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Member postings for Gordon W

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Thread: Odds and sods
25/11/2018 10:53:17

I have the pliers hammer thingy, looks exactly the same. Was my g/dads (who was a shoemaker among other things) and is now mine and in use.

Thread: What has happened to fly spray?
17/09/2018 09:37:15

I favour spiders for fly control, warm water and washing -up liquid for aphids etc. For outside biters ,midges and similar ,a wiff of diesel keeps them away. Also the local girls are attracted, they think you are a farmer.

Thread: Beer and Grapefruit
15/09/2018 10:18:12

We are lucky now, if you like beer, back in the 70's there were only 147 real beers left in Britain. I was lucky enough to be one of a group that drank a sample of all of them in a week. The pub in the Dales reminded me of one near Richmond that only served 2 pints or more. The landlord only had one arm and he was trying to cut down on walking.

Thread: Metal banding
15/09/2018 10:05:27

It has just dawned on me that the strips are probably wrought iron, not mild steel. Lack of corrosion and age, also riveted construction. Good luck finding any, only place I've found in UK is re-rolled stuff, and not cheap. Just a guess.

Thread: Beer and Grapefruit
14/09/2018 10:09:02

At last- a topic I know something about ! Pub lager is cold ,just in case you do taste it. Round here a lot of beer now has the lemony taste, or elderflower. Some from the yeast , some from added flavouring. Most of the beer is from the north and the islands and is very good. I may have to go out now and check my facts.

Thread: Metal banding
14/09/2018 10:00:04

Seems very thin section to me, is there a special reason for using it? I would go for something like 25x3 or 20x5. Easily bought, cut with angle grinder. Anything smaller may need tensioning to keep flat, corrosion will become a problem.

Thread: A matter of trust...
06/09/2018 09:04:56

I've just measured my 2 scribers- masonery nails in dowels. One is 3mm dia and other 1.5mm dia. ,I've been using these for about 20 yrs and sharpened maybe twice.

05/09/2018 09:58:23

Masonery nails- you might find one the right dia. and make good scribers.

Thread: Drill Press Buying Advice
29/08/2018 09:53:28

I think I've posted this before ! If the drill you have has enough power for what you do ,then keep it. The table will deflect on any drill I have used when pushed hard. I use an old car scissor jack and a bit of wood under the table when needed.

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
26/08/2018 11:53:50

Yesterday I stripped a small petrol generator to service and repair the electronics. Easy job ,all laid out on the bench, two socket sets open, multi meter, etc. etc.. This morning found that a bird or birds have taken up residence just above this bench. All covered with a nice white coating. I'm going to watch F1 on the telly and leave the stuff to dry, a nice little job for tomorrow.

Thread: Bearing race for bicycle wheel ?
23/08/2018 14:00:25

I've never thought to make new races. One way to make a form would be to braze a suitable ball bearing onto a shaft, then grind a flat to half diameter. A fairly new bike I've been working on has pressed steel races, but I only go very slowly.

Thread: shoe sole glue
23/08/2018 10:53:37

Just for those trying for the first time- Make sure you have all the clamps and packing etc. ready for use, some glues set very quickly. For best results you will need two or three clamps, packing /pressure pads on sole side, packing on the inside bottom, and packing on the shoe outside top. All depends on the shoe design and the clamps being used. check and test before using the glue. Sorry for egg sucking instructions.

Thread: Is Model Engineering in Decline
18/08/2018 16:28:33

Landrovers, plague pits ? As ex owner of several landies I must say I tried to keep leftovers out . My other half of brain cell has been used up keeping the 2CV's going.

Thread: shoe sole glue
16/08/2018 11:24:30

Depends very much on the material (usually unknown). The last ones I did I used a hot glue gun, still there after a year of hard use. Also have used gorilla glue, works well on leather. Hot glue gun useful for lots of bodge jobs.

Thread: Chucking a Small Octagon (Delicately and Accurately!)
16/08/2018 11:20:47

An ER collet might be accurate enough. Down. to about 1/4" dia. they have 8 fingers.

Thread: Comparing lathes now, with lathes then.
15/08/2018 10:16:01

Lack of T slots on small lathe- I know it's been said before, but simple to drill and tap a few holes in cross slide. Not as good but does the job.

Thread: Aluminium thread strength
15/08/2018 09:54:53

I've worked in industry most of my life. General rule is don't specify a tapped hole unless it is needed. Tapping is expensive.

Thread: Appreciate peoples ideas
14/08/2018 11:06:20

I've just done something similar- a 35mm rad on a piece of brass 25x12 x 40 long. I soldered the brass to another piece and clamped it in the toolpost with packing to the correct hight. Cut in two passes with a flycutter.

Thread: Lead acid battery charging
11/08/2018 11:41:35

Why not use a solar panel ? I bought them to charge the 6v battery on outside security lights. You can get them complete with electronic gubbins to limit the charge, very cheap. I've had one for about 4 years now with no problems. PS I know you said you didn't want to use another panel.

Thread: Cleaning Lathe after use
10/08/2018 16:13:23

I must be a bit different, I love machining cast iron. Big sense of relief when the skin is off. I'm normally fairly dirty so that doesn't bother me ( so says my wife ).

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