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Thread: Ally Pally Exhibition
20/01/2020 08:27:25

Emgee,

I remember that exhibition, they had a large pond in the hall and my Grandfather had his tug on it, I think it was like a boys own show as it wasnt all engineering.

Martin P

19/01/2020 20:10:07
Posted by JasonB on 19/01/2020 18:59:55:

As for costing money nobody seems to balance what it's going to cost them against what they may save. With the likes of College Eng charging just over £10 delivery for a 12" length of 1" dia steel you only need to buy one item from them and you have recovered the entry fee, do the same for a few bits from a few more traders and you are well on the way to recovering travel costs or even saving money.

As for no " specials" I bought 4 ARNO carbide cutters from JB Cutting tools and handed over my £20, Jenny said help yourself to another, Noggin end rounded down the cost of some metals bought from them and obviously no postage to pay from them. Neither know who I am and my links to the mag and forum

Even if you don't buy anything treat it as a trip out just like going to the cinema or a football match you don't really come back with anything but hopefully enjoy the time spent.

I must agree its a day out with friends and meet others etc but yesterday I was on one stall awaiting my turn whilst the stall owner was talking to another member of the public who asked if the stall owner had had a good weekend, his response was that by the end of the day, Saturday, he would hopefully break even and Sunday he might make a profit. I think that says it all why stall holders are dropping out, the stall I was on was a small one so ramp his costs up to Warco etc except the likes of Warco dont necessarily sell anything to make money because they use exhibitions as show casing their products so the customer can touch and feel their products but there still comes a point when throwing money at exhibitions to increase sales has to stop as the money spent will outway their profits.

Martin P

18/01/2020 17:00:47

My friends and I arrived at 9:30 and left at 14:00, I ordered the parts from Transwave to convert my lathe to 3ph motor and VFD, chatted to the Victoria pond club about my Grandfather and spotted a picture of his boat on their lap top, visited JB tools for cutter tips and bought some drills off another stall and enjoyed my 4.5hrs wondering around looking at the models etc

Agree it was quieter from both the public and tools but still a good day out.

Martin P

Thread: Lathes as bling!
18/01/2020 16:52:09
Posted by larry phelan 1 on 18/01/2020 16:36:01:

Martin, I agree, and I am the idiot in question, but so what ?

Mike, we all know what happened to the English motor bikes, they never moved with the times, but the Japs did !

Tongue in cheek, hence the laugh

17/01/2020 14:57:07

a lathe is a lathe is a lathe, the problem lies with the "idiot" using it laugh

Martin P

Thread: Ally Pally Exhibition
17/01/2020 09:51:26

I and friends shall be making our annual visit tomorrow, we usually use the trains but its a bus replacement service this weekend so we are using my friends car.

Martin P

Thread: Homemade Lathe
13/01/2020 15:35:44

The ball recycling bearing assemblies and rods are excellent in automation situations particularly in one off robot assemblies especially in clean enviroments but after time the balls will slowly wear several straight grooves in to the guide rods and as good as the seals are will attract muck and accelerate the wear,

Martin P

Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK
12/01/2020 16:38:29
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/01/2020 15:58:05:
Posted by derek hall 1 on 12/01/2020 14:26:45:

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I think it's always been the way that on university courses the time for exercising practical skills is pretty limited, as true in my day as today. Certainly my field skills were honed after I did my degree, although I did get a good start from 'pracs' and field courses..

My daughter, who is doing an archaeology degree, spent two weeks on a dig last summer. I drove her past a playing field of civil engineering students with ranging poles and dumpy levels and she questioned the value of a day doing that. I pointed out that I had to learn how to use one for botanical surveys With some irony a month or two later she ended up using one to draw a profile through a ha-ha

Of course if I do any survey mapping now, I just let an app on my phone record my gps track cheeky

Neil

Neil,

The difference is that you were taught to do a field survey with ranging poles and levels, even though you now use an APP you still appreciate the practical use of the other equipment. When we were all at school we did our multiplication tables until we knew them backwards and us oldies can rapidly work out our maths without thinking, my Daughter when little requested a calculator so I suggested she prove that she could + - / and x manually then I would consider it as how would she know if the answer was correct unless she had an approximation in her head. Theory is only part 1, part 2 comes when you use the knowledge practically.

Martin P

Thread: Hi from Bedfordshire
11/01/2020 19:17:19

Simon,

Good evening, I live in Bedfordshire and restore petrol Stationary Engines, Listers, I refurbish and make parts for them and any household bits and pieces including Knobs for saucepan lids.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 11/01/2020 19:18:11

Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK
10/01/2020 21:24:41
Posted by old mart on 10/01/2020 16:42:43:

In my book, an engineer is someone who has completed at least to university degree level.

I started my working life as an engineering apprentice, then a machine tool fitter/electrical fitter, then a Reliability Engineer and finally as a electro mechanical service engineer in machine tools, robotics and industrial washing machine, in Germany I would work for Herr Engineer as he was top dog, in Italy the Engineer was also top dog and below woud be Senior Technician then Technician.

I have spent my whole working life with my hands and worked with virtually every area of engineering, in that time I never met an engineer with a degree that knew what he was talking about, they were so clever they were thick, they couldnt see the wood for the tree's and wouldnt know how to use tools. There was one exception and the big difference was that he worked like me with his hands then did a degree in engineering so he could match the theory with practice.

Martin P

Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
09/01/2020 17:08:51
Posted by Bryan Cedar 1 on 09/01/2020 16:55:10:
Posted by Swarf, Mostly! on 09/01/2020 16:07:00:

Hi there, all,

This was not difficult to achieve in the case of toilets that were fitted with the 'Old English Long-drop' elevated cistern and long flush-pipe but I expect these are few and far between nowadays. Fast forward to modern times and the close-coupled suite and I assume that the desired condition is an integral aspect of the geometry of the sanitary hardware.

I have what you call a long drop in our upstairs toilet which is at least 32 years old and I reckon it flushes better than the close coupled unit I have downstairs and thats fitted with a S***widisier to get it to the soil pipe.

Martin P

09/01/2020 17:08:51
Posted by Bryan Cedar 1 on 09/01/2020 16:55:10:
Posted by Swarf, Mostly! on 09/01/2020 16:07:00:

Hi there, all,

This was not difficult to achieve in the case of toilets that were fitted with the 'Old English Long-drop' elevated cistern and long flush-pipe but I expect these are few and far between nowadays. Fast forward to modern times and the close-coupled suite and I assume that the desired condition is an integral aspect of the geometry of the sanitary hardware.

I have what you call a long drop in our upstairs toilet which is at least 32 years old and I reckon it flushes better than the close coupled unit I have downstairs and thats fitted with a S***widisier to get it to the soil pipe.

Martin P

09/01/2020 08:28:10

As a left handed person, cromwell tools surely are taking the mick, what is the not obvious difference.

Martin P

Thread: Weight and transportability of a Myford lathe
08/01/2020 20:54:07

For most of my working life I've had the use of a transit sized company van, service engineer, and with it I moved both my lathe, a Machine Mart CL500M and a largish round column Mill\Drill, and a mandraulic engine hoist. In both cases they were loaded into the van with a forklift but when I got them home I unloaded them with the hoist and lifted them onto their stands by myself, I did not dismantle the lathe and found the C of G for lifting by moving the traverse and tailstock to balance it and the mill had its head lowered to its lowest position to make it easier to handle, I now have a a large estate but would never put either inside for fear of damaging the car interior and I certainly would not use the tie down points as they are not rated to retain either of my machines, my means of moving them now would be my twin axle trailer.

When tieing down do not place a strap of the bed as the lathe will still be able to slide, use two straps at each end so that it cant move at all, four point anchorage.

Martin P

Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
08/01/2020 20:20:51

Sadly I have to admit that when I enter any toilet I switch the toilet roll around away from the wall before I use it, I've also noticed that you have to drop the toilet lid down to reach the flush button especially on new builds.

Martin P

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
03/01/2020 15:22:33

I recently bought and acquired a couple of angle poise lamps with low watt bulbs fitted, today I bought a pair of 60 watt equivilant LED bulbs, a little dear but the light they give out is excellent particulary as one is used on my lathe, the other is on my bench.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 03/01/2020 15:23:14

Thread: 3 in 1
29/12/2019 22:59:46

Derek,

I have had a machine mart version for a least 5/6 years and I make copper fuel tanks for my stationary engines and I use all three tools. Lovely bit of kit.

Martin P

Thread: A Santa Special to forget.
29/12/2019 22:54:37

Gentlemen,

Me thinks that somebody had his knuckles wrapped, https://youtu.be/OUzgkAGZ3aI

Martin P

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
19/12/2019 19:21:44
Posted by Nigel McBurney 1 on 19/12/2019 19:07:11:

Jason Its not a good idea to identify to the scrapman where you live,he or his mates may come calling when you are out and get all your stock.

Totally agree, I used to get regular un requested visits from caravan dwelling pick ups until it came to a head when a trilby hatted gent knocked on my front door asking if I wanted to sell the dolly tub he had seen, it was behind my garage at the bottom of my garden, the only access was past the front of my house, we had a six foot wooden fence with double gates and a single gate erected all locked from the inside and my car now sits against the gates at night, the pick ups stopped coming and stuff stopped disapearing.

Martin P

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
14/12/2019 19:38:02
Posted by JasonB on 14/12/2019 17:06:27:

Jim, you engine is coming along nicely. Good things come to those who wait take their time

between making swarf I have had a bit more of a play with the RMC and it is starting to run for longer and stop when I want it too. Sorry for holding the camera in portrait mode though it does suit the upright shape of the engine.

Also did some of the column for the vertical oscillator.

Jason,

A lovely looking and running engine, it has the sound of an engine that could improve with a light load, I hear them often on the rally field, particularly Petter two strokes.

Martin P

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