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Thread: Warco v Chester.
20/12/2018 22:05:22
Posted by Vic on 20/12/2018 21:54:31:

I’ve had no problems with Warco. On the other hand:



Some sterling first world problems in those links laugh

Thread: Modern efficiency !!!!!!!!!
19/12/2018 21:56:12

Haha, all this moaning about new technology, and extolling the virtues of simpler times....yes old stuff is cool, but new stuff is infinitely better.

For example 20 years ago i could service my van on the drive, but it wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding, was rattly, uncomfortable, had candles for headlights, did 20 to the gallon on a good day and was generally crap.

In comparison the current van has things under the bonnet which i dont even recognise, but has 204bhp, stops on a sixpence, is quiet and comfortable, with headlights that light the future, does 35 to the gallon and is generally fabulous.

Would i swap for the old one.........err let me think about that for a nanosecond thinking

Thread: Combi Boiler fault finding
18/12/2018 22:06:51
Posted by Samsaranda on 18/12/2018 21:14:45:

Ideal Icos 80.

Dave W

Yeah, system version of the isar, same boiler different dress.....worst boilers ever made !

Good business for us repair men though cheeky

18/12/2018 21:06:29
Posted by Samsaranda on 18/12/2018 20:41:21:

Martin, I don’t blame you wanting to shun modern technology,(condensing boilers); we had a condensing boiler fitted in the year 2000, it lasted 14 days before its first breakdown, a blown circuit board. Repaired under guarantee and over the next ten years it managed to eat a total of eight circuit boards, the boards cost about £170 each but because I was quite persistent in lobbying the manufacturer about their poor quality of components I managed to get all eight replaced fee of charge.

Dave W

Ideal Isar by any chance ?

18/12/2018 18:56:15
Posted by martin perman on 18/12/2018 18:43:34:
I've managed to servive with a boiler and radiator valves and a pump why should I have stuff I've never needed.

Martin P

Yeah My Grandad managed perfectly well with a horse and cart until he got a truck........cheeky

The truth is, since we signed up to the Kyoto agreement, the focus has been on energy efficiency, so the government decides what criteria needs to be met when a new boiler is fitted. Therefore you or i don't have a choice in the matter.

18/12/2018 18:38:04

Posted by Howard Lewis on 18/12/2018 18:27:45:

Very interesting!

Our 1973 cast iron boiler must be approaching end of life. (Its had a few thermocouples and the pump impellor has needed reshimming once or twice, so it's a bit like Trigger's broom!)

Is it possible to buy something similar, still, without the complications of condensing, pressure tanks and the like?

All advice gratefully received


fat fingers again!

Edited By Howard Lewis on 18/12/2018 18:28:33

Sadly not Howard, all gas boilers must now be A rated energy efficient, which means condensing. The latest building reg's also require the fitting of smart controls, with either load compensation or a flue gas recovery system in place

You can still run them on open vent, however i don't know why anyone would want to, it's a rubbish idea......Best thing to do with a 70's system is junk the lot and start from scratch. Benefits would include a much warmer house, and annual heating bills reduced by around 30%

17/12/2018 21:54:27
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/12/2018 21:07:48:

I have found a motor and cartridge set.

I assume that I just have to:

Isolate mains and water.

Drain out using valve on right of boiler + hot taps.

Unscrew the valve cartridge from top of diverter.

Fit new cartridge + motor.

Close drain and refill

Good to go???

Pretty much it.......Make a boiler engineer out of you yet Neil cheeky

17/12/2018 20:02:27
Posted by blowlamp on 17/12/2018 19:30:12:

If & when you end up needing a new boiler be sure to consider an Intergas

I think there's only four moving parts inside. yes


On the money there Martin, my boiler of choice, fitted around 100 of them so far, great bit of kit.

17/12/2018 19:57:12
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/12/2018 19:39:11:
Posted by Alan Waddington 2 on 17/12/2018 19:12:30:

Need a bit more info, boiler make/model etc.

However generally speaking blown fuses are usually down to pump, or water leaking into diverter head.

It's a Main boiler I think a Combi 30 Eco condensing boiler (not 100% sure of the number)

I can't see any leaks. THe PCB doesn't show any signs of damage.

Irony is the pump is a Grundfoss UP XX 50 which everywhere says is one of the best!

Take the diverter stepper motor head off, Black plastic thing with a 3 wire plug attached ( Pull out the metal clip and it will come off) look for signs of water ingress from the brass diverter body and stainless pin that the motor acts on............if its dry, come back to me. If its wet you need a diverter rebuild kit and probably a new stepper motor.

17/12/2018 19:21:17

Posted by alan lloyd 3 on 17/12/2018 19:18:26:

modern boilers are designed to fail safe to hot water only

Sorry Alan, but that’s not correct

17/12/2018 19:12:30

Need a bit more info, boiler make/model etc.

However generally speaking blown fuses are usually down to pump, or water leaking into diverter head.

Thread: harrison m300, spindle run out...bearings?
17/12/2018 18:41:10

Reckon if it was the bearings, your ears would be the first to know, have encountered a few M300’s with problem headstocks and every one sounded like a bag of spanners.

Thread: Source of Aluminium Lined Plastic Water Pipe?
11/12/2018 20:19:28
Posted by An Other on 10/12/2018 18:05:39:

Dave (SoD),

After reading this thread and the 'advice' (?), I'm glad its not me trying to find this stuff in the UK. I get the impression that no-one reads what is written, or looks at the links.

I’m inclined to agree, seeing that the OP has bought a coil after i offered to send him some for free laugh........Oh well, i tried !

10/12/2018 15:31:11

Just read your post above mine, john guest barrier pipe doesnt use aluminium as the barrier, its all plastic.

10/12/2018 15:29:03

Have got a coil of unused Pex pipe 16mm, left over from when i laid my underfloor much do you need ? PM me your address and i will send you it.

Thread: Gloss to Flatt
08/12/2018 06:29:53

Depends on what type of paint it is. I used to use xylene based industrial paint for a particular job and for a silk or matt finish the supplier just added a percentage of a flattening agent to the gloss at mixing stage.

For small jobs using rattle cans from the motor factors i have succesfully used colour with a matt laquer over the top to get a flatter finish.

You could maybe try a small test piece first to check for finish or reaction.

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 08/12/2018 06:30:34

Thread: Inverter problem
02/12/2018 23:37:11

Yup mesh is what you need

02/12/2018 22:49:28

According to the plate its a star /delta dual voltage motor, so should definitely have at least 6 wires emerging.

02/12/2018 22:33:16

If there are 3 wires going to the neutral point, you’re in luck, otherwise you will need to dismantle the motor and dig out the star point.

There are 3 seperate windings in the motor, so if you do have six wires emerging already, its fairly easy to work out which pairs go together using continuity on a multimeter or a battery and bulb.

Once you have the ends of the three seperate windings identified, join them as pairs i.e keep each winding seperate and connect the three phases from your inverter to the three pairs.

Thread: J&S 540 surface grinder question
20/11/2018 19:29:31

Well a bit more progress......Sort of

Pulled the drive belt off and both motor and spindle spin freely. (Phew!)

Tried running the motor with no belt on and it works fine. So happy that motor is ok.

Think the issue is my RPC can’t supply enough initial current to spin the motor up with the belt on, the load must just be too high.

Strange really as the RPC idler motor is 3hp, and nothing bad is happening inside the RPC cabinet, no blown fuses, nothing getting hot etc.......Grinder motor just growls and the note of the idler motor changes to a stressed tone.

So guess i need to build a bigger RPC, 5 hp maybe, Don’t really fancy the inverter route for this machine, as there are potentially 3 motors running when the vac is on.

Never simple is it sad

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