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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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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.


Thread: Interesting bike ride today
17/07/2020 14:27:11

Roys suggestion of Daubentons could be right. I've just read that they like to roost under bridges / tunnels near water. If Ians footbridge is over water the case for Daubentons looks quite strong.


Thread: Identifying the grade of silver solder.
15/07/2020 15:25:41

Samples in the post Andrew, have fun.


15/07/2020 12:18:07

Andrew - I have some older cadmium rich Silverflo 2. If it would help I could let you have a small sample to try a melt comparison test in your furnace. I have 1.5mm diameter rod and .180" x .040" strip. PM me with your details if interested and I'll get some of to you --- FOC of course!


Thread: cateracts.
12/07/2020 18:07:59

Hello again Clive - How are the bees? My wife had both eyes done recently and apart from a couple of floaters she is very pleased with the results Her brother had his done around the same time with the same good results and also with floaters.

At my last eye test I was told I was also developing them in both eyes but don't worry she said, its very common when you get to your age (we are all early seventies.) The very attractive young woman who looked purposefully into my eyes also recommended wearing sunglasses when outside or driving as it would extend the time before I need something doing. I asked and was given a prescription for a pair of close work specs and an online specs outfit did me a pair for about £24 IIRC. Brilliant!

When I need anything stronger I have invested in and use a binocular Optivisor headband - highly recommended.

I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as my crew were following your treatment. Good luck.


Thread: Jumpy readout DRO scales on WM16 mill
09/07/2020 17:10:20

Interesting Robert, do you know if these imported budget hobby machines are subjected to a safety earthing bonding test such as you describe before they reach the consumer?


09/07/2020 13:13:23

Having once again removed the motor cover and front control panel I carried out all the earthing checks as suggested by David Halford and Chris Thorn using my Megger Avo 300 digi meter. The readings were all around .1 ohm so within safe parameters.

Once again thanks to all for your helpful advice ---- especially David and Chris. I hope now that I will find my DRO kit once again, reliable and accurate.


08/07/2020 15:45:40

I was starting to unscrew the front panel to do more checks as suggested by David Halford and Chris Thorn (thank you both) when for the first time I noticed that the control box seemed a mite wobbly on its mount. Looking underneath I noticed that the silver collar had a tapped hole but nothing in it.

I screwed in a caphead and tightened it and found the box was now rock steady. Also rock steady was the X and Y display where previously it would have often flickered.


I zeroed the X and Y and spent a quarter hour pressing ON / OFF but was delighted to find the display on both X and Y would not move. I'll call that a result for now and cross fingers that the gremlin has been expunged.

I'll keep Chris and Davids advice on file and follow that through if the mean little beggar decides to return !


07/07/2020 11:15:12

I have an X and Y cheapo magnetic scale and an XY readout fitted to my WM16 (from WARCO if I remember correctly).

I very soon started to experience the X and Y readings jumping all over the show. After a little experimenting I found that it was happening when I was pressing the ON/OFF button on the mill.

My solution was to isolate the scales and XY sliding readouts from the main casting by mounting them on plastic / nylon blocks and from then on the problem went away----- until the last couple of days, now the gremlin has returned. I have tried all the obvious things like cleaning the scales, replacing USB leads and new lithium cells in the XY readout unit.

Because the "jumping" is still happening when the ON /OFF button is pressed the fault still appears to be an electrical one caused by stray elec fields?? Having found the scales over the years to be indispensible I will either have to identify the cause then fix it OR replace the scales with the more expensive optical things.

So, if you have had a similar problem did you sort it and if so, how.

While I am at it, in the centre of the front control panel on the mill is a caphead screw with an earth sign next to it. I have tried connecting a wire from it to the main X casting but the problem persists. Why is an earth connection here? Being an electrical moron I would have thought that the earth wire in the 3 pin mains plug should be adequate.


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