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Member postings for Brian H

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Thread: Has anybody built the flame eater "Nick"?
14/05/2016 17:55:54

I built a Poppin many years ago to run on lighter gas. It worked very well and still does. My 10 year old son also built one (must admit with a bit of help) and that also worked.

Thread: Tap & Die logo
05/05/2016 08:08:02

My first set of taps and dies were a LAL boxed set bought 50 years ago when I was an apprentice. I have replaced a couple of taps through wear and breakage but otherwise the set remains in regular use.

Edited By Brian Hutchings on 05/05/2016 08:08:33

Thread: Hello from the Suffolk Coast
04/05/2016 20:04:50

Hello James and welcome. Its nice to know that not everyone wants a shiny far eastern cnc machine. Please let us have some pictures after the clean up.

Thread: Springs??
30/04/2016 19:31:25

I can recommend 'Ashfield Springs' near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They have an on-line cataloque, are very helpful on the 'phone and will often let you have the odd spring as a "free sample", especially if you can collect.

Thread: Black 5 first steam up
19/04/2016 16:04:40

I think that a lot of us will also have fingers crossed for you on Sunday Ron.

Thread: How are people finding Windows 10?
19/04/2016 15:04:29

Posted by Brian John on 19/04/2016 14:12:20:

Which version of Windows 10 is required to get the Chinese language on the computer ?

The Chinese one of course!

Thread: best tools for aluminium
19/04/2016 14:59:31

The grade of aluminium will make a difference too. Ordinary soft aluminium can be difficult to get a nice finish on but the heat treatable ones such as 2014(I think!) are much nicer to work with.

Thread: Air Compressor recommendation?
07/04/2016 19:47:39

Found on ebay, there may be others, price £78

Air receiver, compressed air tank 50 litre price includes VAT

Edited By Brian Hutchings on 07/04/2016 19:54:09

Thread: Blackgates Engineering.
06/04/2016 20:05:03

I don't know if this helps:

Blackgates Engineering
Model Maker
Address: Unit 1, Victory Court, Flagship Square, Shaw Cross Business Park, Dewsbury, WF12 7TH


Wednesday 9am–4pm
Thursday 9am–4pm
Friday 9am–4pm
Saturday 9am–1pm
Sunday Closed
Monday 9am–4pm
Tuesday 9am–4pm
Thread: indexable carbide tools
06/04/2016 18:22:05

Definitey worth it even if you don't need repeatability.

Thread: Too simple ?
05/04/2016 15:08:53

Agree with Jason. I'd bore the hole and turn down the boss if it's not yet to size then clamp it down on the mill to cut the dogs.

Please let us know how you get on and don't forget; it's not simple until you know how to do it.

Edited By Brian Hutchings on 05/04/2016 15:10:31

Thread: Fish scaling
04/04/2016 21:51:00

As apprentices many years ago, we had to make our own scrapers out of old files and once the foreman was happy withe quality of them, we had to learn how to use them. The company made large industrial and marine engines with journals in the 10" to 15" range. We weren't allowed to practice on bearings that were to be fitted at the works but instead we scraped in bearings that were to be supplied as spares.

These were scraped in to a mandrel with a thin film of red lead and when to size we had to scrape a criss cross pattern that, we were told, would retain enough oil for initial starting. This criss cross pattern had to look really good as this was what the customer saw on receipt.

Thread: tailstock die-holders, your opinions please
04/04/2016 21:36:47

I also have the type with a side arm but find it a real pain when you have to wind it back, especially on a long thread.

I'm OK with Whit threads though as I recently bought an American die holder that uses 4 tools similar to the ones in Coventry die heads in 3/16" to 1/2". When it gets to the end of the thread the tools can be opened to allow the die holder to be removed.

Thread: Black 5 Boiler problems
04/04/2016 15:20:55

I don't know what to say Ron except that you cannot be far off reaching the end.

Wishing you all the best and some better luck.



Thread: Old brake discs
04/04/2016 11:31:25
Posted by Mick Henshall on 04/04/2016 11:12:23:

I did post a comment but I don't know where it went? Just mentioned that old brake drums were cast iron I believe,

Stand to be corrected


Many old brake drums were made of CI but, for example, Austin Seven ones from about 1935 were a steel pressing. A quick rub over with a newish file should reveal what a brake drum is made from.

Thread: Blowtorches - bullfinch 1210 & 1240
01/04/2016 20:22:04

Although I have built copper boilers using a large Bullfinch burner, I would additionally use a small oxy-acet nozzle for stays inside a firebox in something like 3 inch.

Although its a mistake to use too much localized heat, it is difficult using too little heat.

The flux is also important; I always use Tenacity No 5 because it is made to withstand prolonged heating.

I was interested in the suggestions to use Vermiculite and rockwool, I've always packed jobs with firebricks, broken ones are especially useful for filling in small gaps.

A good source is firms with heat treatment facilities, especially ones doing aerospace work because they have to reline their ovens frequently and the scrapped bricks are useful.

Thread: Cleaning up a bore in CI
31/03/2016 07:00:17

A small 3 legged hone would do the trick. These can be bought cheaply from ME suppliers or local car accessory shop.

Thread: First clock suggestions
29/03/2016 10:11:28

English Reg Clock Case

English Reg Clock

Edited By Brian Hutchings on 29/03/2016 10:12:24

My first clock was John Wildings English Regulator clock. I intended making the case myself but I'm no woodworker so I contacted a cabinet maker in Cromford, Derbyshire who made one out of light oak.

Edited By Brian Hutchings on 29/03/2016 10:15:13

Thread: Black 5 Boiler problems
27/03/2016 20:01:11

I'm sure a lot of people, including myself, hope that you are on the home, winning straight and will be able to move on to the rest of the engine.

All the best, Brian

23/03/2016 19:08:13

So glad it seems to be going OK at last. You must have the patience of Job!! All the best for the next part.

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