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Thread: All the gear and no idea !
14/10/2021 20:47:04

Hi Paul,

Welcome to the Forum and also to this sometimes rather damp Isle!. There are not nearly so many clubs and back-up sources here as in the UK so meeting up with like-minded individuals to discuss problems and projects is not always easy, which is a pity.

However the forum members are a really helpful and knowledgeable bunch and distance is not an issue. You might find though that sourcing / importing materials and tools etc here is sometimes not as easy. You tend to hoard "possibly useful bits". And don't forget to protect those "nice bits" against rust!


Thread: Can I use a NiCD Battery charger on a NiMH battery?
26/06/2021 22:26:37

Many thanks for all the replies. I have a good handle on the subject now and since I have already bought the batteries I will follow the advice and proceed carefully.

I gave the drill its first workout yesterday and all went well with torque aplenty! Happy days!

24/06/2021 11:59:35

Hi, to all who answered.

Thank you all for your advice. I certainly learned a lot more about the subject.

The batteries that I have bought cost €37 for the two, so even less than re-celling the old ones. If they don't last I suppose it won't be the end of the world.

From your answers ,there would not seem to be any danger to the drill or the charger or " a big bang and magic smoke", all of which I wondered about. My use of the drill at this stage will mostly be light work, so taking stock of your advice, I'll just carry on using it with the new batteries for whatever long they last.

Thank you all,


23/06/2021 23:54:47

Looking for a bit of advice please.

I have had to replace a dead battery in a Bosch GSB 12VE-2 professional battery drill. The original was a 12V 2,4Ah NiCd battery.

The closest replacement that I could find was a 12V 3Ah NiMH Vanon battery.

I have the original charger for the NiCd battery. (Bosch AL1450 DV 7.2V - 14.4V,  5A.)

Is there any reason that I should not use it to charge the new NiMH battery?


Edited By Breva on 23/06/2021 23:56:45

Thread: Yet another scam
12/06/2021 22:54:15

A new one that could catch you out!

A couple arrived at a hotel, went to the desk and sorted their account and were told their room was 202 .

Some time later a call came to the hotel asking to be put through to room 202. The desk transferred the call to room 202. When the couple answered, the caller identified himself as the hotel desk, said there was a small mistake, they had been slightly overcharged and requested bank details to provide the guests with a refund. It all sounded genuine.

The scammer had called the hotel, asked for a random room number and the desk suspected nothing and put the call through. Easy!

Thread: MS 'Edge' - Points and Pitfalls?
10/04/2021 22:01:13

I hope this fits in with this thread. It may influence the decision of the OP before he changes supplier.

I have continuous problems with Chrome and Google. I get the dreaded "Before you continue to Google Search" popup each time I use search or change sites no matter how often I go through the settings

I have tried various fixes from groups on the net. The last one worked for a while but I suspect that the latest update has found a way around the fixes.

From online comments I see I am not alone with this harassing behaviour.

Are the other browsers like Edge Brave etc, any less intrusive in your experience?

Has anyone a fix that works, short of giving up?


Thread: Help needed to lift bandsaw curse.
02/03/2021 20:24:33


One thing not mentioned above is that the blade may not have been welded straight. It is something that I have found on my saw when purchased. You can only really check it with the blade off the saw. Lay the back of the blade down on a dead flat surface and check that the back edges on both sides of the weld are in line, ie tight to the flat surface.

A slightly crooked weld could cause your bump.


Edited By Breva on 02/03/2021 20:25:52

Thread: That very light, brown rust / discolouration
25/01/2021 17:36:58

Not directly what you have asked about but related, I find Lanolin a very effective rust inhibitor during the winter months. IIRC a jar costs about £6 on the Bay and it will last you a lifetime. It is better for tools not in regular use as it is a bit greasy, but a very thin coat is all it takes. It is easily removed and as sold has a pleasant smell.

Search for :Dax 100% PURE LANOLIN Super Hair Conditioner

Thread: Medical needles
24/10/2020 23:03:34

John Paton 1,

That sounds an interesting kind of torch. Is it something that an average bloke can have in his shed or is it rather specialised?


Thread: Odd looking Wood Turning Lathe
06/10/2020 23:42:41

The blurb says:

As for the HB model, the HBM lathe is a high-end bench lathe made with all the parts (size, reference, dimension, brand) that have made the reputation of our HB1 and HB2 models: bench, shafts, pulleys, bearings, motor, fan support, fans, claw, rotating tip, etc ... Its sliding head keeps perfect alignment while creating a turning side in the air adjustable in length. The motor located in the rear part is fully integrated into the drive head with transparent door for access to the pulleys and tensioner. Without doubt the most technical, robust and precise manual bench lathe on the market.

Thread: Use of 2 front wheeled motorcycles on the TdeF
13/09/2020 23:38:13

You're right there Mike!

What are the supposed advantages, other than being just different, or that they can stand up on their own?

I think I'll stick with my Guzzi!


Thread: How to store boiled linseed oil so that you can re-open the bottle at a later date
07/05/2020 22:26:59

Hi Alan,

As with tubes of oil paints the caps often "glue" themselves on to the neck of the tube. The way that usually works to unstick them is to immerse the cap, and only the cap, in a shallow tray of boiling water for a little while. Worth a try!


Thread: part 2 shopmade tool cutter grinder attachment
10/04/2020 22:20:34

Hi Celso Ari,

I don't understand your language but that looks a fine tool grinder you have made. You should beable to deal with most asharpening jobs on there. Well done!

Thread: my homemade foudry
29/09/2018 23:07:30

That is a very neat casting furnace you have made. A fine job! You have given me ideas.

Good other videos as well. Well done.

Thread: In my drawers
24/07/2018 18:03:15


Slippery slope maybe, (well yes!) You have a useful collection put together so far and that looks a lovely box for £70. As a woodworker could you make it for that?

As someone said recently on another post, Having a hobby is a pleasant way of spending your money. And, its a great hobby. I hope you enjoy it.


Thread: Bench Grinder advice
08/02/2018 16:45:49

I had an 8" grinder under the bench for several years. Not alone did it vibrate, it would go "walkies" all over the bench I read up about balancing and trueing the wheels and had a go . After some trial and error it now runs very smoothly.

It is usually the wheels that are unbalanced and the supporting washers are sloppy. Sometimes also the centre hole in the wheel is too big and causes the wheel to be off centre. Start by winding a hard paper slip around the shaft to take up the slack. It might be all it needs.

Then have a go at balancing the wheel if it still vibrates.It costs nothing and will transform your grinder. There's plenty info online.

I used a thin (1mm) lead washer with a centre hole for the shaft and a long pointed nose off it on one side. Find the heavy side of the wheel. Fit the washer with the point opposite the heavy end. You may have to trim the washer a bit to adjust the counterbalancing weight of it and move it around to get it to run true. I would do it with only one wheel on the shaft. Then put on the second wheel and repeat the operation.

Very satisfying when it works!

Thread: Buying a mill - What basic Toolkit?
29/10/2017 20:30:44

One of the additional "bits" that I bought with my mill was a set of ground parallels

**LINK** (usual disclaimer)

I have found them most useful for all sorts of setting up, both in a vise and on the mill table. A bit of an outlay but I wouldn't be without them. Not an everyday use item but certainly often in use.


Thread: English dialect
15/09/2017 00:47:49

My late father who was raised in Motherwell had quite a few descriptive phrases in his vocabulary that originated from the work that he and his father did in the Lanarkshire Mills in the 1920s. Eg. if the materials at hand for a particular job were of a poor quality he would refer to the inferior materials as being a poor scantling of....

His name for an awl was a mennie.

Some of the more colourful descriptions he bought back with him were of people he met. Among those were descriptions of people who had : a nose like a gimlet, shoulders like a lemonade bottle, or a face that would turn a funeral.

Then the PC cops arrived and we all got to speak real proper.

Thread: DIY Magnetic Chuck
08/09/2017 23:58:33

An interesting project but I don't like their pricing system.

As I understand it and I may have mis-read it, you need commit to subscribing $10+ a month to get the plans. No mention of how long for.

I wonder has anyone on the Forum tried to build something similar?


Thread: An odd source of corrosion identified ?
09/06/2017 23:42:48

Thanks Tim. Good to know that.


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