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Thread: Websites for the Bored
08/04/2020 11:13:41

Apologises, mine is about forging spades and axe heads.

Martin P

Thread: Which suppliers are open for business?
08/04/2020 10:58:03

I ordered some clock repairing tools from Alfindings Ltd via Amazon, they arrived two days after ordering and also ordered some clock repairing tools from R & N Electronics, website, currently in transit.

I also bought a clock off of Ebay, delivered last week with driver observing SD and had another Courier arrive to collect a cast iron Exhaust Pot for a Stationary engine SD observed also.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 08/04/2020 11:01:10

Thread: Websites for the Bored
08/04/2020 09:14:57

Heres another one to watch

Martin P

07/04/2020 19:03:32
Posted by Morty on 07/04/2020 17:24:42:

Hi there!

Found this one last week, loved it!!

Cheers, Pete

What an excellent film, my apprenticeship involved using the round headstock student and the square headstock, I worked in Sudbury Suffolk, not far from Colchester and later in my employ I used to sent the engineering school Lathes to Curtis machine tools nr colchester for complete rebuilds and lathe bed grinding.

Martin P

Thread: Will cash become obsolete ?
07/04/2020 08:59:33

As part of my part time job delivering medication I have to bank the Chemists previous weeks takings and seeing how much there is every week I can say that there is an increase in the use of cash and I also collect change from the bank and that has increased as well.

There was a young man in the bank spouting miss information about the use of cash and the staff were very quick to dispel to other customers that what was being said was not correct.

Martin P

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
04/04/2020 20:50:09

I recently bought an old mantel clock made by the New Haven Clock co America, I paid £23.50p as a spares or repair clock off Ebay, it arrived yesterday well packaged and when I opened it I soon had the mechanism out for a look see.

It didnt have a key so first job today was to make one, I took a piece of 6 mm dia aluminium bar, I then measured the spindle across the flats and drilled a whole in the end of the aluminium and with a riffler file I then squared the hole to fit the spindle, I wound the springs up, one for the clock, the other for the hourly chime and then held one of the plates in the vice. The mechanism needs a very good clean but after looking in one of the clock bibles I bought I tweeked the pendulum and its now ticking away nicely in the garage.

It has faults, one is the clock doesnt trip the chime mechanism and the other apart for the clean is to tidy the case.

I have to make some tools two devices to stop the springs un coiling and four legs to support the frame(s) to support the mechanism while I strip and assemble it.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 04/04/2020 20:52:19

Thread: Model of an epicyclic gear made by apprentices
02/04/2020 14:53:24

A good friend of mine did his Apprenticeship at WH Allens in Bedford and was there when it closed, he said there were loads of models in glass display cabinets that after the closure was announced disapeared over night, the museum Internal fire has several large multi cylinder engines in working order and as a Gofer I have taken a couple of van loads of literature to the museum from around Bedford.

My friend told me of a three cylinder that arrived from the Middle East for repair, when the eingine was de crated the middle cronrod had failed and almost cut the engine in half.

Martin P

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
31/03/2020 17:25:31
Posted by David T on 31/03/2020 14:09:35:

Did I just see an RAF Globemaster go into Southend airport??

Shortly followed by a second one

Edited By David T on 31/03/2020 14:32:21

Did they look like these **LINK**

Martin P

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
31/03/2020 08:52:23
Posted by Nathan Sharpe on 30/03/2020 23:40:24:

Stood in line for my prescriptions with many other people all spaced at the correct distance. It took 45 min with 20 min of that taken up by a 30+ YO who was asking how to manage his. He left red-faced when told the dispensing date is on his Med's and all he had to do is count and that his prescription had been ready to collect 6 days ago!

Makes you wonder.


I work part time delivering medication for a local chemist, I share the job with another gentleman and split the week between us doing approx 20 hrs a fortnight in the afternoons, it amazes me how difficult customers are and out the back of the shop are boxes and boxes of medication which has not been collected by customers, this can be reused by the chemist but they are so busy with current prescriptions they havent the time to restock, the delivery side has increased but its annoying when i deliver meds to people who answer the door are only yards frm the shop and fitter than me, I love the job though as a lot of my customers only see me and nobody else.

Martin P

Thread: There is always one
30/03/2020 08:32:43


Go to this link and find the UK's current biggest idiot **LINK**

Martin P

Thread: Mot grace
29/03/2020 17:36:13

As I said I had mine MOT'd and serviced on Thursday, it needed an anti roll bar link which my garage had no difficulty getting from local suppliers, based on other makes of car mine is not that popular, my nearest main Dealer is twenty five miles away and had already had a letter saying they were shutting down.

Martin P

28/03/2020 20:02:37

Got mine MOT'd and serviced last Thursday, we live in the sticks so rely on our own transport, we didnt have much of a bus service in normal times, now I fear it will vanish.

Martin P

Thread: A well known song change to suit today situation
28/03/2020 15:26:46


This was sent to me by a friend and I thought I would share it with you.

Martin P

Thread: Websites for the Bored
27/03/2020 19:03:20

i found channel 81 recently, excellent M of I films, a day in the life of ........... films, excellent black and white films as well, last night I watched Desert Mice an amusing film about ENSA with Sid James and others.

Martin P

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
27/03/2020 12:53:37

I have what I call a manual fork lift capable of lifting 300lbs, it was in need of three new castors, it has five wheels, two load bearing wheels and two casters on a frame that can be retracted to get the lifting pallet under the load and once lifted the casters can be pushed forward to help manouver the load around and when not lifting there is a swivel castor at the rear to help move it. I bought the new castors some time last year and yesterday finally managed to change them, the rear caster didnt have a threaded shaft to bolt in place, it was a plain shaft a good fit in a tube so I had to weld the nut for the new one in place on the tube, now its done the lifter gets around easily.

Martin P

Thread: Websites for the Bored
25/03/2020 18:08:00

As a volunteer and Gofor for this museum I suggest this one lots of big engines and some steam.

May I also suggest this museum which I visite recently the period it covers is post war with loads of jet types, both museums are mobility capable.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 25/03/2020 18:10:04

Edited By martin perman on 25/03/2020 18:11:26

Edited By martin perman on 25/03/2020 18:16:13

Edited By martin perman on 25/03/2020 18:17:53

Thread: The Home Workshop Dictionary - FREE E-BOOK
25/03/2020 13:00:38


Thank you, link worked and had no trouble to download it.

I didnt realise you had written books until this morning.

Martin P

Thread: Keeping busy
25/03/2020 11:06:53

Just enjoyed 30 mins chat with my Daughter, Son in Law and Grandson who is one today, we had a video call with an APP called Houseparty, wife amazed what we can now do, not bad for a Technophobe smiley now off out side to clean a drain that I unblocked last night then back in the garage for some more tinkering.

Martin P

23/03/2020 18:33:46

I'm converting my lathe to 3 phase with a VFD, plenty of reading and restoring a couple of Stationary engines.

Martin P

Thread: Do your bit and help each other
23/03/2020 08:04:38

I have a good friend who thinks this current problem is nothing to do with him, he and his wife have just been to Dorset last week for a break, yesterday they spent the day with his Daughter and her family and couldnt understand why our Daughter and her family and us have decided to stay apart.

Martin P

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