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20/07/2022 20:06:08


Have you noticed that the Forum is sponsored by "Binders Now Available" and using the Get in Touch link at the bottom of Forum Home gives a 9 till 5 number for Neil Wyatt as an open line to Orpington !!
In the transition of ownership I guess there will several other "differences" that will come to light.

Bob D

Edited By JasonB on 20/07/2022 20:22:29

Thread: Update on toolpost bolts
15/07/2022 20:09:15

untitled - 1.jpgChris,

Apologies for a daft question, but have you got a sprocket wheel on the bolt that the toolbox rotates on and that then fits in the recess on the bottom side of your toolbox when its all assembled. If not you won't get a positive index. The plunger on its own wont help much.

Regards Bob D

Edited By Robert Dodds on 15/07/2022 20:23:06

Thread: Nostalgic moment
25/05/2022 16:58:11

This 1935 Ford Greyhound served me well through my apprenticeship from 1954 to 1959. Cost £85 and sold on for £80. We both survived several bumps, rod brakes and all that. It had several engine refurbishments including a broken crank, but as it was 3 bearing, the front half carried on running, no drive to the clutch and flywheel of course and knocking like crazy,. All good fun though.

Bob D


Thread: My mobile has "gained" an extra synbol
25/05/2022 15:35:47

I suggest you try and rediscover the "123" number you mentioned.
My voicemail is recovered by dialing 222. Different numbers are used by the various service providers.

Bob D

Thread: Removing a retaining washer
23/05/2022 18:05:21

I see Amazon do an assortment box for less than a tenner

Regards Bob D

Thread: Ping - and a screw is lost
19/04/2022 21:15:09

My dear wife is into "beading" and uses a beading mat.
It has a deeper pile than standard baize and her 2mm dia beads sit still whilst she picks them off with a threaded needle. They come in A4 size and larger, there is a wide variety on Amazon and lots of other bead shops via Google. You can also get sticky ones too and many are less than a £10 a pop.

Regards Bob D

Thread: Before calculators
15/04/2022 20:36:10

Nobody has mentioned the Theorem of Intersecting Chords so far.

"The product of the line segments of two intersecting chords are equal."

So in this case 6 x 1 = 2.45 x 2.45 which can be expressed as Sq. root of 6 = 2.45 depending on how accurate you want to measure it.
The square root bit only applies in the case of one chord being a diameter as this then bisects the other chord to make two equal halves so forming a square.
Try putting the vertical chord at 4 + 3 so you get 4 x 3 and the chord length is 3.46 i.e. sq root 12 = 3.46

Bob D

Thread: kerry super 8 problem
27/03/2022 17:17:28


Silly question but is the spindle rotation correct? Does the drill cut metal/ wood at all.


Bob D

Thread: Is this a record fuel price ?
13/03/2022 18:54:42

And who recalls T.V.O. (Tractor vapourising oil) aka paraffin that the Fordson tractor ran on once it was warmed up.
Started up on petrol but switched to T.V.O. after about 5minutes running. 1/2 the price of petrol.
On the L.s.d. story has anyone got any silver 3d joeys.
And as useless information, 3 old pence weighed an ounce, so 48 pence weighed a pound.

Funny old world!!!

Bob D

Thread: Concrete Panel Garage/Workshop
04/03/2022 19:01:54

Are you looking to acquire some of these panels? They are 4ft x 15 inch with centre bolt fixing holes at each end.
I recollect that they were Compton but it's a long time ago.
I have some spare smooth brick panels as per photo. They have propped up my apple tree for about 50 years but could be relieved of this duty if necessary.
The apple tree is just south of Crewe by the way.


Thread: Diminishing chocolate bar
04/03/2022 18:09:46

Has no one realised that you are being saved from yourselves. Them in charge tell us that all this sweet stuff is bad for our health so we should eat less, hence smaller portions.
My whinge is with Nestle and their multi pack fruit pastilles. Used to get a 4 pack, on offer for a £1. Then the shelves were empty for a while. I did read in the press that Nestle were moving production to Continental Europe to minimise production costs. Now the multi packs are back on the shelves but as 3 packs and selling at £1. And that was before any gas price hike!!!
I think optimum prices are set for 3 serving packs. Fine for families but not so good when the kids have fledged the nest

Bob D

Thread: hallo from stoke-on-trent
13/02/2022 12:06:16

Brian, Graham,

I went to Church this morning and when I got back home my prayer had been answered. Thanks.

Bob D

12/02/2022 16:58:05


What gears have you got? Is there a 70T among st them?. If so you could be in with a chance but as Noel says check Tracy, Standards are but a few quid!

Bob D

Thread: What is this?
11/02/2022 22:02:31

An authoritative explanation of its uses

Bob D

Thread: hallo from stoke-on-trent
11/02/2022 21:41:26


Does your lathe bear any resemblance to the blue Viceroy that features towards the bottom of entry for Viceroy lathes.

One of the pictures of that lathe shows a setting plate that includes 1.75 as one of the pitches that can be set on there

Regards Bob D

Thread: Drain cleaning brushes
11/02/2022 21:20:21

Oh for the days of coal fires and a Flue Brush.

Bob D

Thread: What is this?
11/02/2022 21:09:24

A skirmish on Google images suggests this is a fairly common pattern and the profiles are associated with buckles and badges. (not sure exactly how it was applied to them). There are examples of a simple slot version, for Privates, a one hole version attributed to Canadians and even one with a Harrods logo on it presumably for the Doorman and Lift Attendant to use. £6.99 if you want one

Bob D

Thread: That Strange Calculator Again
15/01/2022 17:59:51

Next stop should be The Arithmeum,. Bonn University. It has a museum of mechanical calculators, lots of them are circular and there are 10000 exhibits to check out. Some of the detail is in German so you may need some translation before calculation.,

Bob D

15/01/2022 17:48:39

Worth a click on this site to see it in operation.

Note the right thumb on the black bar to stop the inner ring rotating until required

Bob D

15/01/2022 15:53:44

I've just looked back at Grindstone Cowboys earlier link to reddit. Trawling down to KarenEiffel's response led me to an illustrated book of Rechnenmaschinen. Look a bit familiar?




Bob D

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