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Thread: I may be stupid but
24/06/2022 07:51:14
Posted by Bountyboy on 24/06/2022 06:43:40:

Hi Steve,

I agree with Nigel, you’re not stupid. Anyway I thought you had an Albrecht chuck, the Rolls Royce of keyless chucks. 😀

I though we were talking 3 jaw lathe chucks here or am I stupid ?


Thread: Telephone Ringback Code?
23/06/2022 18:22:03

When I got Virgin cable Broadband the package included VOIP phone line. This saved me paying the ripoff £21pm BT line rental charge. I disconnected the incoming BT line from the master socket. I then connected the closest BT socket to the router to the VOIP socket on the router with the supplied adaptor & cable. The phones (4) all ring as they should even though the master phone unit with the answerphone is in the middle of the circuit. I also have my house alarm connected to the VOIP line via on one of the spare old BT connector boxes.


Thread: Antivirus and VPN
23/06/2022 18:03:01
Posted by lee webster on 23/06/2022 16:26:25:

I am not suggesting you do this, but, after watching several youtube videos that suggested the built in Windows ani-virus worked just fine, I let my paid for anti-virus prog expire and let Windows take over. I have had no problems so far.

I agree. After trying almost every paid & free A/V program and getting annoyed at their constant prompts to upgrade/renew or add extras I now only use Microsofts built in Defender along with Malwarebytes. Defender upgrades & sorts itself out in the background and you can turn off notifications if you wish. All my computers run in this configuration. No problems at all running it on all versions of Windows up to this time.


21/06/2022 09:48:47

Very sad news indeed. My condolences to his family.


Thread: Getting old, selling lathe
11/06/2022 09:08:25

David, Keep on keeping on. I wish you all the best. Never give up.

Best regards

Thread: Warco green paint
09/06/2022 10:30:12

Another excellent paint supplier is Sayers in Northampton Paint Matching They mixed up paint for my car after several others said they could not do it. The paint was a special one year only release. I had it made up in spray cans (£13-50 for 400ml) to test the colour match of both shades. It was as perfect as my eyes could detect. They can do it paint cans 5ltr down to 250ml. No minimum order I believe. Very friendly & helpful staff on the trade counter. They have a spectrograph ? to match the paint and can work on samples through the post as well.


Thread: Sussex Steam Co. can't contact them, no answer for weeks!
07/06/2022 17:01:46
Posted by Jon Lawes on 07/06/2022 11:34:30:

Bank transfer doesn't give customers any comeback in the event of issues; I would politely suggest you find a method for people to pay via card, paypal etc as although your current circumastances are entirely understandable, it does mean that the state of flux means people may be less confident paying for expensive items in a way which means their money could disappear if any further issues crop up.

You have some nice items, I look forward to seeing the site evolve.

I totally agree John. I would not buy on bank transfer terms for any item. Paypal is a very easy system to set up for business and personal use. As you say many people would be put off unless there was recourse to a dispute system.


Thread: How to display an 80 character line length on my Android phone
07/06/2022 16:44:48
Posted by Gerard O'Toole on 06/06/2022 12:44:56:
Posted by Oldiron on 06/06/2022 10:13:18:
Posted by Greensands on 05/06/2022 08:35:03:

.Hi Gerard - To avoid ruffling any feathers I will send you a pm to answer your query.

Dont worry abouit ruffled feathers. I would be interested in the answer. The Tea Room is for questions & answers on any topic and is not limited to engineering or modelling topics.


Sure. , My reply was as follows:-

I don't see any way of specifying exactly 80 characters. On my phone the character size changes in about 6 steps so i can approximate 80 characters but only when the phone is in held landscape mode. i.e. left to right and not holding it upright

I'm afraid i cannot find anyway of specifying exactly 80 characters in notepad

The setting remains set to the last setting I use, i.e. approx 80 if i set it that size.

If you could save your text in a pdf file with 80 character line length then that should display as 80 characters but perhaps pdf doesn't suit your needs.

Sorry cannot be of more help

Thankyou Greensands.


Edited By Oldiron on 07/06/2022 16:46:43

06/06/2022 10:13:18
Posted by Greensands on 05/06/2022 08:35:03:

.Hi Gerard - To avoid ruffling any feathers I will send you a pm to answer your query.

Dont worry abouit ruffled feathers. I would be interested in the answer. The Tea Room is for questions & answers on any topic and is not limited to engineering or modelling topics.


Thread: More beginner questions
02/06/2022 09:00:53
Posted by speelwerk on 30/05/2022 20:17:22:

In the pictures I can see at least one of the clamping studs is missing indicating that installation/lathe set-up is not done properly. A good turning result starts with a good set-up of your lathe, generally called “leveling”. although it is not the correct expression. You can find much information about it on this form since it is a popular topic. Niko.

How can you say that a stud is missing ? Just because a few are missing from the rest of the toolpost does not mean that there are not 3 holding the tool. It is probably behind the toolpost centre bolt. In any case 2 clamping bolts are more than adequate for the size of tool being used which as AndrewD says appears to be in the wrong orientation.


Thread: Identify lathe
01/06/2022 10:41:56
Posted by Bruce Edhouse on 01/06/2022 09:14:33:

Thanks, I will try to trace it’s original maker and thanks for turning the pictures around for me ! Any idea of the motor rating that would be suitable for this? I was thinking of 1/2 hp

I would have thought that 1/2hp would be overkill for this little lathe. Probably 1/4 or 1/3 hp at most.


Thread: What is "Mathematics"
29/05/2022 19:59:49
Posted by derek hall 1 on 28/05/2022 21:09:10:

Ok so someone please clear this up for me.

Mathematics has an "s" at the end

I always shorten it to maths......which is logical, like the subject !

So why do some call it "math" cannot be short for mathematic..........?

One of lifes conundrums I suppose......

I hated maths at skool, I was hopeless. Managed to get an apprenticeship and suddenly with the right lecturers I began to grasp maths. Just goes to show the importance of a good lecturer or teacher...

Regards to all

I agree Derek, americanisms creeping into our language every where. I was taught maths at school. My FIL is a Professor of mathmatics and a Physicist he has taught all over the world. . He says "maths" is what he was taught at Uni and maths it is. So who am I to argue with him.


Edited By Oldiron on 29/05/2022 20:00:33

Thread: The perennial question...
23/05/2022 14:46:29

There are many a Chinese lathe out in the real world doing good work. Not all are rubbish. In fact many of the top brand names source their basic lathes and mills from China. As said before China will build up to any price & quality you want.

If I were you and if the SB is is good nick would be ditch the line shaft & re-motor it with 3 phase motor and VFD. Either in underdrive or back mounted format.

Sell the Lorch as you will get a better return on it than the SB IMHO especially if you have the colletts for it. If you sell both you may be somewhere in the ballpark to buy a decent lathe.


Thread: Chris Deith
23/05/2022 10:26:55

Sad news. Condolences to his family.


Thread: Oil can (again)
20/05/2022 09:47:54
Posted by Huub on 19/05/2022 21:54:34:

I have several metal oil cans supplied with the lathe and mill and they all leak. I have a 30 year old simple plastic can that doesn't leak and I use it in any orientation.

This type of oil can I have:oil can

I have one of those also. As soon as I turn it up to oil something oil always runs down the outside of the spout. I have several Wesco cans and none of them leak enough oil to bother about. I have several "railway" type tip up oilcans which are good & non leak but no good for pressured applications.


Thread: Hylomar Hylotite Red 100
16/05/2022 12:22:27

I agree with Bernard 20 minutes should be ample.


Thread: Very disappointed Alan Bramson
08/05/2022 10:45:13
Posted by Baz on 07/05/2022 11:22:42:

Oldiron I am sure Mr Branson is entitled to complain any way he wants, creepy crawly way or straight for the jugular.

I agree that he is entitled to complain. I am not disputing that fact. He does not state whether he had complained to the subscrition department first. Just to come here and go straight into a rant about how crappy the website is the wrong way to go about fixing his problem. What does he think that we the forum members can do about it. We have no magic wand. I think that a more polite post would have got him a lot more help than just JasonB's post which was on the money but not a thank you from the OP .

I hope he got it sorted but as we have had no more feedback I doubt it.


07/05/2022 10:10:31
Posted by Alan Bramson on 07/05/2022 00:11:58:

Having paid a 3 month subscription as part of direct debit I can log in ok but that’s about it. I can’t open the latest mag which is dated 25/3 to 7/4.

The links in the email don’t work…you have to type it in by hand.

I got a link to the latest issue 7/5 with no content on the page.

where’s the April / May edition ?

No back numbers available !!!

the whole thing is an extremely poor show so I’ll be cancelling the subscription. Very annoyed the worst web site I’ve ever seen and I’ve come across some bad ones.



Thats the attitude that will get you nowhere. Straight in for the kill. 1st post a complaint. How about "hello my name is so & so I am new to the forum and am having a bit of trouble downloading/viewing my mags, HELP".         Your 1st port of call should be the subscription department.

I find find that 99.9% of people having trouble with any website are either clicking tooo many buttons, not reading the instructions, are to impatient to allow the site to load the pages properly or forget to scroll down pages for further info'.

I am sure there will be a simple explanation for you problems. As JasonB says use Pocketmags as this is an easy way to view the mags. The vast majority of subscribers seem to have few problems.

I hope you sort it out soon. regards



Edited By Oldiron on 07/05/2022 10:11:14

Thread: Smart &Brown L.tailstock lever
06/05/2022 12:46:01

You seem to have hit a dead end here. Sorry I have no idea of measurements but I did find this post on another forum. S & B tailstock lever I hope it helps.


Thread: Help ! how to remove embedded diamond lapping particles on metal surfaces
04/05/2022 10:14:20

For anyone interested here is the same thread on The-Hobby-Machinist


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