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Member postings for Brian Sweeting

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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?

Thread: Automatic Centre Punches
23/09/2018 19:45:35

Proverbial youtube link here might help.


Edited By Brian Sweeting on 23/09/2018 19:46:20

Thread: Engine room telegraph
22/09/2018 19:49:26

According the HMS Belfast, it was used to signal pumping fuel to another vessel.

Thread: I finished a project!
07/09/2018 20:39:55

Excellent work Neil.

Thread: Mystery lathe on eBay
03/09/2018 22:16:11

Have you asked the seller for details yet?

Thread: Joint Round Edge Needle Files
31/08/2018 15:13:24

Ketan, found s site different from above link which details them as used by jewellers and watchmakers, uses shown on link page. **LINK**

Thread: vapour carburetor
14/08/2018 20:39:31

Have you seen the carbs made by Jan Ridders? They are glass cylinders or glass end plates.


Thread: Peace Flame
13/08/2018 16:10:11

As Michael has indicated, you do need a pressure regulated output.

Thread: Crankshaft repairs
07/08/2018 21:35:23

As a novice to this type of work might I suggest getting some basic material to practice the machining work and technique before starting on the final piece.

Thread: What Is The Most Beautiful 'Thing' In The World?
04/08/2018 22:20:33

Going against V8eng but ...

Simple, a new born baby - human or animal. They are amazing.

Edited By Brian Sweeting on 04/08/2018 22:22:27

Thread: A Replacement circuit board
03/08/2018 15:43:25

Came across someone who fitted an Ardunio system instead if this is feasible.


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