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Thread: Dialect expressions
22/04/2019 23:29:44

I still like the cockney insult to call someone a Berk, rhyming slang for Berkeley Hunt!

Thread: Lathe controls position
21/04/2019 11:07:00

You used to be able to get lefthand cheque books.

20/04/2019 21:10:50

I should have known! You always get one on a forum!

Posted by Hopper on 19/04/2019 12:02:44:
Posted by vintage engineer on 19/04/2019 11:12:44:

Why do lathes have the chuck on the left?

Because if the chuck were on the right you'd have to reach over the back to wind the cross slide in and out and halfnut lever would be almost impossible to reach?

Edited By Hopper on 19/04/2019 12:03:08

19/04/2019 11:12:44

Why do lathes have the chuck on the left?

Thread: Making Holes in Copper Sheet
19/04/2019 11:09:35

Q Max punch will give you the neatest holes.

Thread: How to get that high end paint finish
13/04/2019 11:50:37

You need a Purdy or Hamilton paint brush, they should cost you £30-£40 but will last you a lifetime. Try putting the paint on with a small roller and take it off with a brush.

Thread: Moving to Australia - Moving Workshop Machines
11/04/2019 10:20:53

The best way to clean them is steam clean as this will kill any bacteria. As for packing crates OSB is the preferred timber as it is disease free.

Thread: Tab Washers
07/04/2019 10:10:26

I get them laser cut on a tree and break them off.

Thread: Todays DUMBO award
05/04/2019 22:36:48

You can buy lefthand drills. I have a set but they are kept well away from my other drills!

Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
05/04/2019 22:33:33

Having worked on heavy plant in Africa, we used to have a devils own job trying to get the local operators to loosen the tracks when working in sandy areas! Sand gets in the track pins and tightens everything up and breaks the tracks. It also makes them squeal like a bastard!

Posted by Mick B1 on 31/03/2019 18:44:59:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 31/03/2019 13:19:50:
Posted by Mick B1 on 31/03/2019 12:29:56:
Posted by Maurice on 31/03/2019 00:58:03:


One of WW2's more embarrassing cock-ups was the large consignment of new British tanks painfully shipped the long way to Egypt where most of the engines seized in the depot because no one read the instructions. To avoid spillages in transit the tanks were shipped with no oil or water in the engines...


By 'eck, that's a dreadful story! I always heard that more tanks were lost to mechanical failure than enemy action - at least in the early part of the North African campaign, but my uncle's stories were that it was sand getting in everywhere. But there were later tales of tanks (Valentines, I thought?) running 3000 miles without major servicing.

Thread: Using magnets
04/04/2019 19:48:13

When I worked in the backrooms of a well know bank, we used to remove the hard drives from all the computers we sold or scrapped and smashed them with a large hammer on a RSJ! I still do it when I scrap a computer.

Thread: Using a propane cylinder for partable compressed air.
04/04/2019 19:44:25

I have numerous Calor Bottles and I still have the invoices which prove I purchased them.

Thread: Machinery Directive and CE marking
04/04/2019 19:40:17

I thought CE marking meant Chinese Export?

Thread: Axis orientation (or, where is zero?)
04/04/2019 09:04:54

On production work, you may need to put zero on the edge of a set up. You should have a +/- button on the DRO so you can change direction at will.

Thread: Please help machining
01/04/2019 22:47:17

I suspect they would have been forged originally.

Thread: Odd bolt size
01/04/2019 17:39:07

Modern French cars are doing this to stop no dealer mechanics working on them!

Posted by clogs on 01/04/2019 06:18:23:

repaired a Chinese motor scooter no so long ago and quite a few of the nuts and bolts had 5 corners around the engine and ancilleries.....

standard threads tho.....everything got replaced with Stainess..

had fun getting the seized fixings undone......hahaha.........well funny now........

Thread: Please help machining
01/04/2019 17:29:35

Anything can be made. It's only dictated by time and money.

Thread: Odd bolt size
31/03/2019 20:31:43

If you want odd bolts, try working on pre-war French cars! They made up their own sizes and pitches!

Thread: Non-Drip Gloss Paint
30/03/2019 21:18:49

I have found the best paint is the ones that contain large amounts of lead. It goes on like a dream and leaves no brush marks.

Thread: Have your fathers habits rubbed off on you. Just for fun
30/03/2019 20:47:01

I would get one fitted then you can ring when you want a cup of tea!

Posted by Steve Neighbour on 30/03/2019 18:01:55:

My late father was an absolute stippler for doing 'anything' properly - which is why my wife says I procrastinate for ages before doing what to her appears to be a simple job - well, I have to consider all the 1000 & 1 things that could 'go wrong' !!

I like an earlier post didn't have a very happy childhood, Father was very strict and discipline was always delivered via a leather belt or ruler . . thankfully a trait I didn't copy when raising my kids !

I suppose the one person who I owe much to was my Grandfather, he had a workshop and a very ancient 3 speed lathe, which with an abundance of patience taught me the basic principles of machining, I honed these fledgling skills further by completing an 'indentured engineering apprenticeship' (what ever happened to those ?)

Now that I too approach retirement, I'm busy building my dream 'man cave' and will soon install a nice lathe of my own (my wife suggested that I should also put a phone in it, so she can call me when she is off to bed) !!

Would she be offended if I got one with an answering machine I wonder ?

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 30/03/2019 18:02:45

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 30/03/2019 18:03:26

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