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Member postings for Frances IoM

Here is a list of all the postings Frances IoM has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: stamford show vandals
21/05/2019 17:51:17
Because of my current research into the WW1 internment camps on the IoM I have been reading much of the Quaker accounts including the situation in Germany post hyperinflation in late 1920s, lack of jobs, money or even a future for many - it sounds remarkably similar to the UK - politicians cannot agree, a screaming nationalist party led by a demagogue which obtains power because the existing politicians could not agree ...
Thread: Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?
21/05/2019 15:27:06
Brass is a right pain to clear up, likewise some aluminium, expect your carpets enroute to the workshop to sparkle! - they stick to clothing then drop off elsewhere. Make sure the guard is ok as you don't want non-magnetic brass swarf anywhere near your eye. Brass + most plastics need a very sharp tool - standard HSS is better than any brazed carbide tho modern specialised inserts should be fine but considerably more expensive. If using HSS you will also need some way of sharpening the cutters. For small turned items you will also need to run at quite high speed.
Thread: An old Shaper found in Phuket Town
21/05/2019 15:13:50
isn't it strictly a planer - larger versions often seen in WW1 vintage ship building workshops etc
Thread: stamford show vandals
20/05/2019 14:01:28
Such vandalism by youngsters is not exactly unknown - during research on other topics I have been reading through the WW1 diaries of the Douglas (IoM) chief constable - many examples of youngsters (aged 8 upwards) breaking into shops etc usually looking for money but also wrecking the contents - generally they were found within a day of the report, in Court that day or the next and often sentenced to be birched (this continued on IoM until early 70s) or for repeat performances sent to English 'industrial schools' or reformatories - I think there has been a PhD research project to follow up these boys - I'll ask around but in the 1970s research suggested the birch wasn't really a deterrent) but I suspect what helped was the post WW1 strong support for football clubs etc - the fast response was due to the 'embedded' nature of the police constables who quickly heard who was involved + probably the 'vigorous' questioning thereof. Of course in mid 1800s the court just gave those 14 or older a oneway ticket to sunny Australia if any item worth 6d or more was involved.
Thread: "Screwing" a car round a corner!
27/04/2019 17:21:08
Smart cars are rear wheel drive - corner well but not nice in snow or on ice as no weight on front.
Thread: Z Axis-Support
22/04/2019 23:01:00
I recall an earlier thread about using a 120N gas strut for a X1 Mill head - that head weighs something around 12kg I think.thus an 850N strut would appear to support 80kg - a rather heavy head?
I have a small collection of these struts as they come up for ?1 or so for 2 at a local auction, sometimes even less - those over 400N I can't push in by hand - would be good if there was some way of reducing the pressure as the length would fit my X1 mill
Thread: Safety of phone chargers
22/04/2019 13:19:41
the high water - several metres above current level tho not quite Hell like temps are promised within 20yrs or so - the flames of hell will however be missing as many areas esp in USA will be dust bowls
Thread: How can I change colours in a jpeg?
21/04/2019 18:33:55
steep is almost vertical!
I keep an old version of Corel Draw bought 20+yrs ago for win98 machine - works perfectly under Wine on all linux machines - one tool in the photo editing section is a 'magic mask' which selects the smallest enclosing area bounding a selected point where the boundary is defines as a adjustable colour difference - this area can then be filled with another colour
Thread: Lathe on machine feet
12/04/2019 14:33:43
you could use expanding threaded anchors that have a an ali insert that is pushed down to expand anchor then the fixing tool removed and it will take a threaded bolt - then if you need to move machine all that remains is a 8 - 12 mm hole depending on your choice of anchor - cheap from most building suppliers
Thread: LED replacement bulbs
09/04/2019 21:32:35
most modern dimmers bought from a reputable trade supplier eg City Electrical will handle dimmable LEDs - the only thing to check is the minimum load in that trying to dim a single LED 3W spot needs some care in selection but dimming say 3 or 4 in a fitting should be no problem.
Thread: edm machines
09/04/2019 15:34:11
the Guildford one may be that by Maurice Fagg - on the SMEE stand? - it certainly worked on the same principle + I recall it being there in 2016 + 2017 but in a more skeletal version.
Thread: Motor Gland
07/04/2019 15:51:38
3/4" by 16tpi = 3/4 UNF - dies readily available for this - even if motor is probably Whitworth thread a brass fitting should fit
Thread: Electric Motor
03/04/2019 23:06:32
possibly the reference was not to synchronous motors but commutated motors common in days of dc supplies that would need some load to limit speed - eg try removing the air moving fan from a vacuum cleaner motor and see how fast it can get before some bearing decides it can't cope.
Thread: Chinese 7x10 lathe
02/04/2019 14:07:05
who pays for a return to sender if faulty ?

personally if you are around Manchester/Liverpool call in at Chester tools, in Midlands ARC-euro, in SW London area Warco or look at Axminster who have a few branches - all are usually happy to show you their wares - buying from a supplier in UK makes resolving any problems considerably easier
Thread: Soft Feel Finish on Radio
01/04/2019 16:47:36
the tuning knobs on my Smart car radios (prob 2000 vintage) went completely tacky a few years ago - managed to find a replacement set for one + just replaced the other radio as too unpleasant to use whilst driving as the tacky residue stuck to fingers.
Thread: miniature 3 pin sockets
28/03/2019 10:46:22
actually he gave quite a bit of info
low voltage/current, easy but infrequent removal
onto a circuit board ie not a cased bit of equipment thus small self holding connectors that will not see many insertions

ok after this one can jump to a few assumptions - inexperience suggests that he might not have equipment for very fine soldering - hence my suggest of screwed terminal + the 0.1" strip that matches headerpins on several microprocessor boards

As many have said - there is no compulsion to either read or respond to all posts nor is this forum/message board a formal archive though if people place their photos along with their posts it will last longer as a useful mine of info than most others where the photos have dissapeared but the text has survived.
27/03/2019 20:15:39
15pin header (pins at 0.1" spacing - you can buy small blocks in various sizes inc 3 wire that take wires held by a screw terminal with female socket for each wire that will plug onto the male terminal strip

try RS-components ? but mine were derived from USA built equipment tho I know Maplin used to do them
Thread: Can anyone solve this problem?
27/03/2019 13:12:50
I'm sure I've seen this solved - look up analysis of conic sections - was in all advanced geometry books many years ago (eg late Victorian text books) - had a quick look at my bookshelves but can't find the book I was thinking of
Thread: Low rate automatic house plant watering system
27/03/2019 09:02:31
I once built such a simple scheme using a small pond fountain pump activated by a mechanical time switch fed from a large water bottle into a drip feed system, the plant tubs were in a plastic tray that had a drain tube to an equivalent sized waste water bottle - the plan was to grow herbs on my indoor window ledge and keep them watered whilst I was away for abt 2 weeks a time from my flat (those days I was an enthusiastic cook) - worked well until a pregnant whitefly found it (probably imported on a plant from a garden centre ) - impossible to eradicate once they had two weeks to establish them selves!
Thread: Microsoft Word
18/03/2019 19:41:48
Michael - Microsoft dominance was threatened as organisations + governments required that software complied with intl standards - ODF had been standardised - Microsoft 'packed' an ISO standards committee by paying for voting members from countries that normally put no input into these committees to accept docx (for which they had to publish a workable standard) and unbelievably for doc for which the stands had that it needed to follow the behaviour of a specific MS program! - one of the many reason many associated with open software do not trust MS

Edited By Frances IoM on 18/03/2019 19:42:52

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