Here is a list of all the postings Stuart Bridger has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Plans and castings|
If you are willing to look beyond castings, take a look at Elmers Engines. Free plans available online
Not a beam, but I am (slowly) working on #29 mine engine
|Thread: Music on TV Programmes.|
Personally I think this has a lot to do with modern flat panel TV design and potentially the decoding of surround sound audio to the TV speakers. There is no room for anywhere near decent sized speakers in the cabinets. The sound experience is going to be seriously comprised, without investment in external kit such as a sound bar or full home cinema setup. It amazes me that all the technology seems to go into the display with sound being an afterthought. I have a modest home cinema setup with a full size front speaker delivering the center (mostly speech) channel. Two additional stereo speakers deliver the L&R front effects, which is mostly the incidental music.
|Thread: Chuck Guard|
My chipmaster didn't come with a guard and the first thing I did was fit a quality industrial guard.
|Thread: My new favourite threads|
I needed to make up a missing nut for a thermal cutout. Thread was M11 x 1. Tracy tools to the rescue as usual. Tapping drill 10mm and so easy to cut.
|Thread: Cleaning glass.|
Autoglym Fast Glass for me, not cheap, but a little goes a long way
|Thread: Hermes. A Company in Total Confusion!|
Just had a positive experience with Hermes.
|Thread: Multimeter recommendations|
About 35 years ago, a short part of my career was spent both using and repairing AVO multimeters.
Also we went out of "field jobs" outside of the workshop around the factory. If an Avo was needed this went in the basket of a butchers style trade bike as they were damned heavy to carry any distance. Hand held Fluke DMMs were a godsend as they would just fit in a lab coat pocket.
I have a 70 series Fluke handheld, that I have had since the mid 1980's. It is bulletproof in its rubber holder.
|Thread: Backing up computers across a network|
Iain, agreed cloud backup is very viable. I use Carbonite to back up my files from my home PC
As "one of the pros" I worked in backup and storage for over 20 years. I would say that home grown backup solutions are not the way to go. This is one time to get in the "pros". As others have said, it needs to be implemented, documented and restore regularly tested. I have too many "war stories" of data loss and inability to restore data when it is really needed. There a lots of network backup solutions out there, but also remember you need copies offsite as well. What if you have a fire? A simple copy is NOT good enough, If you have bad data (virus, corruption, etc) having an exact copy of bad data on your backup drive is not good enough...
Not just the fuse rating (100A is normally recommended), but some older buildings have a "looped service". This is where the main incoming supply cabling is daisy chained in and out of properties along the street. This you can tell if you have two big cables coming into the fuse block. If this is the case you will not not be allowed to connect an EV charger until the looped service has been upgraded to a conventional star type feed. This means running in a new cable.
The ideal situation for home charging has to be Solar PV plus a power bank. But how many homes can accommodate this? Suitable roof layout and direction, plus it is a significant investment. It certainly doesn't work for my property. Sucking huge amounts of power off the grid is not attractive to me and if everyone goes that way can the grid support it? I already have a ground source heat pump, which is not cheap to run
Second point is whole life cost of the vehicle. I have an 11 year old diesel Saab. It passes the E5 emissions MOT fine and owes me nothing. I have no plans to replace it in the short term. I generally try and avoid cities. Locally Oxford is so car unfriendly, so I tend to use public transport anyhow (diesel bus??) I know at some time I will have to make a decision, but I am holding off as long as I can.
|Thread: Yet another scam|
Last time I got the washing machine warranty call, I decided to play them. Showed great interest and got transferred to supervisor to finalise the contract Then came the key part they wanted my bank details. I say no, I am paying you money, give me your bank details. The guy soon got tired of this and dropped the call.
The Microsoft one can also be fun. Once I told them that I have worked in IT for 30 years. The cheeky scammer then said I should know how serious the problem is.... Either that or play completely dumb. Anything to tie them up and delay calling anyone more gullible
|Thread: Scalped on my doorstep - it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.|
Nottingham Knockers, usually have fake ID and have nothing to do with probation https://www.oprepeat.co.uk/nottingham-knockers/
|Thread: Secrets of the transport museum|
I agree the voice-over is very poor. What did for me last night was in relation to the Napier Railton.
I will paraphrase "it was a racer and weight was everything, it doesn't have electrics, it doesn't even have ignition,,,"
|Thread: B&D workmate|
Still got mine from the late 80's. The plastic clips locking the legs down failed recently, but replacements available at a sensible price. 8
|Thread: Soldering Electrical Connections to NASA standard|
As for the ROHS lead free solder, I have been out of the IT hardware game for over 10 years, but went through the pain of its introduction. The vast majority of the kit we sold ended up getting exemptions as it was intended for data centre use which could be supporting business critical applications. The long term reliability of lead free solder had not yet been proven. Not sure how that has changed recently.
|Thread: Anodising and Passivating|
I will have to dig out my apprentice log from my tour of the process shop at BAe Weybridge in 1981. Lots of "nasties". As others have mentioned, Chromic acid, cyanide salts, trichloroethylene vapour phase degreasers, molten salt baths for heat treating aluminium alloys, etc. Cadmium plated fasteners were standard specification back then. All my steel apprentice pieces were phosphated and are still rust free after 40 years.
|Thread: There may be a delay in some deliveries ...|
This is a bit of fun, an web page that allows you to superimpose the ship anywhere on a world map to get the sheer scale **LINK**
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