Here is a list of all the postings norman valentine has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: scam alert|
I once received a phone call from a man purporting to be from my insurance company . He wanted to ask some ‘security ‘ questions. Not trusting him I said he should write to me as I was not prepared to answer his questions on the phone. He did write and told me that he had cancelled my insurance 😖
|Thread: Brian's 1" Minnie Traction Engine|
On my Minnie I bored it parallel but stepped it. At first it looked horrible as you could see the steps , a quick spray with Matt black paint hid it, I don’t intend to steam mine but soot will do the same job on a working model.
|Thread: How do I change the "default" lever angle on my Verdict DTI?|
I have had a Baty DTI for a number of years with the same problem. After reading this thread I took my heart in my hands and forced the lever. After some initial resistance it moved! If it hadn’t been for all your posts I would not have dared to do it. Thank you everyone, I now have a usable DTI.
|Thread: Help with FML reading lamp please|
Why bother with it? You can buy a ' sewing machine light' on Ebay for less than £5. They are fantastic value for money.
|Thread: Raglan training lathe value?|
I use a loughborough as my everyday machine. I typically take 20thou(.5mm) cuts with no problems. Great lathe, cheap to buy, what is to ask for more?
|Thread: angle plate|
I could not understand how you ensured that they were at right angles.
|Thread: What are these punches intended for|
I have been given a quantity of small punches and I am wondering what they are for. I tried punching steel but it did not leave much of a mark. They work well on aluminium. Are they for hallmarking precious metals?
|Thread: New tool post for my lathe|
Howard, how can you say that a 4 way toolpost is not slower that a qctp? Farting around with bits of packing, trying to find one the right thickness? A qctp is so much better just as long as you have lots of toolholders. That is the problem, having enough toolholders. I have Dickson but only 4 holders, I would like another 4. I would never go back to a 4 way toolpost. I have to frequently change the tool in one of my holders but it is still much quicker than searching for the right piece of packing!
Edited By norman valentine on 03/10/2019 15:32:09
The problem with the Dickson toolpots is that the toolholders are very expensive. The wedge type of toolpost has toolholders that are nearly half the price. Arceuro stock them.
Thank you everybody, I knew that I would get an answer here.
They are not mine, but the chap that owns them will be pleased to know. He has had them for years and has always wondered what they were for.
|Thread: Bottle labelling machine|
Some years ago I had a need to label bottles in batches of 1000. I could not afford a commercial machine so I built one using shafts and pulleys and belts from an old photo-copied that I had stripped some years previously. I used a wooden baseboard and sheet aluminium for the side plates. All.done with hand tools. To use it you laid the bottle on a pair of rollers and cranked the handle once. It was very efficient, it took longer to move the bottles around than it did to affix the labels. Unfortunately I no longer have a photo.
|Thread: Can you identify these castings?|
Thank you very much for the quick replies. I will have to do some research to see if I can find the drawings.
I have been given some castings for an interesting model. I do not know if they are all for the same model. I have assembled some how I think that they might go. Can anyone identify the model? Thanks.
|Thread: Fitting nuts in awkward spaces|
Have you got any young children? Small fingers might help.
|Thread: Chuck removal - Henry Milnes 1940s lathe|
I bought a Loughborough training lathe with a 3 jaw chuck fitted. The previous owner said that he had never tried to remove it. I was very pessimistic of my chances of removing it. Inside the headstock the spindle has a tommy-bar hole, I put a length of bar sideways in the chuck and heaved on it. Guess what? It came off first try! I couldn't believe my luck, I was expecting to have to turn the back plate off. I have always been lucky.
I hope that you get it off without having to machine it off.
|Thread: Old model engineer magazines|
I had a huge pile of old ME mags, mostly in complete volumes. I managed to sell a few but the remainder I went through pulled out the articles that interested me and scanned them. The mags that I had read went in the dustbin. I have now got rid of all of them without having to go to the trouble of going to the tip. Visiting the tip would have been upsetting seeing them all go like that but by doing it piecemeal reduced to loss that I felt.
|Thread: Clean hands?|
Washing up liquid mixed with some detergent powder for really dirty hands. I am sure that it is bad for the skin but I don't seem to suffer any ill effects.
|Thread: Anyone been involved in a car crash recently|
"The case might still be rumbling on like a latter day Jarndyce and Jarndyce"
What the Dickens are you talking about?
I used to be insured by Hastings, I only moved because their price went up too much.
I had my car vandalised, broken windows and dents from stones, I phoned them to report it and after a five minute phone call they agreed to have it collected and a courtesy car delivered. Two weeks later my car was returned and the courtesy car collected.
I did nothing other than make the phone call. I have nothing but praise for their service, shame about their prices.
It is strange how people can have such different experiences.
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