Here is a list of all the postings AJAX has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Saving the Planet … or is it ?|
I bought some heavy duty bags from Lidl about 7 or 8 years ago. Still using the same ones now. They might just turn out to be bags for (my) life.
|Thread: Twinner Multi-Jigset (what is this tool for?)|
This may help. I found the clamps sold as a complete set with other parts. I'm still unsure about its purpose.
Thanks Mike. I assumed it was some type of mechanics tool but you may well be right.
I don't think anyone would be foolish enough to pay so much for these clamps. Of course, if anyone happens to know such a fool then feel free to put them in touch!
|Thread: Oil Dauber|
Thanks - I had previously wondered what that hole was for. Seems like a matchstick would perform just as well as a "dauber".
|Thread: Twinner Multi-Jigset (what is this tool for?)|
I bought a pair or matching clamps from a local car boot sale. 50p each. Three of the jaws are missing (easily replaced) and I don't have an immediate use for them, but they have an excellent clamping action and appear well made.
Before I consider re-purposing or modifying them, does anyone recognise them or their original use? They are marked Twinner Multi-Jigset and 2195.
The only "information" I can find via the Internet is a number of sellers on eBay trying to sell them without any apparent knowledge of what they are for.
|Thread: Corbetts Little Jim Lathe restoration - newbie needs advice|
Not wishing to doubt your abilities (or in any way suggest mine are superior to yours), but how did you check the insulation? With a multimeter, or do you have a Megger-type 500/1000V insulation tester?
|Thread: Rebuilding car trailer and welding/bolting galvanized frame|
Thanks for raising this point - it's always worth rechecking.
This page (screenshot below) looks like it might be useful, but none of the linked sections/pages refer to trailers.
The next page (screenshot below) appears more useful but I suspect it may apply only to large goods trailers and not small trailers of O1 class.
Perhaps the best way forward will be to phone an approved test centre to confirm what rules actually apply.
Edited By AJAX on 27/07/2021 23:26:45
Here is something that may also be of interest - the inspection costs (which I do not believe are required in my case) seem quite reasonable.
Edited By AJAX on 27/07/2021 23:11:02
For anyone taking an interest in this thread (and wondering whether their trailer would pass inspection) I found the official IVA inspection manual quite useful.
Sounds good for your application, but maybe too heavy for my needs.
Thanks, that's just the information I was looking for. I'm now suitably put off the idea of any welding on the trailer chassis.
For reference, most of the trailer is made from U-section galvanized steel, 1/8" thick. Actually, "U-section" may be a misnomer as some has another rolled edge for stiffness. Most of the bed is constructed from 2.5" x 2" and the A-frame (bolted onto the chassis) is built from 3.5" x 1.5".
Now that you have put doubt into my mind, I will phone my insurer to check...
One thing I might mention is that after collecting this trailer with my existing lighting board, I realized that due to it's width (over 1.3 m) the lighting requirements are different to a smaller box trailer - e.g. fog lights are required, side reflector requirements, etc. Braked trailers manufactured after October 2012 also require a reversing light, which I think would be a good idea for this trailer, but perhaps not a legal requirement as I suspect it is older. In fact, since checking these rules I'll have to take another look at my nearly 50-year-old "skip" trailer to check that it is road legal.
All valid comments and I agree that some caravan / trailer-tent frames are unsuitable for conversion, but this one seems adequate for my needs. With some modification, mostly a small amount of bracing, a flat deck and some hold downs, I think it will be adaptable enough and safe to use. I plan to fabricate some bike / kayak / material carriers that can be added/removed between uses.
This trailer frame is plated 650 kg max gross weight. I don't know whether this assumes some structural integrity from the tent box framework which has been removed, but I don't plan to go anywhere near this weight.
The Al-Ko axle and 145R10 tyres seem more substantial than most I've seen on small box trailers (e.g. Erde) with the added bonus of a working brake system.
Of course, I could be wrong!
Thanks for raising this, but I expect it to be well within the limit. The trailer (Conway Products Ltd, model number CDX/93) is plated 650kg maximum gross weight and appears substantial enough for my intended uses which will mostly be limited to carrying bulky but not particularly heavy items (e.g. kayak, family bikes, sheet materials, fencing posts and rails, etc.) It happens to be braked which is nice, but maybe not essential for my intended uses.
I don't think that would help, would it? I have FFP3 masks and filters for particulates and vapours, but they won't filter the gas.
I rather suspect that would make it an expensive build. My other trailer (now almost 50 years old) seems to have done okay without a zinc coating.
Based on some of the comments here, plus what I've now read online, I will probably opt for mechanical fixings rather than weld anything on. I remember gas-cutting galvanized tubing in a milking parlour as a young man, and I'm still alive today, not to say that is an endorsement of the practice!
I have the chassis of an old trailer tent that I intend to re-purpose as a multi-functional trailer for my own use. The chassis is in good condition and is mostly constructed from U-section galvanized steel. All my previous fabrication projects have used plain mild steel.
Some of my modifications / add-ons will require securing to the chassis. Can I bolt and/or weld mild steel fabrications to the chassis or will this be problematic? I'm thinking of various connectors for removable sides, mudguard supports, ladder/kayak rack, tie down points, etc. I would also like to reinforce the frame in a couple of places. I presume it's good practice to grind off any galvanized first when welding, but please correct me if I am wrong. If I do weld mild steel to the galvanized frame, what finish should be applied?
Would it be okay to fabricate some parts from mild steel, apply an appropriate paint, and then bolt to the galvanized steel frame? In this situation, are galvanized fixings required or preferred?
I should probably mention the trailer will be stored outside covered by a tarpaulin.
|Thread: AA batteries|
Was that a BT cordless phone by any chance? I had exactly the same problem when I changed batteries but when I prised the spring clips out a bit it was enough to make good contact. Alternatively I could have bought the BT approved/branded replacements instead at an inflated price.
Update - my phone uses AAA and not AA batteries.
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