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Thread: Drilling crankshaft hole
20/01/2021 09:20:36

That looks like a wobbler casting set. the trouble with kits like this is determining where to start.

Usually the base is the best place, you can then reference all the rest from that.

That is what I did when I machined mine, took ages to determine where to start. Once I started everything else seemed to drop into place.

Casting sets are not the ideal for a beginner to tackle as the importance of a reference face is not obvious.

It does make a nice engine though, mine runs realy well.

Thread: I honestly canít think of an suitable title
17/12/2020 09:55:33

nothing in this world is free, if you do not want adverts on you tube, pay the subscription charge, otherwise the adverts is wot you get. it is a facty of life these days. I too watch a lot of youtube and will, reluctantly , put up with the adverts, which is what allowes me to watch the content for free.

we all have a choice here, watch or don't watch. The adverts are what pays for youtube content, it is what it is, it is not going to change any time soon.

instead of being grumpy old gits, just accept the fact and move on - simples! devil

Thread: Why are gas struts on mini mill conversions not rated to fully lift the head?
06/12/2020 10:00:01

having fitted a gas strutt a few years ago to my SX2P (published in MEW), I can not understand the problems people seem to be having. My strutt just ballances the head rather than trying to take all the weight, a lot of others have done the same so we can't all be wrong. from my experience I have had no problem with cutter being pulled into the work or excessive backlash.and find the mill a delight to use.

perhaps it is methodology rather than the gas strutt that is causing the problems

Thread: Thread cutting problem
29/11/2020 09:46:59
Posted by Buffer on 28/11/2020 21:45:25:

I'm now wondering if the threads are being stripped as I am trying to get the thread started. In other words maybe it is rotating without pulling itself along which is stripping the start of the thread clean.

hi buffer, have you tried reversing the die, NOT all cut(well) in both directions. With regard to nominal size, I have always used the same size i.e 3/16 die, 3/16 material, if machining down to a size then go a few thou under.I usually put a slight taper/bevel at the end of the material to give the die sometrhing to start on.


Thread: Electric vehicles
25/11/2020 09:31:36

Gentlemen! stop worrying, it just won't happen. Anything the government puts its hands on turns to disaster. the only people who will benefit are those advsing the government ( who in turn get their share of course!!!)

the future is not electric but hydrogen.

Thread: Cutting Microscope Slide Glass
14/11/2020 09:55:31

way,way back when i was just a lad, i read somewhere that you could cut glass slides for microscopes etc, by using sharp scissors under water - lots of shattered slides and cut fingers, not one cut cleanly as i desired. move on to next project and put it down to experience, ho! hum!

Thread: LED Constant Current Source Scheme
10/11/2020 09:26:51
Posted by Anthony Kendall on 10/11/2020 09:12:12:

I'm surprised there isn't a willie-waver suggesting an Arduino controlled LEDwink

my willie is waving to all and sundrey, what a marvelous suggestion, unfortunately I dont think it has enough ports or processing power for the job in hand (there;s a pun in there somewhere......)

perhaps a RasPi4 might be better. I love reinventing the wheel, as I have so much time on my hands.

Why over simplify things just because you can?

Thread: DHL Rip Off
12/10/2020 09:35:47

DHL are fantastic for fast delivery from anywhere in the world, import charges are a major factor when determining whether to use them or not.

Price you are charged is price of goods + postage. only really worth it if total you pay would be less than uk purchase.

China post is quite quick these days + very little chance of paying import duty/fees, one should always factor it in though, just in case.

Thread: Grumpy old men
12/10/2020 09:25:21

language is defined by common usage so will inevitably become corrupted as a lot of common words of today are, simples init like.

Thread: Jobs we had as kids
08/09/2020 15:49:22

I was a delivery lad for the local butcher, 5 of us intotal, not bad for a small shop, my round needed a delivery bike with the basket on front, oh. happy days. Also worked in the shop on school holidays.

I also had two paper rounds, morniung and evening covering two areas, I soon cottoned on to using the butcher delivery bike to carry the poapers on the long round.

and for a short while a grocery delivery round, Alan Sugar in the making - don't know what went wrong!!!!!

Started real work at 17 straight from school as an apprentice for BT, and the rest is all history.

Tell the kids today and they don't believe you, (enter Monty Python Yorkshireman sketch).

leave school, go to Uni, expect a management job on 30K+ that they have been promised, oh! the irony

Thread: Logging in to MyBT
05/09/2020 09:30:00
Posted by Stub Mandrel on 04/09/2020 18:59:33:

I recently had an email from TalkTalk telling me they were going to put my monthly DD up, so they could continue to supply me with fast reliable broadband.

As their broadband is neither fast nor reliable* I requested a call back several days ago.

So far - zilch.


*To be fair, this is more down to BT Openreach than TalkTalk.

You are probably at the end of contract, hence the price rise, there should be NO price rises during contract period.

TalkTalk have had plenty of good deals, don't know what package you are on but I am on Faster Fibre @ £23.50 per month, which must be one of the cheapest, current offer is £25.50 but you get Amazon Prime for a year as well.

I have not paid full price since moving onto Fibre when it was first available.

Edited By Howi on 05/09/2020 09:31:18

03/09/2020 09:52:29

Grizzly bear, regarding BT stopping the email service, you may have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, a number of providers allowed you to continue using your email address after transfering to another provider. the proposal is to stop that service or charge for it. i have a seperate email account to which i have transfered most of my contacts so that if i decide to change service provider i can ditch the old email.

Not that i am considering moving my internet provider any day soon, despite still being bottom of the league table I personally cannot fault TalkTalk for their prices and service. i have been able to switch contracts to a much cheaper option for the same or bettewr service for the past 5 years.( the latest change was affected by covid19 and had to threaten them with Ofcom to get them moving, they did eventually respond and sorted it out)

Not many TalkTalk customers realise, provided you have been on a contract for at least one month, that you can change to an advertised better/cheaper offer. you get a new cointract start date and no price rises during that new contract period. You might have to be persistant, but if I can do it anyone can.

it all stems from when Dido Harding was in charge when they had two data breaches, it was to stem the tide of customners leaving.

It is like changing your gas/elec supplier, home/car insurance etc on a regular basis to get the best prices (not always the cheapest!!). If you are not proactive it will cost you a lot more for the same.

Thread: How to stop scam phone calls for good?
27/08/2020 09:28:56

registering for TPS sorted most scam calls for me, the few that do now get through allow me to vent my spleen in a tirade of expletifs.

don't see the point of spending money oin trying to eliminate them, as BT says, almost impossible to stop completely and usually results in important calls not getting through.

Had a call recently from the hospital that I had been ignoring as no number shown, they were contacting me about a colonoscopy that was due ( actually 6 months late!).

I said "A Colonoscopy? you can stick that where the sun don't shine!"

Yes! she said, that's the general idea..........blush

Edited By Howi on 27/08/2020 09:29:26

Thread: Bows and arrows
26/08/2020 09:05:57

It is likely the first weapon was the club followed by a cutting weapon such as an axe or knife, then the spear, then the bow for greater range and accuracy. Australia is somewhat a special case as they seemed to not get past the spear phase but went on to develop the more sophisticated boomerang.

Thread: Amadeal lathes - Any good??
01/07/2020 09:35:01

I have had mabout ity AMADEAL 210 for 8 years now, I wrote an article in Model Engineers Workshop about it (two articles in fact). It was bought at a time when most of the ubiquetous mini lathes needed a lot of fettling to get them up to spec.

The 210 worked straight out of the box and is slightly larger and heavier than the normal 3 1/2 inch mini lathe while still managable in a small workshoip. In my 8 years of ownership I have not had any trouble whatsoever.

As for Amadeal, all I can say as a satisfied customer, I have had no problems at all, I have bought extra bits for the 210 such as steadies, faceplate, quick change tool holder and a rotary table, all from Amadeal and hasve been more than happy with my purchase. Others may have different views, I can only say as I find.

As for other suppliers, Arceuro are up there with the best, I got my SX2P mini mill from them + lots of tooling etc and their service is second to non.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I bought my lathe and most mini lathes and up tend to be of a lot better quality, My 210 came with a quality control spec sheet, how much that can be relied on is anyones guess but I have no reason to doubt it's authenticity.

All I can say is I am more than satisfied with my purchases from AMADEAL, what more can I say.

Edited By Howi on 01/07/2020 09:36:12

Thread: ...I'll just finish up this part..
22/06/2020 09:14:27

have you considered taking up knitting?

Thread: Tailstock die holder
08/06/2020 09:19:32

The Hemmingway kit is another good design and a nice machining exercise, uses a cone clutch and sliding die holder with interchangable heads for different size dies.

Thread: The story behind my forum image
03/06/2020 09:17:29

TGA is not uncommon, and while the person suffering the condition has no recollection, it can be quite perplexing to say the least for their nearest and dearest.

My wife and I were on holiday on Majorca (Soller actually) when she had a bit of a melt down. All the symptoms point to a stroke. She was taken to a local clinic who also thought it was a stroke but didn't say, only that she would be transfered to a major hospital in Palma.. Now! bearing in mind that we were due to fly back the next day I was getting just a little worried.The hospitals preliminary diagnosis was a stroke and that we would be going knowhere.To me, watching here reactions, while it looked like a stroke, there were no indications of left/right handed problems usually associated with stroikes, just a loss of short term memory. She had all the tests the hospital could do before they came to the same conclusion as me, Not a stroke but TGA (never heard of it before then). Recovery is very quick and the likelyhood of it ever occuring again is very small. It was probably brought on by heat and dehydration and is the body's defence system protecting the major parts of the brain inc long term memory. Overall , quite an experience for me, not her, as she has no recollection. This is where travel insurance comes in handy, although I had to shout and screem at them to get some action, it all worked out in the end.

She was discharged from the hospital in Palma with a full set of medical notes on a CD (this was a private hospital) to give to her GP.

Certainly made for an interesting holiday.

Thread: Sort of a Straw Poll
13/05/2020 09:19:16

les, i am the same age as you, got my lathe and mill on retirement, never looked back. I still have other hobies/interests to spend my meagre pension on such as archery (25 years), amateur radio (40+ years), photography (50+ years), electronics from school days and compouters from the begining.

my boys have been promised the house between them, if there is any money left they can share that between them, just don't bank on it. As for my gear/equipment/junk they should have the nouse to know how to get rid of it, it will no longer be my responsibility.

We were spending their inheritance on holidays/cruises etrc which they know about. They are all in good jobs, earning far more than i ever did so they should have no need for it.

why do we get hung up on leaving the kids everything we have worked hard for?

get it spent mate, enjoy yourself whether you create somthing wonderful or just add to the scrap bin, who cares!

Don't put yourself down, 72 isn't old (not in my eyes anyway), you could have 10,20 or even 30 years to go yet, don't sell yourself short.

i intend to draw my pensions as long as i can teeth 2

Thread: Box-Shifters and Quality Assurance
12/05/2020 09:22:54

it is just a fact of life these days. Nothing is built to last because there is no profit in it.!

BUT! is that because of the customer or the manufacturer???

lets take an iphone, latest model retailing at £1000, how long will it be in service? probably no more than 5 years.

Aren't manufacturers giving consumers what they want?

As for Clive Sinclair, yes! I remember the transistors, MAT100 and MAT101 but they were not cheap compared to OC71 etc but suposedly better spec.

you can see where my pocket money went! We had a local shop in Sheffield called Bardwells selling Army surplus kit and components. Throat mikes and such were cheap and plentiful.

oh! those were the days - long gone now!

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