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Thread: GOOD NEWS ! Midlands MEX
25/05/2021 16:44:13
Posted by martin perman on 14/05/2021 19:01:24:
Posted by Vic on 14/05/2021 18:44:41:

I wouldn’t buy tickets too soon. Just on the news, there seems to be a surge in the Indian variant of Covid-19 up north.

Bedford and Northampton not looking good either, Bedford Council already muttering local lockdown.

Martin P

Hounslow (creeping up apparently) is not too many miles from me.

Will still get a ticket though.


Edited By V8Eng on 25/05/2021 16:47:11

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Thread: The worst 'upcycling' tragedy ever?
25/05/2021 10:02:09

I am amazed at the amount some of this up cycled stuff sells for.

I am a qualified tightwad though.

Edited By V8Eng on 25/05/2021 10:05:34

Edited By V8Eng on 25/05/2021 10:06:13

Thread: Today on Talking Pictures TV
24/05/2021 09:06:28
Posted by BOB BLACKSHAW on 24/05/2021 09:00:51:

Free view 81, I watch all the time.


Thanks Bob.

No aerial at present I did a Freesat search and not on there.


Edited By V8Eng on 24/05/2021 09:07:22

24/05/2021 08:54:49

Where can I find that channel is it on Freesat?

Thread: DHSS access to your bank account
23/05/2021 15:12:53

Big brother may also be watching your travels.


Edited By V8Eng on 23/05/2021 15:13:28

Thread: Hydrogen home heating
19/05/2021 22:52:15

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19/05/2021 15:00:05
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18/05/2021 15:36:24

I remember the mass conversion to North Sea gas.

If a similar process is suggested for Hydrogen I shall certainly be going off grid and moving as far from other premises as Practical.

Edited By V8Eng on 18/05/2021 15:47:40

Thread: Aldi clamp device
17/05/2021 20:42:14

Spotted this Workbench/Clamp in an Aldi email.

Might be of interest to some on here?

Croc Lock

Thread: The future is Tiny
17/05/2021 17:39:17
Posted by Stuart Munro 1 on 17/05/2021 16:46:27:

V8eng, very interesting. On that basis will we come to regret the technical solution to our current (no pun intended) problem?

Perhaps we should all work from home, from houses without light or heat, sleeping as soon as it gets dark. We should eat only what we grow in our gardens and forget all about tech goods which we have hitherto imported at great cost to the planet. Forget about engineering (at last, as an ex accountant I can point the blame at the engineers instead of just envying their skills)

Or should we admit that the real problem is overpopulation.



There certainly appear to be some who would push us back into that.

Ah yes overpopulation: the truth that is not to be spoken about!

I originally posted that item about horse dung simply as an addition to your comment item on horse pollution.

Edited By V8Eng on 17/05/2021 17:46:11

17/05/2021 16:07:28
Posted by Stuart Munro 1 on 17/05/2021 13:35:19:

Another useless fact that I recall reading - the pollution caused by horses in London before the car, made living there almost unbearable. That is unless you were too poor to live anywhere else!


This makes interesting reading on that subject.

Horse dung in cities

16/05/2021 15:04:04
Posted by peak4 on 16/05/2021 11:16:43:

Off topic slightly as this one's hardly ideal for your weekly supermarket shop with the family, but I do like the idea of the Swincar


Edited By peak4 on 16/05/2021 11:23:30

I want one!

Not sure my ancient body is up to it though😢

Edited By V8Eng on 16/05/2021 15:04:30

Thread: Repair It? Wossat Mean, Like?
04/05/2021 14:38:42

Having been in maintenance for a good proportion of my working life I was often asked to “have a quick look at something”.

I have seen numerous diy repairs by owners often scary ones and some were outright dangerous are they really suggesting it is a good idea for all and sundry to carry out repairs?

Edited By V8Eng on 04/05/2021 14:40:36

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Thread: Soft Robot in the Mariana Trench !
03/05/2021 16:01:24

Thanks for that fascinating link.

Let’s hope it does not meet the same deep sea fate as this machine!


Thread: My new computer
03/05/2021 12:28:14

Just for the sake of clarity here.

Fusion 360 is not a Windows only application because it also runs on the Mac OS.

Apparently it is available as a web app for the education community as well.

Edited By V8Eng on 03/05/2021 12:46:52

Thread: Problem with a dremel
02/05/2021 16:17:46
Posted by Andrew Tinsley on 02/05/2021 13:34:54:

Last time I looked for 12 v car dynamo brushes, there were none to be had anywhere. Please tell me where you get them from!


Could try here, worth asking as they even offer to make obsolete brushes:-

Carbon brushes



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Thread: How Do I Open Walker-Midgeley Documents Please?
30/04/2021 12:05:24

I used to use a free Adobe Acrobat reader to open PDF on PCs is that not available?

Now I use an iPad for emails it seems to just open PDF files anyway.

What do WM say about the files they sent you?

Thread: Which type/brand of razor blades stay sharp longest? (cutting card/greyboard)
29/04/2021 15:34:33
Posted by John Smith 47 on 28/04/2021 12:18:54:

Rotary Cutter vs Scalpel

I have been trying to research rotary cutters.

1. So, if I understand correctly, a rotary cutter has a very sharp blade in the shape of a wheel that freely rotates as the user drags the cutter over the material to be cut.

2. Compared to a scalpel blade, this has the advantage that there is no dragging of the blade past the part or material (which is important when cutting something like a woven fabric), and it cuts vertically with compression rather than with a slicing action.

3. The down-side is that it requires a solid surface underneath the part that is being cut. Also, unlike a scalpel, a rotary cutter won't be able to do sharp changes in direction.

4. From what I can see, something like my "Logan 350-1 Compact Elite" may not be able to handle a rotary cutter because there is a trench underneath the cutting guide:

...But I suppose you could insert cutting mat underneath the guide. But if you do all that, you start to wonder why your're not just using a ruler, no?!

Meanwhile I have now ordered some a Stanley Knife, with carbide blades.

It is possible to sharpen a rotary cutter e.g. using "Eze lap diamond hones" ?

Edited By John Smith 47 on 28/04/2021 12:20:00


Sorry I have not been able to be on the forum for a while.

Your understanding of a rotary cutter is much the same as my own.

the main advantage I see is that you get a longer effective blade as in Pi x D so longer life, there must be something in that as many office type paper trimmers use rotary blades.

Similarly to Trevor Drabble I see liknesses to professional framers picture mounts, have you investigated suppliers of that equipment?

I cannot see a rotary cutter working too well on the internal corners and some sort of accurate guide system would definitely be needed.

My rotary cutter works fine using a green mat under the object being cut with a straight edge for guiding (no precise stuff).

I guess a cutting wheel could be mounted up and sharpened but my usage is more limited so I would probably buy a replacement wheel when eventually needed.

Hope you get on well with the new Stanley type blades.

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27/04/2021 18:19:57

Rotary cutters.



I have used the RS one very successfully on patterned wallpaper and fairly thick cardboard.

The CPC one has a smaller wheel.

Other suppliers such as stationary outlets probably stock them as well.


Edited By V8Eng on 27/04/2021 18:21:56

27/04/2021 16:13:30

I prefer a rotary cutter, less chance of self inflicted injury and the blades seem to last well.

Of course that all depends on whether or not it can work in your particular application (I am not familiar with greyboard).

Edited By V8Eng on 27/04/2021 16:22:33

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