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Member postings for martin perman

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

24/06/2022 11:03:53


I'm not getting email notifications.

Martin P

Thread: cutting a square end on a round shaft?
13/06/2022 16:56:35

For the ultimate toy in your workshop you could buy a WERA Profilator which can turn squares, triangles, octagons and other external shapes, the only thing its not good at is turning round, will set you back several thousands but is fun to watch.

Martin Perman

Thread: Re-boring Grind Wheels
14/05/2022 17:01:16

In a mould with the rest of the wheel around a former as told to me by a sales engineer when I was an apprentice.

Martin P

14/05/2022 14:04:13

After reading the above I'm amazed that some suggested that opening the hole of a grinding wheel would be ok, as a retired service engineer I've had to repair centreless grinders and cylindrical grinders after a wheel let go, if they can bend metal then god help anybody daft enough to do it.

Martin P

Thread: Domestic Chemistry
14/04/2022 09:18:49

There is one other method, my wife gets a guy in to clean the oven, I do my best to keep the glass top clean.

Martin P

Thread: Inverter Tripping RCD
02/04/2022 16:50:09

My last job before retiring was installing industrial washing machines in Universities and Research facilities, the wash pump and drain pumps were run by VFD's and we had to change the 3 phase RCD's to B or C class because of tripping.

Martin P

Thread: Changing my Email client
17/03/2022 08:02:17

I've used Thunderbird for years, easy to use.

Martin P

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
12/03/2022 19:19:56
Posted by Mark Rand on 12/03/2022 19:13:07:
Posted by martin perman on 12/03/2022 19:03:57:

And we (insulin dependent diabolics) lost our 7.5 class more than 20 years ago. crying

That I didn't mind as I lost access to my brothers 7.5 TK when he swapped it for a 11 ton truck, my only annoyance is that I had to de rate my Ifor Williams trailer from 2.0 ton to 1.5 ton as the towing vehicle is 2 ton.

Martin P

12/03/2022 19:03:57
Posted by ChrisH on 12/03/2022 18:38:45:

My wife and I will be 76 in May and last week we got the reminder to renew.

Renewing online was easy and straightforward, the main things was to get some details together before starting - passport number, NI number and driving licence number and working out how long we had lived here. Having these to hand first made the process painless. We had no medical issues to slow things down either.


That's all well a good, I don't have a passport and ended up sending it by post and getting my licence back in a week, I'm not 70 for exactly two years but I'm on a limited licence because I inject Insulin.

Martin P

Thread: oh my goodness
04/03/2022 07:40:54

Grizzly, good to know there are other cack handed types out there smiley, I've started watching the video and am envying his abilities.

Martin P

03/03/2022 22:24:40

Grizzly bear,

I'm left handed and curious as to why you mentioned it.

Martin P

Thread: Answering Machine Messages
20/02/2022 17:47:20

Very good

Thread: Heat resistant paint suitable for a camp stove?
06/02/2022 19:29:06

I bought an Optimus stove new in the 80s when I first went camping under my own steam. The 'hob' plate was painted - a goldish colour IIRC. The paint didn't last 5 minutes once the stove was lit.

I bought a stove to add to my collection of 130+ and it was a brand new one from the 70's/80's and it had a goldish colour trivet which I believe is nickel plating.

Martin P

06/02/2022 08:37:59

Being picky they were never painted, later ones were plated.

Martin P

Thread: Engineering Industrial Training Board EITB
01/02/2022 21:26:25

Mine like the others went years ago but they appear to be on and not to badly priced.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 01/02/2022 21:26:58

Edited By martin perman on 01/02/2022 21:27:19

Thread: Highway Code
08/01/2022 21:32:40

Like Peter I've towed caravans and trailers most of my driving life and I've never exceeded the required speed limits but I get really wound up when in the outside lane in my car traveling at 70 being flashed by a van or car with a trailer in tow, they haven't a clue. My brother and I were on our way home back one Saturday on the M25 to Bedford with an empty four wheeled car trailer we owned in tow when for some unknown reason the tail started wagging the dog and I found myself using all three lanes going from lock to lock trying to stop the car we eventually came to a halt on the hard shoulder, my brother spotted that two artics had blocked all three lanes to give us a chance of using the road. He almost had to peel my hands off the steering wheel because I'd been gripping so tight. when we got home we checked the trailer and could find nothing wrong with it and the car was certainly capable, a 1.8GLi Cavalier. We sold the trailer as we didn't trust it anymore.

My job meant many miles traveling and at least once a month during the summer I would see wrecked caravans or jack knifed trailers. A couple of years ago on our way back up the M3 my mate and I had a tyre blow on the trailer front axle and even that made the car waggle so I'm very aware when towing, its a shame others aren't.

Martin P.

06/01/2022 13:36:54

I was chatting to a locum chemist who was working in the chemist where I work and he told me he had just passed his test, I asked him had he and his friends been taught what the pretty orange lights do on cars, he replied yes because we have to learn the theory, so I asked why do people not use them and his immediate response was they most likely do what I've done, I've passed, thrown the highway code away and drive as I wish, he is a well educated young man who just doesn't give a s**t.

Martin P

Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
30/12/2021 19:23:43
Posted by Mick B1 on 30/12/2021 16:48:21:

It's true the roads are busier now and very many businesses are operating on tighter just-in-time schedules than they used to, but there are still times for an easy cruise down the motorways.

Usually between 23:00 and 04:00 on the way back from Scotland down the A1

Martin P

29/12/2021 22:36:03

In the last 20 years of working I managed 35,000 to 40,000 miles a year as a Service Engineer all over the country and sometimes in Europe, I loved driving and still do, but I was always in a hurry to get somewhere and get home, today I'm no longer in a hurry as long as I get there and as its my fuel I drive for economy.

In the last two years I didn't go near motorways until last October and my first drive on the M1 had me nervous as I got used to the driving technique I was used to when working, I couldn't believe how fast I was having to drive to be safe, I felt better on the way home and have since done the journey again recently.

Martin P

Thread: What is it please
28/12/2021 12:30:24

I have one of these from my grandfather, have used it on small work, will have to look to see who made it, does anybody know what the material is inside, i've just bought anther Mamod steam engine and boiler and was wondering what's in the burner as it looks like it needs replacing.

Martin P.

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