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Member postings for Martin King 2

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Thread: New member from Sherborne Dorset
08/04/2020 10:08:44

Hi Tiger,

Welcome to the nut house!

I am down in Broadmayne near Dorchester, you are welcome to pop in for a cuppa if you are this way when the current drama is over and done with!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Australian Crayfish?
07/04/2020 17:21:38

Thanks guys for that info.

Much the same as Longoustine. Virtually all longoustine that are caught go yo European markets at very high prices. Most are landed at Peterhead.

£40 a kilo wholesale is without doubt the highest price I have ever seen for lobster/ Crayfish! Assuming 2:1 for the Aus dollar


07/04/2020 09:12:59

Hi All,

Just channel surfing last night and caught a documentary episode about "Lobster" fishing in Australia.

Actually crayfish but very big all the same. Seems there are several species of different value to the fish merchants.

Can anyone from Australia please tell me if the prices mentioned are correct: 80-100 Australian dollars per kilo! That is wholesale so what do they make in the fish shops? Also what is the season? Very short i guess?...

I used to have a small shellfish business buying and selling hand dived scallops here in Dorset and often bought lobster (with claws!), and while valuable they were nothing like those prices.

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Coronavirus
06/04/2020 13:29:22

Hi All

This beggars belief!

A woman walked into our small village post office/shop yesterday; (2 at a time only), wandered about and got her shopping and then told the lovely lady who runs it with her 3 staff that she has "popped out" as her partner is showing bad symptoms of having the virus! Bad cough and raised temperature.

She had no gloves or mask on.

You cannot believe the drama that this idiocy has cause in our little community.

As of late today the shop is not allowing customers inside at all and will take shopping lists to be picked by the staff and collected from a side entrance latter on.

The Broadmayne FaceBook page is inundated with comments and everyone is REALLY worried now.

Cheers and stay safe!


02/04/2020 18:34:45

First headband came out OK, now on 2nd and will try a stack of four overnight.


01/04/2020 23:14:36

Hi All,

Just started to 3D print the PRUSA RC£ face masks to forward to the NHS, can manage 10 or so I hope, maybe more. Not much but I guess every little helps?

Cheers, Martin

01/04/2020 07:44:49
Basic Survival is a definite challenge:
Must remember to keep moving else I get "Dysoned"
The wife has uprooted every weed for a 1 km radius
My workshop has never been cleaner; now working on items bought in 2005...
Have to periodically move car to stop wheels gluing to the tarmac on drive.
There is a suspicious 6ft x 2ft 6" very deep hole in our field which leads me to wonder if the wife is thinking of permanently self isolating me....
Have found a new hobby - seeing how fast I can go backwards and forwards on the electric recliner armchair!
Keep Safe everyone!
Cheers, Martin
Thread: Virus Alert Levels
19/03/2020 11:56:31

Hi All,

A pal just sent me this, it may lighten things up a bit!

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to the recent virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, the level may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.”

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.The virus has been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let's Get the Bastard.” They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout loudly and excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its alert level from “No worries” to “She'll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

Cheers, Martin laugh

Thread: Solar panel surprise
12/03/2020 19:10:59

Hi All,

Yes we get 54p per kWh. Plus 3p per unit based on 50% of each quarters reading for energy sent to the grid.

We are lucky to be in South Dorset and have an optimum incident angle and roof alignment for best "reception" of the incoming rays!

Our Fronius inverter works really well and has a removeable drive to allow monitoring of the statistics.

Cleaning never seems to be a problem.

The installation has a 10 year warranty for the panels, contract is 25years.

Now looking at a Tesla PowerWall now that the prices are coming down.

Cheers, Martin


11/03/2020 22:38:22

Hi all,

We have had ours for a few years now and get the full index linked tariff, currently 54p.

Just had our worst of the year quarterly payment on a 4kW array, came to £250; best quarter was £825 this year.

The yearly average since we got it is approx £2400- £2700 pa which is great for an initial outlay of £11k and 25 year contract.

The actual savings in our electric bill are harder to compute as the energy cost have gone up quite a lot.

Real no brainer though!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Ebay Chancers
01/03/2020 22:02:33


I get what you say but still a GREAT extra earner for EB all the same.....

We always use recycled packaging as much as possible, all our neighbours and friends save stuff for us but we still spend approx £1500 pa on new packaging etc.

We have very good postage ratings for our stuff which is nice.


01/03/2020 18:15:27

Hi All,

Not sure if everyone knows this:

EBay take 10% of ALL shipping charges from business sellers on ALL shipping, APART from the normal fees for a listing and sale.

Does not sound much? It does up when we spend over £17,000 annually on postage in our local post office!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: marine steam engines
16/02/2020 10:04:06

Many years ago I was standing on the dock at the Moorings Marina in Tortola BVI where a couple of local mechanics were working on a small Perkins diesel in a 43.foot sailboat. Suddenly the engine revs rose really quickly with lots of white smoke, Got to a point where it let go and the flywheel exited through the side of the boat about 3" above the water line, went under the dock and into the side of the 43 next door where it embedded itself on the waterline. Only the fact that the flywheel kind of plugged the hole saved the boat from sinking at the dock.

I have never seen two face so scared when the guys came out!


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
31/01/2020 18:05:07

Hi All,

With all this crappy weather I spent some time indoors drawing this Dial Gauge holder in Fusion 360 and had a go at printing on the Ender Pro.

3dstuff 3.jpg

3dstuff 5.jpg

The first one was done using supports but they were not really needed as the second one without them came out OK in half the time. I had misaligned the fixing clamp hole in the drawing and also found out that the dial gauges I have are all different sizes and back lug positions. Came up with the idea of fixing them in place with hot melt glue which works a treat, if not exactly elegant!

Doing a second "universal" version without the clamp which should take any diameter gauge and lug configuration and drew it using parameters to make alteration easy.

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Creality 3D For Christmas - Impressions so Far
01/01/2020 18:41:10

WOT Book please, cannot find it for some strange reason?


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
01/01/2020 11:18:25

Just bought this, looks useful!

Happy New Year Everyone!


Thread: Creality 3D For Christmas - Impressions so Far
28/12/2019 20:26:52

Here is an original hard to find cast iron plane fence and the 3D print taken from its measurements:

parts 1.jpg

parts 3.jpg

071fence 1.jpg

Dimensions were all good within acceptable limits.

Cheers, Martin

28/12/2019 06:39:08

Hi All,

I also treated myself to one of these just before Xmas and the initial setup was OK until testing time when the z axis was found to be binding.

Found an excellent YouTube source for a careful rebuild: The Edge of Tech

Then printed the dog which was perfect. Went on to do the top plate for a small tripod which was good but though holes a little undersized. Will post some pics after the new yea when we get back home.

Overall very impressed with the unit.

Happy New Year to ASll!


Thread: Merry Christmas Everybody!
24/12/2019 19:02:09

All the very best to everyone and my thanks to all on here who have helped me out this last year!


Thread: All I want for Christmas ...
24/12/2019 12:21:55

John F, I got a TROJAN alert on that link? sad


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