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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: Computer help required
06/02/2022 09:33:43
I never understood the exceptionally long windows update time - I run a MX linux system and keeping it fully up to dates takes maybe a minute, usually less, once or twice a week
Thread: Hand Held Magnifiers?
05/02/2022 13:11:58
I'd consider a USB microscope - small easily mounted on a flexible arm - most households have an old laptop that can serve.
Bit more expensive but useful elsewhere are the inspection camera with small detached monitor
Thread: Electricity Supply - Fun with Statistics
04/02/2022 19:49:23
Pre war many large factories would generate their own power (eg belt drive to many machines) also the domestic market would expand eg coal driven ranges replaced by electric cookers, much more labour saving devices and from early 50s the omnipresent TV. I recall my father buying a washing machine in very early 50s, a TV at Christmas 1952.
Thread: Cowells 90ME 14x1.5 backplate question
03/02/2022 11:36:58
Brian Perris would appear to have a hand in many designs including those to be sold under different names - possibly he over extended his small company as Cowells seemed to have picked up the company and assets in a fire sale shortly after Perris's death - I too have a late Perris ME90 but without the screw cutting extras - as many have said a great little lathe
Thread: Cyclemaster engine rubber bushings
30/01/2022 15:28:28
Makes me feel old I had one aged 16 in very early 60's - the roads were quiet then but I certainly wouldn't feel safe on one now. But even after 50 years I do miss my Honda CB72.
Thread: Anybody else remember Chuck the Muddle engineer?
30/01/2022 15:16:58
our editor had a spate of republishing them in MEW (presumably they were cheaper than new articles or maybe in lockdown there was no editorial staff)
Thread: Hi from north Wales, UK.
30/01/2022 14:05:09
you will get more computing power out of a Pi400 - Linux will drive most if not all old printers tho I think getting ink for some would be difficult and Vuescan ( a paid for program) seems to handle all the scanners I've tried it on, some of which were dumped when Win10 could not drive them.
Thread: Deep and narrow tool storage
29/01/2022 21:11:57
bill - that is exactly what I suggested - if you mark out the screw holes for the handles before slicing the front panels then you easily get these to line up which makes a significant difference to the appearance
29/01/2022 18:46:15
MDF is more stable dimensionally and once varnished immune to damp. A saw bench allows repeatable accurate lengths to be cur - use a jig to pre-drill all screw holes and a simple jig to set the draw slides a uniform distance apart. If you use a screw on front then a very small gap can be obtained by using a single sheet of MDF tp fill the full case, then working from the bottom fitted drawer screw the draws to the front, unscrew the top drawer, run a pencil in the gap, then repeat working down the drawers and then cut along the pencil lines and refix the fronts
Thread: Small MT2 Tailstock Chuck for ML7
27/01/2022 14:00:37
there was a posting beginning of January re stuff at Lidl - one mentioned included a small vice, small drills and a hand held pin chuck - none of items is 1st class tho but the pin chuck may be salvageable as it uses the same thread as the old Minicraft drills which had better chucks and for which you could buy a MT2 arbour with soft head from say ARC and screw cut the thread on it - dremel made a much better tiny chuck that could be purchased as a separate item but used a different thread - I've made arbours for both for use in my Perris lathe (MT0) - tracy tools used to sell small Rohm chucks on MT2 arbours.

Edited By Frances IoM on 27/01/2022 14:01:30

Thread: Linux Mint 20.3
25/01/2022 18:57:23
doesn't Mint 20 come with a roll back mechanism in case that an update causes problems? - did you have a problem or is it a check as to whether or not to upgrade ?
Thread: Unusual Leather Rolling Machine
25/01/2022 18:55:22
it looks very pretty but who buys such things ? as it looks to be a very specialised market.
Thread: Is it possible to by "100% non-stick" spatulas for spreading glue? (ideally made from teflon/FEP)
25/01/2022 13:49:45
must admit I'm waiting for the denouement - some one spending a 4 figure sum on ABS ?figurines yet struggles with glues and buying a bit of PTFE - gets stranger by each post.
Thread: Westbury 1831 LMS locomotive
25/01/2022 08:58:23
I have some of the articles (mostly the first year) - electronic and photos more for reading than use - send me a PM but there are too many to send by email.
Thread: Deep and narrow tool storage
19/01/2022 22:08:44
I too made my own draws (a table saw for timber is a great help) but from MDF offcuts and ply bases (all painted with clear floor varnish to avoid oil stains) and also used telescopic slides (mine came from Axminster sale) - there are tray inserts available for "really useful" boxes from places such a Rymans which if you choose the draw size can provide a very convenient home for small tools or components.
Thread: Need to cut long thin strips of steel (& plastic) - e.g. with an angle grinder?
18/01/2022 17:59:53
you will need very forgiving neighbours as well as an expensive set of ear defenders.
Thread: Can you recommend a "medium-speed" epoxy adhesive? (e.g. "30 minute" or "60 minute")
18/01/2022 16:57:15
I guess the value of free advice is zero unlike a paid consultancy those offering advice can't be sued though to be honest I think it strains the ethos of the Message Board Forum.
Thread: Iphone Upgrade problem
18/01/2022 15:25:04
it's part of their marketing - if you can't afford the latest then you shouldn't buy into this treadmill of non-repairability and engineered obsolescence.
Thread: Endless Repeats
18/01/2022 11:06:45
I liked "BBC has lost its place as the vice of honest government " - pity as it should squeeze the truth out of all.
Thread: How can I bond ABS (plastic) to NRL (rubber)?
15/01/2022 17:49:10
ask a friend for an empty perfume bottle - they usually produce a fine mist.
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