Here is a list of all the postings Simon0362 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Repair It? Wossat Mean, Like?|
I think it comes with the territory of "more expensive car/whatever, means that you are expecting to pay more for the parts". Having run an expensive classic from the early 1970s for some 30 years, I long ago gave up quoting even the marque but requested the particular Jaguar, British Leyland (remember them??), Hillman, whatever parts that were scattered about the car and expected at least a 50% reduction in price. Didn't always work, the brake calipers are shared with an even rarer Maserarti...
|Thread: Bygone Trader Catalogues|
This thread reminded me of a catalogue that I was given some years back - as far as I can tell it dates sometime after 1929 when Bell's Asbestos company became Bell's Asbestos and Engineering Supplies. The catalogue is several hundred pages thick and is numbered (!) from their local Bristol agents.
It is really aimed at the real engineering industry but has some smaller lathes available, the smallest being this 4" treadle lathe, a real snip at 35 Pounds 10 shillings for some 4 ½ cwt which is around 250Kgs I think.
At the other end of the scale are the larger lathes including the following range between 6 and 12.5” centre height costing between 87 and 247 pounds…
Also (price on application only) is this ‘small’ planning machine ranging up to 8 foot bed length, 4.25 tones, just the job for a ME workshop.
Loads of other items for sale including boilers, fittings, hand tools and pretty well anything else that engineering shops would need in the 1930s. If anyone can add a date to the catalogue, I would be very interested to know.
(apologies for the rotated pages, they just don't want to go in the direction that I have asked them to go in...)
Edited By Simon0362 on 28/04/2021 17:08:40
|Thread: CNC Lathe Scratch Build|
@T.B., very nice indeed, pity I didn't talk to you guys before I built mine!
Joe, I have been following your series with great interest and no little admiration of the work that you have done so far. As the author of the articles in MEW, maybe I can add to your comments above:
Locking the taper in position with a fine screw and lots of stepper torque 'just' works- if I revisited it, I would look closely at small hydraulics - derived maybe from classic car brakes or modern bicycle brakes, married to a stepper driving the master cylinder and maybe mounted off the lathe.
PM me if there is anything I can help with directly, very interested to see your project continue to go forward.
|Thread: Tormach style tool holders|
Hi Nigel, yes it is !
|Thread: Digital Callipers - again|
Same here, plus one Mitutoyo pair bought at an MEX around 1985.
|Thread: How Many People Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb on the Forum?|
4 who start their post with "I have no experience or knowledge of light bulbs but in my opinion......"
|Thread: Steam engines with electronically controlled valves|
The valve control certainly fits the bill but I recall multi-cylindered versions as well.
Maybe I need to look through this article first.
I recall in I think the last 10 years (dated from the time of our last major move) a short ME series describing the build of several stationary steam engines with the valve events controlled electronically - possibly solenoids but more likely steppers. I think the author made a basic single (or maybe a V-twin) and then multiplied it up into multi cylindered versions.
Can anyone help with the articles? I have tried several searches but I am lacking a key word to add focus.
@Michael G, I await your response with anticipation
|Thread: Amazon scam again|
Speaking from some experience within the telecoms industry, the geo-location of a mobile is something that can be easily determined at the network level. In the earlier days of mobile networks, specialised components were deployed to give the cell information and estimates of the physical location based on signal strength, etc. These days, such elements are highly integrated at the core network and are as secure as any of the rest of the network - I expect GCHQ/NSA/FSB/etc have access but not to be downloaded on an app...
Accessing your mobile via virus and IP network attack is more likely - but falls into the same category as attacks on your PC or Mac IMO.
As Nigel says, "'they' may well know where you live anyway" since there is so much data out there to identify each of us to the nth degree.
Hope this helps!
Other than confirming that the number exists and is able to be answered, not sure what the scammer is going to be able to extract from your phone in the space of a voice call.
|Thread: What a disaster! KBIC DC Drive|
"Nothing ventured, nothing gained....."
I would personally:
reconnect, avoiding all the previous errors. If it works, great, saved $100.....if not, I would assume that the damage has propagated through other components and its for the recycle bin.
My 2c.....good luck
|Thread: RPi (or something) to connect to VPS over OpenVPN|
I now have an Apple TV operating behind a headless Raspberry Pi operating as a VPN client - a very successful, if rather steep learning curve first dip into Linux.
The links were helpful but not exactly what I needed, they gave me the vocabulary to search for the eventual solution. For the benefit of anyone else searching, the two key links were:
which helped me to install and setup the RPi and:
which helped setup the critical routing, firewall and NAT settings.
Peter, thank you, I think that this is what I need. Just need to get my head around the details and find a Rpi.
I am hoping that the collective wisdom on the forum will be able to aid me towards my goal of having a gateway between some of my network components in the house and my VPS running OpenVPN based in the UK.
I think I need to have a RPi or something similar to run OpenVPN and connect to the VPS as I have other equipment doing directly (e.g. iPads) on one side and have a router like connection on the other side. However I am at the limit (beyond the limit?) of my knowledge, especially on RPis.
Most of the equipment I want to connect through the VPS are unable to run OpenVPN clients or even install them, hence the logic in taking the VPN access one step closer to the VPS.
I am emphatically not looking to do an R&D project here, anything available off the shelf will also be of great interest. Equally if I can connect a set of existing components or follow someone else's route I would be happy to do that - but I am lacking in the initial knowledge and ideas where to look.
Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions!
|Thread: Covid19 - Overseas Subscriptions|
I read my copies and then add them to an ever increasing pile in the corner of my office on the vague idea that I will look back through them or access some article or other "in the future".....
Since there are a few people here looking to complete collections, I am happy to move my copies on if you would like to get in touch directly via PM.
(@moderators, hope I am not overstepping the mark here offering the back issues)
|Thread: Workshop temperature - cold|
When I used to help a friend with fettling his vintage car for racing and hill climbing, most of the work was done in his extensively extended single car garage with the doors wide open at all times of the year.
|Thread: Unimat 3 motor diode|
Thanks for all of the replies - the function of the diode is as suggested to half-wave rectify the inbound ac and to provide the lower of the two speeds. I have never seen a diode marked with a comma before, most of those I have come across have been in the 1N... series or similar. I will hunt down a replacement through our local suppliers.
Thanks also for the comments on the potential (pun not intended! ) causes of tripping - the Unimat is fitted with an XY suppressor, or was until I removed it when a similar problem appeared a couple of years ago - It gets very little use and I didn't quite get around to replacing it.....
The only remaining capacitive devices are a couple of small ceramics at the brush plate which I will snip out to test, hoping that the fault lies here.
There is no measurable line-earth resistance to the ability of my digital meter - given that the on-off switch also appears sound and the tripping happens on inserting the plug into the socket, I would expect a neutral-earth fault. Also, there is no smell of hot or dead windings which I know only too well, nor any visible signs of destruction - even if this not exactly a scientific test.
Tedious and the garage has become cold at night and work is keeping me occupied in my(warm) office during the day, so I have limited time to fault-find. Suppressors and diode on order in the hopes that the problem is not windings related.
I will report back when I find something.
Trying to find the fault that is causing the "differentiator" to trip in our consumer box when I plug my Unimat into the socket has resulted in my terminally breaking the diode that allows low speed.
Many years ago I was trying to fault find a failing power connection which I traced back to the fused consumer unit. Checking using my newly acquired digital voltmeter across the switch revealed that apparently 220V existed but nothing was happening at the business end of the circuit. I then switched to the 10A setting and placed the meter in line which showed a few milliAmps were flowing. After digesting this a bit more I decided to check the volts again. Unfortunately I did this before returning the meter to a voltage configuration and promptly put a straight short across 220 V - the loud bang and flash left me stunned for a while, although fortunately neither I nor the house was harmed. The meter apparently was not reacting though since shorting the leads or connecting one directly into the other socket gave no visible readings. It turned out that both leads had gone open circuit, swiftly cured by a trip to Maplins.
Ever after, I have made a conscious effort to take a current reading and then return the leads to the voltage configuration.
I think the flash was my guardian angel briefly attending to me.....
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