to the taper roller bearing in the intermediate gear failing on the high range gear side which then allows the intermediate gear to move out of mesh with the input gear teeth and the teeth then fail. We have machined the intermediate gear on the high range side to accept a 62mm diameter x 25mm wide bearing rather than the stock 52mm diameter x 22mm wide bearing. The bigger bearing has ratings of 64Kn Dynamic and 76Kn Static as opposed to the stock bearing having 54Kn Dynamic and 56Kn Static. This bearing (Timken brand) is supplied with a sleeve and spacer which are required to fit. See 'install' ref fitting notes. Please see below comparison of the standard bearing and the larger bearing supplied with the kit we are really quite chuffed with this, its taken about 9 months to get made and needs long term testing but the gears are from a proven supplier and gears are stronger than the 1.003 ratio which had no failures so I don't anticipate any issues, full blurb here : https://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co.uk/0-900-gear-set.html Cheers Dave
    8 points
  31. Cleaned up all connections on motor polished commy and renewed bearings Test ran it in vice and working ok both directions happy days regards Stephen
    8 points
  32. Just to put this into perspective if I had used all new parts, paid a paint shop and charged my hours at a modest hourly rate I would of easily topped £80k on my ibex build. Now add a top spec engine, suspension and some bespoke wheels and that's another £80k. Plus a bespoke leather interior and there's another £40k...... Oh and it's a practical 5 seater that you could drive every day, yeah it will sell. Mike
    8 points
  33. Managed to get her finished off today, after a minute to prime the oil and fuel system she started pretty effortlessly. Been for some test drives and she seems to work ok, feels a bit different, not quite sure how yet, and she might be a little more smokey at times, but that could just be me focusing more on the exhaust pipe during the test drives. Was pretty nervous turning the key, that's for sure! Hopefully I can keep her going a few more years before I rebuild the engine.
    7 points
  34. Off topic but whilst machining this I filled in the spaceduring cuts by refurbishing our small multi fuel stove First off about 3 hours with a needle gun getting rid of enamel coating then a good rotary wire brush finally painted with matt black stove paint will refit glass and seals once paint has hardened off overnight, so if you have one with chipped enamel don't bin it because it can look good again regards Stephen
    7 points
  35. Oh nooo, apple got me, damn, imagine just expecting tech to work. I didn’t want to post a youtube link because of the bloody adverts but I put it on youtube too after I noticed that the thumbnail didn’t come up. I posted videos before from my iphone and they worked? What else I noticed, I was actually typing the post and the curser was hidden and now it works. Maybe there was a glitch in the matrix?
    7 points
  36. Well that's the external diff welding complete Decided to dye pen it just to make sure I have no cracks No cracks but a few pin holes which I expected with the cast iron welding process. Diff stripped down and internals put into the parts washer at work Just need to remove inner circlip back grind and put a bead of weld around the inside regards Stephen
    7 points
  37. Absolutely essential job this morning Had to built for my granddaughters birthday regards Stephen
    7 points
  38. I just found this, I reckon the guy should go into production:
    7 points
  39. A small, but important, project this morning utilising one of my most important tools
    7 points
  40. He was going for a 'bull nose' look. He also made a custom dash that looked like a smashed pinball machine, and made a custom 'pepperpot' rear lamp arrangement with lamps hidden behind circular cutouts in the rear panels - looked a bit like firing a shotgun into a lampshade if you can picture that. On one of the South African groups I follow, but when he asked what he could get for it and I suggested a box of matches, admin had a sense of humour failure 🙂
    7 points
  41. Spent all day putting the truck back together as it's needed tomorrow for work ( wife wants her truck back ) It's amazing how long it takes to bolt stuff back on and go round with a paint brush and fill in the bits of overspray and bits I missed. I didn't get the roof or the rear cross member sprayed up as it was too cold and to be honest it took all day putting it back together so that will be done at a later stage. A few car park posing pictures I was abit disappointed with the doors from SP4x4 if I'm honest. They are sold as a direct replacement for a defender door in series style but they took some work to get to fit properly including adding a small 2mm thick steel wedge to keep the door tops from ripping the seal around the door every time they shut. The top part of the door leans in towards the truck too much. The locks are a bugger as the B & C pillar's are designed for later style locks so it takes a while to get them lined up, but the O/S two are now done. I found it easier in the end to split the door and just concentrate on getting the bottom to close and lock correctly then deal with the tops afterwards. I ordered some seals from seals direct for the bottoms of the doors ( link here https://www.sealsdirect.co.uk/pdf/ETS58DR.pdf ) which was for the 4 door bottoms and the rear door bottom, however the rear door seal was knackered so I did 2 doors and used this seal to replace the entire rear door. I did find it didn't work on the rear door at the bottom though, it doesn't compress enough so the seal needs an offset bulb to work. It fits perfect and now I have no gap on the bottom left of the door where the old one was shagged. It's a decent price at £4.70 per metre
    7 points
  42. ....when you forget to finish the post title correctly.
    7 points
  43. Looking through this & seeing the original post about it being linked to, maybe we should just take a step back & remember a young person lost their life in this incident, horrific though it is, just think if it was your child how would you feel to find it & the possible cause being discussed again. I think we should let the inquest give the verdict on their findings, the guilty person has to live with this for the rest of their days. ultimately the true cause will probably not ever be known by us due to the fact the subject vehicle is not available for anyone on here to inspect, Just double check all the work on your vehicle[s] is done to the best of your ability & everything is tight & adjusted & locked.
    7 points
  44. Some great stories, and some great cars some you have! Even if they're not running. 😉 Makes me want to chime in. My story is a bit different in 2 ways. First of, I can't imagine myself driving a normal, sensible car as a daily. Every time I do drive something modern(ish) that should be worry-free, I can't wait to get back into one of my old cars and I appreciate them all the more. So in a way that's good for motivation. I don't like the detached feeling anything remotely modern seems to offer. Even if I can't claim every journey is a nice experience, at least with my cars it's always somewhat special. And I need that, I don't want to just get from A to B, I want to live the moment. Which is the main reason I'm so in love with my '89 Lotus Esprit as a daily. Sure, it's not the easiest car sitting in traffic when coming back from work. But sooner or later the road clears, a corner looms, the turbo spools and the engine sings, and my spirits are lifted. With the good 4.6 we recently put into it, I've started enjoying driving the P38 again as well. Even if she still needs some work. I'm of the firm believe a car needs to be driven, not just sit tucked away in a garage. Even the special ones. So why not use them daily/ regularly and enjoy what you have? After all, most of us have these cars because we like them, not as an investment that can't have any miles put on it for fear of decreasing the value. The downside of running such a fleet is regular attention is needed and things can go wrong. I for one can't see myself paying someone what is often a lot of money for often not that good a job. So I do everything myself (as above, usually with the help of some good friends). Even if it might not actually save me much money, I'll still get the priceless reward of knowing I've done a proper job myself. Like the first start of an engine after a rebuild. Or worse case, I walk away a wiser man, determined to do a better or smarter job next time. I need that kind of satisfaction, if only to compensate for my boring dayjob. I sometimes try to convince myself I'm getting to old for this sh.. and should just buy something sensible. But I know I'm gonna hate it. And/or will start tinkering with it. What else would I do? Go from one screen to another, sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing effin junk food into my mouth, rotting away at the end of it all, pishing my last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, effed-up brats I could have spawned to replace myself? I chose life! (sorry, got a bit carried away there, credits to Trainspotting, no drugs, I promise! 😁). So most of the time I'm very happy with my old cars, and I wouldn't want it any other way. It also means on occasion having 2 cars just isn't enough. So when the clutch on the Esprit went and parts took a long time to arrive in November, and the Range Rover started overheating due to a blocked radiator I just didn't get 'round to, we resorted to taking my dad's '73 450SLC for a trip with my better halve for her birthday. Traveling in style. 😎 I should probably add the Merc was only with me temporarily, while my Lotus Excel was stored at my dad's place. That one got some long overdue attention at the beginning of lockdown and is now a hoot to drive as well. And it's nice to know there's always a back-up, and it's not sensible either. Then there's the project cars... A '73 Lotus Elan, that died on me exactly one year ago while on route to the Brooklands New Years Day Classic Car Gathering. After a first glance and refresh of the ignition system, it was pushed into a corner of the Workshop. Plan is to pull the engine and gearbox (it lost 1st on the day I bought it) and sort it. Deadline was last week... Next to that sits another P38, the one I want to build up for offroading and traveling, as detailed in my build thread. 2 years in, not a lot has happened. Ladoga 2021 (if it happens) should be the next deadline. I'm already dreading the wooshing sound it will make when it goes by. Which brings me to a second important point. About 10 years ago I decided to start Escape's Workshop and work on other people's cars as well. Because I enjoy mechanics. And because it pays for my own cars and the Shop. But it also brings stress and takes up a lot of time. As does maintaining and outfitting the Shop. Which means I often don't get 'round to my own projects. I try to say 'no' from time to time, but with most customers sorta being friends, I don't want to let anyone down so try and help them all. Even if I don't really need the money. This year, with a lot of time on my hands (or so it seemed), I got tempted into buying and fixing some cars to sell on: a couple of Spitfires, a Volvo 850 T5, a P38, 2 more P38s stripped for parts and now a Disco TD5 with brake issues. Which all takes a lot more time then expected, flippin' bangers rarely goes as smoothly as one imagines when buying them. Still, some fun was had, some lessons learned, some money made, some well-deserved beers drank. But on occasion motivation is completely gone and it all feels like a chore. If I then spend a couple of days at home (like today) I usually can't wait to get back out to the Shop. Not that I'm always that productive when I get there mind. A good tip I got from a friend was to try and to do at least one thing for myself every time I'm there. Even if it's just tidying up a bit. I also realize I should count my blessing that a have such an understanding better halve, who doesn't give me a hard time about spending all that time working on other cars. I guess it's better than sitting at a bar looking at other women. 😜 For 2021 I'll try and works some more on my own projects, increase efficiency and don't take on too much at the same time. That should go a long way to getting things done. I wish you all a good time in 2021, either behind the wheel or with spanners in hand. May you finish what needs to be done, and leave just enough to dream about and look forward to in the future. Filip
    7 points
  45. This is my 110 , MUD , it originally came into the workshop for a clutch change after it packed in on the way home from work so to keep me mobile I borrowed my old 200 disco back from a mate who I’d sold it to a year previous , ended up buying it back , then nicked the engine out of MUD when the 200 in the disco suffered terminal oil pressure loss (rod out ) , that disco died of terminal rot , bought a 300 auto disco , that went the same way , bought a Renault Clio diesel van , the rat van ,for £125 ( still got it and will never get rid of it )and used the wife’s Kia Sorento or the tractor for towing duties , all the while promising myself I would get MUD back on the road , wife got a new car (Ford Kuga , lovely ) so I had the Sorento , I fitted a new timing chain as it had gone noisy hence the new car for her , two weeks after fitting the chain , which is a horrible horrible job , it died on the way home due to the immobiliser ecu packing in , never to run again 😖. Bought a Renault Kangoo Trekka to keep me mobile and vowed to get MUD running , even started a thread on here about it , still using the tractor for towing duties (pita when moving just a few pigs in the livestock trailer ) THEN in March of this year a bolt came loose in the timing case on the tractor and locked the engine up solid ,breaking the end off the camshaft in the process , luckily it was only ticking over at the time 😬, now down to borrowing tow motors when needed as I refuse to use the Kuga ( mucky boots and pig muck covered clothes in her car !no way ), 6 months ago the Kangoo was running out of MOT and needs two front driveshafts and an ABS pump , my mate offers me his low mileage Skoda Octavia 4x4 tdi estate at trade in price , a car I had found for him 18 months previous and always had a soft spot for so bought that , got a tow motor again 🤗. All this whilst struggling with depression of varying levels , something I’ve struggled with for most of my life , the last 12 months have been very bad BUT I’m out of the other side of it now thanks to my doctor and some new meds 👍🏻 I have two bad knees from years of working on cars without a hoist , kneeling on concrete without knee pads , my right knee is pretty much shot , my left wrist is wrecked with arthritis, I put it down to nearly 30 years of driving machinery with the steering knob on the wheel (not the knob doing the steering!) ive spent (wasted ?) countless days /weeks /months / years racing or helping others racing stockcars , or building and off roading landrovers but I’ve enjoyed it so maybe it wasn’t wasted time and money So ...... I realised not that long ago that it’s ten years since the clutch went on MUD , ten flipping years ! I recently put MUD up for sale on this very forum at the wife’s behest but my heart was very much not in it and within a few days I’d managed to convince her to let me keep it so today I dug it out of the corner of the workshop, fixed the workshop roof above it to stop it falling in on me and here we are , I have a plan and a rotten 300 auto disco donor for engine and box , just got the camshaft to replace in the tractor which I’m going to remove tomorrow then order the parts next week and once that’s running I can finally , finally start on MUD , and it’s about chuffing time ! I can feel a thread resurrection coming on . My point is , motivation? I’ve got mine back , if you’ve lost yours then don’t worry , just do what makes you happy James
    7 points
  46. Also I should mention another thing people are rightly questioning as we are going into winter which is peak season for respiratory viruses: if you have a high temperature, cough, sore throat etc. It isn't necessarily coronavirus. True. Diagnostic companies are starting to release variants of their SARS-CoV-2 tests on the market that multiplex other targets into a single test so they can detect other common respiratory viruses like Flu A/B, RSV (common in small children), human metapneumovirus and maybe even rhinovirus (common cold). This would be helpful if you test negative for SARS-CoV-2 but positive for something else, it explains your symptoms. Particularly helpful for parents of small children who have to work. If your child is ill and is positive for RSV, it will explain why they are ill and you are fine so good to go to work. I think it will also increase people's confidence in the test as I think there is some doubt about how good they are if you feel ill but test negative.
    7 points
  47. Thank you for the responses to my post. I'm pleased that it has given you an insight into what the media aren't interested in telling the public. I think a news special showing people what the inside of a molecular lab looks like or a day in the life of would be helpful. Good question. You are already (I hope!) doing this in a way. Firstly for those who aren't sure let's call the virus by its correct name because the media often are not: Covid-19 is the term to used for the disease state or illness not the virus. Covid-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 which is severe acute respiratory syndrome - Coronavirus 2. Just how AIDS is the disease but is caused by the virus HIV. Basically viruses contain their genetic material in a shell (capsid). The capsid contains proteins and a load of other stuff the virus needs do it's job and infect a host. The best way to picture the capsid on SARS-CoV-2 is like a fatty layer. If you can open this layer then you have deactivated the virus i.e rendered it unable to function correctly. As it is a fatty layer on SARS-CoV-2, soap will do this nicely. This is why it is very important to properly wash your hands as soap will break apart the virus's fatty layer rendering it useless or dead. In the lab, because using a molecular technique (PCR) which is used to detect the presence of the virus by amplifying and detecting its nucleic acids (RNA in this case for SARS-CoV-2), it doesn't matter if the virus is dead or alive in terms of the test. As respiratory viruses are spread to humans mainly by aerosol, the samples can be easily aerosoled by opening tubes out in the open in the lab to put on the instrument performing the test. For the safety of the lab staff they open the tubes in a special biological safety cabinet and either heat them (not a great method, so isn't often used in the UK) or add something called lysis buffer. Lysis buffer essentially does what soap does and destroys the viruses capsid. This kills the virus but importantly for PCR it does not destroy the RNA which then goes through a clean up process and then the amplification/detection process. I hope this detail answers your question?
    7 points
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