Here is a list of all the postings FMES has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Car says catalyser is blocked|
Apologies on the reference to Adblue, I ony have cars with either a seperate FBC tank or none, and incorrectly assumed that the Adblue additive had the same purpose.
There is no actual 'Throttle' on a diesel engine unlike its petrol counterpart.
The amount of air drawn through the combustion system is directly related to the rpm of the engine, not how hard you tread on the loud pedal.
As I referred earlier, a full active DPF clean needs temperature, gas flow and the addition of a fuel bourne catalyst (adblue, or a more potent - and highly nasty to handle chemical like Eolys).
It doesn't really matter what 'speed' you are doing as long as the pumping action of the engine is high.
Many older cars have non-active DPFs which do not need a fuel bourne catalyst additive - when they block the only recourse is to visit one of these specialist DPF / Catalyser cleaning firms that are popping up nowadays, or replacing the whole unit.
Fun this, isn't it?
Hi Clive, apologies for not seeing this post before.
If I may suggest, the way to clean a DPF is high temeperature in the exhaust system and a higher than normal gas flow.
40mph in your car in top gear is not nearly pulling enough revs to adequately provide the oxygen required to burn off the DPF.
During a regeneration, which will only start when the exhaust temperature reaches a set point, the ECU will inject additional fuel into the exhaust along with any regeneration fluid (some vehicles have seperate tanks for this) normally an eolys fluid which will combine with the fuel and additional oxygen in order to raise the exhaust temperature still further and effectively regenerate the DPF.
So, in essence you need revs, temperature and distance, revs should be 2000 - 2500 (40mph in top willl be well below this) , temperature - runnng at fully warmed up on the temperature gauge will normally be enough, and distance - 30 - 40 miles.
Go out for a decent drive and get theengine up to temperature, if possible get on a motorway or fast A road, select a gear that allows the required rev range without intimidating plod, and keep it there.
I normally do around 60 mph in third for the requred distance.and my old peugeot van (146000Miles) needs this every month or so.
Hope this helps, and goodluck.
|Thread: windoze 10|
Well, fwiw, Its only MICROSOFT that is ending support for windows 7, all of the other suppliers are still supporting it in the main, Antivirus programs are still available and in some cases better, and drivers for specialist equipment still seems to be available from their original suppliers too.
I have no difficulty getting Antivirus support for Windows XP and 7 from Avast etc including firewall protection.
So, whats the problem?
In my case, the regular updates in windows 10 that can only be posponed to a point before the machine forces you to update - in my case right in the middle of a rather fiddly engraving job, where the machine suddenly decided to reboot and dump the program even after I had clicked the box to postpone !!!
Don't seem to have that problem with XP and 7
|Thread: Metrication of models|
This topic never ceases to amaze me at the amount of discussion it generates.
I think I have mentioned before, that having previously taught EDF Energy apprentices in the age range of 16 to 22 we have had to spend some time teaching imperial measurement, mainly due to the fact that the majority of nuclear reactors currently operating in the UK ar indeed imperial, and will continue to be so for the future as the decomissioning life still has to be addressed with repairs and replacements of the non-metric variety.
In addition the majority of older and still in comission American ships and aircraft,,still require a knowledge of the imperial system.
I refuse point blank to 'metricate' a set of drawings as the possibility of error is high and believe whole heartedly that for steam in particular, everything should be imperial. - just my point of view.
Incidntally, when introducing the EDF apprentices to Imperial measurement ( and all of the little engines they made in our workshops were on imperial drawings) , it only took them about half a day to grasp the concepts and by the end of the day working happily with supplied imperial drawings.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019|
Well, As usual prepped the Loco for its regular Sunday afternoon club run out. Trouble is the weather looks to be letting us down at the moment, just waiting for the go ahead.
We haven't missed many days this year, and its always a shame when the kids ( and parents) don't get their weekly rides.
Still, it might clear up
Edited By FMES on 22/09/2019 11:53:41
|Thread: Dumb question from a none driver|
First of all I feel I must apologise for trying to be helpful and creating a post that was not only mis read, (Mainly by my initial omission), and giving the barrack room lawyers a field day.
I was clearer in my second post that I was referring to the VIEW OF THE DVLA, I have never mentioned anything else about ownership.
Didn't stop all those people trying to find fault though did it?
To answer Neils last post on the subject - and I asked local plod about this- if you are stopped by the police you will normally be asked 'Is this your vehicle' NOT are you the owner, a small difference admittedly but they will already have done / be doing an ANPR to check for the Registered keeper, and they are looking for that data to match up with proof of identity being required.
OK, so playing devils advocate here, what would happen if you were stopped and told the police you were not the owner of the vehicle?
What would their actions then be?
'Patently Absurd'?? Whos name needs to be on the V5 on taking up posession of the vehicle?, who will get the notification to tax.
I was advised from Swansea, some years ago admittedly, that the 'owner' was the person purchasing the vehicle as new (as declared at first registration on the V5) and paying the relevent purchase taxes / VAT etc, secondary transactions between private individuals are not recorded in the same way hence the description of 'Registered Keeper'.
Simply, the OWNER is the person that originally purchased the car from new at first registration.
Everybody else that puts their name on the V5 is the REGISTERED KEEPER.
In your case, your sons name should be on the V5 with him being responsible for obtaining the Vehicle Excise Duty or Road Tax, for want of a better definition.
YOU will never be the OWNER of that vehicle.
|Thread: Can Anyone Help Me to Identify This Very Old Boiler Please?|
I don't think it was for steam, looks similar to the old Geyser hot water boilers - large tea urn??
|Thread: good service Arc eurotrade|
I guess the postal service may have played a large part in that success
|Thread: Laser cut plates|
Its so that the dimensions can be entered directly into the computerised cutting machine whithout the company having to do any design work.
Only problem is, if there is a mistake its the CAD artists fault and not the cutters.
|Thread: Upgrading to fibre optic broadband|
Can recommend Virgins' 200 Mbps fibre, regularly getting over 200 Mbps DL and over 20 Mbps up
Ping ranges depending of time of day. but usually about 10 -12 in the evenings
|Thread: Warco GH600|
Check with Warco, when I had my GH1330 and Supermajor mill delivered they transported it on an electric pallet truck all the way down the drive and put them in the workshop where I wanted them.
|Thread: Surplus subjects learnt at school.|
Working today in engineering education with young people, the most common attitude of the learners is in the main ' Fire and Forget' in other words they cram hard for an exam to be able to pass it, but a few weeks down the line 'skill fade' sets in with little or no memory of the subjects taught.
We used to split our machining courses up into theory and practical, with an exam at the end, in some cases it could be quite a few weeks between the two parts being completed.
We had to stop doing that because the majority of learners had virtually no recollection of the earlier part, and even when told to revise before cominig in to the exam, expected to be given the answers on a crib sheet before going in - a school policy in some cases in order to keep pass marks up.
I too am an Calisthenic (may be the wrong word) Learner - I learn by 'Doing' I cannot sit and listen to someone ramble on for ages as it gets boring. in addition I'm mildly dyslexic, so Secondary School (Yes failed the 11+ too) was a total pain, but nobody back in the 60's knew what was going on - words were just a mess to me - it took a massive amount of effort just to be able to learn to read and write properly, let alone learn Latin et al.
Left school for a mechanical engineering apprentiship, getting in by submitting my CSE project - a Suart 10H which I built in engineering class over three years. I don't profess to being brilliant in any way shape or form and sometimes i do wonder if the phrase ' Can tell you the square root of a jar of pickles, but can't get the lid off' is applicable to some of the writers on this forum.
Perhaps one set of lessons that should never be classed as suplus within education is 'Equality and Diversity'
Edited By FMES on 23/07/2019 11:59:56
|Thread: Western Steam|
You need to call them, Helen and Geoff are very helpful, and as Dave says they quote virtually on a daily basis due to the copper price vaiation.
I did initially contact them by email, and got a quote back virtually straight away, they will also discuss the way forward with unobtainable sheet sizes.
BUT, please be aware that quality takes time and there is quite a long delivery forecast.
|Thread: How badly do I need a surface plate?|
I don't know what you would be doing surface table wise on a lathe, bus you definitely need some form of reference flat for taking measurements, using a height gauge for example.
I was lucky enough to obtain (not going to say 'pick up' a 3' x 2' cast iron table on its own stand - hadn't built the workshop at that time - just the concrete base, literally built everything else around it.
We put it in the middle and its stayed there ever since, no way I'm trying to move it, and I can get all around it for access.
FWIW, I have a cheapy Clarke CL300M for work that is too small for the bigger lathes, mostly small valves and pipe fittings certainly never needed to put it on a surface table.
|Thread: Dangerous 2" Scale BB1 Boiler|
Never had a boiler fail to fit its intended purpose yet, then again if you build and test the boiler first, everything is machined to fit.
And you are only talikng a few 'thous' of growth if you test properly.
There is always a difference in sound after testing too - before the metal will sound dull if you gently tap it, afterwards it will 'ring'
A newly constructed silver soldered boiler usually has the strength integrity of a piece of chocolate until it has been fully work hardened, normally by carrying out the hydraulic test in stages and slowly building up to the required pressure.
Pumping a new boiler up to working pressure in one hit will almost certainly cause deformation in all sorts of places.
Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!
You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.
Click THIS LINK for full contact details.
For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.