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Member postings for Ray Lyons

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Thread: Overview of fitting variable frequency drive (VFD) to a Myford ML7
30/06/2020 07:39:58

I went the cheap way of installing a VDF on my Super 7 about 15 years ago. Bought a used Lens controller on eBay for about £5 and a new 1HP 3P motor. A bit of a tight squeeze getting the motor in but just fitted. Fitted the unit on the wall behind the lathe and brought a remote control to the leg of the bench.

Agree with everything Nigel has written about the advantages and would add that in my case with the S7 clutch and gearbox it is a step change over the old drive. The larger motor enables the speed changing to be kept to a minium I put the drive belt in the middle range and have not had to change it for years.

Thread: ISO Container for Workshop
30/06/2020 07:25:56

Sounds Good to me. Seen a few on YouTube which provide a decent workshop. There are a lot of new adhesives which can be used to fix the internal cladding.

Thread: Warco BH600 Non Starter
15/05/2020 07:34:14

I had a similar problem with my BH600 some years ago. It turned out to be the forward/reverse switch. It is a cam made of a plastic material operated by the control lever. This had come loose, an easy fix but have had no trouble since.

Thread: The good bits coming out of the Covid epidemic
25/04/2020 10:17:41

Not having a newspaper all week made me realise how much I spend on chip paper. This week I saved £10.80 which will now go into a savings box for the shed budget.

Thread: Central heating woes.
21/04/2020 21:46:06

A couple of things which I have experienced which might help. I was having a problem of pressure loss a couple of years ago and eventually found it to be a very small leak on the bottom thread of one of the radiators. To fix, this would normally mean a drain down and removal of the radiator but I solved it by getting a bottle of sealer from ScrewFix. It is designed for central heating systems and does not damage the other moving parts . This solved the problem and I have not had any trouble since.

Usually at the end of the Summer, I remove all the radiator thermostat valve heads and using a pair of pliers and spray lube work the pin back and fore to make sure they don't freeze up during the time the central heating is off. If the thermostat top is carefully removed, it can be replaced without loss of the settings.

This lockdown has caused quite a lot of problems. About 4 years ago, I had new triple glazed windows fitted and about two weeks ago, there was a loud bang when one of them failed. The curious thing is that the middle pane is broken and completely crazed where as both the outer panes are untouched. because of lockdown, we will have to wait for a repair. Luckily the window is safe and functional so I will have to wait for the report.

Thread: Todays news -- well done
05/04/2020 21:51:56

I assume that these people are also the types who do not wear face masks or wash their hands as recommended by the authorities. It seems that the rules do not apply equally across the country.

In a news item earlier this week we saw two women heavily fined for making rail journeys without a valid reason, yet we now hear that an advisor to the Scottish Parliament and a labour MP both made journeys away from home and were only advised of their errors by the police. Surely if the laws are to be creditable and acceptable then they must be applied equally to everyone

Thread: Coronavirus
17/03/2020 20:00:56

On a more serious note, many of us thought that National Service was a waste of time but one good thing it thought us the importance of personal hygiene where it was once quoted that dirty hands could do more harm to a squadron than the enemy.

As I get older, its the quite life for my wife and myself. We usually take a walk around town when the weather permits and one of our favourite treats was to walk to our Tesco store where we enjoyed a treat of toasted sandwich and coffee. It was our habit to visit the toilet first to get comfortable and wash our hands before the meal. Anyway, despite our precautions, I caught a bug and was quite ill for days. Trying to trace back on how it could have happened, we considered the visit to the café but dismissed it since we both use a tissue to open the toilet door. Some tine later, I visited the toilet in store which is one of the best in the area with automatic taps dryers etc. As I was washing my hands a big fellow came in and left without washing his hands. As I followed him out, using a tissue to open the door, I found that he had parked a shopping trolley outside. We have now given up one of our treats because I still think about how many people handle all sorts of goods within the store without washing

17/03/2020 19:26:45

I think Boris and Lord Hall should get together, perhaps over a pint to sort something out. If I have to be isolated for several months, and Lord Hall insists that all who do not pay the TV licence fee should be jailed, is it possible to offset my isolation against my time in prison.

Just thinking, with prison providing free TV and all meals perhaps that could be a better way to serve my isolation time.

Thread: Solar panel surprise
12/03/2020 16:02:25

Thanks for that Bill. I will look it up later but since I got rid of my tank when we installed a combi boiler it will need some investment to re establish a system but worth a go.

12/03/2020 13:14:52

I had panels installed just before the payment was reduced and have kept a monthly record of the output. This allows me to check if there is any fall off in generation from one year to the next and so far the readings are about the same. I never clean the panels as we live in West Wales where the Atlantic weather ensures that the rain comes down with force. This morning the short, sharp showers of hail virtually blasted anything outside the shelter of the four walls. During the last 12 months I have had several offers from "cowboys" to reconfigure the panel wiring and fit a new converter as a way of guarding against failure. All those offers go straight into the bin.

Bill, I would like to know more about this solar boost box for hot water. I have not heard of that before and it would help a lot if it can be fitted to my system now. There may be a problem since every year I get a form from the electricity supplier to declare and alterations.

Thread: Did i make the right choice buying an old banger Myford lathe.
14/02/2020 16:34:57

There it was sitting on a bench in a barn, covered in dust and with the drive belt broken. A 1950s Super7 with gearbox and clutch. At £250, I couldn't resist and was thinking of returning the following day to collect but the farmer, a big fellow insisted I take it that night and removing the motor, he lifted it into the boot of my car which put the headlights into searchlight mode. After that, it stayed in my garage for some months and after a house move was stripped down, cleaning out years of oily crud. Since then it has been changed and upgraded?. The saddle was cut away to bear over the width of the bed which was a big step improvement. and a new 1HP 3ph motor fitted with inverter control.

Although it can be classed as vintage now, it is still a joy to use, especially for those small jobs. I also have a 6" imported lathe for fast metal removal.

Thread: Electric welder at Lidl
13/02/2020 20:03:05

Forgot to mention, did not come out empty handed, bought an air nibbler for cutting sheet metal at £14.99 and a pack of assorted nuts for £2.99.

13/02/2020 19:49:05

I went into my Lidl store at 10 o'clock and they still had two plasma cutters in stock. Previously bought the stick welder but found that with 2.5mm rods it is useless, sticking all the time but using 1.5mm rods it works a treat.

When I was in this morning, saw a 13mm bench drill with a variable speed control and rated at about 1 HP which looked interesting.

Thread: Metric V Imperial Measurement
08/02/2020 17:30:04

I went up to the shed this afternoon to have a look at two other routers which have 1/4" collets but neither will fit the new palm router. I have now contacted the supplier to see they have spare 1/4" collets.

What A pot I seem to have stirred with this one, great to see so much interest. For myself, I learned my trade as a carpenter but changed in my early 20s to enter the oil industry. In the old measurements, I could guess many timber sizes by just looking but now when I go into a builders merchant it feels all new and I am lost.

07/02/2020 20:22:35

Went to the hospital recently to see a consultant. On arrival, was taken into a side room for measurement, weight, height, blood pressure etc. Height came in at something like 1.7 and weight at 70. I soon got the brush off when I asked what these figures meant in British money. After all don't they quote baby's weight in pounds and ounces and the police give heights in feet and inches when describing a person. I wonder if Brexit will mean a return to British standards such as BSW and BSF.

on a more serious note, I have to change some storage cupboard doors to flush mahogany ply. The fitted doors are a little wider than the new ones so I glued some extra lipping strips on to make up the width with the intention of trimming the excess overlap ( an excuse to buy a new palm router)

Ordered a router advertised as fitted with 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" collets. After a few weeks, I bought a 1/4" shank trimming cutter and today decided to try it out on a piece of scrap timber. The cutter would not fit so I checked the sizes of the collet and the cutter. Collet is .236in (6.4mm) and the cutter is .246in.

The collet appears to be hardened so I think the best way out is to grind the bore using a small grinder in the lathe. If anyone has any experience of grinding a collet I would appreciate your advise.

Thread: Digital Subscription
24/01/2020 07:12:11

Sorry, meant to refer to MEW although I had been buying ME since the mid 50s. .

When I find my subscription details iI will consider wheather the digital issues are worth it since my main use is for quick reference and the occasional printed article. Being lazy, it saves me having to copy from the magazine for use in the workshop. Anyway, my computer now needs upgrading to Windows10 and next week it goes in for that and converting to a SSD hard drive.

23/01/2020 19:45:45

I have been a subscriber since day 1. I also have a digital subscription which is rarely used. I have noticed this week that the digital issues do not print from my computer and wondered if there is a problem or is it just finger trouble with me using the computer

Thread: Electric welder at Lidl
11/01/2020 07:52:40

The air controller/filter at the back seems to be more like a plasma cutter set up rather than a gas/no gas mig. The line tail is shown with an airline connector.

Puzzled- no information in the add so will have to wait for it to arrive in the shop.

Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
09/01/2020 19:44:44

It is a long time ago now but when I was in Germany, the public toilets were usually supervised by a large lady who would collect a small fee and open the door to the cubicle while handing out a 6 inch square of paper. I always carried a small wad of paper in my pocket for such rare occasions when needed. The urinal was free but in full view of the supervisor. Needless to say we did not hang around there for long.

Thread: Aldi bandsaw
14/12/2019 16:37:46

Doug, I agree with you, this saw is value for money. The blade supplied with mine is not so good, especially compared with the TuffSaw replacement. The vice on mine works OK with no sign of movement. I have a job though, trying to hold the saw while clamping the item to be sawn in the vice. You need three hands


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