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Member postings for Anthony Knights

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Thread: Testing for isolation
02/02/2019 12:01:03

I can remember having two electric shocks in my lifetime. The first was when I was about 14 years old. I was plugging some thing in and touched the the unshrouded live pin of the 13 amp plug. I couldn't do it now as they have changed the design of the plugs. The second time, I was working on a monochrome TV set, when 11kv jumped from a damaged EHT cable and burnt a small crater in the back of my hand. My other hand was stuck firmly in my pocket.

These experiences have no doubt contributed to me being careful to not get any more, which is pretty good considering I am now in my seventies.

Thread: Cast Iron Straight Edge
24/01/2019 11:15:19

On the subject of accuracy, I use HSS tool blanks as parallels when required. I just wonder how accurate these are compared to purpose made parallels?

Thread: The Diamond Tool Holder
21/01/2019 10:09:40

I made both left and right handed tools from the article in MEW. The same info is on "mikesworkshop" site.

rh tool.jpg

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
10/01/2019 11:22:07

I would love to let these scammers take remote control of my computer .I would have a folder marked BANK containing some really nasty viruses. Unfortunately, I don't know how to set this up.

15/12/2018 10:44:23

Most of the scam calls I receive claim to be from my internet provider, claiming there is a problem with my router. If I have time, I amuse myself by stringing them along for as long as I can, but they tend to lose interest when I reveal I am using a Linux operating system. There is an internet site "Who just called me", where you can enter a phone number and sometimes get information about the caller. I usually post suspected scam call numbers on this site and then block them on my phone.

Thread: Getting priorities right
07/12/2018 09:44:04

I gave up smoking in 2000, using just will power assisted by bags of salted peanuts when in the pub.Cigarettes are now about 50 EACH, so I'm really glad I stopped. even though I could probably still afford it, unlike the people mentioned above.

Road Fund Tax/License is long gone and has been replaced by Excise duty. While the Road Fund tax was FOR road maintenance, the amount of Excise Duty spent on the roads is miniscule. Some of the roads around here look as if they have been transplanted from a third world country.

Thread: The demise of the High Street
03/12/2018 09:21:29

Yet again the TV news people are on about the poor trading experience of shops in our towns and cities. Personally, I think a lot of the blame lies with the local councils, who have treated the motorist as a cash cow for too long, with exorbitant parking charges. I avoid going into any town or city where I know parking is expensive(which means just about every where). Ordering via the Internet is more convenient and cheaper, even with delivery charges. Just my opinion.


Thread: Unnecessary waste of paper
29/11/2018 12:43:10


29/11/2018 09:58:20

Last year when my private pension increased, I received an updated council tax bill for 7 pence.

Thread: Tungsten Alloy
27/11/2018 21:02:28

Googled "UK tungsten suppliers" and got 18 pages of hits.

Thread: Mini-lathe dying..?
18/11/2018 12:15:53

control box.jpg                  I never liked the lead screw going through the electronics box. I fitted the speed control circuitry in a new box and mounted it on a spacer. The bigger box also allowed me enough space to use a standard potentiometer with a cam operated microswitch instead of the specified component..CL300

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Thread: What did you do Today 2018
05/11/2018 02:23:34

Hi Emgee. The black pieces were given the heat red hot and dunk in old vegetable oil treatment. The nuts and bolts were bright zinc plated, which had to be removed with hydrochloric acid (B&Q brick cleaner) for the blackening to work.

04/11/2018 15:52:28

chessmen3-1.jpgI've been out of hospital for three months now and still have difficulty standing for any length of time.I therefore chose a project which involved a minimum of standing and with the aid of a tube of thread locking compound I've finished it today. Not original I know but it's a chess set made from nuts and bolts.chessmen1-1.jpg Now, where is that chess board?

Thread: The right sort of paint!
04/11/2018 15:28:36

Machine Mart do a heat proof paint for stoves. Only available in matt black but heat resistant to 650 degrees C.

There used to be Cylinder Black for motorcycle cylinders. Probably still available from motorcycle shops.

Thread: mini lathe lever tailstock feed
04/11/2018 09:42:17

Thank you gentlemen for your replies. I hope to construct this shortly.

04/11/2018 09:40:26

Thank you gentlemen for your replies.

03/11/2018 08:47:27

Reference the block that fits at the rear of the existing tailstock body, there appears to be no mention of the material used. I would have thought that mild steel or cast iron would be OK but in photo 2 it looks like brass.

Am I correct in saying that the height of the block is 40.5mm?

In fig 2 the threaded potion of the new lead screw looks longer than that on the original. I this correct?

Thread: Apprentice Pieces
19/09/2018 08:20:04

Thank you all for the replies.

18/09/2018 12:15:56

I still have a depth gauge, set square and tap wrench, which I made as an apprentice many years ago. Does anyone know of a book or other source of drawings for items produced as learning exercises by engineering apprentices in days gone by?

Thread: Beer and Grapefruit
15/09/2018 13:33:47

I live a few miles from Tadcaster where there are THREE breweries. One was Bass which is now owned by Coors. The second is John Smiths, now owned by Heineken Carling or some such conglomerate. The third is Sam Smiths, an independent brewery currently owned by the somewhat eccentric Humphrey Smith, Eccentric he may be, but he only uses malt, hops and water from the brewerie's own well, to make his beer. The beer is also sold at least £1 cheaper than any one else. Unfortunately the local Sam Smiths pub is closed for refurbishment at the moment, so I'm having to drink the rival stuff.

They also sell several flavors of Belgian style fruit beer in bottles. Not tried it myself as fruity beer just doesn't appeal to me.

Edited By Anthony Knights on 15/09/2018 13:38:37

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