Here is a list of all the postings Steve Neighbour has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Home workshop insurance.|
Just had a conversation with our usual House contents insurer, interestingly the 'agent' had no idea what a 'home workshop' was, or even seemed to care tbh !!
My workshop is a standard 'domestic' garage, the contents are covered up to a max of £1k (subject to any excesses) which doesn't scratch the surface of the value of my machinery (Lathe, Mill, bench drill, band saw, compressor, and numerous tools and other equipment)
I asked if this can be increased, they said "up to a max of £5k and at a premium increase of £40/month"
Just got a quote from Walker Midgley for £10k plus additional model cover, for £107/year which I thought was reasonable - just need to read the small print before I commit !!
Any thoughts from the wiser members ?
|Thread: Repair It? Wossat Mean, Like?|
Definitely cardiac zone !!
My car has 82,700 on the clock, and the trip function tells me I've averaged 35mph over that distance, so that equates to 2,262 hours of driving, if I add in 5% for engine run time while not driving (prob generous) that then gives 2,480 hours on the engine. that's approaching 298 million revolutions on the crankshaft (at a nominal 2,000 rpm)
Ok, I'll get my anorak
|Thread: Magnetic bases - stored on or off?|
When mine arrived from the supplier, they were in the OFF state, and one assumes they had been in that condition since manufacture
On that basis, I would vote for keeping OFF when not being used !
|Thread: There may be a delay in some deliveries ...|
Its not untypical for a single shipping container transit cost from China to UK to cost approx $5,000 one way (assuming 50 lathes, thats a mere $100/lathe)
So 20,000 containers = $100 million revenue for Evergreen
Think I might sell my house and buy me a container ship
|Thread: Power supply companies.|
Try OVO energy . . never had any issues (yet !!)
|Thread: New member, N. Gloucestershire.|
Sent you a PM
|Thread: Was Draw Filing ever a chargeable offence in the RAF?|
I guess the apprenticeships we both 'served' were pretty similar in format, I suppose all the 12 'Area Elec Boards' back in the 70's followed a very similar curriculum.
I had to nip out to the workshop and look at what I still have, I found a pair of mole grips, Junior and 12" hacksaw, a pipe wrench, a conduit diestock holder, a couple of wooden handled screwdrivers, a cold chisel, and a drill gauge, all in a sheet steel barn tool box stamped with my apprentice No '67' . . .but alas no cuddly toy !!
I also remember there was 215 hopefully spotty 16 year olds in my first year, by the start of my 2nd year that had dropped to just under 100, and when I 'passed out' there was just 71 left to be 'deployed' to the districts to then spend another year 'learning' how to make tea properly for the 'old hands' - haha !!
I find it quite sad that very few companies offer Engineering apprenticeships now, maybe with the exception of the likes of Rolls Royce and BAE . . but I imagine its all new fangled digital computer controlled, with hand tools being rarely used !!
Your post brought back memories - I served my ESI 'indentured' apprenticeship with SEEB (Electricity Board in Kent, and spent the first year at their purpose built training school (boot camp) near Dover.
I made a complete set of hand tools, and a barn type tool box to keep them in, (I still have most of them) and spent many hours during the hard labour lessons draw filing huge lumps of black metal . . but, probably like you, I also learnt to use a lathe, drill press, gas/arc welding, heat treatment, cutting, and a host of other 'workshop' techniques.
Those were the days, apprenticeships seem to have fallen by the wayside. I stayed in the industry all my working life
All that I learned, coupled with my Grandfathers teachings (he was a R&D tool maker) laid the foundation for my own retirement 'hobby', I'm lucky to have a well kitted out workshop and a passion for 'anything' metal engineering, but mostly steam models
My better half thinks I would be a 'Fred Dibnah' with a full size engine given half a chance - hmm now there's a thought !!!!
|Thread: Which lathe to purchase|
I really don't understand why so many folk on here discredit 'Chinese' Lathes, and assume they will automatically be poorly made - that was possibly true a few years ago, I suppose there will still be one or two 'dud' ones, but generally as a whole Chinese manufacturing has improved considerably.
When looking for a Lathe of my own, I spent hours trawling the markets trying to find the perfect little used machine that met my budget without much success, one thing I did learn is the 2nd hand market is flooded with too many 'very good condition, little used, too good to be true' British/American Lathes that are actually in poor condition and would cost a fortune to restore, often with very hard to find spares
Anyway, the above is far from definitive, it is based on my own experiences to date, (as you may guess) I own a Chinese Lathe, it has out performed all of my expectations, is (so far) proving to be very reliable
Good luck with your search, and what ever you finally chose, I'm sure it will serve you well
Edited By Steve Neighbour on 25/03/2021 12:58:49
|Thread: Plumbing - 'polarity' of tails.|
Nuts, solder, swaging, compression fittings ??
All would be alien to a modern 2021 plumber, they pretty much all use push-fit (copper or plastic tube) these days.
Working on a large extension for a family member at the moment and all the central heating and hot/cold water is plastic with push-fit fittings.
Except for gas, that is still soldered copper or threaded steel, but usually hdpe (high density poly ethylene) in the street.
|Thread: Aldi Scheppach bandsaw|
Maybe it's just the box that is made in China
Bill, I didn't say that YOU think 'made in China' is crap, I was just throwing in a tease, knowing that anything Chinese seems to get slated on here as being cheap and of poor quality.
From my own experiences (so far) it is generally well made, but not to British, German or Japanese standards, but non-the-less acceptable when you take into account the cost !!
The Scheppach bandsaw as sold by Aldi is no exception, it performs very well, and so far has cut everything I have thrown at it accurately enough not to cause me any concern
|Thread: chinese lathe|
Just looked at my own Warco WM250 (made in the Weiss factory in Shenzen, China) and the carriage locates exactly as the above members have described, so yours is correct
Re missing bedway wiper, you need to rectify that asap or swaf will get inbetween the carriage and bed and cause damage - you can make your own bed wipers easily, just get hold of some 3-4mm dense felt
|Thread: Aldi Scheppach bandsaw|
There is nothing wrong with machines 'made in China'
You have to remember the warranty and service is provided by a German company, based in Germany, so all their machines will be made to German specifications and standards
Why do so many on here assume that everything that is 'made in China' must automatically be crap !!!
+1 for the Sheppach band saw from Aldi.
It is made in Germany, all metal construction (apart from the drive wheel covers) it is fairly quiet, has 6 speeds, and cuts surprisingly accurately.
My only criticism is the work holding clamp, which doesn't always hold stock squarely.
Overall for £115 it is a bargain and recommended
|Thread: T slots|
I have always found it annoying how much oily swarf clogs up the T slops on my Lathe cross slides, which isn't always easy to brush out
I found someone who can 3D print 'in-fill' strips at a very reasonable cost to your own accurate profile drawing and lengths
As an example I ordered 3 lengths to suit my WM250 cross slide to my own bespoke drawing, he created the STL file as needed and made them for £10 inc postage which I thought wasn't excessive.
If anyone is interested please PM me for the contact details
Edited By Steve Neighbour on 08/03/2021 18:39:20
|Thread: Odd car brake issue|
Maybe the outside of a brake disc has more exposure to the elements (rain, dirt/salt/air) because the inside is protected usually by a metal shield or guard as such is prone to corrode more ?
My other half's Renault Clio has he same issue, rust builds up on the outside outer edge and almost forms a small ridge, which like you have be removed carefully by tapping with a 'small' hammer.
Have you checked your disc thickness for wear, since the removal of asbestos from brake lining material the discs are 'sacrificial' (softer metal) and wear at a faster rate than before to help provide the same braking performance.
|Thread: Junior hacksaw blades|
The makes that perform well are Bahco or Hilka, and avoid using the cheap wire type frames, try and use one with a tension screw
|Thread: 2021 AUTUMN SPECIAL|
PC alert !!
One can no longer refer to a 'she' as a Miss or Mrs !! . . . I had my obviously drooping knuckles rapped by a Council employee for the same 'assumption' in a recent email, the said person got quite indignant that I replied Ms Brown (as I was unsure)
Btw, I just saw a flock of multi-coloured non specific gender sheep whilst walking, and almost tripped over a 'person access chamber' cover in the road
|Thread: 2-Part Covid Vaccinations|
I fall into the "over 60 young 'un" group, and my letter arrived last Sat, went on the Ap (told you I was a "young 'un" and booked both appointments easily, had the 1st jab this am, it felt like they used a 3.2mm tapping drill . . But apart from an arm that feels like its been punched by Henry Cooper (maybe I'm not so young after all) I have so far no other side effects, maybe not feeling up to using my lathe at the moment which is bit frustrating 😕
My next jab is lined up for mid May, tbh I thought the whole set up seems well organised and easy to arrange.
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