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Member postings for Russell Eberhardt

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Thread: Arc Euro and Coronavirus
29/03/2020 19:52:12


Best wishes to you and all the staff at ARC from France where we are further into the infection curve than you guys. Hang in there and I'm sure I'll have a shopping list for you when you can re-open.


Thread: Sanitizer
25/03/2020 15:55:30

Reply from makers of Swarfega:

"Good morning

There are two ways to deal with germs (the collective name for bacteria, viruses and fungi).

We can kill them (with hand sanitisers) or we can physically wash them off (with soap and water if the hands are not too dirty, or with heavy duty hand cleaners if they are dirty).

Swarfega will do the latter. As long as the hand cleaning is thorough, any germs on the skin will be removed as part of the process – it’s the physical action that takes them away.

This is in line with WHO recommendations.

I’d recommend a second wash before eating, with just a normal soap (it can be antibac or plain, it won’t really make much difference), really just as an extra precaution.

In terms of keeping skin healthy, use the mildest cleaner possible – so if your team aren’t getting dirty at times just use a normal soap and only use the Swarfega Orange when they do get dirty (this will help look after the skin with the increased number of handwashes they’re likely to do).

I hope this helps.

Kind regards


I'll stick with the recommended soap and water.


Thread: Keeping busy
23/03/2020 16:46:43

Cooking, cleaning, shopping. We have had to stop our twice weekly cleaning lady coming and my wife's physiotherapist isn't allowed to work at present sad

Designing a support for my mobile while video-phoning the kids on CAD.


23/03/2020 16:40:35
Posted by ega on 23/03/2020 16:30:43

Wouldn't it promote these ideas if those who are willing to communicate gave at least some minimal information about themselves in their public profiles?

Yes! Even just a rough location would help. Just county and country?


Thread: Sanitizer
23/03/2020 09:03:49
Posted by Anthony Knights on 23/03/2020 05:40:33:

Just a thought. I use Swarfega which seems to get rid of all sorts of oil, grease etc. Just wonder if it would dissolve the virus?

Probably. Viruses are held together by a fatty layer. Remove that and the virus falls apart. So I would imagine that, like soap, Swarfega should remove that layer. Best to check with Deb though. I have just emailed them. If I get a reply I'll post it.


Thread: Sieving
22/03/2020 09:34:54
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 21/03/2020 17:14:17:I've just finished the second half of some carrot and coriander I made. No taste of coriander and virtually none of carrot

If it's coriander leaves, just add them right at the end of cooking, just before blitzing.


Thread: Using EZELAP sharpeners
22/03/2020 09:31:03

Ive used these for many years. I've found the best thing to use is water with a tiny amount on household handwash to break the surface tension. Wash the sharpener under the tap after each use.


Thread: Coronavirus
16/03/2020 15:16:18
Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 16/03/2020 14:57:59:

Guys, Guys, there is no way an over 70's 'going outdoors' ban could be enforced, we have bugger all police or army to do it. i suggest it might be sensible but hey who knows?


Here, in France, us over 70s have been advised to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and excersise. So I can still garden and take country walks. Oh, and tobacconists are allowed to remain open so if the virus doesn't kill you you can do it withnicotine!


15/03/2020 10:09:58

From this morning here all bars, restaurants, night clubs, sports halls, churches, etc., are closed. All shops except food shops, pharmacies, and tobaconists are closed and us over 70s are being told to stay at home and not allow visitors although we are allowed to go out to buy food or or medicines.

We live in interesting times!


13/03/2020 16:50:56

Two weeks ago we had a rally held in Perpignan with over 100,000 Catalan separatists coming from Spain. Now there are cases of COVID-19 in Perpignan. What were these people thinking?

Now we have all schools and Universities closed throughout France so will those kids go to stay with their grandparents while Mum goes to work. Us over seventies are advised to stay at home and in our village (10km from Perpignan) all community activities and sports are forbidden.

Just for once I think Boris might have it right!


Thread: Starter Switch for a Kitty 636 Planner Thicknesser
11/03/2020 10:11:33

Would something like this be what you're looking for. What is the power rating of the motor?


Thread: Websites contacting you
09/03/2020 08:31:44

It's worthwhile deleting all cookies occasionally. It is a bit of a pain as you will have to log in to various sites again but not too bad done say once a month. If you are particularly concerned you can tell your browser to delete cookies each time you switch off but that can become a bit of a pain.


Thread: ER collet chuck/mill incompatibility?
07/03/2020 16:17:22
Posted by clogs on 07/03/2020 12:14:01:

BUT u dont need to tighten the collet nut very tight in the first place.....

just a good nip is all u need.........

You must have bigger muscles than me. The recommended tightening toque is about 80 Nm. as far as I remember.  However I tend to tighten them by feel.  When the force required to move the spanner increases rapidly I stop.


Edited By Russell Eberhardt on 07/03/2020 16:19:51

Thread: Printers
07/03/2020 15:30:14

Best to strip it down if you can figure out how. Then remove the glaze with 400 wet and dry. Then all you've got to do is figure out where that spare spring came from!


Thread: WARCO Open Day Postponed
05/03/2020 15:36:32

That's a shame but understandable in the circumstances. Last Saturday we had a gathering of over 100,000 Spanish Catalan independentists about 10 km from here. Total madness!


Thread: Coronavirus
05/03/2020 15:26:19
Posted by V8Eng on 05/03/2020 12:26:10:

Do not worry about toilet paper supplies! As long as Newspapers are obtainable you can tear them into small squares then pierce holes in a corner and hang them on a string from the toilet ceiling.

Sound advice based on my early years on this planet.

In my student days the Exchange and Mart was the preferred option.


Thread: Problem scripts
05/03/2020 10:51:19
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 04/03/2020 20:00:59:

That's the stuff that gathers the data our advertisers ask for to justify continuing to advertise with us (and thereby pay for this website).


That's all very well as long as it doesn't affect the useability of the site. It was fine until recently but something has changed and at least one of those trackers is introducing a problem, probably hogging resources. My laptop is reasonably powerful, not the latest but has a 2.5 gHz quad core processor and 4 GiB of ram. I'm not the fastest typist yet unless, I block the trackers, while typing the screen display is intermittently three or more characters behind what I type which can be most confusing. What's more the mouse cursor follows the the mouse movement in jerks so it's difficult to position it.

In the meantime I find it necessary to block those trackers. Perhaps your website team can find out which one is causing the problem and change to a different one.

Not complaining, just trying to be helpful as I guess a lot of readers block trackers as some browsers have some tracking protection built in making it easier.


04/03/2020 14:59:12

For a while now I have been getting problems with my laptop. When I am using my web browser (Firefox) I have been getting slow and jerky response from mouse movements and slow response to typing on the keyboard.

I normally only have three or four tabs open but I have discovered that, if one of them is this site, I get the problem. It usually starts a few minutes after I have opened this site and not only affects the web browser but also actions on the desktop. If I close the "Model Engineer" tab normal operation resumes.

I have now activated "uBlock Origin" on this site and it cures the problem. I had previously de-activated it for this site following a call for readers not to use adblockers.

uBlock origin finds and blocks the following suspicious scripts:


Perhaps the web developers could look into this?

In the meantime I will keep them blocked.


Thread: VFD remote (pendant) design
03/03/2020 09:15:53

I reused the switches that I took off my mill to make the control for the lathe:



Thread: ER25 closing nuts
02/03/2020 15:03:56

Perhaps some of the nuts have a thread that is too close fitting. I think that there should be some slack in the thread so that the closing nut doesn't push the outer taper of the collet out of alignment.


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