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Member postings for Graham Stoppani

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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

01/03/2019 15:20:15

Excuse me hijacking this thread but I have a similar question. I've just acquired an unidentified second hand 8" rotary table and it has an oil sight glass at the side and a filler plug. Trawling the internet brings up a discussion about this on an American web site but no help on what type of oil.

Has anyone come across this and can they say what sort of oil to use? I would hazard a guess that maybe the same sort of hydraulic oil I use in my Myford bearings...


Graham S

Thread: Warco Super - Major Vario inaccuracy
01/03/2019 07:02:03

Talking of shimming, I came across this video on Youtube where an epoxy product supplied by a German company is used as an alternative. This is new to me (not that that means much!) has anyone else used this technique?

Mill Tramming with Epoxy


Graham S

Thread: Issue Reading New Digital Viewer
10/02/2019 11:54:39

Can someone say what viewer is currently operating for the archived magazines? I am seeing Adobe Flashplayer for either MS Explorer running on Windows 10 or Firefox running on Windows 7.



Thread: One off castings
10/02/2019 06:39:24

I know two people who use this foundry for small batches (less than 10) of motorcycle engine casings. They specialise in non-ferrous metals.



Edited By Graham Stoppani on 10/02/2019 06:40:08

Thread: What happened to digital mag viewer?
10/02/2019 06:19:58


I think you will find the problem is with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player 32. The print function was working fine for me until my latest version was auto installed on 8th February.

It looks like nothing is happening once you click OK on the print dialog box but if you pause printing in the print queue and try again you will see the print job spool waiting for the printer to be un-paused. The moment you un-pause the printer the job deletes itself from the queue.

A work around is to to select Microsoft XPS Document Writer as the printer when the print dialog box comes up and print the page to a .xps file. This can then be opened and sent to the printer. I looking at how to uninstall version 32 of Adobe Flash Player and go back to version 31 with the auto update switched off.

I am running Firefox on Windows 7


Graham S

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