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Thread: Coronavirus
28/03/2020 13:02:15
Posted by Martin Kyte on 28/03/2020 11:28:21:

I have to say this and I really don't mean this as a criticism on anyone, particularly at this time.

The reality of the situation is that we have to have faith in the system/leaders/services the lot. It's all we have and in consequence anything that shakes that faith unnecessarily is unhelpful and make us all more nervous. Exhortions on the system or political leaders to do better is all very well but attacks on personalities doesn't improve anything. We have to go with what we have got. I have actually been impressed with the way that the Government by and large are making descisions in response to the needs of the moment and seem to be taking virtually all their guidance from the professional medics and scientistsl and are being lead by the unfolding situation. I'm sure mistakes will be made, that is inevitable, but everyone genuinely seems to be doing the very best they can. We have to believe it's enough.

What other choice is there?

best regards to all


PS learn't yesterday that Astra Zenica (UK drug development company) is donating 9 million surgical gloves to the effort.

Well they could actually do a little bit more. I know from first hand experience that we (workers on the front line of the NHS) need at least some PPE and we needed it from about two weeks ago. I worked in a busy ward on Thursday where people were really ill (dying in some cases) and I didn't even have a mask to wear, I have been told it would be fine to bring in my own safety goggles from home. The other thing they need to do, is to be more open and honest about this virus. The facts are this,

1 We don't know very much about transmission.

2 We don't know about resilience and latent life or relapse.

3 We do know that it is not just killing the old or those with an underlying health issue. It is killing lots of people and making lots of others very ill.

So in short, they need to really raise their game right now, they need to tell the truth, then maybe people will at the very least realise just how infectious this virus is. My plea to all of you is keep your hands and fingers away from your face and wash your hands after you have touched anything that is not you. Stay safe folks.

Thread: Free to a good home
26/03/2020 21:40:22

Hi John,

I did say I can keep them until the virus has run it's course if someone states that they definitely want them, I just won't post them (they are quite heavy items). I would rather they go to someone that can make use of them than weighing them in for scrap.


Thread: Any ideas please
26/03/2020 21:34:21

Wow so many ideas to try out. The rubber sheet on my myford is not like a bellows or accordian, it's just flat sheet and my intention is to completely replace it.

Lots to go at with the mice.

Sincere thanks to all contributors.


Thread: Free to a good home
26/03/2020 19:55:54

No takers?

Thread: Any ideas please
25/03/2020 19:58:44

Some more good ideas, thank you buffer and NDIY

Thread: VFD & Inverter questions
25/03/2020 19:50:53

Just looked on Inverter Drive Supermarket and Schneider 0.75kw is under £100 that's a lot cheaper than I was expecting, must have a look at Newton Teslar as well.

Thread: Any ideas please
25/03/2020 19:45:58

Thank you Duncan and Martin, I will try the sonic thing first, but if that doesn't work it's rolo and apple.

Thread: Cut a transverse tapered hole (Unimat milling column)
25/03/2020 19:43:52

Well done mate, helpful lot on here arn't they.

Thread: scam alert
25/03/2020 19:40:06
Posted by Martin of Wick on 25/03/2020 19:32:22:

Here is a sneaky one - may be genuine but it was tripped by my paranoia circuits.

Came as a text...

'Hi, its Dave your local SSE meter reader, I cant come into your house to read the meter due to coronavirus regs etc.... please telephone me your readings to avoid an estimated account blah blah...'

Now it just so happens my account is with SSE at the moment but they always e-mail me to remind me to update my account with the correct readings each month, so immediately suspect.

If a scam, I have no doubt that anyone responding this call would be contacted in a couple of days time along the lines of......

'Oh sir, the meter reading is fine, but there appears to be a problem with your direct debit... can you confirm your bank details etc etc...and so on.'

Or the call you make is at a huge cost to you.

Thread: Free to a good home
25/03/2020 19:37:45

Your not at all wrong Bill, as I work in a hospital I am grateful that people comply with the instructions. But lets say that I thought a engineering type chap might be passing along my way, and lets say that I knew what time said man was passing along my way, and finally lets say that I left a small bag with some old bits in it just on my drive way and when I next looked core blimey Mary Poppins they were gone. wink

No contact, distance observed etc, failing that if someone genuinely wants them but doesn't feel it is right to collect them under the current situation, I fully understand and will keep them for that persong until we are through this current nightmare.

Thread: Any ideas please
25/03/2020 19:31:54

Mmmm couldn't edit the last post so erm make that quite a large rip.

25/03/2020 19:30:42


Whilst tidying my workshop this afternoon I noticed two things, firstly the damned mice are back and secondly I have a small rip in the rubber sheet that protects the vertical slide from swarf. My questions are this,

Firstly is there anything I can put down to make the mice want to go and live or at least chew things, somewhere else? if now what bait works best in a trap?

Secondly where have you found to be the best (err cheapest I guess) to but a small rubber sheet from?

Many thanks,


Thread: Free to a good home
25/03/2020 19:20:51

Ah ok thanks Bill. Yeah I can't find the time to get these boxed up and send them with a courier i'm afraid so it has to be collection.

25/03/2020 18:58:35

Ahh ok, for some reason I thought the tubes inside the boiler ran along the length.

25/03/2020 18:28:51


Some time back I came by some bits and bobs from the good lady of a model engineer no longer with us. I have what I believe to be parts for a boiler(s) and as I can't see me ever making use of them for the intended purpose I thought maybe someone on here could.

So boiler 1 is, 105.6mm OD x 114mm long and has a 28mm hole in it.Also there are two end caps which would need squeezing into the internal diameter.

boiler 2 is, 76.8mm OD x 147mm long and has three holes in it 22mm, 11.2mm and 8.8mm

boiler 3 is, 57mm OD 147 long and has a 27.7mm hole in it.

First pipe is 31.8mm OD and about 250mm long, second pipe is 28mm OD and aprox 200mm long.

If interested all of the above free but will have to be collected from Crewe in Cheshire. Maybe someone could tell me what the spiral or helix pattern of spot holes are for Note, they are only marked and not drilled to any depth.




Thread: Resin 3D Printer first results.
24/03/2020 13:05:28
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 24/03/2020 12:39:55:
Posted by Ed Duffner on 24/03/2020 01:20:52:

Actually, they're meant to be bolts Bazyle. laugh Some of them came out ok.


So ... What thread are they devil


Very quick, I like that laugh

Thread: Coronavirus
22/03/2020 20:35:22

My chance of survival might get seriously tested soon, I work full time in our local hospital and also part time as a policeman, whatever the out come I hope the morons out there grasp how serious the situation is before it's too late

Thread: vfd question
22/03/2020 20:16:38

@Neil, I must admit that I am slowly replacing any terminal strip I find at home with wago connectors, it's a hit in term of costs but piece of mind and all that.

22/03/2020 20:14:57

Without wishing to offend anyone, could someone post in a link to what they consider an equivalent spec VFD but of better quality. Reason being I may go down that route if any of my current motors fail and it would be good to see the difference in costs.

22/03/2020 16:29:23
Posted by Martin of Wick on 22/03/2020 15:52:12:

Indeed, in that case we are agreed...

...VFDs in general are relatively high risk devices that need to be installed and used with considerable care.

A fact that no one would dispute...

I think it's also fair to say that some of these devices are not that simple to configure even for the none idiots. It would seem that some come with more useful information on configuring them than others and maybe this is reflected in pricing?

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