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Thread: Flamemaster Torch
24/04/2022 18:20:21

I think you will find that Chance Brothers was a major company in the glass making  industry from the early 1800s until they were taken over by Pilkilngtons in the 1950s.

Edited By V8Eng on 24/04/2022 18:26:57

Thread: Ambiguous words
24/04/2022 13:07:21

How about Sewer?

Smelly drainage systems or people who sew.


Edited By V8Eng on 24/04/2022 13:08:29

Thread: Hero Arm
15/04/2022 22:39:02
Posted by Paul Rhodes on 15/04/2022 22:15:06:

My wife tells me that the last episode was supposed to be about Faberge. She was surprised that the broadcast was not as advertised. Could this be “ sensitivity” about Russia etc? If so it is about as wet and goosey as Remploy’s well meaning “right on “ sign.

If your wife wants to see the episode featuring fabulous works by Faberge it is episode 2 which was broadcast on Wednesday 13th.

Works by John Constable were also featured.

I know because we watched it live.

I have not seen the robot arm episode yet though.


Edited By V8Eng on 15/04/2022 22:44:18

Edited By V8Eng on 15/04/2022 22:45:06

Thread: unusual aircraft
13/04/2022 15:36:53

Not quite a winged Vespa scooter!

Thread: Imperial v Metric Measures
11/04/2022 13:43:17
Posted by KWIL on 11/04/2022 12:33:16:


Hobs manufactered in mm and as regards the heat plates in cm, because saucepans "always" sold in cm sizes.

That supports my comment about teaching cm in schools.

As to the fitting instructions this was a simple sheet of paper for fitting into a worktop not end user data.

As a long time metric fan I still find oddities.

The imperial system is odd anyway take the old pound shilling pence ratio and I cannot even comprehend why a length specified as a nail or separate cloth measure etc.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/04/2022 13:43:49

11/04/2022 11:08:58

I think people need to be taught Centimetres in schools because they will find them in everyday life.

Oddities appear to occur, for instance the fitting instructions for a (German) hob in our kitchen show the main dimensions in mm but the heat plate sections are shown as diameter in cm.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/04/2022 11:12:50

09/04/2022 11:57:23
Posted by David Davies 8 on 09/04/2022 10:25:19:

Centimetres belong with dressmakers and schoolteachers. Engineers use metres and millimetres. Similarly radius is a concept used by mathematics teachers and turners. Engineers use diameter, —— Discuss.

Dave……tongue in cheek!

Do not tell the Furniture trade and Estate Agents that!

09/04/2022 11:52:41

30mm is a foot


Edited By Dave Halford on 09/04/2022 10:42:47

Were you the bloke who parked next to me on that basis last week?

Edited By V8Eng on 09/04/2022 11:54:41

Edited By V8Eng on 09/04/2022 11:59:58

Thread: Battery powered PIR light failing to switch off
28/03/2022 21:58:19

A good starting point with stuff like this is to switch  off for about 5 mins (if possible) then on again.

My two indoor ones (can’t think of make) do all sorts of odd things if the replaceable batteries get low.

Edited By V8Eng on 28/03/2022 21:59:37

Thread: Hermes and couriers
17/03/2022 21:15:00

On Monday a van containing Amazon parcels was stolen from the shopping parade in a local small town!

Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 21:19:01

Thread: Step Turning Carburettor Needles - Video
17/03/2022 14:40:11
Posted by Ady1 on 17/03/2022 14:30:07:

You have to log in which basically makes it a dead link for most of us

I have just clicked on William’s link and it worked fine.

I do not have an Instagram account so no logging in was involved.

Interesting video too.


Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 14:42:01

Edited By V8Eng on 17/03/2022 15:08:26

Thread: How Many People Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb on the Forum?
11/03/2022 23:46:16
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 11/03/2022 22:26:04:
Posted by Mike Poole on 11/03/2022 21:32:40:
Posted by JasonB on 11/03/2022 16:35:50:
Posted by Mike Poole on 11/03/2022 16:31:31:...


... I hold my hand up as one of the lamp lightbulb pedants ...



Disaster looms, if lightbulb is wrong we'll have to ban lighthouse and lightship as well. And I shall never have another light bulb moment again.

This will have to change as well:





Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 11/03/2022 22:26:46

I thought Cragside laid claim to being the first house in the world to be lit by electricity (albeit using Swan’s bulbs/lamps).

Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2022 23:49:53

Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2022 23:51:06

Thread: Internet access alternatives
11/03/2022 17:15:39
Posted by John Haine on 11/03/2022 15:36:14:
Posted by V8Eng on 11/03/2022 15:22:17:

We changed our fixed line from BT to Plusnet about two years ago, no complaints so far.

When away from home I use my mobile as a Personal Hotspot on my 4/5G sim only contract.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2022 15:26:27

Did you change the line of just the company that bill you? PlusNet is in fact owned by BT and they almost certainly use an "unbundled" service using BT's copper, or fibre.

Yes, I suppose basically we changed billing because BT could not match Plusnet pricing.which was a bit surprising considering the company relationship.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2022 17:16:11

11/03/2022 15:22:17

We changed our fixed line from BT to Plusnet about two years ago, no complaints so far.

When away from home I use my mobile as a Personal Hotspot on my 4/5G sim only contract.

Edited By V8Eng on 11/03/2022 15:26:27

Thread: Philosophical maxims
10/03/2022 13:12:14
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 10/03/2022 12:33:28:
Posted by A Smith on 10/03/2022 12:25:53:

67% of statistics are made up on the spot. - Vic Reeves

The remaining 35% are badly calculated....


Thread: Tomato seed recommendation?
07/03/2022 22:19:15

Rather appropriately it’s in The Tea Room.

Edited By V8Eng on 07/03/2022 22:24:44

Thread: Astor kit, SBB E3/3 instruction book?
23/02/2022 13:32:28

If it’s text can you scan it and paste the text into Google Translate or some similar APP?

Thread: What are the yellow fittings please
21/02/2022 08:02:07
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 20/02/2022 20:46:17:

Re the comments on conductor rails.

London Underground apart, it's only the ex- Southern Railway / BR Southern Region lines that use third-rail electrification; and the conductor rail is outside of the running rails, not between them. It is mounted on inverted-cup ceramic insulators, and partially shrouded by parallel boards.

(I know 'cos I live at the Dorset end of the Weymouth - London (Waterloo) via Poole and Southampton, line; their furthest extent of electric operation. The same company's / region's Exeter - Waterloo route via Yeovil Jcn & Salisbury was never electrified.)

I don't know where the Tube's third rail is situated w.r.t the running rails.


The photographed track looks very new, which could explain the rusty appearance. I suggest it's replacement work that's not yet carried enough trains to become polished.

Edited By Nigel Graham 2 on 20/02/2022 20:50:10

The London Underground is a 4 rail system with (I think) one conductor rail in the running track centre with the other one beside the running track, the conductor rails are mounted on insulators.

I do not know which conductor rail has what function though.

Hope that makes sense.


Edited By V8Eng on 21/02/2022 08:08:56

Thread: Wind - trivia
18/02/2022 09:31:04
Posted by pgk pgk on 18/02/2022 05:03:44:

The storm update suggests that today might be interesting for many! Our maximum gust 2 days ago was 71mph but we avoided any damage to my woodlands and trees. We'll see what happens today. Generator all fuelled up and ready for power cuts.
The Hornslet wind turbine collapse...rare that it was caught on film.


About 3 years ago we were travelling around the Peterborough area and were very surprised at how relatively close to houses some of the turbines were..

Watching the video makes one wonder at the wisdom of that.

17/02/2022 21:03:30

I see that a Wind Turbine collapsed in Wales during very high winds this week.


Wind Turbine

Edited By V8Eng on 17/02/2022 21:04:39

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