Here is a list of all the postings RMA has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: ME beam engine|
I think I'm with Jason on this one. I have a set of Reeves castings for this engine, bought several years ago and put aside until now. The state of most of the castings are terrible, more metal to fettle off than in the actual work piece in many cases, and the aluminium baseplate is banana shaped!
If I was starting again, I would make most parts from solid and a lot cheaper too! I was made aware by friends who have completed the engine, that there are several mistakes on the drawings.
|Thread: Santander on-line banking|
Santander will never contact you this way. They make a point of reminding account holders regularly. If anyone calls you and states they are from the bank, end the call and call the bank yourself. You will have a rigorous security check, but that is to protect you.
BTW, personal details are sold all the time, even the DVLA do this and we can do nothing to stop it.
If you get an email, just hover over the sender and see where it came from.
Bit of a no brainer if you don't have an account with them. No bank will email for confirmation of your details. Same thing with the numerous phone calls about my Amazon account......which I don't have!
|Thread: WM18 strip down|
Machine was stripped down successfully and transported. Now sitting on a pallet in the garage. I'm glad I left the column attached to the base, didn't fancy disturbing the gas strut.. Re-assembly should be interesting.
Thanks for that. It confirms what we propose to do today is possible, gales permitting.
Thanks for that. Interesting video, I intend to use some wood blocks to take the weight. I looked at the Grizzly site at the weekend and found their version of the WM. They let you download the manuals, but the same picture is on theirs, so no help. You would have thought that they, and Warco would have corrected it by now. These machines go back a long way.
Thanks to you all for your ideas. Unfortunately the owners manual isn't correct, the exploded view doesn't show the strut or the correct way the column fits the base. I had a word with the tech chap at Warco today, and he thinks it can be broken down to head; column and base (still attached); table, and stand.
Doing it that way, the gas strut stays put. The DRO slides will have to be removed for safety. We won't be doing it until next week, I'll report how it went.
I need to strip down a WM18 into reasonable chunks in order to move it easily and re-assemble in another location. Ideally, I'd like to remove the table; head; column and base if possible. I do have an engine lift, but floor space might prohibit its use. If anyone has experience of doing this and has found ways to do it with minimum help, I'd be grateful to hear from you.
The diagrams in the operating manual don't relate to machine apparently, as I'm told there is a gas strut in the column. I would have thought Warco would have corrected that by now, the machine has been on sale for years!
|Thread: The RSME spring live steam meet|
Rand Society of Model Engineers..........on credit page of video.
|Thread: Green growth on car roof rails|
I use sulphate of iron to kill moss on lawns and paths. My car suffers to some extent on one side. That's the side that is mainly hidden from the sun. I turn it round when I think of it and it goes. Be careful with pressure washers, they can reach parts you didn't know existed and they'll strip graphics in no time
|Thread: The southern federation|
From personal experience, the committee of the federation will only communicate with club committee members, usually the secretary.
I believe they removed the 'Southern' part of the title because they have many northern clubs on the books!
Edited By RMA on 23/01/2022 09:14:09
Unnecessary comment! Sounds like the north south divide is alive and well!
|Thread: Endless Repeats|
It's high time the BBC was held to account.
The license fee was originally put in place to actually pay for the service and allow the license payer to legally receive live transmissions, and at the start was just a radio license. The BBC has gradually morphed into this mammoth organisation that seems to do what it likes and spend our money just as wants, without any accountability. So-called celebrities have come and gone, made a fortune from the BBC and influenced it's policy. Billy Cotton; Wogan, Attenborough etc etc had/have far too much power in this organisation, and did very well out of it! Nepotism was/and still is rife in the BBC!
I remember (just) Alvar Lidell who delivered the news without any speculation or own opinion, and I doubt he got the equivalent of half a million a year to do it! Sports reporters did just that. There wasn't a team of presenters paid millions a year for a few hours work each week. Do we need a couple of presenters reading alternate lines from an autocue on breakfast and daytime TV?
Is it right that the license payer should foot the bill for all the free world service the BBC continues to put out , and at the same time a license payer cannot even access the iPlayer or receive BBC via the internet when abroad?
Adverts have paid quite a large part in this discussion. Do you consider the continual promotion of future and existing BBC programmes adverts or not? It might not be consumer products or services, but it is IMO still advertising and consumes a lot of air time.
Definitely a time for change!
|Thread: An unpleasant nocturnal experience.|
Where I worked many year's ago, we had a professional rat catcher. He told me that a rat can easily chew through 12 inches of concrete and the growth rate of their teeth is phenomenal. Filling a rat hole with a bit of cement won't deter it, if it's the usual place it gains access to food, which is usually it's prime objective.
|Thread: Highway Code|
We've recently had a new Amazon distribution centre planted in our parish, encouraged by the council who decided no infrastructure improvements were required! Amazon have a huge fleet of blue vans at this depot which tend to leave as a convoy interspersed with private vans of all colours and condition!
Very little regard is paid to the rules of the roundabout at the junction with the main A road which, when they are on it, they go like a bat out of hell, weaving in and out, due I expect as a result of the pressure put on them to deliver!
|Thread: Steam raising blower|
I use one of these 12v ex military blowers with no trouble at all on 5 inch and 3.5 inch locos, using a car battery at home or the club 12v supply. Maybe they do take a little longer, but I have nothing to compare it with. They do need frequent cleaning out though. I think the availability is now very limited.
|Thread: Highway Code|
Interesting range of viewpoints on several subjects in this thread now.
As an ex cyclist, I think anyone attempting to fight it out with modern day traffic is clearly bonkers, even though the law seems to be on the cyclist's side! No good telling St Peter you had the right of way!
When I towed a caravan many years ago, it was other traffic that held me up. I took it to many countries in Europe including mountain ranges. If you have the right towing vehicle for whatever you tow, you won't get into trouble.
It seems to me that vans belonging to Amazon and the like can, and do whatever they like. They work all hours with no control such as tacho's. The only code they seem to have is to deliver as many parcels in one day, as quickly as possible. An unfair side of the law IMO when compared to lorry drivers
Queens highway?? Maybe she should mend all the potholes then!
Tut Tut. 21st century........a woman can carry the flag now!
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