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Thread: cutting upholstery foam
01/08/2020 17:19:18

Bit late in the day to advise against hot wire cutting foam but if you do it you will be left with a horrible sticky surface. It will cut with a band saw but a band knife is better.

Thread: We need Pi
05/07/2020 17:02:36

Numbers are wonderful. If you take 22/7 you will get 3.142857142857142857 recurring.

If you throw away the three and the recurring bits you are left with 142857. This is a magic number! Multiply it with any digit from 1-6 you will still find this number eg 142857x 5=714285. 142857 rotated! Multiply by 7 and you get 999,999. But, it does not end there, try multiplying by a larger number and the magic number is still there!For example 142857x18 gives you 2,571,426. Where is the number? Start at the one, so 142, add the six and the two from the front, you get eight and finish with a flourish with five and seven. I love numbers!

Thread: Hermes Parcels
27/06/2020 13:16:29

I phoned the Hermes helpline and got through te the automated helpline that just told me that my package was with the courier. Today, a day late. I received an email saying that my package had been delivered with a photo to prove it.(on my front doorstep). The irritating thing is that I was sitting less than two metres from my front door and the b*****d did not ring the doorbell.

Edited By norman valentine on 27/06/2020 13:25:07

Thread: Making a Nikon P1000 stable to be able to take moon & star shots
26/06/2020 17:09:55

Yes, that is my point. I believe that it should balance directly above the large round shiny bit some way in front of your red line. At the moment it is hanging behind it which will encourage vibration.

Thread: Hermes Parcels
26/06/2020 12:06:24

I have been given the Hermes customer service number by a supplier, I haven't tried it myself.

0330 08 08 5456

Thread: Making a Nikon P1000 stable to be able to take moon & star shots
26/06/2020 06:35:54

Steve, in your video, when you are pointing at the mount to show the centre of balance you need to take into consideration the top plate of the tripod. In fact your thump is pointing at the position that you should balance the camera around. Norman

At least that is how it appears to me, I could be wrong.

Edited By norman valentine on 26/06/2020 06:54:48

25/06/2020 19:13:03

Whoops , yes, you could call that a tripod but that is what I was talking about. It is far too flimsy, you need to get a substantial tripod, mount the camera near to its balance point and then you will get shake free pics. Trust me, I am an expert.laughlaughlaughangry

25/06/2020 15:55:33

If ir works for you that is fine but...... The centre of gravity of the whole assembly is a long way behind the the support point of the tripod head. In my mind the whole thing is just too flimsy to give a stable support. You don't show your tripod but I wouldn't mind betting that it is not that rigid. For 12000mm lens you need absolutely rock solid support. A normal photo tripod can't do it.

Thread: inland seagulls
30/04/2020 21:22:38

If you leave the seagull crap on your car for too long it will remove the paint . It happened to my car.

Thread: Taper reamer
31/03/2020 17:20:00

That was quick, thank you. I am surprised that it is so inexpensive, it looks far too well made to be that cheap.

31/03/2020 16:48:37

18d855fd-23f5-44ed-be8b-14d701266094.jpegA friend has come across this rather neat taper reamer with a built-in case. Can anyone tell us what it is intended for? Thanks

Thread: On a lighter note - Are you an interior or an exterior type.
28/03/2020 20:30:44

There is an occasion when it should unroll from the back. Some paper has very weak perforations and if the holder is of the type that allows the roll to rest against the wall you will find that when you pull on it with a frontal delivery the sheets will tear off individually which can be very irritating for a two sheet man like me. With back unrolling the roll is lifted away from the wall thus reducing friction.

Thread: A sight for sore eyes
22/03/2020 13:41:36

60 years ago when I was 12 I worked on a market stall and regularly dragged 1cwt bags of potatoes from the lorry to the stall. You do what you have to do.

Thread: What to use for New Worktop?
20/03/2020 16:52:30

There have been some good suggestions for worktops but my suggestion of 8x2 with 6mm mdf top would only cost around £50. If you have money to waste......

Edited By norman valentine on 20/03/2020 16:54:57

20/03/2020 12:31:08

In my recently built workshop I used 8x2 pine topped with 6mm mdf. With sufficient support it is more than enough and changing the mdf when it is damaged is not that expensive.

Thread: Left handed lathe.
23/02/2020 21:33:16

PGK, I am left handed, left dominant eye, but I still struggle to shoot a bow accurately. Am I just incompetent?

Thread: Bicycle pedals
15/02/2020 13:29:31

When I was a boy I stripped and rebuilt my bike and fitted a fixed wheel gear. When I rode the bike I could not understand why the pedals kept dropping off until I realised that I had fitted the crank and chain on the wrong side.

Thread: Log in
13/02/2020 07:58:41

I have seen this discussed here before but unfortunately  didn’t take any notice

Edited By norman valentine on 13/02/2020 07:59:10

13/02/2020 07:56:30

I have the same problem as NDIY. Yes I do tick the ‘remember me’ box. I do not log in with any other devices. Sometimes I have to log in on every visit even on the same day. Funnily enough when I came on this morning I didn’t have to log in.

12/02/2020 22:02:28

It doesn’t work that way here. I have to type in my username and password every time.

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