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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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Thread: 3/16 Cast Iron Rod
28/09/2020 11:15:43

If I wanted cast iron that small I would find myself an old fire grate basket and turn down some of the bars.


Thread: Removing bang in self tappers
27/09/2020 17:30:28

As you might see from the picture the satin chrome on the dial is being scored by debris collecting under the primitive indicator window. I have already replaced the cross slide dial which was heavily marked but it was quite pricey and in order to avoid further expense I intend designing a "window" with a bit more clearance.

So to remove the existing windows I need to remove the two bang in self tappers that hold them in place. So what is the best way - and by the way, are these screws hard? If not maybe I could drill them out with a HSS drill?

Lathe is WARCO BH600G so either Chinese or Taiwanese.



Thread: Covid causing mental health issues.
23/09/2020 10:58:29

I'm usually quite good at staying cheerful - then I read this thread kulou


Thread: Silver spoon? - or maybe not!
18/09/2020 17:48:15

Just to take a break from a drill sharpening session today I dug out a manky silvery desert spoon that came from a boot sale last year. I gave it a taste of my Solvol Autosol and here it is.

I don't think it is solid silver but that does not matter as what I would like to know is if anyone recognizes the hunting horn / arrow crest. This shape of horn is / was used by the German postal service and the single "D" that appears on the "assay" mark could indicate Deutchland.....could it?




Thread: Are these stanchions?
10/09/2020 15:33:35

A nice chap I know deals part time in small item ironmongery. Occasionally he acquires BA threaded fittings which "nobody asks for these days" and gives them to me. This morning he gifted me a packet of 21 of these little things. They have been beautifully machined in stainless, length 7/10" and threaded 6 BA.

I would describe them as stanchions - am I correct?



Thread: Best way to keep nuts tight (ha ha)
03/09/2020 17:15:29

I use Blu-tak.


Thread: Any idea what this is guys & gals
24/08/2020 17:26:27

"Perhaps it was left behind by a visiting flying saucer"

Or maybe it was left UP a behind by a visiting flying saucer - from Uranus?

Rik (ooh slap my wrist)

Thread: cylinder oiling drillings and Tangye mods
24/08/2020 13:29:24

Hello Tony - I am part way through the DT build. I will probably ignore EW's requirement for cylinder oilers and have either a displacement or mechanical lubricator on the steam input. Will have to look carefully at the unstarted valve eccentrics - the same with the governors or do as Jo does on another forum and replace them with a Pickering.

I agree with you on the convoluted crankshaft design setup, I think EW was an engineering sado masochist. I bet he cackled insanely as he draughted up THAT nightmare.


Thread: Computer Disaster! Help needed!
23/08/2020 14:26:22

Before you start ripping the guts out try booting from a recovery dvd / USB stick or if you have one, a Dell get you out of the crap disk. The idea being that if you can get booted into Safe Mode you might be able to do a non destructive System Restore. If you have none of the above media I can only suggest download this:


onto the device you are typing this post on and burn it to a disk / usb stick. Then try booting from IT


Thread: Workshop Equipment
21/08/2020 17:19:03

"As they are relatively inexpensive, resale values are correspondingly lower."

Neil – I replaced my WM 250 V some time aqo because of the flaky speed controller. The chap who bought it remarked to me on collection that he could not understand why this and other similar Asiatic imports held their price so well.

Just another blokes observation but it does seem to be at odds with your No.2.

But on another point. I think that folk are quite happy to recommend individual suppliers to the hobby on here but are less likely to gripe. Why? Free speech really could come at a cost if you end up in court.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 21/08/2020 17:48:53

Thread: Good morning everyone
16/08/2020 09:36:33

Hello Paul and welcome back to civvy street. I'm sure you will get great pleasure from your growing workshop.


Rik - ex REME .

Thread: Are new model copper boilers soft?
10/08/2020 18:14:47

Thanks Paul - just the info I was looking for. It's as I suspected.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 10/08/2020 18:16:57

10/08/2020 10:44:57

I have a short length of approx 1/8" wall thickness copper tube 6" diameter by 12" long and have earmarked it for an ambitious attempt (for me) boiler project. My first attempt though will be with something a bit smaller just to get my eye in, 2.5" x 6" probably.

Something I have often wondered though - due to the amount of heat applied to the copper when silver soldering and the annealing effect thereof, does this leave a newly completed copper boiler soft? If yes, will it work harden after use / pressurisation?


Thread: Taking a pair of wire cutters to a standard baseball cap
05/08/2020 17:35:12

Small minds? Can't argue with you there! smile p

I'm a great fan of the knotted handkerchief especially when worn with braces over ones pullover.


Thread: What's this ebay thingy?
04/08/2020 13:44:26

Its gone for £162.94. I wonder if anyone here was the buyer. Paul.L maybe?


03/08/2020 13:53:59

Can anyone throw light on its EXACT purpose?



Thread: Music in the Workshop
03/08/2020 10:59:49

Any radio station that plays unusual / challenging music gets my vote. If it sees fit to air Penguin Cafe Orchestra or organ music by Lefebure Wely for instance I'm hooked. So goodbye Classic FM and hello to Scala Radio. I really needed to kick Classic FM into touch because of its moronic adverts (particularly the LV example) face 19 which has the same effect on me as as that hypocritical Lloyds bank TV advert --"By your side" . I'd prefer to have a large pile of steaming ordure by my side rather than THAT lot.

Rik (By gum I do feel better for that!)

Thread: Coping with deafness
01/08/2020 17:20:40

Poor old 'gel. Reminded me of "my wife's mother" in 'Allo 'allo with the elevating bed and flashing bedknobs.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 01/08/2020 17:23:57

Thread: Mike Smade here?
26/07/2020 15:55:29

Probably a repeat but one I've not seen. Tonight on Discovery Science channel @ 8.00 they are featuring the manufacture of micrometers.


Thread: DTI accessory threads - Mercer - Verdict etc.
19/07/2020 17:34:44

I've never taken much notice of the bits and pieces in my DTI boxes - if they do the job then that's OK for me. Today though I had a need to modify a dovetail clamp to suit a job that I'm doing.


If you look at the thread on the LH side of the clamp I want to make a knurled knob to fit the thread. Easy I thought until I checked the thread. It is 7.2mm diameter and my metric thread gauge indicates a pitch of .065mm.

I have a good collection of taps, some wierd but nothing that will do this job.


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