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Thread: Boxford missing a Nut
26/05/2020 12:55:25

Agreed it is1/4 BSW nut with a rounded head. I made one for mine from a standard nut and turned it down to the required dimensions.


Thread: Pultra Headstock Problem
23/05/2020 11:48:16
Posted by roy entwistle on 23/05/2020 10:39:55:

Steve B Sorry but never heard of Krano-Kroil. Where do you get it from in UK ?


Ebay, Amazon or Link


Thread: Bumblebee behaviour
23/05/2020 10:41:31

In my garden I have a Espalier Cotoneaster that is about 10' x 10' and is covered with dozens & dozens of small bees. The hum is a glorious sound to hear. They just go about their business day after day and seem to prefer the Cotoneaster to other flowers. The path is right next to the bush but they take no notice of us and we leave them alone. Where they nest I have no idea but am not really bothered as I will never disturb them. My garden has an abundance of flowers that my wife takes great pleasure in growing. Myself I am not into gardening but am appreciative of her efforts. We get quite a few larger bumbles in the garden and are quite happy to sit there and let them potter around us as they will. Neither of us have suffered a bee stink but have had the occasional encounter with a wasp or two.


Thread: Thanks from down under
23/05/2020 10:22:45

Hi Craig welcome to the forum. If you click on "Forums" within the wide black line further up the page it will bring up a list of all the forum topics. Select the one you think is closest to your problem or question and start a new post there.

Good luck problem solving your Bridgeport.


Thread: The innocence of youth
21/05/2020 14:28:42

At my age & health state I probably could not ride the bike or manage the girl so it would have to be the clothes then for an Ebay sale. regards

Thread: Making new gib strip for cross slide
20/05/2020 16:45:09
Posted by Rowan Sylvester-Bradley on 20/05/2020 16:35:39:

Could someone copy the relevant pages of George Thomas "Model Engineer's Workshop Manual" for me, assuming that there are not too many? There seem to be no copies of this book at prices less than hundreds of pounds.

Thanks - Rowan

Still in print so presumably copyrighted. Available for less than £30 here


Thread: A polite note to beginners from ARC
20/05/2020 16:32:12

+1 on Ketan's post.


Thread: Cookerhood sound reduction
17/05/2020 12:20:24

Hi Gerry. Where are the vibrations coming from if you have isolated the fan from the hood ?.   I have a fairly large S/S cooker hood with the fan remote via ducting with a flexible joint and have no issues with vibration whatsoever.

Maybe you could hang the hood on flex mounts. If the hood is to be completely built in and hidden you can add sound proofing to the top of it. If it is on show anything you stick to the inside is not going be good when it comes to cleaning the oils & greases given of by the cooking process. I would steer well clear of any combustible materials inside the hood.


Edited By Oldiron on 17/05/2020 12:20:55

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
17/05/2020 12:04:55

Hi Robert. Have you tried posting on the commercial electrical forums. You may find that there will suitable posts to help with your problems. If I were thinking of setting up an electrical system for an engineering business, that is where I would start.

Some where like Link should have up to date info/rules/regulations/practical installation tips. Also a word with your supplier should garner all the info you need.

We seem to have drifted away from "what do you think of this lathe" to "how can I wire up and run a complete engineering shop with several machines with a less than perfect power supply"

As great as this forum is and its great & helpful members I feel that in your position I would want some facetime with the power supplier and the local electrician who is going to do the installation or sign it off for you.


14/05/2020 17:36:09

Robert, One minute you say you have 3 phase and the next breath you say you do not. ???

If you are going into business it might be a good idea to look at what actual resources you have to work with.

It really does help people to help you if everyone is on the same page.


Thread: just joined ( Devon )
13/05/2020 20:06:33

Hi Andy welcome. What are your interests & what machinery do you have ?



Edited By Oldiron on 13/05/2020 20:06:49

Thread: Hello and... have you got any parts for this...
13/05/2020 20:04:52

Hi Richard welcome to the forum. Have a look at you may find some useful information there. I am sure a Drummond owner will be along soon and give you some help.


Thread: boxford model c
10/05/2020 22:23:17

I always use grease very sparingly on the spindle and oil every where else on my "A"


Thread: Adhesive for rubber sheet?
10/05/2020 21:19:19

Sikaflex 252 is my go to adhesive for maximum stick. I have found it will stick almost anything from glass, rubber, plastic to anything else. I fixed my solar panels to the roof of the caravan 8 years ago and they are still there.


Thread: Crime rate
10/05/2020 17:01:49

Speed cameras still working and bringing in revenue across the country. ANPR vans and cameras still working the roads. Was one at the bottom of my road on Friday. Parking wardens still active in my area.

From the few articles I have read it appears that cases of really high speeds have increased since the shut down, resulting in higher fines and penalties.

A burglary happened in the next street last week and I spoke to the chap yesterday from my window and he said that he has had no visit from the police as yet. So no change there then.

Morrisons posted that they have had a big increase in booze thefts. Our corner shop ( has not closed or decreased hours) has had more attempted shop lifting in the last few weeks. So maybe burglary has declined a bit but social problems have increased many fold.


Thread: Stainless steel fittings on copper boiler
08/05/2020 10:52:43
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 08/05/2020 00:06:39:

'[Incidentally I asked a friend in the building-trade about PTFE tape. As a plumber and Gas-Safe registered gas-appliance fitter and maintainer, he tells me he uses less than one of those small reels of PTFE tape a year.]

Most plumbers/pipe fitters use liquid PTFE these days. There are offerings from many manufacturers available. Very little is needed on the threads. I only use PTFE tape now on very rare occasions.

As far back as 10 tears ago when I had a new boiler fitted PTFE liquid was used on the tapered fittings.


Thread: Use of Torx Bits in Hex Skt Hd Screws
07/05/2020 17:38:00

Clickspringclips      It's on his second channel.


Edited By Oldiron on 07/05/2020 17:50:04

Thread: Using Smith Little Torch
07/05/2020 10:38:39

Which tip to use for what job really is a matter of experience, type of fuel, mass of job etc etc. I would suggest that you set up some practice pieces and have a go. A tiny concentrated flame can blow right through a thin piece of material whereas judicial use of a bigger flame might give better results. It really is a suck it and see thing.

Practice practice practice and not on the job you are in a hurry to get finished.

Good luck. regards

Thread: Plillow block bearing assemblies for layshaft
07/05/2020 10:30:27

Hi Jon. I concur 100% with Hopper on the use of grease for those bearings.


Thread: Removal of rust patches from old V belt?
28/04/2020 22:27:48

Just scrape off the top crispy bits with a Stanley blade. Then run them on the mill. They will soon clean up. Just check that the belts have not cracked where the rust is.


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