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Thread: Can 2 people use the same mobile with NHS Covid app?
24/05/2021 17:33:00
Posted by Peter Greene on 24/05/2021 17:28:01:

.... and now I can't log in to my (20+ year-old) Paypal account unless I now give them a (verifiable) mobile number!. No alternative option Apparently modern life DEMANDS that you have a mobile and that you cede its number to the information miners.

This has been the case with my Paypal account for a long time. However, the F5 refresh button on the keyboard allows me to bypass the request and log in. I'm not giving Paypal my mobile number.

Thread: The worst 'upcycling' tragedy ever?
24/05/2021 10:36:45

The worst example of this I know of is a large collection of decorative engraved bookbinder's finishing tools that were advertised for sale very cheaply in a newspaper local to a bookbinding friend of mine. The collection would have fetched thousands of pounds in the right auction.

My friend inquired only to be told the tools had been sold that day to a farmer not far away. My friend visited the farm to see if he could persuade the farmer to sell the tools on to him. When he got there, there was the remnants of a fire in the farmyard and the farmer was just shutting the doors of a large barn. All that was left in the fire was the charred remains of the tool handles; the brass tools themselves had been driven in to the barn doors tang-first with their engraved faces pointing outwards, so that the deep relief engraving on the faces of all the tools was by now hopelessly mangled by hammer blows, rendering the tools useless and valueless.

My friend, who would have put the tools to good use in the authentic restoration of period bindings, had arrived too late, but at least the farmer was delighted with himself for having created such a novel work of decorative art.

Thread: BSW Fasteners
23/05/2021 19:25:37
Posted by Peter Ellis 5 on 23/05/2021 18:57:46:

£4.01 per bolt and £17 to post them ! Some real spivs around these days !

Are you overseas, Peter?

I can't find 1" long 1/4" BSW CSK socket head screws on Spalding's site, but I can find 5/8" long ones, or 1 1/2" in the bolts.

Putting three of the latter in my basket and entering my Manchester postcode gives me a grand total, incl. RM 1st class postage and VAT, of £4.01.

Can you explain the discrepancy between your price and mine? Were the 1" ones you saw made of radioactive titanium that could only be sent by courier, perhaps?

Edited By Bill Phinn on 23/05/2021 19:26:47

23/05/2021 18:11:36

The Emkay site is new to me, and interesting.

One thing conspicuously wanting, though, is specificity regarding the material the various fasteners are made from. Are all the steel screws apart from the stainless ones just low tensile self-colour steel? Or can we assume the socket-head set screws at least are high tensile? If so, it would be useful to know the grade.

Thread: Aldi clamp device
18/05/2021 00:08:52
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 17/05/2021 22:50:18:

A use that springs to mind is as an auxiliary to a "Wokrmate"- type bench, for holding the other end of long lengths of material.

The auxiliary to my Workmate I use when I need to hold long lengths of material is another Workmate.

Thread: Oxy Propane kit
17/05/2021 15:07:20

One of the nice things about the cyclone burners [I only have the larger one - the 3525], apart from the way the flame wraps around objects up to a certain diameter, is their relative quietness; they emit a much more muted sound than standard burners of comparable size, so you can solder and hear yourself think at the same time.

Hopefully the 3525 is suited to your present job, Peter.

16/05/2021 18:30:24
Posted by Dave Halford on 16/05/2021 16:26:06:

You might need a 38mm burner (12kw). Note bigger burners need bigger cylinders, 12kw will work off a 19kg bottle not smaller.

Which Sievert burner were you thinking of, there, Dave? The only 38mm one I know is the soft flame burner intended for "cable work and other heat shrinking applications", and it is rated at 15KW.

For big heating jobs I use the Pro88 handle [with pilot flame] and one of the burners in the range 2942-2944. These are rated at 26KW, 43.5KW and 86KW.

Thread: Manufacturer name needed
16/05/2021 01:52:03
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 16/05/2021 00:24:14:

Thanks for confirming that, Bill

My ‘funny old world’ comment was regarding the fact that the same phrase, with approximately the same meaning, apparently exists in Maori


Yes, a parallel evolution of sorts, making the chuck an auspicious choice for lathe owners everywhere who have one Maori-speaking parent and one Chinese-.

16/05/2021 00:19:50

This is the manufacturer. The name on the chuck in Pinyin just means "splendid brand".

Thread: Recommended Beginners Measuring Tool Set
13/05/2021 11:35:01

Bear in mind that automatic centre punches, as opposed to traditional ones, will only be useful if you can firmly hold the work with one hand [or in a vice] while you depress the punch with the other. If it's not convenient or possible to do this, then traditional centre punches are a better choice.

Thread: How to countersink on a Mill?
11/05/2021 18:58:09

I have a similar sized mill to yours, always use the quill [it gives invaluable feedback up the hand] rather than the head for countersinking, and get excellent results on mild steel using three flute, single flute and zero flute csks.

It's a little difficult to tell where things are going wrong without seeing you actually doing the work. To help narrow down the cause of your problem you could try locking the head and using the quill. See whether this improves things.

Thread: BA sizes
11/05/2021 02:33:45
Posted by Dr. MC Black on 11/05/2021 01:10:13:

Can anybody tell me what size Cap head screws have a 1/4" socket in the head, please?

Some 5/16" UNC and UNF have a 1/4".

Thread: silver soldering
10/05/2021 19:25:04

Arthur, to minimize the risk of ongoing frustration, can you at least show us a close-up photo of the parts in the position you were attempting to solder them in, and also of your torch alongside?

I'm sceptical whether getting the parts bright red as opposed to dull red was the solution you needed; your torch being too small and/or being directed at and played over the parts in a less than optimal way, or your joints being too gappy or too tight or too dirty are a more likely cause of failure.

On another note, I too have bought Tenacity [and Easyflo] off eBay in nondescript packaging; they worked exactly as expected. I bought a 500g tub of Easyflo from Zoro recently when it was on offer at £19.99, and the 250g tub was selling [or probably not selling] at £29.99. Price-setting algorithms are clearly convenient for the big-volume sellers, and sometimes for their customers too.

Thread: Moore and Wright vintage protractor 994
10/05/2021 17:34:04
Posted by Nick Hughes on 09/05/2021 16:38:30:


At work, we use Edding 8404 - 01 Aerospace Marking Pens, for part marking. Once dry, it seem to be unaffected by any solvent or chemical that we have on site and can only be removed by abrasion.

Might be worth a try.


That's interesting, Nick, because I bought two of these a year ago for their fine tip, and the ink from my two is highly delible on steel and brass in the presence of acetone, carb cleaner, lighter fuel, and even oil - so delible, in fact, that I've abandoned using them.

Is there some special limitation on their use that I'm missing perhaps?

Thread: T Handle Allen Key Sets
08/05/2021 18:44:27
Posted by ega on 08/05/2021 18:29:12:

Can you comment?

I suspect MC is talking about the type of T handle wrench that has only one business end, i.e. at the foot of the T. Presumably these do not always have the short arm of an ordinary allen wrench hiding somewhat redundantly inside the plastic handle.

Come to think of it, if I'm right, I'd be interested to know what they do have.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 08/05/2021 18:49:10

Thread: Rothenberger Oxy Propane
08/05/2021 11:37:54

I don't think oxy-propane would give you much if any advantage over straight propane for that job, as long as the burner is the right size to get the work up to temperature reasonably quickly.

Personally, I wouldn't buy any of the oxy-propane off-the-peg kits I've seen; the oxygen tends to run out astonishingly quickly, and I don't think the kits are good value.

If you are serious about oxy-propane, consider oxygen cylinder "hire" through Hobbyweld or similar, or, if you aren't planning to use the torch for cutting, maybe choose an oxygen concentrator instead.

Could the two leaks be attributable not so much to the torch but to your soldering preparation and technique?

Thread: T Handle Allen Key Sets
08/05/2021 11:18:51

The Park Tool "P wrenches" I've had for many years are good quality. They have ball ends. Kennedy Pro-Torq T-handled hexagon ball drivers also seem decent quality.

Faithfull and Neilsen are an unknown quantity to me. They could well be quite serviceable, like a Toolstation set of hex keys I bought about 18 years ago, or they could be like the Tesco set someone once bought me that I think were made of old Camembert.

Thread: Rothenberger Super Fire 2 Torch
07/05/2021 20:27:57

It's perhaps worth noting that in their Standard Torch System instruction leaflet Bullfinch stipulate surprisingly large minimum cylinder requirements for the medium-sized burners upwards.

I'm not sure how necessary it is to slavishly follow their advice on this count; I have used large KW-rated Sievert burners at 4 Bar off a 13kg propane tank, when, according to Bullfinch, burners of theirs this large should only be run from a 47KG cylinder.

Of course if Bo'sun is only after the kind of Bullfinch torch that screws directly on to disposable Bernzomatic-style cylinders, Bullfinch's caveat won't apply.

07/05/2021 16:03:01
Posted by Bo'sun on 07/05/2021 14:22:11:

I suspect it will have the same issues

Three reviews of it here suggest it does:

07/05/2021 10:56:08

Sorry to hear about your tribulations dealing with Rothenberger.

I still use Bernzomatic [i.e. "plumbers'"] cylinders occasionally, but I do so using the regulator in the link, which obviously requires the use of a hose but as a result gives you much more choice on the torch you can use with it. It also has a useful output gauge.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 07/05/2021 11:00:29

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