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Member postings for Colin Wilks

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Thread: Inconsistent access to MEW archive
22/04/2020 13:36:54

Thanks Jason, good tip on the index. The problem of the text resolution remains, for me at least.

I think Derek Hall and I are of a mind and so wonder if we are typical of the majority of the readership? If we are, converting the Flash dependent archive to pdf would seem a good way of rewarding loyal subscribers, and the more recent HTML5 versions can remain secure, and their numbers will grow as time goes by.

21/04/2020 23:12:24

I am quite sure I miss a lot more irony than I'd like to think I do. However, it's probably much less socially disastrous to assume someone's being serious when they're not than to reckon somebody is having a laugh when they are in fact being deadly serious.

21/04/2020 19:04:17

I was being ironic about the MEW private eye tracking me down to exact justice. I assume MEW would like me to renew my three month digital subscription when it expires in June. It provides a 100% contribution to their fixed costs. Will I do so with only limited access to the archive? Not sure.

Incidentally, Adobe PDF docs can be time limited, i.e. they can be made to go phutt after a set number of days or weeks. I think that might sort it, and pdf has an excellent search utility.

21/04/2020 08:01:50

I am setting up a workshop in retirement in order to restore and maintain my Austin Sevens, so my interest is very much focused on the basics. If the MEW archive had a searchable index and I could access specific articles, as opposed to entire editions of the magazine, I would pay for that. If I download a pdf I am fairly sure Adobe has the wherewithal to stamp my copy so if I start selling them off down the virtual pub you can get me bang to rights. Would I email a copy to a friend? Yes I would. Does this deprive the publisher of income? Strictly, yes, but if my friend is impressed by the quality of the content and its production and takes out his own subscription, then maybe I am simply acting as an unpaid salesman for the publisher.

20/04/2020 10:32:08

I can get it to do that, but on my phone the text resolution of articles is so poor as to make it impossible to read. I can look at the pictures though!

20/04/2020 09:18:04

Jason, apologies if I'm asking something you have answered before. I did do a search of the forum and read the faqs before posting. Puffin gives me a postage stamp sized view on my android smart phone after I've watched an advert. Puffin on my android tablet is the grey screen again after requesting desktop site. Have given up for now. It's a shame the site is so clunky. I'm a new subscriber and to be honest only paid my money so as to have access to the archive.

20/04/2020 07:00:37

I can use the MEW archive on my android tablet without problems for the more recent back numbers, but anything prior to issue 278 presents text in a grey box where the magazine thumbnail usually appears. The text instructs me to tap on it to close the box, after which I'm looking at a grey screen.

I don't think the issue is at my end as all the recent issues display and navigate perfectly, it's just the older ones.

All ideas gratefully received!

Colin Wilks

Thread: Index to Issues of MEW ?
13/04/2020 15:16:41

Any recent information about the whereabouts and/or availability of an index for MEW please?

P.S. just found this link in another post. Spreadsheet index up to 2016.

Seems odd subscribers cannot search the text of back numbers?

Edited By Colin Wilks on 13/04/2020 15:23:31

Thread: Bronze bushing
25/10/2019 19:57:15

Confess I coughed when I saw metric measurements! I hesitate to put this link up as the whole point is to make it yourself. I have no connection with the company, other than as a customer.


25/10/2019 19:20:08

My point was that in an Austin Seven the bushes were usally Oilite, so the OP might want to consider his choice of material, or maybe I have misconstrued Old Mart's post. Either way Oilite might be a better/easier route for both machining and operation.

Edited By Colin Wilks on 25/10/2019 19:41:59

Edited By Colin Wilks on 25/10/2019 19:42:35

25/10/2019 18:23:36

I believe the brake cam bushes are usually self lubricating Oilite.

Thread: Surface Mount Switch
16/10/2019 12:58:26

Cracked it. Googling "enclosure junction box" produces what I am after.

Regarding a direct on line motor starter with a separate emergency stop, this makes sense as it protects against overload and allows me to position the stop switch in the most appropriate position, but is this technology compatible with my Crompton Parkinson 240v motor which uses a condenser to start via a centrifugal switch?

16/10/2019 11:46:25

Thanks for the link Stuart. To answer you and MichaelG, if you Google "NVR Switch" you get a large selection of on/off and emergency stop switches, but only very few are surface mount (i.e. have a box on the back). The majority are flush mount to replace existing switches in machines, and nobody seems to sell the empty plastic back boxes. As I am fitting the switch to the metal cabinet of a Myford lathe I need to surface mount the switch.

16/10/2019 11:13:02

Thanks all. No easy answer!

The eBay offering of the Axminster Kedu switch seems to also come from Axminster and their eBay seller's rating seems excellent. One worrying review of the product was that the emergency stop needed pressing "for several seconds" in order to cut the power, which seems a pretty fundamental flaw and I'm guessing was due to either a faulty unit or incorrect wiring.

I don't think Journeyman's Amazon suggestion does the job as I do not think a momentary switch is the same as a NVR (no volt release) switch, the idea of the latter being that if I switch my pillar drill off at the wall socket and then switch it back on at the socket the next day the drill will not start up and surprise me. Why the hell I would do that I don't know, but in my case any degree of idiot proofing is welcome and appropriate!

Still hunting for a supply of surface mount boxes in which to mount all those flush mount switches. I suspect they are so cheap they are not worth anyone's while stocking them for retail.

The internet's wonderful in many ways, but I had hoped to go to a local trade counter and get hold of one of these things before buying. Does that make me an old fart?

16/10/2019 09:58:38

I am wanting to fit a surface mounted NVR switch to both my Myford Lathe and Fobco drill. Ideally they will have on, off and emergency off buttons like the Axminster item here

I can't believe I'm doing anything out of the ordinary, but this seems to be the only product available, since all other offerings are flush mounted and searching for "surface mount switch box", "pattress box" etc yields no results. Obviously I can make something up to attach any switch to, but I wanted a "proper job" with knock outs to install cable conduit.

Am I missing a trick here, or is the Axminster item the sole contender?

Thread: Free software and human nature
12/10/2019 23:13:51

Hello Clive

Like the NHS, many do not value what is free. People seem to be less considerate of each other in anonymous cyber space than when face to face. Depressing to think that perhaps the internet discloses our true selves?

Thread: Changing internet providers
12/10/2019 21:23:28

I was bombarded with Virgin bumph for several years and always ignored it as the change seemed expensive, although I frequently checked their website, so they knew I was in the market. Eventually a real live human being knocked on my door and signed me up at £20 a month on a reduced speed and capped data limit, which was good enough for me.

I think we need to get smarter at beating their algorithms. My wife went onto a posh website to buy a jersey for a friend but did not complete the payment bit at the end. Next thing she gets an email with a 20% discount code. Just like in the souk it pays to walk away!

Thread: Tingling from Myford Super 7
12/10/2019 13:28:50

Emgee wrote: "Colin, you say the electrician is sorting out the house installation but earlier it was stated the lathe is in the workshop, is the electrician now going to treat the workshop as a separate installation with it's own supply, distribution unit and earthing arrangement ?"

The garage/ workshop is part of the house so is spurred off the ground floor socket circuit. The lathe is the far point from the distribution board, which was a new installation 17 years ago. There would be a benefit to having an isolation switch for the whole workshop, but I am not sure about the benefits of having a separate supply as Emgee suggests?

If there is a benefit, now is the time to do it of course.


Edited By Colin Wilks on 12/10/2019 13:29:45

11/10/2019 11:48:14

Got that thanks. We have an electrician on site sorting the house installation.

11/10/2019 11:48:08

Got that thanks. We have an electrician on site sorting the house installation.

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