Here is a list of all the postings Robert Atkinson 2 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Ebay Chancers|
I always wait until Ebay are offering a "Max £1 selling fees" promotion before listing anything that is going to sell for more than £50. I do OK on Ebay, I've bought a job lot of test equipment items for 99p buy it know (collection only) and sold 1 item from it back on Ebay for £1500. Seller also let me pick his skip, an item from there went to a dealer for £750, the listed on their site for 4 times that . The seller was closing down and had bee quoted a few hundred pounds for clearing his "hazardous" waste electrical equipment so was glad to get rid. I did OK , I've no problem with the dealer making a profit, he had to calibrate the item and provide a warranty and has premises and employees to pay for.
What annoys me is the people selling dangerous new goods or items that they know are not working properly. That works both ways, computer sellers in particular have trouble with buyers who have an identical faulty item, buy a working one, swap the faulty part and claim the one they bought was faulty.
|Thread: VFD to motor cable|
+1 for the 1.5mm 4 core SY
SOD and Pete are also correct about the braid. The braid in SY is not to be used as a protective earth conductor. It's main purpose is physical protection, but it will add some screening t reduce radio interference. The braid should be connected to ground at the VFD end only. At the motor end it should be cut flush to the sheath and insulated with sleeving or tape.
|Thread: DVLA Scam|
There is no link out from the DVLA website (gov.uk) that I can see. BUT if you search for DVLA tax car on google an ad link to a site related to the one you had trouble with is top of the page.
I particularly dislike the amount of click bait and ad links we get bombarded with.
Having had a quick look I actually I would not call that a scam site. They have the costs clearly marked and are providing a service. Problem is the service costs £5.95 a month and most if not all of what they provide it is available on line for no charge. Dubious value but not an outright con.
|Thread: Cable Gland|
Not just a good idea, it's essential that you earth the motor and the metal frame. Earth wires shold only be green/yellow (or the bare conductor in fixed wiring with a green yellow sleeve). Never use brown, blue, red or black for an earth connection.
|Thread: Coal being phased out|
Looks like another ill thought out "knee-jerk" reaction to "help" the environment. If cheap wood and coal are restricted there will be even more people burning rubbish like treated wood, painted wood and bonded products like chipboard and MDF producing even more pollution. Wood burners may be a pleasure for some users but may not be for those downwind, especially if they have asthma or other respiratory problems.
Using electricity to directly heat water for a central heating system is just nuts. A air water heat pump is a better option.
If we are going ahead with all this electrification we need a good amount of new nuclear generation capacity for the near and mid term, but no one seems to be doing anything about that. New generation fast reactors that can "burn" part used fuel and stockpiled depleted uranium would be a good option.
|Thread: Parkside (Lidl) Cordless Angle Grinder|
You removed "or carry it around" leaving just the car part.
I just quoted the law on made for or adapted items, I did not say that a grinder met that test.
Edited By Robert Atkinson 2 on 20/02/2020 20:03:51
I stand by what I said, please don't edit what I said to suit your case.
Don't keep one in your car or carry it around. You are committing the crime of "going equipped" or to be exact
"A person shall be guilty of an offence if, when not at his place of abode, he has with him any article for use in the course of or in connection with any burglary or theft."
Applies to a lot of tools of course but battery grinders are used a lot for theft including bikes and catalytic converters.
|Thread: Coolant Pump For Bandsaw.|
As this is a 12V pump you will need a power supply. Using a variable supply is a much better way of controlling the flow than throttling the output.
If you only have a fixed 12V supply and are throttling the output, try putting a 12V lamp in series with the motor (start with a 21W brake light and swap to a 45/55W headlight if not enough pressure.) This will provide a near constant current supply to the pump, reducing flow (speed) but maintaining torque and thus pressure as you throttle the output. using the lamp will produce less stress on the pump and reduce power consumption.
|Thread: Did i make the right choice buying an old banger Myford lathe.|
The 1:1 drawings are called "Lofts", produced by "Lofting" This was done in the available large open space - the loft.
|Thread: Drilling small holes in hardend steel|
Edit.This is North American and was connected direcly to the mains supply. If trying this you MUST use an isolation transformer.
Edited By Robert Atkinson 2 on 17/02/2020 10:22:53
|Thread: mystery file|
That will be a Mill tooth / curved cut file. Used for fast cutting softer materials like aluminium alloy and commonly used for shaping body filler.
|Thread: Locked out of computer|
If there are no lights or noise from the PC at all it is likely to be a fauly PSU. That is not a good enough reason to scrap a 5 year old PC unless you were thinking about changing it anyway. A new PSU is under £25 and there is no reason why you could not replace it yourself. If you are anywhere near Cambridge I can do it it for you.
Have you tried putting the Hard Disk Drive into an external USB HDD enclosure? These are cheap and will let you access the drive if it is working at all. There are two types of HDD used in most PC's IDE and SATA. The IDE type is older and fairly rare now, The IDE uses a 40 pin ribbon cable and the drive will have two rows of 20 pins, The SATA uses a small cable and the connector looks like plstic with no visible pins. Obviously the external case must be the same type as the drive.
What computer? What operting system?
Desktop / Laptop /All in one?
PC / Mac / Linux
Make and Model
With this information we can give you some checks to do.
|Thread: VFD conversion for a Hobbymat MD65 lathe|
It's not just the slower speed you get with a VFD and 4 pole motor. Smoother torque delivery, lower noise and more torque are big advantages.
|Thread: VFD to lathe motor connector|
You are correct that most of the connectors you named do not have compliant make/brake firs earth connections (some do) However most of the machines these servomotors are mounted on will have alternative earthing connections and / or the connectors are not accessible when the machine is powered. Additionally what was acceptable 20 years ago, never mind 40, is not acceptable now.
Gene and Ian,
Mounting a VFD on a machine is not acceptable unless it is in a suitable enclosure. They are not inherently protected against the ingress of swarf or liquids like coolant. Every drive I've ever looked at the installation instructions for said it needed to be protected against such hazards. Most require an enclosure to comply with safety requirements regardless.
The idea of passing the interlock through the connector is a valid one. It will however only be fully satisfactory if the interlock pins disconnect before the power pins. It would be even better if the interlock was low voltage.
It dosen't matter if it is personal use or public access, if anyone (partner, children, siblings, friends) can access the plug it must be a safe design and installation. Even if you are a complete hermit in the workshop it still should be.
I missed your comment on the GX16 /GX20 / microphone connectors. The manufacture's raing of 400V and 5A is irrelevant if the connector is not designed for safe mains/power use. The GX20 have a number of issues apart from the lack of a make first / break first earth connection. The creapage / clearance distances are not adequate, they have unsupported solder connections, they have a metallic body with no secondary isulation or means to connect a protective earth. The stated insulation resistance of >1000 megohms is just nonsense, particuarly for a mated pair, and there is no tst voltge stated. For most the quality is poor and they are likely to fall apart with vibration.
Edited By Robert Atkinson 2 on 12/02/2020 21:20:55
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