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Thread: Electric Smart Meters
13/10/2020 15:28:53
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2020 12:23:21:

I won't have a smart meter until they get them sorted out so there are no compatibility problems when you change suppliers.

Plus, they don't do economy 7...


Smets2 meters are compatible across all energy suppliers who are DCC compliant (DCC = Data Communications Company, the central hub for 2nd generation smart meter interoperability). This includes all the major suppliers such as SSE, British Gas, EON, EDF and a lot of the smaller ones. I fit for one of the smaller energy suppliers and we can now fit E7 Smets2 smart meters, so it is worth asking your energy supplier if they have them available, things have moved on quite a bit recently, we also have pre-payment Smets2 meters available.


Thread: Quality Control ?
24/09/2020 16:25:05

I have found this problem to be more apparent with Duracell batteries. A number of my granddaughters toys will not work with Duracells but work fine with other makes. Duracell batteries have a much shorter +ve terminal than other major brands

Thread: Which lathe
18/09/2020 17:31:03

I'm a fan of Warco lathes, having owned 3, 2 of which still reside in my workshop, A WM250V and a GH1330, and wish I had kept the other one as well.

I have also owned 2 lathes from Chester and quite honestly would not have another one.

One significant difference between the DB10 and the Warco 250V (similar sized machines), is that the Chester appears to still use a DC motor and the quoted power of 750W from reading the manual suggests this is the input power rather than the true output power of the motor.

Warco use a 3 phase induction motor with a very good quality inverter drive to allow use from standard 240v single phase domestic supply.

Although a bit more expensive, my personal choice would be Warco.

Although they are showing currently as out of stock of the 250v, have a look at their used machines as they have a couple of WM250V in their listing for similar money to the Chester. I have bought second hand from Warco in the past and not had any issues. They also give a 6 months warranty on current machines.


Thread: Jobs
31/07/2020 16:29:27

Posted by Bazyle:

"Army - this was invented to supress the people and protect the monarch with defence of the realm only brought in when said morarch wanted more subjects to supress.

airforce is only needed to support the navy which is only needed for border patrols so both can be reduced in size, privitised and paid on results."

HOW DARE YOU! What an arrogant, misinformed,Ill considered and insulting statement, obviously you have never taken the Queens shilling and served your country!

You seem to forget the role all three armed forces take in support and relief during natural disasters, famine, and other situations other than conflict and war.

Having spent the best part of my adult life in The Royal Air Force and having worked alongside all three services as a civilian support engineer for a number of years I find narrow minded individuals like yourself absolutely detestable.

Thread: Not such a Dodgy Lathe on Ebay
22/07/2020 17:42:27

I would agree with the OP that the lathe shown on ebay is the same lathe shown on, looking carefully at the pictures, it would appear that the images on have been cropped from the originals which leads me to the assumption that the ebay seller provided Tony with the images and not that they have been 'lifted' from his site for the purposes of deception.

As Jason quite rightly says, contacting the seller for clarification would be the best way to go rather than raising suspicion needlessly. It one thing to be cautious and there have been too many ebay scams to warrant taking things at face value however, one should not cast aspersions without first validating ones suspicion.


Thread: Milling power feed
14/06/2020 20:09:54

For a fairly decent Rotary table controller, have a look at Steve Ward's controller, can be bought as a kit of parts or ready made modules just requiring a box and stepper driver + psu to complete.

I have built a couple of these and prefer them to my DivisionMaster, which is an alternative although a lot more expensive option.


Thread: Femi Hem Saw 782XL
07/06/2020 07:55:39

Axminster sell a 13A grounded Schuko converter similar to the one shown in Jasons post

Thread: Workshop Gloves
30/05/2020 08:44:37

It is highly inadvisable to wear gloves of any sort when working on or near rotating machinery, this includes but not limited to lathes, milling machines, drill press etc. Wearing gloves while working on these types of machine increases the risk of being caught and pulled into the machine, the consequences can be grave.

On a lighter note, if you are cleaning down a stationary, power isolated machine or fitting/removing chucks etc, then gloves can be worn to advantage, have a look at the site range of gloves from screwfix, reasonably prices and as good as you will get.

Thread: Hardness Tester
20/05/2020 11:56:20

I have a hankering to build a hardness tester, I recall seeing one described in Model engineer back in the late 80's by Dave Lammas, unfortunately I no longer have access to those and was wondering if anyone had a copy of the articles that they could share.

Thread: Zinc based alloy?
30/04/2020 22:13:34
Posted by Samsaranda on 30/04/2020 20:56:40:

To sidetrack the subject, Dave’s (SOD) mention of using an angle grinder indoors brings back memories of when I used one to cut a doorway indoors, it was many years ago but I still have to tread carefully when mentioning angle grinders within earshot of my long suffering wife.
Dave W

Glad I'm not the only one, despite having 'sealed' myself in whilst cutting out a section of block wall in the living room, wife came home to find the living room (and the basket of clean washing) awash with grey dust, to top it all, it was a few days before Christmas, just a shame the video of me on the patio vacuuming the Christmas tree did not win me £250

Thread: Clarkson autolock help
30/04/2020 21:38:52

Used one of my large Clarkson autolocks today, 24mm slot drill. Procedure: fit collet, screw in nose piece hand tight, screw cutter up tight by hand, job done. cut 4 recesses to fit some thrust bearings, fairly low speed job, only cutting 4mm deep each time. Needed the spanner to loosen the nose piece but, the cutter height had not changed, which I think goes to prove that once seated correctly the cutter will not move but the collet does move and tighten as the cutter meets the work.

During my apprenticeship, I was also informed by my mentor to back off the nose before fitting the cutter then tighten up with the spanner. Being a headstrong northerner (and coming from a long line of marine engineers who taught me well as a youngster and owning a Centec mill fitted with an autolock chuck), I duly informed said mentor that his method was incorrect and that I would fit the cutters in the correct manner, not his way, as may be expected this did not go down too well and was given a b*ll***** for being a smart arse.

So first job required a 1/4" cutter, mentor set up 'his way' half way through and bang, removed cutter to find it split in the back and snapped just below the threads. So smart arse fits a new cutter 'the correct way', finishes job and two more and returns undamaged cutter to the box. "I told you so' saw me running out of the workshop to avoid a clout with a big tap wrench

Moral, just 'cos thats the way you've always done it don't make it rite!

Thread: Covid 19 how much kit do you need
22/04/2020 09:22:18
Posted by Steviegtr on 22/04/2020 02:40:01:

This guy is locked down, so how much tooling does he need.

Tooling for the workshop


For clarity, what exactly is the point you are trying to make, he had all this kit BEFORE he was in lockdown, what has this post got to do with the current situation?

Thread: Need measurements of Derek's tube bender
17/04/2020 16:37:23

Hi Andy,

I have a pdf of the article which zooms quite well and the dimensions are readable, PM me your email address and I'll send it along.


Thread: New member with new (to me) Myford ML7
15/04/2020 17:01:13

The Amateur's lathe by L.H Sparey is well worth a read


Thread: Steam valves
13/04/2020 09:26:17


you have a PM


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
22/02/2020 18:37:36

Got a bit more work done on the 4 facet drill grinding attachment for my wetstone sharpener today, machined up the drill clamp and did a trial assembly before finessing it.


Not too happy with the guide bar bridge, it slipped in the vice because I was too lazy to swap the jaws so there are a couple of marks on it, will probably remake that at some point but other than that everything fits together nicely and operates smoothly.

Thread: Miller Machine -
18/02/2020 14:29:28

Has many similarities to an Emco FB2 however there are also many clones around have a look here

Thread: Non tilting; tilting head.....tilt
17/12/2019 19:36:42

How 'loose are the bolts that you have undone? It is possible if they are too loose that one of them has dropped back into the recess that allows them to be fed into the circular tee slot that they run in. Try nipping up the bolts and then just loosen enough to permit movement and see if that allows the head to be rotated.

Can you post a picture of the head showing the bolts you have loosened.

15/12/2019 22:28:25
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/12/2019 21:26:12:
Posted by peak4 on 15/12/2019 21:08:51:

A test from another thread

5130-12-145-6396 to see if it changes to skype

nsn 5130-12-145-6396

Well that seemed to work OK, using Opera on W10, but I don't have Skype as a browser plugin


Now see if you can edit it back to plain text, Bill



I just copied then pasted as plain text, using Chrome on a Mac, OS Mojave. I use Skype all the time, never come across this type of issue before, odd behaviour.


Edited By Gray on 15/12/2019 22:31:11

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
15/12/2019 17:36:37

I have wanted a four facet grinding jig for my Scheppach Wetstone grinder but couldn't justify nearly 200 beer tokens for a genuine Tormek jig.

Raided the scrap box and found some 10mm ally plate left over from a commission job with these hiding inside.

4 facet jig-1.jpg

and assembled they look like this

4 facet-2.jpg

These form the fixed base and cross slide of the jig. I need to find some slippery material in a square bar form to make bearing surfaces so I don't have metal to metal contact which will wear over time. Now have to make the top plate which rotates to set the grind point angle and adjust depth of cut and a drill holder, haven't yet decided on the format for that but an ER collet block or 5C are options as I have a good set of both imperial and metric of both types.

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