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Member postings for Harry Wilkes

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Thread: New to forum
18/01/2020 17:46:11

Hi Neil and welcome to the forum


Thread: Mobile Phone
18/01/2020 13:54:22

You have to wonder why people lie when I was told the o2 mast nearest to me was 'down' I check the o2 website which told me there were no issues !!!


17/01/2020 21:10:50

Thanks for the comments I posted because I thought it amusing on one hand and hard to belive that even Tesco mobile pay someone to turn out such clap trap. I live quite close to a mast and still only get one bar they'll tell me next I live to close, this is not the first time Ive complained but today I think I drew the village idot I will be phoning them again on Monday asking to talk to someone higher up the ladder


17/01/2020 18:01:50
Posted by An Other on 17/01/2020 17:54:21:


If someone from your network provider gave you this advice, I would immediately look for another supplier: - its absolute rubbish. (I used to work for a large company providing mobile phone service).

Where I live now, out in the sticks, as we drive along the road approaching our house, the signal comes and goes - its never very strong, but at times it disappears completely: if we are on the phone, we get cut off, but as we progress along the road, it restarts with no problems.

These companies have to be highly competitive to make a profit (look at the prices they pay for licenses), so if you have a poor service, go and find another - they'll be happy to have you.

Thats what I would like to do but have a contract 😂

Thread: New from Essex
17/01/2020 15:39:03

Hi Mick and welcome to the forum


Thread: Mobile Phone
17/01/2020 15:38:05

I have today had a very frustrating conversation with my provider complaining once again about poor reception, I was informed that the mast nearest to me was 'down for essential work' I replied that my poor signal issues was not limited to when I was at home but mostly where I was and this is what I was advised which I would like to share with you and also ask if anyone else had been given the same advice ?

" whenever you will go out of your area there in order to use the phone properly you need to restart the phone, because when you use the phone ourside your area if you won't restart the phone then it won't work. "


Thread: Windows 7 support ends
15/01/2020 21:55:58
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/01/2020 21:11:31:
Posted by Harry Wilkes on 15/01/2020 21:00:31:

The answer is quite I did not get it off enbay !!!!


Posted by Oldiron on 15/01/2020 16:17:10:

Posted by Harry Wilkes on 15/01/2020 15:07:39:

When I did my vista I just purchased a new windows key from that well know website, cost me $6 worked fine




So are we expected to just keep guessing

Not at all link


15/01/2020 21:00:31

The answer is quite I did not get it off enbay !!!!


Posted by Oldiron on 15/01/2020 16:17:10:

Posted by Harry Wilkes on 15/01/2020 15:07:39:

When I did my vista I just purchased a new windows key from that well know website, cost me $6 worked fine


What is the problem with people here not being able to write a simple word like EBAY. No problems with sites like Tracy tools or RDG or Arceurotrade etc etc. are most people ashamed that they actually go to EBAY and buy most of their kit. IMHO its ridiculous to type 3 or 4 words when one will do. Rant over. Nothing personal meant here Harry just my personal opinion. I await the flack with baited breath.

BTW you can still get Windows 10 as a free upgrade if your PC has a genuine copy of Windows 7 with a proper licence. Many video's on YouTube how to do it. I tried it on a Windows 7 home edition PC and it works fine. It now has a Windows 10 digital key and is properly activated.Also if you have a decent malware and anti virus software installed you will be OK on Windows 7. It is mostly operator error like opening unknown files and links that will get you a little malware gift.

Thread: Speed indicator
15/01/2020 20:55:38

Mike if it's new contact Chester they have to fix it or did you mean 'new to you' ?


Thread: Windows 7 support ends
15/01/2020 15:07:39

When I did my vista I just purchased a new windows key from that well know website, cost me $6 worked fine


Thread: Myford super 7
15/01/2020 11:50:00

I have never had a problem with a chuck unscrewing on my S7 suffered the opposite 😂 but I seened to remeber watching a video where someone suecured the chuck on their Myford (maybe Steve Jorden) try a youtube search


Thread: Windows 7 support ends
15/01/2020 11:40:34

Windy all I can tell you is some months back I upgarded an old Vista laptop to win 10 and to date I have not had any issue's with old software that ran on vista, I have gone to Thunder and Firefox but I use them on other computers anyway as for Norton I cant say not used it for a long time. as time goes by win 7 is going to become less unsafe so my advice would be go for win 10 or others now.


Thread: Does a particular thread hold better into brass
12/01/2020 18:23:44

I think I once read that fine threads were stronger than course but more prone to seizing and stripping


Thread: Only for Myford lathes
12/01/2020 14:24:06

Not done a lot to mine mechanically, fitted a VFD/motor, Tacho and DRO. It came with a load of extra's including a Dixson QCT have since purchased more toolholders and that's about it.


Thread: Soft soldering on a finished copper boiler ??? ... advice needed :-(
12/01/2020 14:16:47

If you drill (modify) your boiler it will need to be retested I would try whats been suggested above


Thread: Swindon Steam
11/01/2020 21:18:18
Posted by Howard Lewis on 11/01/2020 20:49:18:

Further confirmation of the precision to which the Great Western worked.

When K J Cook left Swindon and went to Doncaster, he solved the problem of the inside Big End on the V2s, by converting to the Swindon design, and introducing optical alignment for vastly improved performance.

Probably few have ever seen a workshop powered by lineshafting!


My first job was in such a shop, down the righthand side there were 3 lathes, a mill and a vertical slotter all driven off a line shaft


Edited By Harry Wilkes on 11/01/2020 21:18:48

Thread: Looking to pay for someone to finish an engine
09/01/2020 21:14:24
Posted by Simon Parsons on 09/01/2020 09:57:48:

Thanks all.

I live near to Kingsbury, but would transport the engine pretty much anywhere. The boiler was never certified I know that much but it’s unlikely to be used, certainly not with members of the public.

Thats said I am willing to take any advice I can get.

photos to follow but I am told it is a:

5” three cylinder Martin Evans Royal Engineer (Royal Scott class?) that at some point *May* have been converted to a Fury

Simon may I suggest you go along to kingsbury Water Park there you will find Echills Wood Railway link

there are many loco builders to be found there and maybe someone who can help if not try Tamworth ME link


Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
08/01/2020 11:56:59

Neil given the likes of straight bananas etc your tongue in cheek post would not surprise me wink


Thread: The Taig/Peatol Lathe - 2nd edition
06/01/2020 17:47:01

Good luck with thte book


Thread: Making metal flowers
03/01/2020 15:14:07

nice one


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