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Thread: Low viscosity 100% clear 2-part epoxy
13/08/2022 23:37:33

A de-soldering pump fitted with a soft rubber hose fitted on the nozzle ( to give a good seal against the surface) gives a quick short vacuum and can help to suck glue into a crack.

Thread: Diminishing chocolate bar
06/03/2022 23:43:38

I got a box of Black Magic chocs lately and Cadburys have stretched the spacing between the chocolates to the point of really taking us for a ride. Coupled with that, in a layer you will get two of several half decent chocs but four each of the rubbishy ones with a micrometer thin layer of chocolate on them.

All in a fancy box of course!

Thread: An unpleasant nocturnal experience.
22/01/2022 22:58:04

Many years ago when in our old house we had suspended wooden floors. Rats used nibble a hole from underneath in the corner between the floorboard and the skirting board. One particularly troublesome and high IQ rat evaded traps, poison, Dak (remember that?) etc, and always timed his arrival just as I was falling asleep. I endured this for a few nights. I figured that smart as the rat was, humans should be able to win this particular intellectual contest.

The solution proved to be simple in the end. I got a length of twin-core cable, separated the two strands and fixed one to each side of the hole in a way that ensured contact for anything that tried to pass between them. I fitted a 5amp fuse to the plug and switched it on.

A loud squeal some short time after lights out decided the contest. My beauty sleep was restored!

Thread: Cutting up bits of metal
14/11/2021 20:34:16

Gary Wooding, a very neat solution to a common problem with the 6 x4.5.!

Now if you could add a fence!



Thread: Rust Protection
25/10/2021 21:35:02

Lanolin does work well. It can be a bit slippy on something you work with every day but good for longterm protection on metal surfaces. Quite cheap also from the bay if you find it in jars for hair care and pleasantly smelling.

Regarding duckboards, farm supplies do what they call cow mats. Dense black foam an 1"+ thick and very durable.

Halfords also had packs of floormatting at a reasonable price. It doesnt like arc welding sparks though!

Thread: Advice from the photographers.
22/10/2021 21:39:36


Depending on how precious your time is and also how many slides you have to copy, a good flatbed scanner like a CanoScan 9000 or later model could be your cheapest option for best quality copies. The Canon one comes with frames to hold slides, negatives etc and the software to process them. Mine came with a Photoshop Lite version which proved adequate for most tidying up jobs. The end results are very good.

It is a slow job but images can be edited and enhanced later when you have captured them before further deterioration can occur.


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.

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