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Member postings for Bill Dawes

Here is a list of all the postings Bill Dawes has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Newb to ME and ....well... everything
11/05/2022 18:43:26

Although I have worked in engineering since I left school, 65 years ago!, I too hadn't touched a machine since my apprentice days, Bought my first lathe about 10 years ago and stuck a piece of bar in and started maching just as if it was last week not over 60 years since I had used one. Doing it properly of course is another thing, one thing I had to learn was getting the operations in the right order to ensure you don't machine one side and find you can't hold it properly to machine the other side.


Bill D.

Thread: Source of brass treblet tubing as used for making a whistle.
06/04/2022 18:52:26

Think I got mine from Macc Models, they do a good range of wall thicknesses and diameter.

Bill D.

Thread: T pylons
09/03/2022 19:03:50

I had hoped that the pandemic would show us the folly of being so reliant on so much being made overseas to say nothing of the latest debacle going on in Europe. I realise that even in our pinnacle of serving the world we needed raw materials from abroad. I had hoped.......... but not optimistic that we will just return to the old ways where finnancial services is king.

The T pylons are substantially more noticeable than the old pylons, more of them, closer together, much thicker sections.

Bill D.

08/03/2022 20:04:33

closertogether was not intentional!!!!!!!

Bill D.

08/03/2022 20:03:09

Having had time now to consider these design as they stride across the levels near to where we live in Somerset, I have decided I don't like them.

When we were first told about these new designs they sounded better than the gargantuan lattice ones, however now changed my mind, true they are neater and smaller but it is because of that they seem more in your face probably because there are more of them, I assume this is because they are lower and need to spaced closertogether to keep the cable droop to a safe level. Too late now of course.

Bill D.

Thread: Lubricator
26/02/2022 18:44:40

Yes got a length ready for making several wheels.

Bill D.

23/02/2022 18:55:56

Having pondered for a suitable length of time, I decided I wasn't going to give up and buy one but to have another go.

When I made the ratchet wheel I tried an experiment (well it is model and experimental engineering after all) I did not have a suitable milling cutter so tried making the wheel with a small slot mill set off centre, it did the job after a fashion but obviously not good enough, now have a dovetail cutter to try.

I am also going to try to make wire springs for the pawls, I could not not get the flat brass shim springs specified to position properly to exert enough force onto the pawls.

Onward and hopefully upward.

Bill D.

Thread: UK battery production
15/02/2022 22:00:49

Read an interesting article the other day, it was by a Sky news correspondent.

Google... 'Humber refinery Britains best kept secret'

Bill D.

Thread: Lubricator
14/02/2022 11:27:52

Looks a nice job Paul, from pics appears to be a bit more substantial than mine which is bordering on swiss watch size components.

Thanks for info guys, I will leave it a few days to get my head round whether to remake the bits or buy one.

Hate giving up anything I am trying to make/do but we all have our limits I suppose.


Bill D.

13/02/2022 19:33:11

Hi guys.

I am attempting to finish my 5" gauge Emma Victoria but on the point of admitting defeat on the mechanical lubricator.

Made all the bits but finding it challenging to get the accuracy required, tiny pawls, springs, ratchet wheel, very fiddly,

Got it all assembled but the pawls don't engage with the ratchet wheel properly, suspect I didn't mill the teeth deep enough and/or not got the correct tooth angle.

So my question is, do you make your own or buy a proprietary one.

Bill D.

Thread: Question to North Somerset members
10/02/2022 18:27:25

I live further down the M5 but new line passes about half a mile from our house, now they are there I'm not sure about them, true they are smaller than the old lattice style but there is a lot more of them, I assume they have to be closer to reduce sag in the cables.

Looks like war of the worlds machines striding across the levels.

Local news last night reported Hinkley B station ready to be switched off in a few days so no more power until 'C' station is up and running.

Bill D.

Thread: steam fittings
21/01/2022 21:58:27

Thanks Jon.

Bill D.

19/01/2022 17:58:14

Thanks guys, does anybody use Hylomar or similar?

Bill D.

Thread: Steam raising blower
19/01/2022 17:46:17

Thanks for that Noel, am I correct in thinking that a gel battery requires a special charger? ie not a lead acid car battery charger.

Blower arrived today, excellent service from Polly.

Bill D.

19/01/2022 17:46:16

Thanks for that Noel, am I correct in thinking that a gel battery requires a special charger? ie not a lead acid car battery charger.

Blower arrived today, excellent service from Polly.

Bill D.

Thread: steam fittings
18/01/2022 19:47:54

Yes sorry I should have been more explicit, for the orientation issue screwed fittings such as a manifold or water gauge connection, the general question of gaskets is any boiler fittings screwed or flanged, from answers I guess a screwed one use copper washer, flanged - gasket material and/or sealant?

Bill D.

17/01/2022 23:14:52

Hi guys, do i need to have a washer/gasket on a boiler fitting or just some liquid gasket type of stuff (Hylomar?)

On the other hand is it permissable to use a washer/gasket to assist orientation of a fitting.

Bill D.

Thread: Steam raising blower
17/01/2022 22:45:49

Ordered one off Polly today, thay have just put some into stock.

Anyone know how many watts/amps the motors are, Polly did not know, they just test them on a small battery but I need to work out what size battery I will need unless I can find an old car battery, hoping for something a bit lighter than that though.

Bill D.

Thread: High Street dead?
15/01/2022 21:02:30

We live about 30 miles south of Bristol but not all that familiar with it.

Today however as a treat my son took us to the Souk Kitchen in North St. had a wonderful lunch there, I am a Coeliac which for the uninitiated means I cannot eat anything with gluten in it, most of their menu (Meze) was gluten free so a real treat for me. Now the main point of this post, If anyone thinks the High St. is dead pay a visit to North St. in Bristol, a veritable feast of local shops, Bars, pubs, barbers, food stores, restaurants, hardware, toys, bakers, cake shops etc.

Also went a walk around the docks area, brilliant place to go, haven't been for years so enjoyed the re-visit. There is an area called the underfall yard, still a working area with old crafts still alive and well, interestiing buildings and a hydraulic pump with a suitably impressive brick chimney (Fred Dinah would love it, RIP Fred) which I believe gives working demos on certain days.

A gastonomic and model engineering day out I would say. There will no doubt be many of our ME family that live in Bristol of course so will be very familiar with it. I can see how it is gaining a reputation amongst the young creative element going to live in Bristol, South West's version of London I think as far as housing prices are concerned though.

Bill D.

Thread: Steam raising blower
11/01/2022 10:17:40

When i first started in this ME lark I bought copies of MEW as well as ME, seeing all those exciting projects for tools, jigs, fixtures etc, but I soon realised that I would be spending all my time making things to make things without actually making anything other than things to make things!!!

Riding trolley is my next step, see my other post on Phoenix.

Bill D.

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