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Member postings for Graham Stoppani

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Thread: Iím done with big pharma‼️
27/09/2019 20:00:21

Good old asprin. I have just started on a five year clinical trial of asprin following prostate cancer surgery. There is some evidence that taking asprin while in remission can reduce the chances of a reoccurrence.

Thread: Boiler build abandoned !
27/09/2019 14:40:42

Hi Chris,

I am no expert but at last year's Midlands Model Engineering Show I attended a lecture by Keith Hale from CuP Alloys that was all about silver soldering and brazing techniques. He has published a book called A Guide to Brazing and Soldering - everything you wanted to know about silver soldering but were afraid to ask! I have found it useful.

Thread: Worried
26/09/2019 10:03:02

I'm an ex-accountant and can still add up a column of figures in my head quicker than my son can on a calculator (and I'm much slower than I used to be). I love annoying him by giving him the answer half way through his calculations

Thread: Pet peeves!
16/08/2019 08:50:40

Why do manufacturers stamp the drill size just where the chuck jaws go?

Thread: Hello from Northampton
15/08/2019 18:12:16

Hi Jim,

I'm based in Northampton as well. I have a Myford ML7 and a Warco Minor MIll/Drill. What I don't seem to have is the time to spend on them that I would like!



Thread: Coping with form and function
03/08/2019 07:51:16

Thanks for te heads up. Thoroughly enjoyed that.

Thread: Good YouTube videos
30/07/2019 16:54:11

This Joe is new to me, thanks for the heads up. Another Joe I follow on YouTube is Cuppa Joe as he has made numerous modifications to a a round pillar mill/drill machine similar to the Warco Minor I own.

Cuppa Joe Channel

Thread: What method do you use to find center height for your lathe bit?
27/06/2019 07:33:30
Posted by David George 1 on 27/06/2019 07:25:47:

I use a 6 inch rule and trap it lightly between the tool and a piece of round metal in the chuck and when it is vertical to the bed it is on centre height, quick and easy works all the time.


Ditto, this method also works horizontally for drilling bar stock in a drill press / milling machine.

Thread: Satnav
24/06/2019 18:43:22
Posted by John MC on 24/06/2019 15:10:32:

The reason I want satnav on the bike is because I have entered this years ACU National Rally for the first time in a few years. When I was a regular competitor I could remember where the location of the controls, mostly. I'm staying local (ish), trouble is some controls have gone and been replaced with controls in different places, I'm hoping the satnav will help ne find them.

I've done the National Road Rally once myself - not easy. I'd read somewhere some time ago that it was considered 'bad form' to use a Sat Nav on the National Rally. However, I can't believe that is still the prevailing view as Sat Navs are so ubiquitous nowadays and like you all our memories are failing. I use a Garmin Sat Nav regularly on my bikes but never with the sound on, you really don't need it.

Best of Luck

Thread: A Very Nice Freebie
11/06/2019 07:58:07
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 10/06/2019 21:22:31:

Unfortunately, keeping stuff has a cost too. And selling bits piecemeal is hard enough when its your hobby stash, for businesses it's often more cost effective to bin rather than sell. And that's before you consider what the accountants say.

The business had a closing down auction a few days later and the shims would have sold as a set (all different sizes needed when servicing). This is how the storeman's gaff came to light as people were asking if the shim set would be in the auction.

PS I'm an accountant! smile the shims had what we call a high net realisable value.

10/06/2019 21:12:48

A local motorcycle dealership closed down some years ago. The lad in the stores had a clear out and threw a few hundred of their Ducati desmodromic valve shims in the skip as he didn't know what they were. Each one was worth £15. I can't bear to think what engineering goodies get thrown out on a daily basis by people who have no idea what they are and what they're worth.

Thread: Ever have one of those days..?
16/05/2019 21:38:09

Those of you who have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance will recognise these situations as Gumption Traps.

Wikipedia Definition

Thread: Adjustable workshop perching stool
13/05/2019 12:18:05

A drum stool does a pretty good job as well, plus it can be folded up and stored.

Thread: H2O2?
11/05/2019 11:23:58

This may be your answer.

" White chemical porcelain and borosilicate glass are both compatible with hydrogen peroxide and are widely used for small scale laboratory apparatus. Due to the risk of breakage, these materials are not generally recommended for large scale apparatus or plants."

taken from


Thread: Loctite minefield
11/05/2019 10:00:15

Just to add to the list, I've been using Loctite 248 for a number of years. It differs from a lot of other Loctite products in that it comes in stick form (like lipstick or Prittstick) rather than liquid which I find easier to work with. It is a general purpose, medium strength product that can stand a bit of oil on the surfaces being joined and can be undone with hand tools.

The manufacturer's blurb say it can work on threads up to M50 in size! I use it mostly on motorcycles on threads around M6 in size.

Henkel web site

I should just state that I am an ex-employee of Henkel so may be a bit prejudiced.

Thread: Easy way of finding centre to drill a hole in round stock
09/05/2019 08:31:44

Yes, I use this method to set tool height as well, but had never twigged to use it this way - doh!

Thread: Stainless Steel Metric Fasteners
21/04/2019 07:07:36

Thanks everyone for your recommendations, I better get my shopping list made up.

21/04/2019 07:06:27
Posted by peak4 on 21/04/2019 00:34:22:

Graham, Toolstation is also worth a look, and often cheaper than Screwfix.
I'm sure I recognise your name from somewhere, Ducati, Guzzi??


Hi Bill, yes I'm in the Ducati Owners Club so you may have heard the name there.

20/04/2019 17:20:58

I need to replenish my stocks of stainless steel A2 metric nuts, bolts and washers. In the past I'd pick up this stuff from Steve's Stainless at the Stafford Show (motorcycles). Unfortunately, poor Steve died last year so I thought I'd see who other people can recommend. I buy ten or twenty of each length of bolt/ screw I need and usually about 50 washers at a time, so small amounts.


Thread: Warco Rotary Table - What Grease?
01/03/2019 20:20:18

In an 8" RT in all probability anything medium viscosity & oily would also be fine !

Thanks Nigel B, that's what I was thinking. I'll top it up and take it for a spin! laugh


Graham S

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