Here is a list of all the postings Sam Longley 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Black Holes|
Spot on. Space has been a big subject in our house for some time.
I have been trying to get my wife to let me build another 3 feet onto the end of my shed for ages
It is all relative really
|Thread: Problem with penetrating oil can|
Are we now going to guess which supermarket garage forecourt you will buy the diesel from?
I will start it off-- "a well known one that sell own brand beans that taste awful"
There you are . Now we all know
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 12/04/2019 20:44:45
I hate quizzes
|Thread: Recommended base flashing for an external wall|
A cheap option is to stick Flashband down - but use the proper primer first & apply it properly on a warm day. ( or warm it a bit with a heat gun helps to make it sticky) Obtainable from any builders merchant & miles cheaper than lead.
Otherwise there are loads of firms that will pre form coated steel flashings if you send them a sketch of what you want
But provided the floor is higher than the surrounding ground & the cladding comes down just past the floor level so that the water is shed down past the concrete floor, you should not need anything. Just laying a flashing on the ground will not stop water coming under it . It has to follow the principle of water flowing down hill all the time..
If the cladding stops above the floor level & you want to shed the water over the edge of the slab( & may be behind the face of the slab) then you would need a flashing to direct the water over the edge, presumably a "Z" shape. That could be lead, zinc, flashband, or a preformed steel flashing. But the slab must be higher than the immediate surrounding ground level otherwise you are wasting your time
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 21/03/2019 07:33:47
|Thread: How do you make a lifting eye|
size "0"---so they are obtainable. Dunno how many 1000's you have to buy though & not so much fun as making one
But finding a supplier in the UK ???
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 08/03/2019 07:36:52
|Thread: Plastic Balls in Bearings?|
Most of the pullies on my yacht have delrin balls in the roller bearings in them. The furling gear , which takes considerable load applied by a winch, has delrin balls in the swivels
|Thread: Workshop - indoors or outdoors|
In spite of bituthene tanking with a 100mm brick wall against it on the inside I still had leaks especially when it rained. It did not help that the void on the outside where the hole was dug for the basement was backfilled with hardcore.I would regularly get 150mm of water in the basement before I fitted the sump pump.
Fortunately I had fitted a sump & could fit a Stuart sump pump with float switch
My solution was to drill holes right through the wall at 700mm centres around the perimeter about 150mm above floor level. I inserted 19mm plastic pipe in each one & sealed with polyurethane mastic. I connected the pipes to a ring pipe & fed it to the sump.
At the start, when it rained water poured in, but not through the walls as the pipes relieved the pressure. After a couple of years the pipes rarely ran with water as it seems that it had reduced the water pressure considerably. One original mistake was just to pump the water out on to the ground. This was a mistake as it went straight back down to the walls. Once I connected it to the main drain it was OK.
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 26/02/2019 19:02:42
|Thread: Cutting a large chunk of nice aluminium into workable pieces|
First you need to decide what you want to make with the pieces.
It would be silly to cut it up & then find that you needed a manhole cover that size
then a thin abrasive blade in an angle grinder perhaps?
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 20/01/2019 06:49:52
|Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'|
Most of the members in my club make their own from scratch, as do people I know who are not members of clubs.The parts are readily obtainable from such a wide source (& for a range of uses other than drones) that they are virtually untraceable
As an aside, I watched the programme a few months ago about the Battle of Britain where they had models flying in combat. I seem to recall that some had lasers & successfully "shot down" the opposition. If these lasers are successful at disabling the electronics; then I am sure that I could soon be skillful enough to down a drone, from another drone, with a laser, once I saw one & could chase after it. That must be a cheap way of doing it, provided one could get near enough in time- That being the problem.
|Thread: Access Platform|
Make a couple of 4 ft square towers of the required height but make them so one will fit on top of the other for double height so you have a tower . ( you could just buy a small tower & use it in 2 halves - they are fairly light & easy to store away) then get a 10,12, or15ft Youngmans with a handrail fitted one side.Plonk the Youngmans on the 2 towers & you have a nice long stable platform.which is safe & easy to move around You can get a 12 aluminium staging( Youngmans) for around £100 & stick your own uprights on one side with a handrail so you do not step back to admire your work & break your neck
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 31/12/2018 12:44:54
|Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'|
Fair comment Michael, but it seems to me that they have not caught the perpetrators any way. Plus they have caused misery to thousands. Surely upsetting the signal would have saved massive costs as well.
The comment has been made that if a drone looses its signal it will fly back to a pre determined position. Yes they do that in our club. It is one of the tricks we perform, Have a cup of coffee whilst the drone does circuits, then as it runs out of power it senses it & comes home & hovers 4 ft above the ground waiting to be collected. So thinking that through, a helicopter sights the drone. Signal gets jammed & the drone says hey I am going back to base -- & guess what -- there is an operator standing there for all to see.
Surely that is not beyond the ability of someone with a bit of techy experience.
As for a few car alarms going off - well - what is worse? Put yourself in the position of a traveler & one of a car owner. Who is inconvenienced the most?
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 24/12/2018 17:21:44
I just think it seem weird that with all the technology they cannot jam the 2.4 channel for just enough seconds to crash the drone. I know that modern transmitters (like my Futaba) change frequencies within the bandwidth quickly but surely they can beat that. Or is it a case that doing so may disrupt some other important systems operating on the same frequency?
What really concerns me is the backlash on sensible model fliers
our club operates a quarter of a mile from a private field (Stowe Maries war museum) where there can be a couple of air displays a year & regular private flights (biplanes etc) during the week. Although the airfield operators have agreed that the planes will not fly over our model flying site they sometimes do ( probably visitors) . If we cannot get our models down in time they can get close. That being said we always look out for them & if a plane strays close we down all models until safe to fly.
If someone suddenly decided that a practice that has worked Ok for the last 8 years is no longer safe then we would loose our flying field (for which we have local authority planning permission)
This drone incident is something that bone fide modelers can do without
Do not mention the sex
I did but I think i got away with it
I think the correct response to that post might be " Don't judge others by yourself!!"
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 24/12/2018 11:11:36
Stick to the sex angle it is more fun than droning on about politics
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 24/12/2018 10:04:09
My wife was watching the programme about one of our warships & I noticed a bit where one of the gunners was aiming at a target at sea. To be fair to the amateur Americans they were probably no worse than our"professionals"
Later in the programme the female captain congratulated the gunner on his shooting, but from the little I saw only a couple of bullets actually hit the target, with most shots scattered around it. I could not help wondering how the gunner would have faired if the target had been a in Israeli soldier with a similar machine gun returning fire. I doubt if our man would have got off more than a couple of rounds.
At least the Americans did eventually hit all the model planes. Mind you a shotgun might have been a better weapon than some of the artillery pieces. Fun firing one though!!. Bit worrying knowing that the druggy neighbour up the road might have one in the garage.
This is how they do it in America
Starts at about 1.5 mins
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 23/12/2018 20:42:57
There is a local clay pigeon shoot that shares our model flying field every second Sunday, I am pretty sure that their hit rate is somewhat better than 1 in 800 & the stray "bullets" would not go far.
I suggest that, if invited, they would feel quite happy to line the perimeter for a few hours to pop a stray drone; especially if someone gave them a reasonable share of the £50K reward money offered for the perpetrators of the crime.
|Thread: Making a torch|
I am going to use the aluminium rudder stock from my boat. I lost my rudder when I ran aground near the Kessock bridge in the Morray Firth when sailing SH round UK. I saved the old stock which had been in the boat for 12 years without corrosion & is tapered 35-80 diam & is 2.4 m long.
It is obviously a structural grade but I have not tried machining any of it yet . I just wanted a project that was different & being able to carry about, use & say Yeah! "I made this" You cannot do that with models
So I had not got to considering what grade, only using what I had . But now I am in a quandry. I may experiment with some offcuts & see how it machines first. I am not worried about corrosion, The boat does not get that wet & i can always put the torch in my pocket. Will not make it too big ( first time round anyway)
Edited By Sam Longley 1 on 18/12/2018 14:29:52
The Aeries self steering is alumnium & is 40 years old. It is anodised. The torch will not get wet so I am not worried about it being aluminium. thanks.
But, that being said, what would you suggest as an alternative that is easy to machine , turn, thread & mill flats on etc?
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