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Thread: Getting rid of the garage door...........
26/05/2019 07:21:16

My workshop is virtually sealed and light-tight. At least 100mm insulation all round, except thinner on the access door. The lighting costs are less than the otherwise heating needs, by far.

I use a desiccant dehumidifier (only one, currently) as a heat source and for humidity control during the cooler months. Can be cooler in summer months, too. I have a fridge ‘cooling panel’, waiting in the wings, should I need to install it for summer cooling duties.

I had to move in my Centec 2B after dismantling it (too heavy, otherwise!). Nothing wider than 250mm for a 2/2A or 225mm for a 2B, I think. Stand is a different matter, dependent on type!

I have a sectional door. A roller shutter, if space permits, would allow greater roof storage. My lighting is totally of LED type.

A solar powered installation should be considered for the household - can still be viable even with ‘feed in tariffs’ no longer available. No ‘regulation need’ for a ‘certified’ PV installer or new kit, now that the FITS have gone. Only real difficulty is fixing panels to the roof - and at least getting the electrical installation signed off by a qualified electrician.

Cooling and lighting, in a PV-installed dwelling, could cost virtually nothing on the leccy bill during the spring to autumn period.

Thread: Oh Dear, I've blown the chop saw...
25/05/2019 14:45:38

Cutting speeds for wood tend to be far higher than for metal, so most are not appropriate. OK with a cutting disc as SB5 indicates.

Thread: Threading plastics
24/05/2019 09:41:09

Inductors are normally made with insulated copper wire (enamelled, or other insul ation). Do these coils require a separation? Just wind it into a glue using the screw cutting setting for the carriage travel, like suggested above. You might need plug in each end of the tube to support it adequately.

Thread: Unknown tool
23/05/2019 15:13:24
Posted by Grotto on 23/05/201
Going back tomorrow with a torch to see what else I can find

Is that at night? Or a cutting torch? Or just dim and dark hidey-holes?

Just asking.....smiley

Thread: Childhood diseases
23/05/2019 14:59:11

We (well, mum and dad) never bothered when the smallpox outbreak occurred (back in the late 50 early 60s?). Most on dairy farms were well 'oiled' with cow pox ointment, or had contact with cows with it. I was put in the pram with my elder brother when he had mumps. Even so, I apparently showed no symptoms, but I would not want mumps now!

Thread: Old member returning
22/05/2019 19:57:22

Just read your 2 postings from 2009. The rear toolpost parting is STILL a common topic, even ten years later!

Did you build your own mechanical hacksaw?

22/05/2019 19:57:21

Just read your 2 postings from 2009. The rear toolpost parting is STILL a common topic, even ten years later!

Did you build your own mechanical hacksaw?

Thread: Fire bricks
22/05/2019 19:51:06
Posted by martin perman on 22/05/2019 19:11:31:

I've been using storage heater bricks for years and until I read this I've never had problems, I suppose its all down hill from here now sad

Martin P

When they get up to temperature, they will work OK. But they will have made any metal heating rather less efficient than using the right materials for the job. A larger torch will overcome any heat loss to the bricks. Likely cost you more in gas, than buying the right material, over those (many?) years.smiley

Thread: Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?
22/05/2019 07:56:54

This lathe only weighs Only 30 - 35kg, assuming the chuck, tailstock, change gears, tools etc (parts that are easily separated).

Likely less than 30kg if the drip tray and apron were removed.

No more mass than a suitcase allowed in the hold on most international flights (not ryan air!)?

I am not young (into my 7th decade) with a bad back (on occasions)) and a recipient of a quadruple bypass, but I fancy I might tuck it on my shoulder and carry it up in one go. It would weigh no more than the vertical head of my mill.

There must be someone local who would carry it up for you? The weight distributed between two individuals might be no more than a full shopping bag for each to share? It is in excess of HSE guide-lines, admittedly - but they are for paid workers. When I was younger, 50 kg bags of materials were the norm (cement, fertiliser, etc)

I regularly carry two packs, each of 6 x 2litre containers from the car to the house, one in each hand.

Standard domestic stairs are about 80cm wide. Risers and going are usually around 20cm. I expect that stairs in flats are necessarily wider? So I see no good reason why a machine of this diminutive size should present any great logistical problem of moving it from one floor level to another. Likely easy enough to move it one step at a time with the machine able to perch on each step without support.

Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
19/05/2019 22:17:40
Posted by martin perman on 19/05/2019 20:41:10:

I would slightly disagree with the above about making special trips to get our fossil fuels, I'm making a wild guess here but I would suggest that most of us here are either getting close to or are retired and if they are like me buy fuel whilst shopping, visiting family etc I never drive to a petrol station just for fuel particularly as the nearest places are four miles in either direction, and I use an AA app which tells me the cheapest price on the day and because of that I wait until I'm at 1/4 tank to maximise the saving, using vouchers from Morrisons etc. My other mode of transport is my mobility scooter used to get to the local garden centre or village shop. I do my bit in a small way. I would suggest that your vehicle still needs an MOT and servicing to keep it fit for purpose and I would also assume that as its a specialist vehicle your bills would compare similarly to mine relatively speaking.

Martin P

No special trips if you can charge at home and only need to charge otherwise, on a longer journey. City dwellers likely use the vehicle mainly for short journeys in the city.

Depends on which dpf chemical is used in a diesel. Filling automatically adds a dose of additive on our 607, so only filling for a full tank of fuel is far more economical than keeping the tank topped up. Additive is not cheap and most don’t think about it when costing fuel for trips. It doesn’t dispense much (40ml?) but it adds up. It is safe to store diesel at home in a can - more-so than petrol.

Maintenance is a large money-maker for car dealerships. They are most certainly worried about reduced servicing requirements for BEVs. Brakes don’t get used very much, no engine/gearbox maintenance required, no fuel pumps, tanks, starter motors, alternators etc. Nissan increased, substantially, the cost of a new battery but this is while Tesla have reduced the battery costs by a huge amount. Go figure why Nissan did that!

Car salesmen would prefer you to buy an ICE vehicle from their range. Why? Because of the increased maintenance charges they can make during its lifetime. Because you will be more likely to change it for another in a couple years time. Because they make more commission on those models. Because ...

As BEVs become more prevalent, the ICE variants will be the ones needing the specialist maintenance. Dealerships charge £50 just to connect the fault code reader, whereas the BEV will self-diagnose most faults - if and when they occur.

I was wrong about your leccy costs for your Scotland trip in my earlier post. Sufficient power to get to the border and then no fuel costs in Scotland, or to get most of the way home! So about ten quids worth for the whole trip!

Thread: Help a beautiful lady
19/05/2019 21:21:39

Might try Northampton as well. I thought Nottingham was famous for machine-made lace....

Thread: Thread Pitch Info.
19/05/2019 18:45:27

While getting the thread to the correct form, presumably the fit is not that important - as in the item needs to be retained on register surfaces, the thread simply securing the part in the correct registration position. A very tight, close fitting thread might even prevent the registration surfaces locating precisely, and so need easing off?

Thread: stamford show vandals
19/05/2019 15:22:20

They are not ‘fools’, they are morons!

Thread: oil for lubricating lathe
19/05/2019 09:25:09

Have you searched for the topic? ‘Lubrication’ brings up a host of threads on the subject.

Thread: Harrison's Equipment
17/05/2019 20:44:57

If you think Harrison was amazing, look up the Antikythera machine. Definitely a example of extremely competent workmanship from a long time ago. Skills, to make astonishingly precise mechanisms, have been around for a long time.

Edited By not done it yet on 17/05/2019 20:45:27

Thread: Which thread for T nuts
17/05/2019 08:57:32

In many instances I use a bolt instead of a nut, but combined with a nut. I can screw in the bolt until it stops, then retract it say three or four turns, apply a spanner to the bolt head, to prevent it turning, and tighten down with the nut. That way, there is no chance of breaking out the slot casting by that mistake while making sure the bolt is theaded as deep as practicable into the T nut threads. T nuts are staked, but better safe than sorry....

Thread: aching ribs - posture
17/05/2019 07:25:30

One specific exercise could be filing metal - at the proper height for your stature.smiley

Thread: Jensen #35 Steam Engine - Working multiple Stamping Mills
16/05/2019 14:26:27

Didn’t run earlier but running OK now.

What a cacophony of hammering sounds! The engine did well - just a tad better than the flame gulper!smiley

Meccano lives on. I liked that vid.

Thread: Drilling cast iron - where did I go wrong?
16/05/2019 06:53:33

If I had chatter with a drill, I would revert to an end mill. Far better dimensional control.

Thread: A train of engines
16/05/2019 06:47:15

Quite a lot of notional horsepower in that ‘train’!

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