Here is a list of all the postings Watford has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK|
It probably did not help when some jerk started calling them 'makers'.
|Thread: Ebay being clogged up by certain sellers|
In the good old days of purchase tax, and two or three deliveries a day, the postie (postman then) used to collect any tax.
|Thread: 3mm drill hole too tight for 3mm bar|
Not quite always Bazyle, there are a very few of us who were actually taught how to do this at the start of our apprenticeships. Having spent more than a solid week (45 hour week then) grinding drills from about inch and a half down to 1/16" one does sort of get a bit of a feel for it.
Happily it is a bit like playing a musical instrument that once acquired the skill never leaves one, and sixty-seven years later I still have it. I can still remember the feeling when the instructor put a fresh-ground inch drill into a lathe and drilled a hole with it and to see the two identical spirals of swarf coming off the tip. We had made drill angle gauges from gauge plate and calibrated them with a vernier height gauge - I still have mine.
I am set to wonder about some (most) of the so called apprenticeships today, and if such instruction and knowledge is passed on. Yes, I know that there are machines to do this particular task, but these are not always available at the time and place that a drill needs sorting. I doubt whether many are taught to file these days either, and again it is an extremely useful skill on occasion when other resources are not to hand. Perhaps there are not too many instructors any more???
So dear Baz I would prefer it if you did not call me 'stoopid' - - not too often anyway .
Compliments of the season to you.
Edited By Watford on 31/12/2019 21:34:50
|Thread: Merry Christmas Everybody!|
Compliments of the Season to One and All
|Thread: Stewart 10H drawings|
Very well spotted Michael...............thank you
Thanks for the thought, though Stewart drawing is now a wopping £ 20.72 what with VAT and 4.70 p&p.
However, since I wrote the message I have come across the original paperwork and drawing, allbeit a bit faded!
Thus, panic off chaps; but thanks.
Recently unearthed a complete boxed kit for a Stewart 10H engine.
The Micro blisters in the box are all intact! Purchased in January 1983 by a deceased friend.
The only thing missing is/are the drawing(s). Can anyone help me with this I wonder?
Russell, I have found that the solvent/cleaner used by double glazing fitters does a fair job of this. A useful product to have in the workshop, though care is needed on some delicate surfaces. Obtainable from those factors who supply double glazing firms.
Certainly will not throw the existing bottle away then. I think I will buy a very small 638, and out of interest run a couple of comparative tests.
It looks as if the 638 is a better/stronger product than 601 in any case so it might be horses for courses.
What in general is the shelf life of Loctite products? I have a twenty-year-old 50ml bottle of 601 which is about half full. Seems a shame to bin it at about forty quid a pop.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019|
What was someone saying about chuck guards?!?!?
|Thread: Those little screws for carbide inserts...|
On the subject of geriatric eyesight I found these BA thread gauges the other day. 10BA is a bit taxing eyewise .
Manufactured by J.H.Grant of Erith. Anyone heard of them?
|Thread: Tracy Tools Free replacement die.|
Recently I mistakenly, and through my own finger trouble, ordered two identical dies. Within the hour I had a phone call to enquire if I really meant to do this. When I said that it was entirely my error the nice guy on the other end said 'Not to worry, We will credit your PayPal account."
The first die arrived next morning, and the refund for the second was in my account immediately after the weekend.
Without doubt one of the best mail-order operators on the circuit.
And they still do Imperial sizes, unlike some who now provide solely Napoleon!
|Thread: Unusual GPO hammer?|
Edited By Watford on 28/09/2019 21:22:12
In the forces, REME, we had.......Wheels, Fly-type, One. Also probably....Boxes, Gear.
sorry - finger trouble.
Edited By Watford on 18/08/2019 18:58:10
Edited By Watford on 18/08/2019 18:59:23
Some years ago a neighbour asked to borrow my sledge hammer to do some fencing work for his mother. He brought it back after the weekend - fine. A couple of weeks later he borrowed it again, and then again. and again. Return period got ever more extended.
Finally he came to borrow it one day and I was able to say 'Well you could borrow it, but you need to return it from last time first!'.
|Thread: Solving Engineering Mistakes|
Neil .....Perhaps this would make a good series for MEW.
|Thread: What are these used for please?|
Are the two on the right possibly for drawing down wires?
|Thread: Wobbly slitting saws|
Thanks Jason, you are indeed a star. I was missing some lateral thinking - not unusual for me.
Working on an original Jensen kit, purchased in 1949 by a now deceased friend. Rescued from the top shelf of his workshop, and which had had very little work completed.
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