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Member postings for Brian Sweeting

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Thread: “Every Boy His Own Manufacturer"
17/11/2018 12:08:59
Posted by Grotto on 17/11/2018 04:18:26:

And a complete chapter on making your own fireworks.

Don’t see that in modern books

Did you notice that the page of ingredients for the fireworks was out of focus or was it just me?

Thread: Quick release hook
14/11/2018 22:58:40
Posted by Sam Longley 1 on 14/11/2018 22:51:54:
Posted by Brian Sweeting on 14/11/2018 22:48:13:


Thanks I did not realise that pattern went that large . Wichard are notoriously expensive but I will find out the cost

Yes, I was surprised too, then again I dread to think of the load on some sheets carrying big sails in a blow.

14/11/2018 22:48:13

Plastimo do a 9000kg, swl5200kg, snap shackle, is this your idea?

Link here


Edited By Brian Sweeting on 14/11/2018 22:48:42

Thread: Coil winding
13/11/2018 14:06:54

I think that is the difference between winding a coil and winding a spring.

Thread: Lead Bearing Solder is Banned
08/11/2018 14:26:12

Thanks for that. I was interested to see that you receive visits from the powers that be.

I used to work with refrigerants, before retirement, and those in the trade were annoyed, and still are, at the complete lack of anyone from the Environment agencies showing any interest in getting people/firms complying with current legislation.

Anyway, rant over.

Thread: Noisey MEM switch
07/11/2018 23:58:14

It could also be the operating coil beginning to weaken, depending on age of course.

Edited By Brian Sweeting on 08/11/2018 14:15:25

Thread: Gas demand valves
05/11/2018 22:56:46

Second thoughts - plan to build your own here....


Tecumseh needle valve and diaphragm are still available via Google search.

Edited By Brian Sweeting on 05/11/2018 23:02:08

05/11/2018 22:23:07

Found this set of plans and parts from America, any use?


Thread: Small Hex Fastenings
05/11/2018 22:14:00

It seems that you have been given some options but not knowing where 'local' is made it hard to answer for me, sorry.

Thread: Given the Elbow
23/10/2018 15:01:16

Not sure if this is the same but it looks like it - **LINK**

Thread: Storing Machinery In Damp Conditions - Advice Please
23/10/2018 14:53:05

+1 for ACF-50, used to use on my motorcycle and last winter used it on my mini-lathe sat in the shed in the garden.

Also gave the hand tools a wipe over with it.

Thread: which compressor
23/10/2018 00:09:23
Posted by Howard Lewis on 20/10/2018 22:13:18:

Are automotive air con compressors compressing gas or liquid?

The usual advice is to run the air con on the car for about 5 minutes each week to keep the seals lubricated. That suggests liquid rather than gas. Or maybe the refrigerant is below its critical temperature, and when compressed it changes to liquid, and that is what lubricates the seals.

Anyone to enlighten us?


All refrigerant comoressors, electric or mechanical pump vapour, if they pump liquid they very quickly destroy tgeir valves or con-rods.

It is the oil mist mixing with the refrigerant that provides the lubrication to the seals etc.

Thread: Pumping water up a hill
22/10/2018 23:59:23

Not sure if this is the best option but have you looked into 'ram pumps'. These use the water itself to perform the pumping action.

This **LINK** site is commercial but will give you an idea of what can be acheived.

Thread: Unknown Lathe
20/10/2018 14:30:02

Sorry, can't see it from here so wouldn't like to guess.

Thread: Deburing holes
18/10/2018 11:33:46

Use a round file across the hole.

Thread: which compressor
17/10/2018 22:18:46
Posted by not done it yet on 17/10/2018 20:24:30:

How do automotive air-con compressors compare with fridge units? Anyone know? Obviously need a drive, for starters.

Price wise a lot more expensive.

A fridge compressor with starter electrics can be simply plugged into the mains to run.

An auto compressor needs a drive motor, motor pulley, drive belt, 12 volt dc supply to operate the drive clutch and special connectors for the pipeline. Overall, more effort, more noise, more space and more money.

Thread: Twin Tube HF fluorescent lighting for the workshop
12/10/2018 14:15:33

Just for info but we used to check our contactless tachometers by pointing them at a fluorescent tube to check that they were reading correctly. 3000rpm IIRC.

Thread: Engineering Workshop Practice books
11/10/2018 17:46:33
Posted by BOB BLACKSHAW on 11/10/2018 17:40:28:
I will send you a message as I'm of to Weatherspoons, curry night.

Good man, priorities set correctly. Enjoy.

Thread: Parting off - again, sorry
11/10/2018 11:07:08

Reduce the amount of tool sticking out from toolpost may help a bit.

Thread: Wyvern cylinder head sealing
02/10/2018 22:03:57

My thoughts as someone who has not made that engine ....

Although you have ground the valves in was the final grinding paste fine enough to leave a smooth surface in the valve seat and on the valve head?

Are the valves fully closed when the rockers are relaxed?

Are the valve springs strong enough to hold the valves closed on the suction stroke?

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