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Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
02/05/2016 10:34:46

PayPal charge nothing for a "Gift" transfer and about 4% otherwise.

29/04/2016 14:24:13

Goldfinches seem resident here as they are about all year long. Apart from all the usual visitors we are getting a few blackcaps and jays the last week or so.

Thread: Something different - A Shaving Brush
29/04/2016 09:17:09
Posted by Brian John on 29/04/2016 07:51:25:

I am impressed that you have found a way to make money from this hobby. The last person I saw use a shaving brush was my grandfather and that was over 30 years ago !

I use one each day and have done so for the last 60 years. In between I've tried all methods but old fashioned suits me best

Thread: How are people finding Windows 10?
19/04/2016 10:01:25

I have a small and quite ancient orchard with the usual modern varieties of apple, plum and pear but there are also still a few very old trees that fruit quite well. Nobody has really been able to identify them although there's been plenty of guesses.

PS Clive, how big is a baseball?

Thread: best tools for aluminium
18/04/2016 19:29:15

I prefer well sharpened HSS tooling for aluminium - particularly for a finishing cut.

Thread: Jowitt MkII Popett Valve Engine Build
17/04/2016 21:44:00

Thanks very much Jason, excellent!

I've downloaded all the drawings and will attempt a build when I cleared my current projects.


Thread: How are people finding Windows 10?
16/04/2016 10:24:07
Posted by Muzzer on 16/04/2016 10:10:06:

If you buy a new "home" laptop, you are pretty much forced to take W8 or W10. New machines simply aren't available with anything else ...............Murray

Plenty of new laptops available with Linux (Ubuntu usually) installed.

Thread: Desoutter 36volt Power Supply
08/04/2016 11:17:09

You'll need a circuit diagram and components list to have any chance of replicating the manufacturer’s PSU. Sourcing the parts would also be a problem.

08/04/2016 10:18:57

Check out eBay listing 191106082551 it may be suitable.

Thread: How to cool a piece for a shrink fit?
22/03/2016 02:11:58

I've done this on several occasions simply by putting one bit in the freezer for an hour and then warming the other up a bit with a gas blow lamp.

Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 22/03/2016 02:12:29

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
18/03/2016 20:34:21
Posted by Muzzer on 18/03/2016 20:09:23:
Posted by Bob Rodgerson on 18/03/2016 18:00:44:

J A I'm afraid I am not a quick thinker when it comes to stuff like this, I'm just glad that I realised that by continuing they might have gotten my card numbers etc.

Sounds like a variation on another older scam. Somebody (Indian usually) rings you up claiming to be from Microsoft and says your PC is sending them messages informing them that your PC is infected. They then tell you to look at a file and check for a particular text string. Of course it's the same file and text on all Windows machines but this convinces you they are genuine. They then get you to install some nasty software from their site and from that point onwards you are hostage to their scam. The demands for payment start - and escalate. They are utterly ruthless and without any shame. Of course, they have greater success with more vulnerable, less PC-savvy and often older victims.

Vaguely funny to string them along for ages and then tell them you haven't even got a PC, just an Android phone for instance. Rather like telling a double glazing salesman you live in a rented flat. But really you want to just sh1t in their eyes.


I had this just the other day.

I wasn't busy so played him along for ages until he was getting quite exasperated with my apparent incompetence.

It was only then I let on I use Linux.

Thread: Home workshop site down?
17/03/2016 17:23:03

Clear cookies?

Thread: Which lathe does this thread dial indicator come from?
17/03/2016 17:12:31

Agree with Keith - looks the same as the one on my 9x20 Chinese lathe.

Thread: Home workshop site down?
17/03/2016 17:08:37

No problem here - using Linux/Firefox

Thread: Slit Saw for small mill
16/03/2016 20:43:26

I have an ancient Burgess Mk1 band saw (the one with a very slow speed) fitted with a bi-metal blade from Tuffsaws. It slices through 50mm aluminium bar in in a couple of minutes, brass and ms round bar takes longer but it will do it. As a bonus it will also cut fancy shapes in sheet material.

Can't remember what I paid for the BS from a car-boot, a tenner I think, and the bi-metal blade cost about sixteen quid. Done loads of work with it and still going strong. Rarely used a hacksaw since I set it up.

Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 16/03/2016 20:48:44

Thread: What email client
08/03/2016 10:07:31
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 08/03/2016 09:15:35:........

Also check as your email provider may have an decent online reader.


Really? Virgin's is a joke are others better?

Thread: Is it the lathe or is it the tool?
07/03/2016 23:39:06
Posted by Michael Walters on 07/03/2016 23:20:31:

It's funny how when you've got a small machine you want a big one, then when you've got the big machine you want a small one.

Which is why I have 9x20 .. sort of middle sized.

Thread: What email client
07/03/2016 22:54:07

I've used Thunderbird for many years without any sort of problem. It consolidates mail from several different POP and imap e-mail accounts. I don't use a Windows OS, maybe that's why I have no problems?

Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 07/03/2016 22:55:06

Thread: Bandsaw blade speed - how far can you push it?
06/03/2016 21:02:51

Hi Dennis,

My old Burgess has been working happily for a couple of years sawing metal. So far no problems with the wheel rubbers, the blade has never come off and the accuracy cutting shapes is fine providing one works within the limits of the blade size. The bi-metal blades last a long time. Obviously I'm not cutting large sections but it does okay for me.


06/03/2016 19:54:56

I have an old Burgess BK3 that only has one speed of about 300 feet per minute. I fitted a Tuffsaws bimetal blade and it cuts metals (bms,brass,aluminium etc.) very well if a bit slowly.

Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 06/03/2016 19:55:51

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