Here is a list of all the postings Alan Waddington 2 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: New Bandsaw Gloat|
Ahh the hypnotic throb of a donkey saw, takes me back to being an apprentice........we used to put a full bundle of 1/2 round bar in at a time and tack weld all the ends together.....then have a brew while it chewed through the lot.
Iv'e only done the one test cut Adrian, a piece of 316 stainless. The speed is variable, and it has a chart with suggested speeds and feeds for different materials. So i had it set at the recommended speed of 3.5 and it was very quiet.
Top speed is 6 and i guess would be a bit noisier if set to that, but it's nothing like the racket my old belt drive Axminster used to make. More of a gentle whine.
Granted, budget option they are not, but i weighed up the cost against the frustration and wasted time iv'e had faffing about with cheapo's in the past and thought sod it........plus it's so compact and lightweight, it won't take up valuable real estate in my already cramped workshop.
Been umming and aahing over one of these for a year or two, finally decided life was too short and took the plunge.......what a piece of kit !
|Thread: One for the Steam Officianados|
Chap just posted this on a Facebook photography group i'm a member of.......apparently taken recently in Budapest. Amazing what is still lying around in certain parts of the world.
And another one from presumably the same place
Photographs by Gaspar Balint
Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 14/01/2019 18:38:54
|Thread: Hole cutter|
Not saying it couldn’t be done, however i once made a pair of motorcycle fork yokes from 1 -3/4” ally plate and used a bandsaw to rough them out, straight cuts .........it was slow and hard going, tried dry at first, but then used WD40 and eventually paraffin as a lube, but even then the blade clogged constantly, wouldn’t fancy the job through 6” on such a tight radius.
Forget using a hole saw, no way is it going to work.........don’t beleive me ? Try putting one through a 1/2 “ ally plate and then decide. Ally is nasty to stuff to holesaw, even with parrafin or similar as a lube it clogs the teeth, this in turn generates heat and creates drag, which then puts enormous strain on the motor.
It may waste a lot of material, but reckon your only answer is to bore it out, personally would have bought thick wall tube in the first place. If you cut the bar you have into short lengths and sell it on ebay, you should get your money back and probably make enough profit to buy a length of tube.
|Thread: what solvent cleaner to use?|
It is quite an old article 2009, and American, so maybe things have changed or they use different ingredients in their brake cleaner to over here.
He shows the aerosol label in the article and it contains Tetrochloroethylene.
I suppose the message is, whatever you use, read and the label.
Slightly off topic, but to those using brake cleaner, be careful if welding after cleaning. There is an article online somewhere by a chap that suffered serious health issues. He used brake cleaner to degrease a part then TIG welded it.
Could be the Argon had something to do with it, i cant remember, however Phosgene gas was produced, which is what did the damage.
Edited to include the article : http://www.brewracingframes.com/safety-alert-brake-cleaner--phosgene-gas.html
Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 07/01/2019 20:47:58
|Thread: Welding wrought iron|
If all else fails, braze is usually a safe bet
|Thread: Crankshaft repairs|
Thanks for the contribution Will, very informative. It is indeed a K series engine, ‘34 KSS. Progress has stalled slightly due to work commitments, and dragging home a ratty J&S 540 surface grinder which has meant some fettling and re arranging the workshop to fit it in.
I will update the thread as and when any progress is made.
|Thread: Tiffany & Co Advert with lathe|
Name that lathe in the latest Tiffany & Co TV advert
Looks like a Hardinge, what do you reckon ?
Turning just got cool
|Thread: Bending 8mm stainless rod|
Hot unless you have mechanical assistance
|Thread: Warco v Chester.|
Some sterling first world problems in those links
|Thread: Modern efficiency !!!!!!!!!|
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
|Thread: Combi Boiler fault finding|
Yeah, system version of the isar, same boiler different dress.....worst boilers ever made !
Good business for us repair men though
Ideal Isar by any chance ?
Yeah My Grandad managed perfectly well with a horse and cart until he got a truck........
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.
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%
Pretty much it.......Make a boiler engineer out of you yet Neil
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