By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for Brian Sweeting

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

Thread: Big Machines
29/04/2019 12:16:12

Thank you.

Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
26/04/2019 23:50:59
Posted by Mark Rand on 26/04/2019 22:48:50:

Since everyone seems to be having a moan. Can I complain about the ever increasing number of complete arseholes that don't use their handbrake when stopped at junctions and traffic lights, but keep their foot on the brake pedal. Thereby shining their head-level brake lights into my face! angry

Aaah, they must be the ones who haven't read the Highway Code then.

26/04/2019 13:45:02
Posted by Plasma on 26/04/2019 09:42:57:

Still surprising to see folk driving in pitch black without their lights on, or conversely driving what looks like a stage light show when its dusk.

I put that down to the way dashboards are permanently illuminated now. If they couldn't see the dials then they would turn their lights on, hopefully.

Thread: Rivets
24/04/2019 20:15:52

Suitable sized drill bit hand turned?

Thread: gland packing
20/04/2019 12:45:13

Depending on the service I would suggest graphite tape.

Source here **LINK**

(No connection)

Thread: Dialect expressions
13/04/2019 23:45:08

After working in and moving to Devon came across...

Where you to? As in, where do you come from/live?

Back along. As in, a while ago.

Thread: French Mystery Tool
11/04/2019 22:15:00

Are we unique I wonder?

We travel around and buy odd bits of metal that have no obvious use to us but whose sole purpose is to start a debate down the pub on a quiet afternoon.

Thread: Is there a way to mask silver solder
08/04/2019 13:46:49

Try Tippex.

Thread: AC Capacitor
05/04/2019 16:18:42

Thank you for the update, always good to know when a problem is resolved.

Thread: Using a propane cylinder for partable compressed air.
04/04/2019 16:41:12

Your cylinder should have the test pressure stamped on it somewhere.

It's probably a low pressure cylinder so the test pressure would have been around 480 - 500 psig.

Thread: Electric Motor
03/04/2019 20:53:25

Having read the writeup on I think it is refering to early electric motors.

It should be remembered that every motor start generates heat and the motor needs to run for a reasonable time to dissipate that heat. Frequent stop/starts will kill a motor over time.

Also a motor running without a load will often run at above full load current which is not good for the motor.

Thread: Unusual miniature
01/04/2019 09:19:38

I would imagine that there is a differential driving the two tracks with brakes on the drive shafts.

You can see that he doesn't need to 'spin' the steering, just turn it a small amount.

Thread: Dishwasher detergents
30/03/2019 18:58:11

Haven't tried Aldi but swear by the ones from Lidl

Thread: LED replacement bulbs
30/03/2019 18:54:58

I've just bought some 106W halogen bulbs from , equiv to 150W for a limited sight lady friend of ours.

So, if you look you can still buy proper bulbs.

Thread: Myford workshop Manual
29/03/2019 18:50:13

A good start would be **LINK**

Thread: Odd furrow like finish when taper turning?
26/03/2019 14:37:44

Apron tight?

Thread: AC Capacitor
26/03/2019 14:34:44
Posted by john fletcher 1 on 26/03/2019 14:19:10:

Hello Raphael, I note Dave Davies 8 say he bought a capacitor and start relay. Has your compressor start relay got 3 pins on it similar to a fridge start relay, if so check it before buying a new capacitor, as you have the symptoms of a faulty relay. You mentioned the hum and then turn off, which I think the overload is switching things off ,because the start winding is not being energised.due to a faulty relay. Usually the capacitance value is printed on the cap can.John

Good comment John, I must admit when I was on the fridge tools it was standard practice to replace the complete starter kit, relays, capacitors etc, when one item had failed.

It wasn't worth the cost risk to skimp on the starter kit compared with blowing the compressor.

25/03/2019 23:58:01
Posted by RAPHAEL VAL GOLEZ 1 on 25/03/2019 23:11:37:

Thanks Simon, great help. I hope this is an easy fix as I really valued this old compressor. Jus another follow up question, do I need a motor start or motor run capacitor? Is the 450 volts to high for the 270 that I have? I appreciate your explanation, I just don't want to blow things up or fry the motor.

If you have motor start capacitor there should be a resistor fitted across it. If not then it is probably a motor run capacitor so make sure that you specify it as a 'motor run' item.

Thread: Unusual knurling tool
22/03/2019 19:26:53

Plasma, one use in clock making that I can think of would be knurled clock case feet but seems kind of expensive for that.

Thread: Calculating piston length
13/03/2019 14:27:06

Perhaps machine a Delrin piston first to see how it fits before the final metal version.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest