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Member postings for Stuart Bridger

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Thread: Adjusting cross slide Colchester bantam lathe
10/11/2020 11:18:07

Hi Terry,

Can you be a bit more specific. When you say only moves in one direction, does the handwheel turn in that direction and not move the slide, or is the handwheel locked as well? I don't have a Bantam, but a Chipmaster and I believe the slides are similar.

Thread: Tom Senior E type - fitting 3 axis DRO
08/11/2020 21:09:36

Nice work, very tidy installation

Thread: Huanyang VFD help please
08/11/2020 21:04:30

I have to ask why? A conventional pot would give a much more useful variable speed rather two fixed.

Thread: C0 Lathe Blowing Fuses. Control board short?
01/11/2020 19:30:06

No direct experience of this lathe, but my recommendation would be to check high powered active components first. I.e. diodes and transistors. Not sure if replacement components are easily available though. Not cheap but the complete PCB is available from Arc Euro. Probably the simplest option.

Thread: 1000 to make a Spitfire aircraft fuel tank gauge. Can it be done cheaper?
12/10/2020 20:38:52
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 12/10/2020 20:27:05:

What do you think 'aircraft grade aluminium' is??

A much abused term!

Aircraft grade alloys will meet certain specifications and have traceability documentation verifying origin, conformance and batch.

12/10/2020 19:49:35

Most of the cost will be tied up in paperwork. Both getting approval for the replacement design with substitute materials for those no longer available and traceability documents for the new parts. A fuel gauge will be very much a safety critical part, so subject to the most stringent regulation.

Thread: What is a Good Second Steam Engine Model to Build?
11/10/2020 21:16:05

Check out Elmer's Engines plans. "Bar Stock" engines with varied complexity. I'm.working on the #29 mine engine as a follow up to a 10V. Albeit with a diversion via a Universal Pillar Tool to help with tapping.

Thread: Sky Broadband and Windows 10
08/10/2020 19:41:57

The host operating system should have no relevance to the broadband service.

Thread: High Temperature Air Source Heat Pumps for Domestic Heating
08/10/2020 19:33:38

The GSHP example seems a bit extreme. We installed a an IVT unit 13 years ago with panels a metre deep in the back garden. We have never experienced the permafrost effect and it has no effect on the lawn. I do keep an eye on the ground loop temperature and only one year has it been sustained below zero on the incoming side. We do supplement with a wood burner in the winter though.

Thread: Any experience of Sturdi Shaft repair sleeves?
06/10/2020 14:30:39

Thanks all, great feedback

06/10/2020 13:41:24

I tripped over the above and wondered if anyone has any experience?

The context is that my Chipmaster has a known issue of leaking oil from the clutch shaft. About 5 years ago I replaced the oil seals, but it never really fixed the issue. The leak has been getting progressively worse. I did notice at the time that the shaft one of the seals was fitted on had considerable wear. I couldn't do anything about it at the time and was just hoping that a new seal would improve the situation. The Sturdi product looks like an ideal solution to finally fix the issue at a sensible cost?

Thread: Chin Yu 4 jaw chuck
04/10/2020 22:11:44

M10 x 1.5 is definitely not standard. Although originally an American standard the D1 camlock is incorporated into the ISO standard 702-2. This specifies M10 x1 for the stud thread for D1-3.

Thread: The repair shop
01/10/2020 11:11:16

The clock repairer, Steven Fletcher has his workshop is my local town.


Reference the comment about production costs, a fraction of an episode of the wartime drama "Danger UXB" was filmed in the village scout hut where I grew up. The scene was meant to be in a Bletchley Park hut. As our scout hut was a genuine wartime time hut had been relocated, it was seen as suitable location. They were there about two weeks and redecorated the interior dark grey. The resulting scene lasted barely 30 seconds and the background was so dark it could have been shot anywhere!

I think Repair Shop has generated a lot of interest in restoration and repair and has been a huge success and is an excellent counter to the modern "throwaway society".

I also assume that The Weald and Downland Museum where Repair Shop is being filmed (they were working last week when I visited) are doing well out of it as well.

01/10/2020 09:08:17

It is a great show, I just wish that they would state the number of hours taken on each project.

Thread: 3/16 Cast Iron Rod
28/09/2020 11:06:06

25mm seems to be the smallest diameter stocked by most suppliers

Thread: Cheap Milling Vice Question
27/09/2020 13:26:35

I made the mistake of getting an "entry level" vice bundled in with my Mill purchase.
The fixed jaw wasn't even perpendicular to the base. A milling vice is a fundamental piece of kit in your workshop, and accuracy depends on it. Subsequently I purchased a Vertex and have had no issues.

Thread: Jobs we had as kids
08/09/2020 10:34:58

Between leaving school and starting my apprenticeship, I spent the summer grading and packing eggs at a poultry farm. It took 10 years for me to be able to face eating another egg after that...

Thread: Hermes Parcels
06/09/2020 11:03:31

Interesting, last year I purchased a 4lb hedgelaying axe. It was shipped via Hermes. The way the seller packed it left absolutely no doubt as to the contents and it was delivered fine. Our local Hermes agent (who is excellent btw) even commented that it was an axe.

Thread: Is there any tips for sawing aluminium
04/09/2020 16:18:32

I feel your pain, I went through the same with a 3 x  1 1/2 section and purchased a bandsaw for the next time!
Seriously though the coarsest blade you can get and WD40 should help.

Edited By Stuart Bridger on 04/09/2020 16:24:23

Thread: Stainless steel
27/08/2020 17:39:03

After getting completely fed-up with endlessly buying HP ink cartridges at no small cost, I moved to an Epson Ecotank based printer. Still using the original bottles of ink a year later with plenty still available

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