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Thread: VAT criticisms?
15/12/2016 07:17:49

A year or so ago I bought some L297 chips from China, like these:


Not that seller IIRC but some £3 for 10, P&P Incl.

Duly arrived, Postie demanded some £11 ( I think ) to release sad... told him contents were worth £3 and said to take them away and dump them. About 10 days later they were shoved through the letterbox.

As these things are currently some £9 a pop from Farnell I didn't have much confidence but worth a punt for 30p.

And they do seem to work fine.

I have had other cheapo stuff from China delivered OK. No idea why that delivery went wrong ??






Edited By Dave Daniels on 15/12/2016 07:23:41

Thread: Arduinos and Microcontrollers ref: Rotary Table Mew 249
13/12/2016 10:04:13

As an aside to this 'LCD no werky' thing, if you get an 'X-Temp' or extended temperature range device, the bottom end of the contrast pot. has to go to a negative voltage not to 0V as usual. I don't know if this pertains to ALL X-Temp displays but did to 4 I was given.

I've been in that hole, and it ain't at all obvious until a severe shufti at the data sheet reveals the pot. goes to -V ...angry not 0V.

Can be a -5V derived from the +5V using a ICL7660 chip yes

Just a thought ..







Edited By Dave Daniels on 13/12/2016 10:05:20

Edited By Dave Daniels on 13/12/2016 10:05:38

Thread: Swiss Tec - Definitive information please!
25/11/2016 19:38:37

It appears that this Proxxon lathe originates from Luxembourg ..


Whether all Proxxon lathes do I don't know, that's the only reference I found. ( Just knew Farnell sold them & they give country of origin for products they sell ).

( Isn't Luxembourg where Junckers orginates ? Maybe not much of a recommendation then eh ? sad     )






Edited By Dave Daniels on 25/11/2016 19:39:03

Thread: Advice on Schottky Diodes, please
23/10/2016 21:48:31

Should anyone have any interest in the MCR1 etc. and EL Lucas dynamos the BSA service sheets are here:


Have to agree with Clive re: the average motor cycle mechanic, in general they just used to faff with them until they sort-of worked ..sad no real idea of what was required. But then most of their employers just wanted to sell new or B90 (?) replacement units.


Thread: Internet Problems
06/09/2016 21:41:33

I had some 6-7 years trouble free Internet with Tiscali .. and then it became Talktalk ... sad

That's when the crap started ... Line dropouts, no broadband, reset router etc. etc. etc.

Went on for months off and on ...

'Engineer' came and fitted new router, didn't work so he disappeared for 3 days and having spent 3 lifetimes on their useless phone line another engineer came and fitted another new router which sort of worked, for a day or so, then back to situation normal ie,. no Internet.

Problems apparently caused by internal sockets / wiring / filters etc. etc. ie. Any damn thing you like except Talktalk ..

So, in Dec. 2013 I dumped the incompetent Goons and went to PlusNet.

Ever since then my apparently shaky set-up has worked quite well for some reason ...






Edited By Dave Daniels on 06/09/2016 21:42:56

Thread: Moderators powers and duties
05/08/2016 20:31:58

Creed 7B ? Brings back memories to a ex-RAF Telegraph Fitter. And all the rest .. 7BRP, 85R, 7PN3 (?) etc. etc.

Some stuff here about replica Enigmas and other stuff if you're interested. Click the pic.


I knew the code as Murray Code, maybe it's the same thing? IIRC the sequence was often CR-LF-L/S-L/S to give the delay for the C.Ret.


Here's one of the other things I worked on:

It does intrigue me how you managed to lose a 7B .. not exactly 'loseable' IMHO.smiley


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Thread: Electronic ignorance
30/07/2016 20:27:59

One book I have Is pretty good for analogue etc. Not as erudite as A of E ( which I also have ) but much more 'holdy-handy'

Gives all the useful info. on op-amps, Schmitt Triggers, comparators etc. etc. but in a more pictorial form than the A of E.



That is the edition I have. I think later ones are available.


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Edited By Dave Daniels on 30/07/2016 20:31:22

30/07/2016 12:24:11


This might help.


Sorry about all the edits .


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Thread: WM16 Advice
25/07/2016 08:29:24

I have a WM16 and it is somewhat noisy. Not the sort of machine to use in a multi occupancy building.

The SX3 is much quieter but weighs in a fair bit above your £1k.

This one also does but it may be quieter than a WM16:


Looks similar in spec. to a belt drive WM16 on first glance and also may have R8 which would be an asset IMHO, but this option is OOS at the moment.




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Thread: Might be time to change the car blues
29/06/2016 21:03:42
Posted by Ajohnw on 29/06/2016 20:02:05:

surprise It looks like I have bought permanent 4 wheel drive by choosing a diesel manual Forester. On that basis the consumption figures are surprising. I should be picking it up in the next few days.

thinking Next thing is do I take out GAP insurance. I had never heard of it before I bought the x-type. The dealers offered it and I looked at prices at home and they were a lot less so took it out. It's the sort of thing that can be needed if n tonnes of artic runs into the back. Insurance companies depreciate cars very quickly and it can be tough to obtain a decent settlement. I'd expect that any GAP insurer would be very keen to sort that out.



Edited By Ajohnw on 29/06/2016 20:03:01

I have 2.0D XC , from new on a 15 plate. Just done about 6k now.

I have arthritis of the spine and I find it very good indeed to drive.

Don't do too many short runs, my MPG is 49.3 at the moment.

Working out the miles and diesel put in the car computer wotsit seems to be accurate to pessimistic. I think it does 52.1 ?


Faultless on delivery and still is.



Edited By Dave Daniels on 29/06/2016 21:05:41

Thread: Sieg X3 table locking handle source?
16/06/2016 21:59:13

Cromwell Tools have them in various sizes:





Edited By Dave Daniels on 16/06/2016 22:01:15

Thread: electric - measuring the kwh for my workshop
25/04/2016 18:29:07

Or this one:



Thread: James May and the telephone
06/04/2016 09:49:59

I have several Quick-Wedge screw starters of various sizes. Last replaced one about 18 months ago from here:



Thread: Welder wiring
04/04/2016 17:52:17

That looks very much like my long gone Cytringhan Bantam welder.

IF it is you can use it on 1 Ph. 240V. I did on a 16A supply but you can't get the full grunt from it.

The 415V is obtained between 2 phases, not 3 IIRC. but not certain.

You may get some confirmation by searching for Cytringhan Bantam info.


Beware! The oil may have PCB's in it ... no if it's ancient




Edited By Dave Daniels on 04/04/2016 17:53:06

Thread: holding small screws
10/03/2016 14:04:42

These are what I use:


I have used them on small screws but on the smaller UNF/UNC screws. I do know they work on 2-56 UNF but I suppose it depends on the slot width. Never knowingly used them on the BA sizes you mention.




Edited By Dave Daniels on 10/03/2016 14:06:56

Thread: Useless light bulbs.
28/02/2016 19:08:35

Light output for a filament lamp is given by Volts ^ 3.4 .

So, a 5% reduction in voltage will drop the light output by some 16%.

It will obviously rise by 16% for a 5% overvoltage.

Not sure but I think light output is directly proportional to filament temperature.


Edited By Dave Daniels on 28/02/2016 19:14:38

Edited By Dave Daniels on 28/02/2016 19:16:04

Thread: Myford Taper Turning Attachement
28/01/2016 18:07:07


Don't bother making one, I have one here .... dont know I'll send you one.

After all afternoon ferretting amongst all the Myford bits I still have a different sort of arrangement to connect from the guider wotsit to the cross-slide .. I'll e-mail you a pic. of the bits I have left over now I've got mine together like Simon's and yours ....


26/01/2016 10:46:15


Replied I think ... smiley


25/01/2016 14:35:32

How interesting. I have a TTA with my S7 and for some perverse reason I have two of those 'Triangular Casting with a Slot, a Hole and two Locating Dowels' doins.

It appears to have once been Myford green and is now sloshed over with grey paint.

Just about visible is a # 73/1931



I would insert pics. if I were on any other Forum but this one seems to have a crackpot arrangement which I don't intend to mess around with.  sad

Edited By Dave Daniels on 25/01/2016 14:49:30

Thread: Sourcing a small spring
21/01/2016 11:49:18

If you download the 'Polly' catalogue, there is a list of stainless spring stock in 12" lengths on P58 (?)


Maybe something there suitable ?


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