Here is a list of all the postings Ken Biddle has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Silver steel or stainless?|
|I have repaired a number of these sliders with handles and they usually are plated brass. When t huh e rod is pulled out it is fairly long and is subject to being hit which along with the small thread size tends to break at the prism end. I believe they were designed as a precison instrument sometimes not taking into account the real world.other manufactures have the filter cube wall threaded and the rod will break off leaving the threaded end stuck in the filter usually set with thread locker.|
|Thread: Drinking and Driving.|
As a officer I was on patrol with a partner slowing down turn into an after hours bootleg joint. We were struck from behind by a drunk driver doing about 65mph. The driver had been drinking because his brother had been shot. I was injured and off the street for a few months. The driver didn't show up for court and a warrant was issued. One day he when in to court and the judge held trial right then giving him affine and probation.
A few months later I was working a section of the tactical unit dealing with street level narcotics, My partner and I had a assistant county attorney riding with us and we saw two people at the curb making a deal and the vehicle drove off. we got out and I took the one on the left who put his hand behind his back and after telling him to put his arms out his arm began to rise behind his back. I was convinced I was about to take a round. Already having my weapon out I kept yelling and he put his arm down and I had him lay on the ground. I put one foot on his hand and a knee in his back. With my gun poked in his ear I pulled a pair of brass knuckles out of his back pocket. That is what he was doing and nearly died for, putting them in his pocket. I asked him his name and he told me, It was the drunk driver. I did not recognize him. I was angered to the limit. Other officers had come up and I had them take care of him. Within the previous week I had told someone I wanted to have a piece of this guy and to tell him what he had done to me.
A lot of people say a lot of things until the moment comes when you are given the opportunity to show what kind of person you are. Thankfully I did not have to fire then try to explain I didn't know him, and the county attorney would have been the best witness if I would have. He was taken to jail for the brass knuckles. I had to ride in the back seat with him to jail and booked him. He still does not know it was me.
People will continue to drive if they can get behind the wheel. Some will straighten out, some won't.
|Thread: Phone Scam|
I had a call on my cell phone I did not recognize so I did not answer. They left a voicemail with callback number. It was for an arrest warrant and I needed to pay or be taken to jail. I called them back and heard background of young kids and a voice of a minority individual and when he repeated the same thing I told him it is hard to believe that my police officer partners would let that go by. A second of silence and click. Obviously a beginner and probably needs to work on his scam, I mean really, a callback number?
|Thread: Advice Repairing Opera Glasses?|
If the lens is held in place by the tube screwing in you may try a method I have used for field repairs. Put a piece of tape over the eyepiece cap outside and press against the lens through the hole. Screw the tube in place and remove the tape. The tape could leave some residue to be cleaned off.
|I repair microscopes with some similar construction. I would use alcohol applied with a swab around the threaded area.Then use a strip of rubber with fingers to turn the tube. If no moveement apply more alcohol and retry. Sometimes these threaded portions are lightly greased and the grease has dried out.Take great care with oil as it may rundown onto something you don't want it on like lenses with difficulty cleaning it off.|
|Thread: Watchmakers lathe|
My apology to Mr. Pavey. Mr. Gillligan, I stand corrected for exceeding the bounds of the original question and can assure you I will not be a problem in the future.
I would reconsider having it around. It can do many jobs other than watch size pieces, such as screws, pins, etc. A sewing machine motor is not expensive and you might find after playing with it for a while to keep it. I have a couple Unimats for such work and it is easier to do small jobs on them and a nice sit down table job is sometimes a relief. There are three jaw chucks available or adapters for them from Sherline that can use other chucks. A possibility as a house lathe with new belting and the motor even without the countershaft as a board mounted setup.
|Thread: Watchmaker's lathe|
The book "The Watchmaker's Lathe, It's Use and Abuse" by Goodrich is a good overview of the development and accessories.
|Thread: My subscription is running out|
I had been weighing the question just this morning.
I tried to logging in to the archives on 30 Aug. I had no success. I emailed the CEO, David Clark and the head of the subscritpion department. David replied that my subscription had expired that day and the subscription head replied.
I had been receiving the magazines sometimes two issues later than others on more than one occasion, usually about 6 weeks late. I received an email from the distributor asking if I had received my expiration notice. Yes I finally did, it came at the same six week late time period (apparently that is difficult to figure out in some circles). So I could not see the issues online I was supposed to get while wating for the issues and the subscription notice and I did not appreciate the tone of the subscription department email response. Yesterday I stopped at a large book retailer supposed to carry the magazines monthly and they had issue 169 on the shelf. No luck there either. If you poked your finger on the US map in the middle it would probably be close.
I used to subscribe to ME and then MEW later. I recall no such problems. I do miss the MEW issues but delivery problems are tipping the scale.
David Clark has always been responsive in trying to resolve problems and I have appreciated that.
|Thread: Problems With Delivery of Issue 163|
Today, 18 May 2010, I received my copy of MEW issue 163.
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