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Thread: Import duty/tax/VAT
23/11/2021 14:30:59
Posted by Dave Halford on 23/11/2021 12:28:48:

It's clear there is no excise duty under £135, but that includes postage. Then they add VAT to that total.

So if the items and postage cost cost less than £135 it's just 20% vat


If the part is coming via Royal mail then it's plus £8 handling fee


Edited By vic newey on 23/11/2021 14:31:33

Thread: Vintage voltage
20/11/2021 11:07:11

Apart from the cost of the batteries it makes you wonder why EV cars are so expensive. No engine, no clutch, no fuel tank, no conventional gearbox, no radiator etc. All these replaced by an electric motor and it's electronics.

So deducting the cost of all those items should cover a good part of the battery cost to balance out the cost

Thread: Help with car boot finds
14/11/2021 11:36:36

Does the dial indicator return to zero if you release it from a short distance? faulty one often return from a full press but fail from a 1/4 press etc.

Thread: No reply to personal messages
14/11/2021 11:31:23

It's likely they are using an iphone which doesn't show all the page so they don't spot the flashing inbox which is in full view at all times on desktop PC unless scrolling down a page

Thread: Any Old Gun Experts out there?
06/11/2021 14:34:32
Posted by DiogenesII on 06/11/2021 13:49:57:

Ithe square socket could conceivably be for a wheellock.. ..they did make wheellock pistols for self-protection so could be quite short, but still firing a biggish ball..

Edited By DiogenesII on 06/11/2021 13:50:19


Far too crude for that I think, wheellocks were extremely expensive and beyond the capabilities of the local blacksmith, the bore of pistols was often 1/2" or less and the tools that came with them were also finely made, sometimes ornamented as well. I posted my wheellock pistol on here a few weeks back

06/11/2021 13:51:04

Strange item, the two pronged thing looks very like I have on the rear end of a ramrod on one of my old guns, it's used to pull out a lead ball or wadding from a gun barrel in the event of a failure to fire, it's far too short though and looks too crude for small pocket pistols

Again, the spike looks like a tool to clear the touch hole on a muzzle loader but maybe it's nothing to do with guns. If you get no identification I can put it on another group who will identify it for sure

Thread: Anyone updated to Windows11 yet ?
02/11/2021 09:28:42

My PC is 5+ years old and a high spec gaming machine. It fails the Win 11 test but am I bothered? heck no.

I see that Microsoft and their close association with Intel are possibly breaking up as Microsoft are reportedly developing their own chips for servers and the home PC market. This will probably lead to further development and end up with a complete Microsoft laptop etc. Then they are in a similar position as now, to try and force you to upgrade to a new PC

Thread: Chester 920 cross slide & Backlash
15/10/2021 10:13:26

Lathes feed screw and nut replacement

tony Griffiths Lathes site has an advert for replacing any leadscrew, nut etc of any lathe type

I have seen the same service by the same man offered on Ebay,

Ebay. same man

Thread: Watch out for scam emails from a forum member
14/10/2021 11:27:43

Makes a change from the endless ones I get such as 'I am the wife of the late chief Umba Gumba, and need to deposit $6 million USD in a safe place and I can keep 10% for helping her etc

Thread: Unimat SL modifications
05/10/2021 10:21:37

I bought one of those new in 1963, I used it a lot back then and the only problem I had was with the motor. The two black plastic caps that hold the bushes in place both crumbled away after a couple of years and I ended up jamming in a piece of wood to keep the spring tension whilst I tried to find something to do it properly

Then I bought a large lathe and the Unimat was little used. It still sits on a shelf in my workshop, still with bits of dowel stuck in blush

Thread: Workshop lighting / energy costs
05/10/2021 10:11:12

I find LED tubes to be excellent, instant light and very bright. so bright that we had to fit the old diffuser back on the 6ft light in our kitchen.

I can't tell from your photo, but it looks like you have diffusers fitted over the tubes? if you tried just one LED in each light and left the diffuser off it would work very well, more so if you paint the ceiling as suggested

Thread: Recommended suppliers and services
30/09/2021 10:34:21

For all types of metal & plastic rod etc I use Rapid Metal Supplies in Redditch, very helpful staff, no minimum order

Rapid Metals they have a Coventry branch as well.

before Covid customers were allowed to walk around the unit selecting small offcuts which are all sorted out on racks or floor and stored in various areas. There is no minimal charge or anything so you can just take your bits and pieces to the counter to be weighed. They have a cutting service as well

Thread: Back to Imperial
18/09/2021 10:58:28

They are not returning us to the imperial system though, it just means you will be free to use it if you are a trader. Just remember that market traders were being taken to court and fined for selling fruit by the pound and then forced to buy metric scales in order to obey Brussels.

Thread: Kennedy Hacksaw Dashpot Oil
14/09/2021 11:56:44

I have experimented with both oil and springs, it's getting the balance just right.

Another method I tried is to tap a thread in some of the plunger holes and block one or two of them with a grub screw, that works really well in slowing down the pull particularly if you have oil that's too thin. The downside is it lifts more of the oil up into the gaiter when you lift the arm but if it's well fitted with a jubilee clip it's fine.

Here is my saw powering through a one inch bar

My Kennedy

Thread: Urgent - opinions of lathe I am going to view/buy
02/09/2021 17:36:51

Boxford school lathes have T for training such as TUD, the U is for under drive. They don't have screwcutting capabilities so the lathe in question is not a school one

Thread: Full size steam train goes off cliff for entertainment
21/08/2021 12:01:01

There are amateur videos using telephoto lens & probably drones etc showing the engine on the special track at the quarry, it can be seen steaming up and moving,

the engine was also visible being transported to the site on a low loader, it's a real engine without doubt and transported to the quarry site.

I just found a video showing the engine steaming towards the bridge & coming off the end, 

Video of the stunt, sideways view

Engine on the move

Edited By vic newey on 21/08/2021 12:07:04

Edited By vic newey on 21/08/2021 12:08:19

21/08/2021 10:48:49

There are videos showing amateur filming of the engine and carriages in a heavily wooded area, the engine seems to be powering the train but the one that crashes may indeed be a mock up

21/08/2021 10:33:38

More photo's here, Preparations for train stunt another link mentions that the train will fall into a water pit. I can imagine many steam enthusiasts being angry if the engine is destroyed

Thread: What features do you like to see in Youtube videos.
17/08/2021 16:40:38
Posted by Emgee on 17/08/2021 14:54:50:


Just added sub titles to 1 of my videos and found you are absolutely correct about the comical errors, really need to edit the sub-titles for the complete video. I didn't realize sub titles could be added, thanks for the info.

I also like Jo Pi's videos, easy to watch and have good content IMO.



I'm glad to hear you added subtitles Emgee, even with comical errors I can still follow what it's all about.

On the TV the live captions are far more advanced but still make comical gaffs now & then, if it puts the wrong word it rapidly changes it, presumably it has software that instantly works out the context of the sentence and corrects it.

Edited By vic newey on 17/08/2021 16:41:21

Edited By vic newey on 17/08/2021 16:42:15

Thread: Watch glasses
17/08/2021 12:18:04

There are dozens of sellers for watch glass on Ebay, I'm sure they would give you the details you require along with the option to buy one cheaply

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