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Thread: Locomotive crashes and preventing boiler explosions?
09/02/2018 00:46:40

When I was six years old, 61 years ago, a train derailed on the line that was less than 10 meters from my parents' house and the locomotive leaned over a small slope.
Even today I remember the fear that caused me to hear for so long, uninterruptedly, the whistle of the locomotive that thus relieved the pressure in the boiler.
The driver, before leaving the locomotive, had time and discretion, in the midst of panic, to hold the handle of the whistle in a fixed position.
Many years later, my mother still recognized at a distance, by the sound of the whistle, the approach of the locomotive that had been restored in the meantime ...

Dias Costa

Thread: Peculiar needle file
20/12/2017 17:13:15

Hi Martin,

The Portuguese maker is Tomé Feteira and the files, as much as I know, are usually sold as "Tomé Feteira hand files".
In UK I know they are sold at least by ArcEurotrade.

Dias Costa

Thread: Embarking on a metal planer/shaper design+build
11/10/2017 09:58:46

Hello Ryan, good morning.

I started to make a shaper machine by following partially, Gingery's plans, without castings.
Following a fire in the garage / workshop I stopped the construction that I will someday resume.
If you are interested, you can see photos ***here*** and a small movie of it ***here***.

Dias Costa

Thread: A Mouse in the house!
25/09/2017 07:45:33

Hello Dave. Good morning.

Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 24/09/2017 11:08:28:

Can't help with material unfortunately, but well done you for taking LBSC on and sharing the results. Please keep it coming.

By the way there are quite a few British da Silvas about - I went to school with one. He wasn't unusually hairy, but another friend sported a full set of Victorian bushy sideburns when he was 16!

You might be interested in the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance too; warms the cockles of your heart as an example of international amity.

Best wishes,


Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 24/09/2017 11:09:21

I was born in the north of Portugal, in a town called Vizela. That city has a parish called Tagilde where the promissory document was signed which shortly thereafter evolved into the Treaty of Windsor.
Please read the following URL ***HERE*** and ***HERE*** .

Best wishes
Dias Costa

Thread: cleaning stainless steel
12/08/2017 14:58:45

Hello Michael, welcome back.

Dias Costa

Thread: I.T
03/08/2017 17:30:00

Hello John Weight, good afternoon.

I don't use Office from Microsoft since more than 10 years.
Instead I use LibreOffice which has all office tools I need and is highly compatible with Excel, Word and PowerPoint, at least.
The suite is also available for Mac and Linux and it is free.

Dias Costa


Edited By dcosta on 03/08/2017 17:31:36

Thread: Optimum Mill/Drill BF20 Problem
13/03/2017 23:13:54

Hello Eoin,

See, please, **here**

Not the same symptoms but, perhaps, the same cause.

Best regards
Dias Costa

Thread: Arduinos and Microcontrollers ref: Rotary Table Mew 249
11/02/2017 02:00:04

Hello, John Swift, good morning.

Thank you very much for your help.
Just as an information element, let me tell you that from the two addresses you showed me, the ebay address sends and invoices from England and the address of Amazon, sends and invoices from Hong Kong.

Best regards
Dias Costa

07/02/2017 23:04:21

Hello everyone.

I'm interested in making the controller for the rotary table with the Arduino.
Most components are easy to acquire, for example, in England. However, I did not find in England a source for the driver that would guarantee that the driver will be shipped and invoiced from England, so if I buy from any of the sources I found on the WWW, I run the risk of not knowing the country And the driver is sent to me from China, the customs rights can reach the value of several drivers.
Can someone knowing of a source in England, please, give me the address?

Best regards
Dias Costa

Thread: Slideway protection
05/02/2017 12:42:43

Good morning to all.

After the original protective bellows has disintegrated by the action of the oil, and while not applying new bellows, a small panel cut with scissors from a curtain of chopsticks plays a good role, is easily replaceable and very cheap.
I fastened to the panel, at three points, a wire guide that runs on the slides of the router.
You can see more images in my album.

Best regards
Dias Costa



Edited By dcosta on 05/02/2017 12:43:13

Thread: An open request for microcontroller type equality
09/12/2016 01:12:14

About the creation of C++ language, please see this interview **HERE** or **HERE**
At the time, as much as I know, Bjarn Stroustrup did not denied it.

Dias Costa

Thread: Hello everyone from the Algarve
13/11/2016 16:09:42

Hello VCR,
Hello Saxalby

Near Lisbon, on the south bank of the Tagus, and at about 20 km, there is a small company that for several years, but not lately, has supplied me with all the materials I needed. From steels to technical plastics.
The owner of the company, Mr. Carlos Santos, is very helpful and can prepare a lot of metals and / or plastics to order. If you order together the order will be bigger and easier, for him, it will be supplying you.
Among the plastics it markets there is one, the POM, which as far as I know is another denomination for Delrin that I used to build gears.

In contacting the company, if you want, you can refer my name (Dias Costa) as the person who indicated the company and so he will know the style of client that you are.

The website address of the company on the WWW is as follows:
There you will find the address and telephone numbers for contact and also information about the materials that he commercializes.

Best regards from
Dias Costa

Edited By dcosta on 13/11/2016 16:10:09

Thread: Fridge problems
02/11/2016 22:13:37

Hi Simon.

Another possibility is the pipe through which the water that is formed inside exhaust to the outside, to be evaporated, to be clogged. It has happened to me.

Best regards
Dias Costa

Thread: what make of mill is this?
30/10/2016 16:51:11

After watching the above pictures I got neck pain.
This problem has existed for too long...

Dias Costa

Thread: Taps and Files
24/10/2016 15:54:03

Hello Clive,

To correct my previous post.

I started my activity in the hobby in the eighties.
I have 5 files of Tomé Feteira manufacturer since then and they still perform well so I continue to use them when I need.
My grandfather, who was a blacksmith, already used files from Tomé Feteira and I still have a file that I "inherited" from him.
When the files were in poor condition my grandfather used to sent them to the manufacturer to restore.

As Michael Cox wrote above, now ArcEuro is stocking them.

Dias Costa

24/10/2016 15:02:41

Hello Clive,

I have 5 files of Tomé Feteira manufacturer since then and they still perform well so I continue to use them when I need.
My grandfather, who was a blacksmith, already used them and I still have a file that I "inherited" from him.
When the files were in poor condition my grandfather used to sent them to the manufacturer to restore.

As Michael Cox wrote above, now ArcEuro is stocking them.

Dias Costa

Thread: MEW 246 and ME 4543 Paper magazines delivery
19/09/2016 20:41:10

Hi Ketan,

MEW arrived today to my home, near Lisbooa, Portugal, today morning.
As usual from Arc a very nice, and this time more comprehensive, catalog I keep almost "religiously".
I feel specially happy to see the Tomé Féteira files in your catalogue.

Best regards
Dias Costa

Thread: Torque required for a small mill power feed
28/08/2016 09:16:53


On a simple automatic feed for my BF20 milling machine using a stepper motor, please, see my post dated 10/04/2011 13:09:23 ***HERE*** .
And my album ***HERE*** .

Dias Costa

Thread: Files- best bang per buck
28/07/2016 20:05:09

Hello Ketan,

Ketan: Arc is hoping to carry a range of their products soon. Thank you Dias Costa for introducing us to Tomé.

I was very happy to help you.
And by extension I also helped a Portuguese company that makes good products.

Dias Costa

Thread: WM16 Advice
25/07/2016 01:07:58

Hi Luke,

Luke: Could a belt drive mod bring the noise down to an acceptable level?
DC: Yes I do think so. However I've been expecting some project or kit to modify my milling and till now couldn't find it.

Luke: Do you think that this noise is due to the gearbox or the motor itself?
DC: It's due to the gear box and also to the transmission among the gears and the splines in the milling spindle.

I recomenbd you to see the message from Paul Lousick. If I was buying a milling machine perhaps I would buy an SX2 or SX3 from ArcEuroTrade.

Dias Costa

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