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Thread: What’s best glue for joining wood to PVC pipe?
21/06/2020 14:45:36


What glue would you recommend for joining wood to PVC pipe? Also what is the best primer to paint on the PVC so the paint does not scratch off?

Also can I use epoxy resin to smooth the join between the PVC pipe and wood? 

Edited By Simon Robinson 4 on 21/06/2020 14:47:00

Thread: Can summer car tyres be used in winter?
17/06/2020 00:18:39

Today I got a set of 4 new tyres fitted. When I phoned to book the car in I was told they were mid range tyres rather than budget tyres so I paid the extra so I chose them. Got them fitted and when I got home nearly £200 lighter my neighbour told me they were summer tyres. surprise

To be honest I was not aware that there was a difference or that there were tyres for different seasons. I thought winter tyres had tiny steel studs in them and they used them in places like the Alps or Alaska. Nobody I know in Britain changes tyres at end of each season.

I don’t know why the tyre place fitted them rather than all season tyres or tell me they were summer tyres. I didn’t ask for summer tyres either.

Will it be ok the use them in winter? I live in the South West England so we don’t often get snow.

Also the side walls feel quite soft when I push my thumb into them despite being fully inflated. Is that normal with brand new tyres? Perhaps the rubber is more supple? 

The make is GT FE1 radial City tyres. 155/80 R13 83

Thanks for any replies.

Edited By Simon Robinson 4 on 17/06/2020 00:20:55

Edited By Simon Robinson 4 on 17/06/2020 00:24:32

Thread: Lawn weed and feed. How much is 35g?
27/04/2020 12:07:47
Posted by Johnboy25 on 26/04/2020 23:53:59:

35grams = Approx.a level desert spoon full. ✔️-

Edited By Johnboy25 on 26/04/2020 23:55:10

Thanks that seems about right

21/04/2020 15:21:37


I have some Evergreen 4-1 lawn weed and feed. It says use 35g per square metre, but doesn’t give any idea how much that is. I don’t want to use the kitchen scales to measure it as it contains weed killer. So approx how much is 35g? How many table spoons? Or what kind of container would 35g fully occupy.

Id thought of measuring 35g of sand but it’s a different density.

Ps My lawn is too small to warrant getting a spreader.

Thread: Shoe repair glue advice?
17/04/2020 23:46:39
Posted by Andy Stopford on 17/04/2020 20:02:11:

I've used hot glue (the cheap Parkside sticks from Lidl) very successfully, but you have to work fast. I found judicious pre-heating with a hot air gun gives you a bit of extra time, and being generous with the amount of glue increases the thermal mass and slows setting. Also give the glue-gun plenty of time to get really hot - that stuff sticks practically anything if its hot enough.

It's good to prepare some sort of clamping arrangement first, especially for the area at the front, which seems to be the point at which unsuccessful gluing attempts fail.

Like IanT, I used to stick rubber repair soles onto new leather-soled shoes - it made them less lethally slippery too.

I tried the parkside glue gun method it sticks really well to the foam bottom of the shoe but just peeled off the rubber sole. Maybe not hot enough?

17/04/2020 17:51:57
Posted by David Caunt on 17/04/2020 15:41:44:

klebfast.jpgSimon, This works well for me.

Thanks. Should a 30 ml tube be enough to stick the whole sole back on a size 12 shoe or is that a bit on the small side bearing in mind both surfaces need coating in the glue?

17/04/2020 14:27:47
Posted by Andrew Evans on 17/04/2020 14:03:32:

Hi - I have tried fixing walking boot soles a few times and it has never really worked for more than a couple of uses and you risk being stuck somewhere remote if they come off half way round a walk. I also tried getting them fixed professionally by a cobbler and that failed too. The soles take such a battering in this country and walking conditions can be so wet and acidic that even top quality boots seem to last for 3 or 4 years for me.

They are walking boots but fortunately I only wear them when working the garden and in the shed. So not sure how much wear and strain they get digging over the veg patch or chopping logs.

17/04/2020 13:38:07


The entire rubber sole has come off one of my Peter storm boots. You have to apply to both surfaces before sticking together. Is a 30ml tube enough to stick down the full sole?

Boot Size is 12 and the glue I’m thinking of ordering is Klebfest which has good reviews.

Edited By Simon Robinson 4 on 17/04/2020 13:50:51

Thread: Help with Maths ratio problem?
16/04/2020 02:00:31
Posted by duncan webster on 15/04/2020 17:26:25:

One of the supplied ingredients will have a left over. 300mL of lime being 5 parts means one part is 60mL (300/5). To make up the fiz to the recipe would therefore need 3* 60 = 180 mL of lemonade, so the lemonade is in excess, and he can make 300 + 180 = 480 mL of fiz.

In these straitened times in reality I'd just bung in all the lemonade, don't waste it!

Thanks that makes sense

15/04/2020 18:55:42
Posted by not done it yet on 15/04/2020 18:25:20:

The simple intuitive method of calculation:

Every 8ml of product require 5ml of lime and 3ml of lemonade

300ml lime would make 300/5 lots of 8ml = 60

200ml of lemonade would make 200/3 lot of 8ml = 66 2/3 lots of 8ml

Clearly there is insufficient lime to make 66 2/3 lots of 8ml, so the answer is 60 lots of 8ml = 480ml

Materials totalled 500ml, so 500ml-480ml = 20ml (of lemonade) left over.

In reality, just mix the whole lot together and the error in ratios is not that great🙂. Not many would notice the difference!

Thanks that makes sense

15/04/2020 17:18:21

My nephew has been sent a maths ratio problem. Would be great if you could show the method to working it out for me to explain to him.

Paul wants to make a fizzy drink. His recipe says it needs:-

5 parts lime juice

3 parts lemonade

He thinks he has 300ml of Lime juice and 200ml of lemonade.

if that’s right then what is the maximum amount of fizzy drink he can make from this?


Thread: Is Buying a used live steam loco cheaper than building one?
10/08/2019 23:58:20
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 10/08/2019 20:12:37:

Worth joining a club, not least to get an idea of what is involved in a build and deciding if you want to take on what will be a multi-year project. Plus you will get advcie and backup for when you get stuck.

They can also help ensure you don't buy a lemon secondhand. Just because someone is selling in good faith, doesn't mean they are aware of all the pitfalls that might stop you getting a boiler test ticket, for example.


I think I will join a club especially with the amount of money involved in either buying or building its good to get advice and help.


10/08/2019 23:55:15
Posted by Steambuff on 10/08/2019 18:26:21:

Why not look at a Loco kit .... Polly Engineering for example.

Not cheap but you will get the support (UK based) if you have an issue.


Edited By Steambuff on 10/08/2019 18:27:26

I’ve just had a look and they look really good and relatively cheap for a 5” gauge loco kit. It would be the best of both worlds! The enjoyment of building it but without need for lathes and milling machines and a running loco in a relatively short time.

10/08/2019 16:24:57

For many years I’ve been interested in either buying or building a coal fired live steam loco. Either 3.5” or 5” gauge mainly for personal use but might consider running it at shows.

While eBay can be quite expensive if you are lucky it’s possible to get a used 3.5” live coal fired loco for around £2000 as a buy it now with some work required to get it going and boiler certified. Quite a bit more for a 5” gauge.

As for building one as a beginner I do not have a suitable lathe or milling machine and you can easily spend at least £1000 for a reasonable used lathe suitable for 3.5” gauge and able to machine ferrous metals and probably the same price for a milling machine. Then you need to learn to use it and have plenty of space to accommodate the machines. The sheet copper suitable for a 3.5” boiler can probably cost over £150. Then there is time to build the loco which can run into years.

So I could imagine by the time you have bought the machinery, plans, materials like copper, silver solder, brass etc you’d not have much change from £5000.

Any thoughts on this?

Thread: How much is a Chinese made GWR 5” gauge 14xx loco?
10/08/2019 12:32:02
Posted by Derek Lane 2 on 10/08/2019 11:02:12:

Was it Keith Appleton

Yes it was Keith Appleton

10/08/2019 00:07:27


I was watching an interesting YouTube video on modifying a 5” gauge GWR directly imported Chinese made loco (14xx). The YouTuber has kept the price a secret.

The build quality is good but there are some areas for improvement hence why it’s being modified.

Any ideas how much one of these would cost? I have looked all over google and can’t find it. I know Silvercrest does them but they are quite expensive and directly imported ones are cheaper.

Thread: What is the cheapest coal fired live steam locomotive?
24/05/2019 23:52:22
Posted by Steambuff on 24/05/2019 18:05:11:


I think we need a little bit of information from you ....

What are your 'Railway' interests ... Standard or Narrow Gauge .... GWR, SR, Welsh, Quarry etc

What do you want to do with it ... Ride behind it or sit in a deck chair and watch it go round?

Where are you planning to run it? Is their any physical size/weight/cost limits?

I own 16mm (SM32) + 3.5" + 5" gauge Coal fired Loco's (Both purchased RTR and Home Made)


Hi Dave

I was thinking of 3.5” gauge but of no particular region and either standard gauge train or narrow.


24/05/2019 15:34:27

Whats the cheapest new coal fired live steam locomotive I don’t mind Chinese built locos? Any gauge will do just the cheapest.


Thread: Slot Machines: How does a mechanical one arm bandit mechanism work?
06/06/2018 18:38:20
Posted by Brian G on 06/06/2018 14:54:26:

Aren't the payout cams located to the left of each wheel as in this video, and simply bolted to the wheels?


Edit: Hopefully this time with player controls

Edited By Brian G on 06/06/2018 14:55:38

Thanks for showing the video very helpful

06/06/2018 13:00:07


I know a little about how a one arm bandit works, you pull the lever it sets off a clock and releases the brake holding the wheels. Let go of the lever and the spring activates the ‘kicker’ which sends the wheels spinning.

My questions are:

1) The 3 payout disks correspond to each wheel and are located to the left of the 3 wheels. How does each payout disk connect with each wheel. For example. How does disk 1 connect to wheel 1 when the other two disks are between it and wheel 1?

2) How does the kicker spin the wheels and do the wheels rotate around the axle independently while connected their relevant payout disk?

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