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Thread: Odd Spanner
03/10/2020 12:12:11

Random question- anyone come across a spanner like this before?

Actually it is effective, and varies from 10-22mm. I assume continental origin based on the spelling and metric nature, and was found in a gutter years ago.

Surprisingly useful, but never seen similar for sale? The irregular hexagonal ends rotate on the pins, in case that’s not obvious!

Thread: Artistic hand cut oilways
24/06/2020 08:27:17
Posted by Ian Johnson 1 on 24/06/2020 00:04:35:
Posted by Mark Rand on 23/06/2020 22:50:06:
...cut some curvy grooves, it will achieve the same result.

Will the curve be better at distributing the oil? Or is there no difference in result?

or perhaps negligible difference at workshop loadings and immeasurable?

...sorry I codn’t add a fishy pun...

Thread: Sign Language, Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids
20/06/2020 14:12:01

Thanks for the comments.

Neil- certainly aware of Makaton, and decided against learning that for a couple of reasons while fully appreciating its benefits: I think for those whose communication may be somewhat limited and difficult for cognitive or other reasons it is a simpler form of language- designed to be easy to learn and useful to get enough message across, while not necessarily offering the full range of grammar, syntax, lexicon etc that BSL offers. I decided BSL would be potentially a longer term option for my son for the future- he’s not yet 30months old but starting to sculpt sentences himself- and while he is complicated medically we aren’t anticipating particular obstructions in learning. I would certainly not knock Makaton- are you also aware of SSE (Sign Supported English)? Uses BSL signs (more widely recognised) and thus also overlaps with Makaton but keeps the grammar of English. Which means you can speak English and sign SSE- a good halfway option- but anything to support communication for those who aren’t able to hear/speak English I encourage these days!

Dave- great to hear she’s so positive- we have heard some mixed messages including from a profoundly deaf lady who has two CI, one of which failed from day one the other which never responded as well as hoped, yet she would still encourage despite her experience. I will send you pm later (in supermarket car park currently!), thanks.

20/06/2020 10:22:44

Morning all,

I suspect many here are hearing aid users, and potentially may be some cochlear implant users and those with sign language too. My son (2.5) is deaf, has aids but currently being assessed for cochlear implants. His means of communication is via sign language (BSL, taught via some teachers, and I’ve been at evening classes for near 18 months now, half way through lvl2) but is trying to start speaking.

wondered if there are any users with comments about cochlear/aids in the workshop, cochlear implants on motorbikes, issues of using ear defenders with aids, resources for ‘technical’ sign language etc. No idea if my son will follow my interests in the future, but he’s always interested and would be nice to know and be able to ‘discuss’ these things!

a niche request I appreciate- happy to talk via private messages if preferred...!


Thread: DYMO labels [safe removal] ... what method ?
19/06/2020 14:32:34

Not a solvent, but I had the same issue with some Bisley drawers. Hair drier made the (very old) Dymo labels slowly ooze themselves off, then IPA to remove the gunk. (The glue nearly entirely came off with the labels, just left a rectangle where gunk had built up over the years around the edge.)

HTH- Richard

Edited By RichardN on 19/06/2020 14:39:59

Thread: Fly press weights.
21/01/2020 09:54:16

Large bean can full of lead on each arm... I've seen that in many workshops.

Thread: 2nd Hand Hearing Aid Reprogramming?
17/12/2019 09:16:52

My son wears (NHS) aids too and has since birth- every time they are upgraded they are secondhand (remanufactured) but entirely under NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence I think) guidance. The aids are always owned by the NHS and should a miracle occur and his hearing fixed they will be returned to the NHS or charged to us.
When (if?) he gets cochlear implants next year they will also still be owned by others- the external processors are also ‘secondhand’ but remanufactured- the internal implants will be single patient use... but still owned by the NHS...

I suspect you need to call round to find an audiologist who uses that brand of aid and who is willing to take you on!

Thread: An interesting repair to an Hour Wheel
13/10/2019 13:50:53

I find it quite pleasing aesthetically- but one query for the clockmakers- what is the impact of wheel balance on the movement both rotationally (with that tooth tending to slump to bottom of rotation) as well as altering load on the bearing points?

Thread: Can you help identify this Myford Lathe
07/10/2019 13:30:47

Afternoon Stan,

Can't help - but I see you have uploaded photos of (I assume the lathe you want identifying) to your album..

Stan's Lathe Album

Hope this helps someone else identify?

Edited By RichardN on 07/10/2019 13:31:30 - link to image didn't work...

Edited By RichardN on 07/10/2019 13:31:59

Thread: West Wiltshire Society of Model Engineers
14/09/2019 19:08:08

Just to say thanks to WWSME for a great event- son enjoyed it, so did I- good to actually talk to exhibitors rather than blank faces sitting behind tables- and the domestic authorities have agreed to us going next year too!

ps- Apple cake was excellent too.

Thread: Engraving
09/09/2019 11:07:15

if you wanted a simple project Harold Halls design provides for accurately lengthed graduations. Just 'scratching' with a suitable tool bit makes neat engravings for dials, you don't necessarily require high spindle speeds...

Engraving Tool

Edited By RichardN on 09/09/2019 11:07:39

Thread: What is this?
08/06/2019 02:53:17

Looks rather like the Popular Single Cylinder Vertical to me... (parts/plans still from AJ Reeves if you need anything else...?)

Thread: Myford S7 position
02/05/2019 17:25:05

Hole and bung was the first plan... that migrated into an insulated flap with deadbolt for security and integrating a fixed steady... then I realised the hole would likely be within a few inches of the door frame... moving the door seems the tidier (but more radical) option?

02/05/2019 10:40:37

Thanks Frank- I thought the motor was tucked below the cover, but thanks for the confirmation- really useful.

V8- minimum distances I agree entirely- I had hoped I could squeeze an 8’x20’ container in the gap at the side of our new house- turns out I can’t... but have half built a 7’9” x 24’ timber workshop instead... the property boundary is the dictating aspect- but having modelled everything (currently) owned to fit into workshop, and planned space as carefully as I can (with clearances and buggerance factor) I should still have full access to the lathe with long through spindle access (via an open door when needs must) and if I move a cabinet should just about have space to get the the motor... hopefully...

01/05/2019 21:37:35

Quick question- wondered if anyone knows the minimum distance between spindle centre and the wall behind the lathe (Myford 7 series), while still having enough clearance to open the primary belt drive cover. Manual suggests 13.5”, but not sure if this allows the cover to swing open... unless maximum crossslide travel (long cross slide on S7b I believe?) is the limiting point?

My lathe is in storage while my workshop is gradually being built- and wanted to check the dimension so I can position the door opening to allow for long stock to run through the headstock and into the world outside when necessary...

Edited By RichardN on 01/05/2019 21:38:14

Thread: Martin Gearing Wooden Oscillating engine
14/12/2018 09:51:47

I’ve seen several of that sort of size that work well from a vacuum cleaner though... if a bit noisy...

Thread: It's not rocket science
12/12/2018 22:33:11


Posted by JasonB on 12/12/2018 17:51:09:

Is a space mole similar to a Clanger?

Neil, have you got a link to the video rather than just a .jpg as it is not a very clear image.


(Around 1:25)

Edited By RichardN on 12/12/2018 22:34:46

Thread: BR all steel 16ton mineral wagon
09/12/2018 08:35:02


Can’t see any of my useful photos- but currently modelling a similar wagon (O gauge and in polystyrene for now) but I believe the sole bar ends are shaped to continue between the webs of the headstock beam.

I will try to look out some of my photos of wagon chassis (or photos of the GL5 chassis I saw at Bristol this year?).


Edited By RichardN on 09/12/2018 08:36:34

Thread: ME page 217 & 218
30/07/2018 22:19:41

So one can have visible lights, so long as they are permanently disconnected?

I believe ‘daylight MOT’ is the (unofficial) term for having an MOT that may have an advisory to say that there are no lights able to be tested, but which cannot be a failure courtesy of the above legoslation

(Apologies I managed to split my post)

30/07/2018 22:17:09

(4) Without prejudice to regulation 16, for the purposes of these Regulations a lamp shall not be treated as being a lamp if it is–


so painted over or masked that it is not capable of being immediately used or readily put to use; or


an electric lamp which is not provided with any system of wiring by means of which that lamp is, or can readily be, connected with a source of electricity.

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