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Member postings for Mike Hurley

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Thread: Windows 10 "upgrade" to Windows 11 Anyone tried it?
05/12/2021 11:37:27

If the update icon on windows 10 says ' upgrade to Windows 11 is ready for your pc ' do I assume that this machine is fully compatible anyway , ( its 2 -3 years old ). ?

I don't want to waste any more of my life waiting for an upgrade to take place and then it to tell me after 2 hours that it can't complete due to xxx or xxx,

Thread: Drilling and filling of the Dental kind.
04/12/2021 12:25:40

My dentist works for a group, based locally. He is excellent, cannot praise him enough.

He does all the NHS work at 'list' price, but gives the option of certain work privately with an clear estimate. e.g. having ' white ' crowns instead of the standard NHS metal ones. ( The NHS will not pay for the white ones) So it's your choice and no pressure at all. He's also a really nice chap.

Count my blessings some time!

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
02/12/2021 10:10:26

DVLA delays were featured on BBC's Watchdog last night. Apparently They are taking on more agency staff at Swansea and Birmingham and hiring extra office space. So all will be well from this day forth,

What's that just flown past my window ? Oink

Thread: New Micrometers
02/12/2021 10:06:24

What about an internal micrometer? I know not everyone likes them but personally I do find them handy for most tasks. If requiring a very accurate internal bore I would use a home made go/no go gauge but still use the internal mike when working to ' nearly got there '. ( I'm aware of the issues with them normally only being able to measure the first part of a bore ) . Really don't find calipers work for me as well as micrometers, just a personal thing.

The only drawback I find is having to think backwards when reading the scale and have totally cocked up more than once by misreading it! So, a digital version would be really nice, but they do seem prohibitively priced ( Suppose there's less demand than for external mikes )


Thread: DraftSight no longer free
28/11/2021 10:12:48
Posted by Perko7 on 28/11/2021 06:51:52:

I like the sound of LibreCad and wonder if anyone on this forum has used it and would like to offer some comment on their experiences?


It works quite well for basic stuff and has a recognisable interface similar to other products. The one down side is that documentation is quite limited and via Wiki. Hence it would be very difficult to pick up if you had no previous experience. I can't personally comment on its limitations as I've never used it to its limits as I tend to prefer cutting metal to drawing. Why not give it a go - it won't cost you anything and you do not have to sign up / register or any of that hassle, the rest of the ' Libre ' suite is excellent by the way if you haven't used any of them before!

Hope that helps - regards Mike

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
27/11/2021 10:28:51

Finally got the VFD conversion of my old BV-20 lathe together. Took much longer than expected mainly due to problems fitting the slightly larger motor - this did not fit on the original, rather ropey mounting on the lathe, so had to be fitted externally on the sturdy bench using a slide plate for adjustment. This required all manner of jiggery-pokery including moving the whole lathe about 2" to one side, butchering the covers to accomodate the new pulley / belt position.
Also added a rev counter, not essential, but, as I was doing all this other work why not! ( Had quite a bit of a wobbly with this until I discovered the in-joke that the manufactureres don't tell you about that stops it working! )
Anyway, it all seems to have come right in the end and I'm very pleased so far.
As we seem to be up to our ears in snow at the moment, looks like I'll get plenty of workshop time now rather than being dragged out shopping - oh what a shame.

Regards Mike

vfd lathe1.jpg

Thread: Eletronic Prescriptions
25/11/2021 10:27:00

Peter, obviously I can't comment on how well or poor your surgery web site might function, but the third-party system mentioned earlier (PatientAccess * ) is really dead straightforward to use and I can complete the whole process of ordering a full set of repeats in 3 - 4 steps. All your previous drugs / preferred pharmacy etc are all pre set so once you log on, literally one click selects everything and anoher confirmation click its all done.

OK ,I have an IT background so find these things comfortable to use, but believe me I have little patience for systems that are more time and trouble than a ' traditional ' one. At the end of the day, life has just got more complicated and all these time / labour saving devices and systems allways seem to end up with the end-user being worse off!

( * I have no connection with the providers of the PatientAccess system )

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2021
25/11/2021 10:12:29
Posted by HOWARDT on 30/06/2021 10:41:56:

Not a cheap hobby, is there any hobby that is really cheap, you might say something like bird watching which is alright until you want binoculars then do you pay £10 or £1000, We have to do something to keep all our marbles. When you consider a day out can easily blow through £100, with fuel and food and that is just for two people. Also remember you cannot take it with you.

Just be hopful that 'er indoors never gets hooked on serious Dolls houses! Talk about a money pit. Makes my humble workshop purchases fade into insignificance. Still, on the positive side, bithday and christmas present choice are a breeze now.

All the best, Mike

Thread: Eletronic Prescriptions
25/11/2021 10:00:50

Alistair - ( I'm assuming here that Scotland is similar to England).Most GP practices will accept a repeat request a max of 7 days before it is due (some may be 10 days). Simpy order your meds as early as possible so you are effectvely a week ' ahead', if you do this every month you soon end up with a buffer that covers the extra days over the 4 week cycle. I've been doing it for ages, you just need to be organised and mark ' order repeats ' on your calendar the correct day every month!

This isn't a method of obtaining unecessary medication or cheating the NHS, just a simple method of getting round the 4 week v calendar month issue. In your case it would in fact cut down the workload of your GP Practice and pharmacy by them not having to keep issuing top-up precriptions!

25/11/2021 09:44:34

I worked in IT at a large medical practice before I retired. We were even involved in some pilot testing of electronic prescriptions many years back.

Trust me, the system is very stable and works perfectly 99.9999% of the time. When it doesn't, its usually due to human error.

The vast majority of repeats are processed by staff in the Practice and then effectively electronically ' signed ' by the Doctor. Only if a query has been flagged with the order, or by the patient, would it be referred to a GP for action.

A service like Patientaccess is very helpful in making oredering and checking very easy, but it depends on the IT systems used by your Practice, and alternative services are available.

Most problems appear to be caused at the pharmacy end when delays and missing items are caused by the usuall issues that affect many retail organisations at present, i.e. insufficient staff, delivery delays from suppliers etc. its very much pot luck on where you live and how good your pharmacy is I'm afaraid.

Regards, Mike

Thread: Vintage voltage
22/11/2021 09:47:18

I think the second hand car market has improved more due to the possibility of increases in interest rates. Many younger folk with mortgages must be tightening their purse strings when considering how much a tiny increase in rate would affect the horrendous levels of payments they must be saddled with.

That was certinly the opinion of a long standing used car dealer I heard on Radio 4 the other day also.

Thread: Axminster Drill Clamp
22/11/2021 09:20:59

Dead good! Had a couple for many years from a local hardware store, they are superb for holding larger, thinner stuff on a drill press that won't go in a vice and much, much safer than holding stuff with your fingers.

Highly recommended

Edited By Mike Hurley on 22/11/2021 09:21:53

Thread: How to read a micrometer
21/11/2021 10:15:34

My thinking also. Andrew beat me to it!

It does say 0 - 1" just above the Steinmeyer label


Edited By Mike Hurley on 21/11/2021 10:17:12

Thread: 80th birthday
21/11/2021 10:05:42

Happy birthday for December Bill.

+1 for David George's suggestion of a steam engine experience day. I had one a few years back for my 60th on the Severn Valley Railway. Great fun and not too arduous, but very memorable!

Thread: Which to buy?
18/11/2021 10:13:34

Welcome to the forum.

My recommendation is to look at this the other way around. If you haven't already done so, first get a copy of the Workshop Practice series book ' Gears and gear cutting '. It will cost less than a tenner from on line sources and will tell you what type of kit you need and how to use it. This may save you making an expensive mistake and buying equipment that is not fit for purpose.

Are you intending to make gears for a specific purpose?


Edited By Mike Hurley on 18/11/2021 10:16:49

Thread: Can red oxide primer be painted on to Rust?
18/11/2021 10:04:10

Experts may contradict me, but my understanding is that Red Oxide primer is basically a substance containing very finely ground iron oxide ( i,e, basically rust ) that adheres to the oxide already on the metal surface ( not any heavy / loose / flaking rust ) and provides an even key for top coats.

I'm sure for specialist projects all manner of advanced chemical primers are available these days, but Red oxide is a good general purpose go to. What you don't want really is a super-clean, highly polished metal surface to begin with, as that won't aid ' stick '

Thread: Hello - Total Novice In Model Engineering
18/11/2021 09:47:49

Welcome David. All the info and guidance you will probably ever need is within somewhere on this site! One useful tip - if an issue comes up, do a ' search ' on the site and you can pretty well guarntee someone has covered it before. May sound obvious, but often see new members asking much the same questions time and again - other members here never seem to mind though, we are a helpful lot.

Recommend that you use the search facility on the HOME page ( about half way down ) though rather than that at the top of the forums pages, its a Google search and I've appears to better for some reason

Best of luck with your project, with your background it should be a breeze.

regards Mike

Thread: Another chinese lathe rises through the smoke
15/11/2021 09:54:08

Recently bought a 1HP package from NT * , and its a nice bit of kit. OK bit more pricey than a home-brew setup, but quality units and good backup if needed.

My old chinese lathe was manual (no electric speed controls etc) just wanted a bit more versatility and a little more power than the original 3/4 HP single phase motor.

* I have no association with this company.

Thread: So what design software will you use in 2022?
12/11/2021 10:15:27
Posted by Emgee on 11/11/2021 23:47:46:
Posted by John McNamara on 11/11/2021 21:31:11:

So what design software will you use in 2022?

A serious contender Is Siemens Solid edge, Free to hobby users, not web based it runs on your computer you do not have to be connected to the internet. This has to be a bargain. It is competitive with Solidworks some say better. There is no CAM included with the hobby version. But apart from that it is all there. They clearly state that it can be used indefinitely for hobby use.


I seem to remember using some software a few years ago provided for hobby use by Siemens who pulled the plug on use, or am I mistaken ?


Was that ' Draftsight ' ?. I did use it a lot years ago, then if I remember correctly they stopped the free licensing

Thread: Such naivety
12/11/2021 10:08:30

Makes me think back to the 1950's when Barry Bucknall (remember him ?) the original TV DIY ' expert ' was covering everything - panelled doors, fireplaces etc with sheets of hardboard to get the ' modern ' look!

What goes around comes around as they say!

Regards. Mike

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