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Thread: Loctite
12/11/2019 17:36:35

Thanks chaps smiley

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.


12/11/2019 11:41:24

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
01/11/2019 08:57:34

What was someone saying about chuck guards?!?!?


Thread: Those little screws for carbide inserts...
22/10/2019 19:22:19
Posted by Robin Graham on 21/10/2019 23:44:39:

I'm making a holder for carbide turning bits. I have M2.5 screws for them which (if I understand the convention) should mean, in the absence of qualification, that they are coarse (0.45mm) pitch. Just wondering if anyone can confirm that before I buy a tap. The darn things are just too tiny for me to measure with my geriatric eyesight!


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.
10/10/2019 18:35:51

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. yes

And they still do Imperial sizes, unlike some who now provide solely Napoleon! kulou


Thread: Unusual GPO hammer?
28/09/2019 21:20:07



Edited By Watford on 28/09/2019 21:22:12

28/09/2019 21:19:25
Posted by bill ellis on 28/09/2019 20:34:56:

All the old GPO kit seemed to be named arse about face, meter multirange, pliers wiring No2 etc etc.

In the forces, REME, we had.......Wheels, Fly-type, One. Also probably....Boxes, Gear.


Thread: Borrowing
18/08/2019 18:57:18

sorry  -  finger trouble.


Edited By Watford on 18/08/2019 18:58:10

Edited By Watford on 18/08/2019 18:59:23

18/08/2019 18:56:35

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
22/07/2019 10:31:40

I also wondered whether anyone had any other tips for solving common engineering mistakes, at least for non-critical parts that aren't under any strain.

Neil .....Perhaps this would make a good series for MEW.


Thread: What are these used for please?
08/07/2019 14:34:23

Are the two on the right possibly for drawing down wires?


Thread: Wobbly slitting saws
30/06/2019 10:44:04

Thanks Jason, you are indeed a star. I was missing some lateral thinking - not unusual for me.sad

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.


29/06/2019 22:11:17

On the subject of slitting saws I am having difficulty sourcing a very small example. I need a 1/2" dia. x 1/16"wide saw to produce a key-way in the crankshaft of a Channel Island Special 10cc. I require to get up very close to the crank web without marking it.

Can any kind soul point me in the right direction, please?


Thread: A Very Nice Freebie
12/06/2019 21:36:06

A few years back I picked up a couple of sets of slip gauges in the automobilia section of a classic car auction, for not a lot of money. (Would not have bid else ! )

One set I am keeping, the other is up for grabs to the first contact. I live just north of Winchester. The box without packaging weighs 4lb 10oz on the kitchen scales (or 2.1Kg Napoleon) so probably wants collecting rather than posting. Coffee available.

They are not the prettiest set on the planet, and there are 7 missing, but by careful selection will still do a job. Matrix Pitter slips in a Coventry case.

Missing .1005 .118 .120 .050 .100 .250 .800


PM in first instance

Thread: Help a beautiful lady
20/05/2019 21:33:43

Google Triple A shoe store.


Thread: Ever have one of those days..?
15/05/2019 19:34:46
Posted by mark costello 1 on 15/05/2019 18:56:12:

You Gents are lucky, snapped My Achilles tendon 2 weeks ago. Had surgery and now confined to the recliner for 8 weeks at least. Shop is in basement, 10 feet away and I am not allowed in. Plenty of work as Spring time is here. I get to watch through the window.

Sorry to hear about the tendon Mark. sad

A mate of mine had the same happen to him a couple of years back, on a Saturday evening. Not a good time to require an ambulance. Finally picked up by one from well outside the area. He ended up giving the paramedic directions to the hospital.

Good news is that he made a full recovery. Do so hope you do the same.smiley



Thread: Bore micrometer
10/05/2019 11:21:58
Posted by mgnbuk on 10/05/2019 09:55:06:

Are these not "comparators", rather than "micrometers" ?

To use them, a ring gauge of known size is used to set the zero on the dial gauge on the comparator, then the deviations from the setting gauge in the bore to be checked are read off the dial gauge. The comparator in itself is not an "absolute" device.

Is there much difference when checking an outside micrometer against a slip gauge. Some mic's even come with their own standard gauge in the case.

Or am I being stupid?


Thread: Where's my Dykem blue gone - there's no need to read this
19/04/2019 21:25:18

Would you believe that I've now lost the shop?


Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
18/04/2019 15:27:58

It might be steam from boiling water, being used to clean the barrel. It looks as if the guy nearest the breach has some sort of long handled thingie, probably a swab for the same purpose. I don't know if this was how it was done but .303 rifles were cleaned like this after shooting. Might account for the strange bucket as well.


Thread: French Mystery Tool
11/04/2019 18:50:28

Would it fit together with both boat shaped pieces on the same side of the slide? I still don't know what it would be though face 5


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