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Thread: UK DRIVING LICENCE [ 2022 issue ]
05/05/2022 13:40:50

I just received a 10-page form to fill-in from the DVLA, with a letter referring to my 'recent' application (sent more than 6 months ago). Given that it's taken them 6 months to simply start the process, I don't see myself driving again any time soon sad. Needless to say, the form asks me for repeats of a great deal of information I've already given them...

Thread: Reversible Marine Engine
29/04/2022 11:52:31

Nice work. It looks identical to a Reeves 'Trojan', did the old Reeves licence designs to other countries ?

Thread: Cheap stuff
29/04/2022 11:46:14

Posted by Steviegtr on 28/04/2022 02:46:45:

Tip of the week is , you should have saved more when you were working . That way you could could visit car booties instead of planting potatoes & try to belittle others of greater intelect than you have.

Tip of the week - be born to rich parents, and learn to spell 'intellect'.

Thread: UK DRIVING LICENCE [ 2022 issue ]
29/04/2022 11:40:54
Posted by Mike Hurley on 29/04/2022 10:23:58:
So my vote is to sack all the morons in the dvla, and simply replace it with a big Artificial Intellegence computer system.

Seconded !

28/04/2022 14:06:14
Posted by michael cole on 28/04/2022 13:54:14:

Hi Bob, I work in a agenty like the DLVA. Two things to speed up the process. Make a formal conplaint and do not accept NO push it all the way to the man/woman at the top and write to your MP. These are the two ways to jump the que.

I've refrained from repeated complaints ever since I was told by someone who worked for HMRC that a complaint triggered an update to your file, which was then moved to the bottom of the 'In-box'. Is that not the case for the DVLA ?

Edited By Bob Unitt 1 on 28/04/2022 14:06:47

Thread: Welsh Gambo
23/04/2022 09:21:11

Brian - Thanks. I've used Hobby's before, good firm. I'll get my plans there once I've decided what scale I want.

Bernard - There used to be a Guild of Model Wheelwrights, but they appear to have folded in 2018.


22/04/2022 16:57:44

Slightly off-topic as it's mainly wood - does anyone know where I might get the plans for a traditional Welsh Gambo farm-cart, or can anyone suggest a better forum for this question ?


Thread: Identity of static engine kit
18/04/2022 13:09:34

They're available separately from GLR, totalling about £70. Unfortunately I've recently bought a set myself, or I'd have been interested in making you an offer sad

18/04/2022 11:59:13

Clive, have you got the bed (cast aluminium, about 12.5" by 5", 1/2" thick) and/or the flywheel (cast iron, 6" diameter, 6 spokes) ? you look to have the rest of it.

Thread: UK DRIVING LICENCE [ 2022 issue ]
15/04/2022 12:35:41

Thanks folks. Not sure I want to end up in prison though surprise . I may well do as you suggest, SillyOldDuffer, thanks for the information.

15/04/2022 11:10:15

Rant follows, ignore if you don't like rants !

Be glad you've got one. The DVLA is a disaster area, too busy playing macho-management vs. unyeilding-unions to actually look after the people they're supposed to be serving. I had to surrender my licence last march when I had a bit of a heart problem. Last October I applied for a new one, accompanied by a letter from the cardiac consultant saying I was fit to drive. Apart from getting my identification documents back a couple of weeks later I've heard nothing, zilch, zero. Sixth months later I'm still in the dark. I've tried ringing them, but there's no way through the telephone-tree hell that lets you talk to a human being for medical matters. I tried emailing them, all I got back was an acknowledgement and a reference number, but no suggestion how or where that number might be used. I live in the middle of nowhere, so my wife has to drive me everywhere I need to go, there are no buses, and a taxi to the nearest town costs £14 one-way. I'm beginning to wonder if asking my MP to look into it might prompt some action.

I'm 75. At this rate I'll be long-gone by the time they get round to doing their job - perhaps that's the plan...

Rant over.

Thread: Arc Euro Trade status
09/04/2022 10:38:09
Posted by John Beresford on 08/04/2022 23:30:28:

I’m getting this same error too! Its not device specific as I get it on both my hp laptop and my ipad, so Ive not been able to order from Arc for a while. However, Im currently away from home and I can access Arcs website as normal on the hotels network. Does this mean its something to do with my account with our current web provider? Not being particularly tech savvy Im not currently having much luck solving this and web searches Ive done assume a lot of tech knowledge.

It could be, I've had problems in the past with some internet providers - they sometimes 'blacklist' a particular web-page or site by mistake because they suspect them of 'spamming', or blacklist a large block of IP addresses because one individual address in that block is misbehaving. Who's your internet provider ?

Thread: Is it really a joke
09/04/2022 10:13:39
Posted by Dave Halford on 08/04/2022 12:00:08:Bob,

My Grandmother had the same roof hot, as hell in summer and frozen solid in winter.

Having had a big ceiling re plaster boarded properly when all the joint tape fell off it might be possible to fit Batts from the inside and re board and plaster. DIY apart from plastering, but not for the over 70's and pretty messy but a damn sight cheaper than having the roof off.

I've thought about that, but my ceilings are in really good condition, unlikely to fall off. A builder I discussed it with said I should be aware that filling that space could cause damp problems on the underside of the actual roof structure and joists.

08/04/2022 11:03:15
Posted by Bazyle on 08/04/2022 10:22:16:

One of the things that ought to be done is assessing gas and electricity consumption per house based on the type of property to detect people who are obviously heating excessively or have inadequate insulation. They can be further assessed with infra red cameras to identify the problem area and targeted for remedial education.

Who's going to pay for this 'remedial education'-mandated insulation ? I'm 75, and I live in a 150 year old house that leaks heat like a sieve. I've done what I can by way of secondary glazing, draft prevention etc., but the main problem is the roof - the bedrooms are within the roof-space, so there's no attic. I'd have to have the roof stripped, specialist insulation put in between the joists, and then rebuilt. It's currently a perfectly good roof in all respects except insulation. The cost of the above work would be in the tens of thousands, money I haven't got and, being retired, I'm not going to borrow it. I won't live long enough to repay the cost of the job with reduced heating bills. Governments promise help, grants etc. but it's all the usual puffery - last grant scheme would only apply to houses with tiled roofs, but mine (like most houses round here) is slate. I know what the problem is, what I don't need is some jumped-up council official giving me 'remedial education' - give me some grant money instead !

Thread: What Did you do Today 2022
05/04/2022 17:13:07

Today I finished refurbishing and repainting my Reeves Trojan. This was my very first build, back in the 90's, built entirely by muscle-power on a treadle lathe and a hand-powered drill - a good way of learning the value of sharp tools. These tools were a hand-me-down from my wife's grandfather, and were my introduction to model engineering.




Thread: Tapping straight
30/03/2022 17:30:49

Thank you Jason B.

30/03/2022 13:37:59

Here's my approach to this issue. :-

tap & die holders.jpg

I have a tap-holder (jacobs chuck) and two different sized die-holders on 1/2" shanks, and A pair of MT adapters for my lathe tailstock and mill spindle - on the drill-press I just use the chuck jaws. This set-up will deal comfortably with thread-sizes ranging from 12 BA to 3/8", and can be used to start larger threads which can then be finished by hand. If a non-cylindrical thread's position and alignment are critical, I'll usually set it up in the milling vice to ensure accuracy.

Use in lathe tailstock (the die holder is hollow) :-


Mill spindle :-


Drill-press :-


I too have suffered from the dread 'image rotation' issue, my apologies.

Edited By JasonB on 30/03/2022 14:50:40

Thread: Liquid Plus Gas
30/03/2022 12:00:26

I just squirt the aerosol into a jam-jar, and use the resulting liquid, which seems to work as well as the old-style plus-gas did.

Thread: Finding things
27/03/2022 11:00:23
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 26/03/2022 08:54:02:The point of this ramble is to ask the question: Why does my eye/ brain not see what it is looking for? Is it because my mind's eye sees the vice upright and fastened to a bench and doesn't recognise the recumbent vice as a vice.

I have the same problem, to the extent that I sometimes have to get my wife to look for things for me, only for her to find them in plain view in the middle of the bench-top. She reckons that it started after a minor stroke I had years ago.

Thread: Changing my Email client
19/03/2022 09:16:02
Posted by Thor 🇳🇴 on 16/03/2022 14:57:34:

I have used Thunderbird for many years, works for me.


Me too. It takes a bit of getting used to, after other mailers, but is well worth the effort.

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