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Member postings for Rob McSweeney

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Thread: Bubble Foil Insulation for workshop, anybody used this?
24/11/2021 22:05:13

Unashamed thread revival.

This stuff has been around for a few years now. Would appreciate feedback from those who have used it.

Thread: Vintage voltage
20/11/2021 17:17:04
Posted by Ian Parkin on 19/11/2021 19:24:1

so many cars are scrapped by the time they reach 10 years old as it is ..theres hardly any old cars running around as daily drivers.

You must live in a particularly affluent part of the country then, where l live l see plenty of 20 year old, and older, cars being used on a daily basis.

Thread: No reply to personal messages
15/11/2021 00:10:38

Another possible - they are not logged in, so the notification isn't showing.

Assuming they have ticked "remember me" when logging in, it only remembers you for a week or so, and you may not notice that you have been logged out until the next time you try to post

Thread: Drummond lathe
27/10/2021 12:23:55

I would echo what Ady has said, with the proviso that not all new production small lathes are fault and problem free.

If you are not familiar with lathes, buying secondhand can be a real minefield, do you know anyone who could help you?

Drummond lathes do have a loyal following of their own, almost a hobby in itself.

Your starting point would be the comprehensive entry on,uk.

Can I also point you in the direction of the Drummond/Myford lathes group on facebook - I don't think you have to join in order to read the posts and will learn a lot by reading what others are up to. There used to be a Drummond group on Yahoo groups which was very good (although not as active as the F/B group and a few of the members are well up themselves) this was migrated elsewhere when Yahoo ended the 'groups' facility and is now hard to find, there are some real 'treasures' in the files section though.

Thread: Home Made Lathe, Safe?
02/10/2021 18:42:21
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 02/10/2021 17:33:24:

At the current bid of £10 someone would probably get a bargain

... as long as they render it down to a collection of components !!


Seller has set a reserve "to cover the cost of components" which suggests that - a. buying it as a source of parts won't be an economic proposition, and b. he won't find a buyer.

Thread: Hanson Steel Buildings
27/08/2021 12:23:17

Thanks for your comments on OSB vs ply, Clive. Surprises me, as I would have thought that ply would be less likely to move. Is OSB as good for holding screws under load though? Many shelves to go up!

I don't think Bayzle's suggestion of roofing sheets would go down very well, as proposed workshop location is close to the back door and in full view of the kitchen window and the neighbours on either side - it will have to looks "nice". One advantage of timber , I suppose, I can let my wife choose the paint colour

27/08/2021 10:38:34

Thank you Michael , Noel, Duncan.

I was looking to see how the price of a steel building compared with buying a heavyweight tanalised timber one and lining with 2" Celotex and 1/2 or 3/4 ply. (note to Duncan , Hanson's buildings come ready lined)

Hanson have now given me a quote and they are about 50% dearer, so timber it will be

27/08/2021 10:32:31

Set screw? - Machine screw, surely.

Thread: Hanson Steel Buildings
25/08/2021 17:05:15

House move coming up soon, and may well require a workshop building.

Anyone got any experience of/comments on the above company and its products?

And, any idea as to pricing as their website isn't giving anything away.

Thread: Full size steam train goes off cliff for entertainment
21/08/2021 11:27:44
Posted by RMA on 21/08/2021 10:38:34:
Posted by vic newey on 21/08/2021 10:33:38:

Initially my reaction. I couldn't reconise it as a 'proper' loco and after investigation , it appears it's a mock up and not powered by steam at all.

Look at how the running boards are inclined upwards and meet the boiler cladding.

Thread: Is there such a thing as an 'external reamer'?
18/08/2021 09:55:16

At least one of the old lime lathe books (possibly Mason, have checked the index of Sparey and it isn't listed) describes the making of 'running down cutters', which are very close to the woodworking plug cutters in the O.P. I made a few years ago to make some BA screws in brass, and they worked well enough.

Thread: What features do you like to see in Youtube videos.
17/08/2021 14:51:17

No waffle, get through the material without hanging about, or irrelevant jokes/anecdotes/ references to previous videos I may not have seen.

Clear speech.

Adequate volume - far too many youtube videos are inaudible.

Good view of the work in hand, not the presenter's face, or hands/arms blocking the way.

Thread: Ballaarat construction series
04/08/2021 14:21:52

Anyone done a build cost estimate on Ballaarat yet?

Thread: Oily/greasy surface on a new V belt
04/08/2021 14:20:10

Thanks, have just emailed them, but I can't see a multinational bothering to reply to a private individual who has bought a £5 item through a 3rd party.

04/08/2021 12:35:51

New V belt for milling machine has just arrived. For once, I treated myself to a genuine Fenner, rather than the usual cheapies.

It has come with a very oily/greasy surface , which I haven't encountered before when buying a new belt, and it looks to me like it will slip like *******.

Should I clean it off, and if so with what? Or rub it with emery cloth? Or will it be ok.

Thread: Listed on ebay as easily repaired
24/07/2021 11:39:58

What is the model - are the wheel castings still available?

24/07/2021 10:21:34

Never mind the flange, which could be built up with weld and re-turned , the spokes at 1 and 2 o'clock look to be cracked at the root.

Thread: Walker Midgley Insurance for Model Engineers
13/07/2021 14:49:58

Thanks for the reminder, I had printed out the details last time this came up, but my wife has a tendency to tidy up!

Thread: re-magnetising magnetic base
09/07/2021 17:40:03

Thanks everyone for your interesting contributions. So, no simple solution. I will buy a replacement and relegate the old one to holding a 12v light. Do secondhand Eclipse bases tend to retain holding power into old age?

07/07/2021 14:44:06

My mag base is pathetic - my 5/8" Eclipse 'pots' grip better!

Is there anything that can be done, eg dismantle and replace magnet, or is there someone offers a re-magnetising service? Or shall I just but another?

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