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Member postings for Harry Wilkes

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Thread: elf and safety gone mad
11/01/2015 18:39:27


Don't know your young lady but have met her brother or boyfriend having remove our Methylene Chloride degreaser and replaced it with a energy hungry Aqueous wash plant I had two visit from people checking we were complying with the Montreal Protocol ! As a metal finishing company offering both Cyanide zinc finish and hard chrome we were targeted on a regular basis when the H&S knew given the nature of our work we would be working within and up to date with the regulations, and as I often reminded the inspector that whilst he was wasting his time checking on us the 'back street platers' and there were quite a few in the midlands were not complying and still disposing of effluent down the drain !!!

10/01/2015 16:14:29

Just before I retired from work I made arrangements to hire a 'Geni' and I was using a different company to which I had used in the past, the hire company said I would need to sent the person who would be using the machine to them for training (no charge I must add ) I explained that my Forman had been for training at a previous company that i had hire machines from Ahhh he said that doesn't count the training must be on their machine .........

Thread: MECCANO compatible pieces, any ideas?
09/01/2015 21:24:48

Try this link or go bigger link wink

Thread: inverter installation on ML7
07/01/2015 17:24:35


Most inverters have ventilation slots/holes in their case as long as you make sure these are not directly exposed swarf and oil you should be ok

Thread: Parting On a Hobby Lathe
03/01/2015 05:10:02
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 02/01/2015 22:10:49:
Posted by Harry Wilkes on 02/01/2015 21:38:22:

... shortly after looking through the box's of tooling that came with the lathe when I purchased it I found two Sandvik parting blades and one holder so gave it a go and it cut through like butter ...



Are those the ones with a little depression in the top? [which causes the swarf to "roll" so that it becomes narrower than the groove being cut]

Very clever design, and very effective.



Yes those are the one's as you say very effective.


02/01/2015 21:38:22

I'm no expert in the 'black art' of parting off, when I first tried it on my Myford with on of those parting blades in a holder my results were rubbish so I gave up, shortly after looking through the box's of tooling that came with the lathe when I purchased it I found two Sandvik parting blades and one holder so gave it a go and it cut through like butter so now I got brave and fitted the rear toolholder with a HSS tool I ground myself happy to say that too works OK but nothing like the Sandvik.

Thread: Building my own spirit burner.
02/01/2015 09:15:53


I know some of the guys on the Freesteam forum are into constructing burners maybe worth a visit .


Thread: What did you do today (2015)
01/01/2015 15:28:30

Had an hour outside, in my childhood I spent many hours in and around the local British Rail engine shed ''Ryecroft ' 3C so my wife recons I still spend all my time in the 'shed' she got me .......


Thread: Happy New Year
31/12/2014 21:24:40

Happy New Year to you to Neil and all forum members let's hope 2015 is a good year for all !


Thread: ME Nuts Bolts Suppliers
31/12/2014 14:27:30

I to would have suggested EKP and depending on sizes etc Polly Models, as for E.C.Pitcher who are 2 mins from me are closed at the moment and would say it will be Monday before Simon opens ! Pitcher's do not do ME fasteners but do carry BSW and BSF sizes.


Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
26/12/2014 21:21:07

Did something not done for quite a while that being a visit to the cinema wink

Thread: What did you Get Today
25/12/2014 18:13:05

Digital vernier and monies towards future purchases

Thread: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
24/12/2014 21:37:38

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all


Thread: Connectivity Issues
09/12/2014 18:24:26

Seen this scenario before on another well know forum some members didn't have a problem others did then one day the server crashed and everyone was offline for quite a while !!!

Thread: Motor Connection
09/12/2014 09:17:05
Posted by Hamish McNab on 08/12/2014 21:05:10:

Are you sure its single phase? The connections appear as to how to run a three phase motor on single phase.

Hi Hamish yes it is single phase and thanks to all who responded I have it sorted now . As far as the terminal marking it looks like to save money they are using the same terminal plate for both three phase and single phase motors.

Thread: Connectivity Issues
07/12/2014 15:55:41

Having the same problem to pages slow to open crying

Thread: stephensons rocket help needed
02/12/2014 21:20:22

Neal if your referring to the Wolverhampton MES you'll find some great guy's there and loads of help/advice.


Thread: Motor Connection
30/11/2014 18:00:54

The photo are the connections for a single phase motor from Machine Mart my question is as anyone connected a reversing switch to a motor with this terminal arrangement ? I understand the old A1-2 Z1-2 connections but have to admit this one is 'hurting my head' would welcome some advice and if possible connection diagram please.

motor cover.jpg

Thread: Help locating small bulb
27/11/2014 14:37:18

Update after checking various website and a few phone calls I could not source a 3v bulb sad so I followed MichaelG suggestion and fitted a LED soldered it onto the base of the old bulb have to say it much brighter than the 3v bulb. Thanks for all the info.

Cheers H

Thread: 12v winch
26/11/2014 16:02:43

I kept first 1st post brief to suggest a car battery would be fine, but I to use a car battery which I keep in the boot i find this I don't have to 'pop' the bonnet, stretch the leads so far and I also use it to run my steam raising fan.

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