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Thread: That little elf under the workbench again
18/03/2021 08:42:12
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 18/03/2021 08:31:08:

And why is it so many DIY jobs require a special step-ladder and three hands?



When I drove a mk 1 escort the lights switch (or it might have been the wipers) would have been easier to use if one was equipped with a third hand growing out of ones left knee!

Thread: Loco Lamps
16/03/2021 15:32:16

In 1942 F.C. Hambleton wrote a series of articles in the ME on different railway companies lamps.

The one you want is:

1942 volume 86 issue 2143 Locomotive Headlamps. Midland and London, Midland and Scottish Railways

Unfortunately while I have many of the articles that is one that is not in my collection, but if a different company would do please PM me with some alternatives. This is an LNWR one:


Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 16/03/2021 15:39:19

Thread: Wanted Pictures of Brazing Equipment
16/03/2021 14:59:07

I am trying to put together an article in workshop brazing but I am hitting a problem with images where the copyright for a single publication could be waived.

While I can get images of most up to date equipment I am still short of images of:

  • 1pt or 2pt paraffin blowlamp
  • 5pt or larger paraffin blowlamp
  • Air/Town gas torch

While there are many images available on the internet copyright clearance is a total no-no

Any images used would of course be acknowledged



Thread: Does old meths burn less hot?
13/03/2021 12:19:55

Many years ago when you went to the doctors the metal implements were often sterilised in the flame of a spirit lamp and syringes etc (non-disposable in those days) were kept in a rectangular glass dish of spirit with a chromed top.

Father as a GP bought 'mixed spirit' from the chemists for this and my brother and I used to beg some from him for a Mamod engine. I remember asking him if it would be ok for the steam engine because it was not meths and the reply was yes it is a mixture of meths and surgical spirit.

Why it was better for sterilising or a wicked spirit lamp I do not know, but that was what he used.

Thread: Running MS DOS programs on Windows 10
13/03/2021 09:25:48

My reason for suggesting going down the VMWare route was that your program is not then running on a 'simulated' MsDos but on a genuine Dos that is interfaced to the modern operating system - my belief being that it removed one layer of potential problems.

12/03/2021 19:18:28

I use VMWare - the free version - which is excellent. Link

You do need a copy of MsDos or equivalent but these are also available online if you don't have one already


Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 12/03/2021 19:24:18

Thread: Sound modules
12/03/2021 12:20:13

instead of a larger bell could you use a larger part of the vehicle structure like a chassis member?

12/03/2021 12:20:11

instead of a larger bell could you use a larger part of the vehicle structure like a chassis member?

Thread: Plumbing Overflow - Help!
11/03/2021 12:01:55
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 11/03/2021 10:51:42:

Like changing a tap washer reveals a badly grooved seat so the tap has to be replaced, but it's cemented into the sink, which breaks, forcing that to be changed, revealing the wall behind needs re-tiling and the whole bathroom has to be refurbished...

Only when you try to remove the original tiles which in this house (1930s) are the small 3"x6" approx which, while some are cracked and some are missing, nothing short of a tactical nuclear device will shift the rest!

11/03/2021 10:26:55
Posted by JasonB on 11/03/2021 10:04:34:

Looks like Dave wants to change it as the chrome has worn off rather then just wanting a chain

Beware the above linked to unblocker as they do not mix well with push fit waste fittings!

Edited By JasonB on 11/03/2021 10:05:30

And even less well with push fit fittings on pipes running into a very shallow roofspace on a single story extension that has later had a low pitch tiled roof built on top!

Please don't ask how I know as you do not want to see a grown man cry at the memory!

Thread: Capsule Cameras
11/03/2021 10:16:54
Posted by Samsaranda on 11/03/2021 10:08:30:

Probably just become cost effective for the NHS to start using them, when new technology first appears it is invariably very expensive until volume production brings down the cost: I think this innovation will undoubtedly save many lives, and save the embarrassment of being subjected to colonoscopies, don’t ask how I know they can be embarrassing. Dave W

When I had to have one done what was most bizarre was that it was a Dr who actually carried it out - and him sitting there feeding the 'hosepipe' in and out dressed in a very smart three piece suit just seemed wrong!

Thread: Choosing a mini mill
11/03/2021 08:14:37
Posted by Pete. on 10/03/2021 17:26:38:

You must be extremely tight for space, I never really gave much thought to the height or depth, as they're both quite small It's hard to picture a workbench that couldn't take those 2 dimensions, I did have one of the yellow Clarke x2's.

It was not only the small space but a box electrical conduit running horizontally along the wall that caused the problems.

Take care -


Thread: A Certain Age
10/03/2021 17:06:44

In the early 60s my eldest brother went to a grammar school in Nottingham with an excellent reputation and which was reckoned to the best in the city. After the 11+ my sister, myself and my younger brother were all awarded council scholarships to local boys' and girls' public schools, but these were unavailable when my elder brother took his 11+ (and he is by far the cleverest of us all).

None of us remember being taught much grammar - like how to use a semi colon or anything beyond the basics.

My mother went to a small school in a Lincolnshire market town and reckoned that she had better grammar and could out-spell the lot of us put together - and she was right!

Thread: Choosing a mini mill
10/03/2021 09:56:28
Posted by Pete. on 09/03/2021 16:36:18:

Nick, unless I missed something, which is quite possible, the new versions of the x1 and x2 both have 400mm tables, so I can't understand how one would take up more space than the other?

'The depth front to back and height of column are slightly more on the SX2 and these were the dealbreaker. The space I had for it meant that the wide table was less of an issue, and part of the reason I went for the Sieg version from Arc and not the Clarke CMD10 (that and price!)

Thread: Dremel type cutting discs
10/03/2021 09:51:24

Hi Ron -

I appreciate you have one solution but I bought a pack of 85 of the ordinary disks from a high street tool and machinery dealer at about 10p a disk - They do wear down and can break, but they are cheap enough for me to cope with that.

Thread: Mystery 2&1/2" gauge 2-2-2 locomotive rolling chassis
09/03/2021 09:04:40

Don't expect too much - the 'description' consists of 4 pages in ME August 27 1931 with a side elevation of the loco, one of the tender and a couple of views of the boiler although not all of the stays needed are indicated an there is no view of the backhead or any fittings at all.

There is no information on valve gear, cylinders or crankaxle other than references to past descriptions and while the chassis here is outfitted with an eccentric presumably for a pump there are no details of the pump described.

Certainly if you have access to a number of old MEs it would be possible to match the deatils to this chassis however I suspect that buying the bound volumes necessary might cost you as much as the chassis itself - you would probably need at least volumes 63,64 and 65 as these contain the information on 'Dairymaid' the loco most referred to in this article.

Thread: Choosing a mini mill
09/03/2021 08:07:22
Posted by Pete. on 08/03/2021 21:39:47:

In short, you probably won't get anything worth having for 600, there's a thread on here about someone with a micro mill size machine struggling to use a 4mm end Mill, so if your intention is to mill metal, anything smaller than an x2 size machine will probably be an expensive disappointment, the micro mill is more for radio control car/plane/helicopter sort of modelling.

I have the SX1 and it quite happily runs a 10mm endmill in steel - I have not used larger but from my direct experience I don't think I will have a problem going up a bit larger should I ever need to. Taking light cuts flycutting is also possible - however I would not suggest moving up to the SX2 is a bad idea - just that I did not have the space, and should I need a larger machine I can always access that at the club workshop (post covid)

08/03/2021 21:26:33

There is only one machine in the ArcEurotrade range that matches your budget.

I bought the previous version which fitted not only my budget but also the space available in my garage workshop - milling machines need space round them!

The current version is more powerful and better specced so it might pay investigation.

My experience with Arc as a supplier is very good, but I cannot say from experience that it is unusual as I seem to go there first.

What you also need to consider is that tooling for a milling machine may cost a fair proportion of the cost of the basic machine.

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 08/03/2021 21:27:28

Thread: Should I scrap this reel of filament?
07/03/2021 10:54:23

Bazyle -

I didn't seem to be the looseness that caused the problem but rather the top layer in the spool becoming loose and then trapping the outgoing filament so it jerked before carrying on.

Thread: Locating a copy of a CDROM for a C Compiler
07/03/2021 10:43:46

I suggest you either download and install the compiler used in your book (gcc I believe) or download a pdf on Turbo C++.

Turbo C (not C++) used to be available for free download from the Borland Museum site but after changing locations several times this seems to have disappeared - perhaps a longer search than mine may locate it.

There are several good Youtube videos on Turbo C++ which take into account the idiosyncrasies of this particular implementation of the language and also those you will meet running a DOS application under Windows.

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