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Member postings for Frances IoM

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Thread: Weller TCP soldering iron
23/03/2021 10:14:41
ask the kitchen manager for the next empty squeezy bottle that contained washing up liquid - or smaller ones that contained hand gel with the pump action - these can be knocked over without spilling anything
Thread: Computer Update
23/03/2021 09:58:33
I have 5 (6 if you include one with a French keyboard) Lenovo X-series now somewhat ancient but all will run 64 bit Linux systems usually Mint of various generations inc old 32bit versions or Debian XFCE or Ubuntu (which however I dislike intensely but Pico tech for scopes only will run under Ubuntu) but pre covid I never paid more than ?120 for these and often a lot less, sometimes even ?30 or so at auction - the older models are easy to upgrade - maximising memory and of course a SSD work wonders for speed and your workload doesn't sound particularly demanding.

Newer models of Lenovo might have certain restrictions on non-Lenovo batteries etc and may not be readily upgraded
Thread: brushless DC motor for mini lathe
22/03/2021 12:09:59
This is the sort of discussion and subsequent article that should be carried in MEW possibly at the expense of 6 page articles on Mull scarecrows
Thread: Weller TCP soldering iron
21/03/2021 15:50:09
as linked to by speelwerk these weller irons control their temperature by choice of curie temperature of the bit - modern non lead solder generally requires a higher temperature than the old lead solder hence I suspect the reason for the disposal of a very good iron.
Thread: 5 BA Cap screws
21/03/2021 10:58:45
the GPO used odd sizes of BA both to deter theft and make it more awkward for unauthorised access - likewise many electrical suppliers - the choice of the M3.5 for domestic electrical outlet fixings is a hangover from the use of 5BA
Thread: Gravity and Weightlessnes
19/03/2021 09:48:02
"Perhaps I should be a politician..." do you really want readers to lose all trust in your answers?
18/03/2021 23:11:20
Google has managed to privatise what should be public - as to surveillance capitalism we can see how it will develop by looking at China - yes you can have a social network but only on party terms, what you do is tracked and any rule breaking wrecks your credit rating + job prospects.
Thread: No302
18/03/2021 22:50:17
well I guess we could commiserate with the editor on seeing his photo on the front cover - working himself to the bone yet still going round in circles.
Thread: Gravity and Weightlessnes
18/03/2021 22:03:44
just wait until you fill in the census - they too want google etc to read it
Thread: No302
18/03/2021 20:58:43
can't get the proof readers these days
Thread: Windows for the scrap bin?
18/03/2021 16:13:35
I switch my Linux harddrives as needed or convenient between my various laptops - just duplicate them on a small duplicator, alter two files to give it a new name and install in the laptop or desktop of choice.

Same approach is used for RaspberryPis tho here just use dd to copy image from a copy on a harddrive to the new memory card - why do people put up with windoze?
18/03/2021 14:33:32
Don't worry about windows users, they usually have some insurmountable lockin that prevents use of Linux - eg our Editor will no doubt mention the problems he encountered in past with Linux. But seriously there are many high cost commercial programs that lock purchasers into Windows even tho there are a growing number of alternative community supported alternatives. Linux is mostly free of the 'report back to base spying' of many Windows programs
Thread: Axminster tools to discontinue their engineering courses.
17/03/2021 15:02:43
Re Circular saws the Americans, it seems, do not believe in guards on such and apparently these naked rotating blades do much damage - tho the use of unguarded saws in illegal in UK there are still American publication that demonstrate the dangerous use of unguarded saws on sale in WH Smiths
Thread: Gravity and Weightlessnes
16/03/2021 15:24:10
is there an executive summary ?
Thread: Axminster tools to discontinue their engineering courses.
15/03/2021 14:48:16
SMEE pre-covid had some courses designed at this level but I understand that hands-on tuition rapidly falls foul of H&S and thus insurance.

Possibly some videos blessed by authority as to their safety etc may be one approach as we have seen just recently the destruction of an not cheap specialised ER nut due to non-understanding of its operation.

Maybe I was lucky in the one local authority course I went on many years ago but it was woodworking for newbies using manual tools so guess avoided the attention of those who signed up purely for access to better machines and was very useful - I near daily sit on the workshop stool constructed so many years ago.

Edited By Frances IoM on 15/03/2021 14:48:43

15/03/2021 13:05:38
can a mod change the title please - I thought it referred to Axminster's dropping of standard Metric coarse fixings
Thread: Plugging incorrect holes
12/03/2021 09:51:47
JBWeld - they are only small holes with plenty of surface area to grip

Edited By Frances IoM on 12/03/2021 09:52:19

Thread: Two or three axis DRO
12/03/2021 08:28:03
I like the "ALE" function but should you be drinking + operating machine tools?
Thread: Low cost swarf guard/dovetalk protectors for Mini Mill?
10/03/2021 10:11:38
"Small chips my vacuum can pick up but bigger bits clog the hose."
try to find a smooth wall tube and connect this to a old cyclone rescued from a defunct upright vacuum cleaner (tho I suspect any air tight rigid box would do) and connect this to your vacuum system

Is there an ally magnet? " NO - the metal sorter might well have worked on similar principles to metal detectors in detecting the changes to a tuned RF coil.
Thread: Is a CNC the right solution for me?
08/03/2021 19:52:37
as others have said MDF is a pig - hard on cutters, you need very good dust extraction as you definitely don't want to breathe the dust thrown off by routers - make sure the router has good extraction as the fine MDF dust will take days to fully drop out of the air.
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