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Thread: Home workshop insurance.
06/05/2021 12:01:01

Over in the Emerald Isle, I can't get extra insurance for my detached garage workshop. Neither an extension to the home insurance nor a separate insurance. Walter Midgley don't cover Ireland.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Magnetic swarf
03/05/2021 17:27:19

OK. Thanks for putting my mind at rest.

The Emerald Isle

03/05/2021 16:23:34

Many folk use magnetic bits such as magnetic DTI holders and the like on their machines. In time there must be a build up of magnetism in the machine which in turn attracts the ferrous swarf.

I've studiously avoided the use of magnetic equipment on my machines until recently when I started using a magnetic holder for a DTI.

So, how do people de-magnetise their machines, or do they not bother?

The Emerald Isle

Thread: New member from Ireland
03/05/2021 16:16:51

Welcome to the forum from another Ireland based metal basher. West Cork in my case.

How persuasive are are you? Or, do you have the gift of the gab? If you are looking for a larger milling machine (about 1-1/4 tonnes) I may be able to put you in touch with someone in Co. Carlow.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Finish for wooden base
23/03/2021 11:31:10

This is a home brew that I have used quite a lot, gives a pleasing matt finish and resists oils well:


1 Part Pure Turpentine
1 Part Raw Linseed
1 Part White Vinegar
1/4 Part Methylated Spirits

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Newcomen Plans or kits - looking for.
03/03/2021 10:46:09

The Newcomen kit from Sussex Steam and sold by Forest Classics has not been available for several years and is unlikely to become available again.

Sussex Steam wound down the business for personal reasons and no-one appears to have taken it over.

I saw one of these model engines working at the last Bristol show and it was quite interesting to watch the (admittedly jerky) motion.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Private message?
13/02/2021 13:08:19

I've received an email telling me that I have a new private message:

You have a new message waiting, subject Abrasive.

Go to message centre to view.

However, when I go to the my Inbox, there is no message. I am logged into the forum and have refreshed the page, but still no sign of the message.

So, whoever sent me the message, please try again.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Sheared screw in wood
09/02/2021 15:08:00

Job done!

Followed G.Cowboy's suggestion of using a piece of tube - stainless in my case - and just filed 3 teeth on the end. Coped OK with the soft wood.

I used a normal piece of dowel to fill the (6mm) hole and the screw gripped just fine.

The Emerald Isle

08/02/2021 10:48:16

Trying to remove wood screws from a panel door, I have sheared two of them flush with the surface behind the door handle.

They are of the hardened type, 3.2mm diameter and there is 20mm stuck in the wood. Any suggestions on how to remove the screws please?

My thought at the moment is to make a core drill that will just pass over the screw and OD about 4.5 - 5.0mm. When deep enough, i will try and get long nose pliers on the end and try and break off the peg. Afterwards I will fill the hole with a dowel.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Polishing Delrin
22/12/2020 12:33:32

The part that is not a regular shaped item so it had to be filed to rough shape and then down to the wet 'n' dry.

Following on from steviegtr's suggestion, I used some black trim restorer. That didn't seem to make much difference, so then on to furniture polish and that seemed to produce a satisfactory result.

Thanks to all the other ideas.

The Emerald Isle

Edited By steamdave on 22/12/2020 12:33:47

15/12/2020 21:21:54

Thanks, Steve.

I'll try furniture polish first, then if that doesn't work, I've got some car trim restorer that works well on black plastic.

I'll report back when I've had a go.

The Emerald Isle

15/12/2020 20:49:57

What is the best way to get a shiny finish on black Delrin?

I've got a piece of Delrin that I want to get a shiny finish on, the sort of finish that comes as supplied new. I've used successively finer grades of abrasive down to 2000 and then used Solvo Autosol by hand to try and get a shine. No success, it just remains a dull black.

I don't want to use a buff in case I melt the stuff (which I have done before).

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Electric vehicles
22/11/2020 11:13:55

Electric vehicles are all well and good for urban areas, but for rural areas like the west of Ireland are totally impractical. At the present time there are few charging points and those that there are don't always work or are occupied when required by Biddy doing her shopping.

Public transport is non-existent in rural Ireland. I would have to walk 2-1/2 miles to the nearest bus stop. Great in the pouring rain and even better when going home again with the shopping!

It will take a sea-change in attitudes to get Paddy the farmer to change his Toyota Landcruiser for an electric alternative (Is there one?), especially as a few years ago the Irish government persuaded people to go for diesel cars. Diesel fuel is approximately 10c/litre cheaper than petrol. (Locally diesel = 1.15 EU litre).

There are a lot of old cars on the roads here and with combustion engines, they somehow keep on going. What happens to the batteries in electric vehicles when they are beyond their useful life? The cost of a replacement battery presently is uneconomic when put into an older vehicle, and to my knowledge they cannot be recycled.

As for the infrastructure, who is going to pay for the many, many thousands of tonnes of copper and other metals required to install the charging networks? You can bet your life, the cost will be passed on to the consumer in higher electricity charges and taxes. Never mind the pollution, invest in copper mining companies and make your fortune!

The Emerald Isle

Thread: The Engineers Emporium Henry (Heinric) Stirling Engine
15/11/2020 22:25:29

The Engineer's Emporium Heinrici engine is a Wiggers design. Wiggers retired some 5 years ago and the design 'died' then. As did the Lameter hot air engine that also appears in the EE catalogue.

I tried to get a set of those Heinrici castings and was told by Adrian Grimett of EE that he had one set of the original Wiggers' Heinrici castings that he was going to make up 'one day'. How/why those designs are in the EE catalogue I know not except perhaps that a deal was hoping to be done, but never came to pass.

For anyone interested, the Hubbard marine engine castings (ex- Heinz Kornmuller Classic Motors) are being sold by EE.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: How can a steel thermos drinks flask fail?
09/11/2020 12:38:59

My Thermos 'Ultimate Insulation' flask keeps hot drinks piping hot for at least 10 hours. Had it for quite a number of years and although it was more expensive than other flasks, I consider it money well spent.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: what is it
07/11/2020 11:34:02

The compressor looks like a Stuart design that is based on their Sirius engine, which is 1" bore and stroke. That should give you a starting point!

The Emerald Isle

Thread: New Member from Ireland
24/09/2020 17:04:20
Posted by john O'Sullivan 4 on 23/09/2020 15:06:13:
Posted by Del Greco on 23/09/2020 10:04:29:

Hey John,

I'm also from Ireland. Based in Dublin. How about yourself?

Welcome, and hello.



I am based in limerick so my selection of equipment is even smaller than the midlands or Dublin.

worst part is all the lovely equipment in UK for lot cheaper then in here

Trust you are a Munster supporter, then!

The Emerald Isle

22/09/2020 15:11:28

Welcome to the forum,John.

Just curious,what part of Ireland? Anywhere near West Cork?

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Jobs we had as kids
08/09/2020 11:47:30

Does anyone remember Bob-a-Job week for the wolf cubs/boy scouts?

Some of the jobs were easy and I got paid more than the Bob. Others were darned hard and/or dirty work and I got paid just the Bob. One I remember was having to clean an old brass/copper gas geyser that provided hot water for the bath. The housewife kept checking up on me and pointing out all the areas I had missed or not done to her satisfaction. About an hour's work for the Bob. That was as a lad of maybe 10 years old.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Is there any tips for sawing aluminium
04/09/2020 15:53:20

Now, as for technique with your new blade:

With the bar in your vice, start sawing 'uphill' (from bottom front to top mid) then saw 'downhill' (from top mid to rear bottom). This will give you an inverted V shaped slot. Cut off the apex then resume as before. The logic behind this is that your cuts are shorter than just cutting straight across the bar.

Thanks to Tubal Caine (Tom Walshaw) for this method.

Now I've got a power hacksaw, my muscles have become all flabby without the use of Armstrong's Patent.

The Emerald Isle

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