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Member postings for Frances IoM

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Thread: Are standard "M4" nuts & bolts normally fine or course pitch?
13/01/2022 14:52:36
there are two very similar M4's - the 'standard' 0.7 and the French 0.75 (now fairly obsolete but used I believe on some cars). As for drills nominal is to subtract the pitch eg a M6 is 1mm and drill would be 5mm

Edited By Frances IoM on 13/01/2022 14:55:06

Thread: Running 'nukes' in the red
11/01/2022 16:55:49
Dave Suggest look at fine detail as most appliances will have a 'signature' power draw - high power external lights controlled by IR might be switched on by foxes but the most likely heavy nighttime usage is setting the night time thermostat too high (even gas CH has quite a respectable electrical power requirement for fan etc) - likewise poor timing for daytime.
Thread: Highway Code
05/01/2022 20:55:36
if you want to see when a roundabout is not a roundabout look at the Manx Roundel

go down to Roundel review - apparently some in the Dept of Infrastructure like doodling - they also invented road crossing that looked special but were not official - removed when one cyclist died crossing one without checking for traffic
Thread: Flexispeed saddle update
04/01/2022 13:38:08
Thread: Bench grinder to polisher
02/01/2022 10:57:30
mine screw on (they come as a handed pair)
Bought them years ago from Axminster as part of a polishing kit - not expensive and probably not worth making yourself
Thread: What to do with a sticky (as in toffee) portable radio
25/12/2021 10:10:49
I have used surgical spirit because I have a large quantity bought cheaply pre-covid (mostly Iso-propyl) and kitchen paper to wipe off the gunge then use a slightly abrasive kitchen cleaner to remove the oily residue left by the SS but though works for a time the surface can go back to its sticky state - suspect usual Chinese trick of saving money by removal of a key plasticiser in manufacture of the plastic
Thread: Skomo Tablr Saw - Brook Crompton motor wiring weirdness
23/12/2021 19:33:15
individual RCBOs (ie 1 per circuit) avoid problem of losing lights if all circuits in shed are fed from 1 RCD which trips - also worth making 1 light in a workshop provide emergency lighting if power removed
Thread: Motor Grinder Riser Casting
21/12/2021 20:20:38
The Stent design is a simpler desigb than the Quorn - there were castings available at one time (I have the base casting but not the others) - there are several published designs based on this that avoid the use of castings - look up Stent in the index to ME and MEW.
Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
12/12/2021 15:05:05
I doubt if they check any returns; especially as by all rumours the postal route can be very poor
Thread: Aftermath of storm Arwen
10/12/2021 21:04:43
the Manx papers carried an account of a couple of Manx Utilities crews & equipment that went to help - can't recall exactly where to tho - I decided to travel to UK on the Thursday before it hit
Thread: tail chasing
08/12/2021 18:33:16
"Dropbox is the (Google) site for file transfers" - very conveniently it saves you the bother of keeping the advertisers up to date with your thinking.
Thread: Aluminium Stick of Rock?
06/12/2021 21:44:12
as a student I worked a couple of holidays in an Aluminium rolling mill - the labour force for the gang of 5 driving the rollers were female (and it was hard work as I found out especially as it was piece rate) but the few men in the shop were concerned with the extrusion side as aluminium arrived as a large cylindrical billet that was extruded through the correct nozzle rather like icing a cake but somewhat larger, with a lot more push and considerably more dangerous if it went wrong.
Thread: jury service
02/12/2021 10:33:27
there are or were special 'professional' juries called for the specialised financial fraud trials - though like KB I often suspect that the French examining magistrate scheme would have some benefits but never being called for jury duty and now too old I have no experience to recount.
Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
30/11/2021 21:13:49
yes it seems once 70 you don't age (wish !) - even better my bus pass has a >10yr old photo
30/11/2021 17:26:46
surely having a recent passport means all this information is available so the implication is that something no longer checks out.
Thread: I can't explain this - can you?
28/11/2021 09:10:23
poor contacts on the battery connections? - I've had similar problems with remote controls as often one terminal is difficult to reach
Thread: Kant Twist alternative?
26/11/2021 17:49:43
the crab clamps are great - I bought 4 for woodworking & they served well though I suspect it was over 20 years ago as I did a fair amount when I moved mid 80s.
Thread: Book Your Covid Booster! Errr, How? Where?
10/11/2021 18:35:38
even in deepest Surrey and in the 'high risk' over 75s I was notified by email and responded within an hour by which time there was only one location within my town (luckily within walking distance) with the only slot being around 5pm some 12 days later - all other options involved a minimum 5 mile or even further trip. Compared to the previous 2 jabs it appeared to be organised on the cheap and might explain why the take up in us wrinklies was less than expected - not everyone fancies a long trip on public transport to some pharmacy tucked away in a town you don't know..
Thread: Model Paint Cancer warning on tin.
04/11/2021 19:12:39
everything causes cancer in California - that message is on almost all items there though for some reason politicians are exempt.
Thread: Anyone updated to Windows11 yet ?
04/11/2021 13:15:48
The TPM module requirement is there to ensure in the future that owners of such a machine will get no control over what software it will run - maybe comparison with China is the most apt.
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