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Thread: Sump Plug
09/05/2019 03:34:16

Ordinary 12 point sockets will fit square heads.

Thread: Railway sign
06/05/2019 21:20:51

The fonts are all wrong.

Thread: Parting off stainless hex bar
05/05/2019 12:28:24

Start slow until the bar is round then treat the same as round bar.

Thread: Workbench
02/05/2019 09:35:46

I have a 8 x 4 x 1" of road plate steel on my fabrication bench and that weighs 800kg

Thread: Sump Plug
01/05/2019 17:47:38

Probably a Snap-on spanner!

Posted by Ian P on 01/05/2019 13:32:03:

Snap a spanner, wow!

If it was drop forged or made by any other method, snapping a spanner is not an easy thing to do. Without knowing details I would speculate that it must have fitted the sump plug very firmly and that you used an extension to the spanner length (or be very strong).

Ian P

Thread: Big Machines
28/04/2019 20:50:47

Nice group on Facebook Machines

Thread: Cloth insulation Tape
27/04/2019 22:02:30

Still use it!

Thread: Pressure gauge help needed please.
27/04/2019 21:54:56

You need to fit a snubber.

Thread: "Screwing" a car round a corner!
27/04/2019 21:38:10

I had a blown 1200cc Moggie Pickup on radials and in damp conditions I induce it to slide round corners. If I got it right I could go round a roundabout sideways much to the disdain of the local Bobbies!

Thread: Brazing steel
27/04/2019 21:33:59

We used to braze hydraulic fittings using ready fluxed brazing rods. Hydraulic fittings are made from leaded mild steel.

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.

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