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Thread: Am I getting an irritable old git?
03/07/2018 19:38:45
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 03/07/2018 18:43:32:


The thing I dislike most about growing old is the sense I'm losing position in society. The value of what I know and did in the past is eroding. It's getting harder and harder to keep up with ideas that don't interest me. I'm starting to see anything that challenges my personal world experience as a threat. I think this sense of decay is why some older chaps become authoritarian, irritably convinced that all change is bad, youth incompetent, standards dropping, and everything was better in the good old days. It's self-destructive because young people do value elder experiences provided they aren't rammed down their throats by silly old duffers. We seniors have to recognise that some of our best-practice may be inappropriate because of changes since our time. But if what you know is useful or interesting, they listen.


I know that it becomes progressively more difficult to be a grandfather of 82 years. Particularly when one comes from an age of capstan lathes in the factories, steam engines on the main line, direct current coming out of the wall, petrol-engineed cars with points and a condenser, busses with a platform on the back, being able to purchase ether at the chemist (to make diesel fuel) at age twelve without any questions, and 'proper' apprenticeships.

Oh! I nearly forgot. Two years National Service. In hind sight....quite splendid.








Edited By Watford on 03/07/2018 19:39:48

Thread: Lost and Found
20/06/2018 11:53:24

Then there was the old bicycle thing. Park cycle outside the model shop with pedal on the kerb, gaze in wonder at something in the shop window, turn and get back on bike - not your bike!!!. Whoops.

Now a-days the youngsters just drop their bikes on the pavement - bad for bike and bad for the elderly on foot.


Thread: What is this for? Mystery object
15/05/2018 10:21:49

Is it the part of a cash register which rings the bell when the drawer pops out?


12/05/2018 20:21:16
Posted by David George 1 on 12/05/2018 17:12:23:

Nice to see it working again it brings back memories of my apprenticeship.


+1 for that sentiment! Sad that there are none coming on behind.


Thread: Department of Work and Pensions
19/04/2018 19:26:45
Posted by Brian Sweeting on 19/04/2018 19:05:10:

If you save it carefully for two months you might be able to treat yourself to a cup of coffee whilst out shopping.



Brian, Do remember to recycle the cup.  cake




Edited By Watford on 19/04/2018 19:28:45

Edited By Watford on 19/04/2018 19:29:35

Thread: Machine painting
08/04/2018 18:28:31

With signwriting like that you should be able to depose Foggy Dewhurst in Last of the Summer Wine.disgust


Thread: What did you do Today 2018
31/03/2018 21:44:51
Posted by duncan webster on 31/03/2018 16:07:05:

................ I got an offer I couldn't refuse and then did another 8 years as a contractor doing the interesting stuff, none of the modern management gibberish, just proper engineering.

Work is supposed to be horrible - if it isn't horrid then it isn't work idea


Thread: Our Wildlife and Conservation Activieties in Nambia
31/03/2018 21:30:27

Just to say thank you for all that you are doing to help this endangered wildlife.


Thread: Percolated coffee
24/03/2018 18:35:15

Have you got a food processor? A good whirl in one of those should do the trick.

Perhaps a kind neighbour could help you out with a one off so as not to waste the beans.


Thread: Magnetic Radiators
24/03/2018 18:30:23

That would be a horseshoe for a Trojan horse, would it Martin? dont know


24/03/2018 14:59:54

Thanks J.H., I am going with the sextant option!!!

Thanks also to all others who contributed. I am concluding that the cause is probably the residual magnetism from manufacturing heat and pressing. The boiler and radiators are only two years old and the system was well flushed at the time of change, so I think it unlikely that residual sludge is the cause. BUT you never know! Anyway your responses have answered the question, and for this I am grateful.


23/03/2018 09:18:39

Quite by chance I noticed that a compass sitting on a table next to a central heating radiator was not pointing to North. Moving it to the middle of the room it corrected itself. Checking the needle at each end of the radiator, there was a North and South polarity through the length of the rad.

Tried this around the house on several other rads with the same result.

Gas fired central heating boiler . There is a magnetic filter in the system which was recently cleaned during annual service.

Have any of you chaps got an answer to this phenomenon?



Edited By Watford on 23/03/2018 09:19:39

Thread: Elora coping saw - junior hacksaw
11/03/2018 18:55:17

Slightly off-topic but it might be of interest. I purchased this useful little saw, which takes Junior Hacksaw blades, a few years ago, and said that I would get another if ever I found one I never have. Gets into some tight spots.

Would not be too difficult to knock one up. The tension of the blade is by screwing the handle. The pins have to be removed from the blades.



Thread: ChrisB workshop build
15/02/2018 09:33:48

Has anybody thought to ask the factory how they put them on the timber base in the first place?


Thread: What did you do Today 2018
04/02/2018 18:45:34
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 04/02/2018 13:57:18:
Posted by Gordon W on 03/02/2018 16:44:56:

Yes, literally glued. I asked her afterwards what glue and what, if any, hardener but she had not noticed and did not seem very interested. Today the silencer fell of my car. Think I will go to bed 'til March.

Mitre Bond


Perhaps only to be used on higher orders of the clergy.question

Thread: Mystery Screws
30/01/2018 18:41:37

Nice rule. smiley

Thread: London model engineering exhibition
21/01/2018 19:10:14
Posted by Sam Longley 1 on 20/01/2018 22:11:17:

Being one of those that used to go to Wembley Confrence Hall I really miss the "proper" model engineering exhibitions. I just hope that Doncaster & MEX has a few more models to look at.


I wonder which 'MEX' that might be, and if you have discovered something which we have all been waiting expectantly to hear. face 1

I particularly like your term "proper" model engineering exhibitions, which I remember from the New Horticultural HallS, back in 1946. Yes, you did one and then went across the road to the other - both packed.


Thread: Why Brake
06/12/2017 16:39:20

The origin of brake (not break) comes, I think, from the mechanism of the machine. The energy to do the pressing derives from a huge flywheel on a shaft across the top of the structure. The die doing the work is connected to the shaft via arms or levers attached to an eccentric cam on the shaft. The energy is transmitted through a brake (think huge expanding shoe brake as vintage car) which suddenly when triggered connects shaft to flywheel. Goes one turn and disconnects again. Thus the die is forced down to do its purpose.

Some forging hammers use a similar action and the operators are extremely skilled and can bring the hammer down with great accuracy and delicacy. Some being foot operated some by pulling on a rope.

Best I can do off the cuff but that has always been my understanding of the brake in brake press.


Thread: Measuring Tolerances
04/11/2017 09:23:56

We don't want any Moore of that.

Thread: Dressmakers pin edge finder
30/10/2017 19:26:08

Using an ordinary dressmaker's pin (no glass ball) with a dob of plasticene (or blue-tac) is a very useful way of locating a centre pop below a drill or centre drill in the drill press.

Mould a small lump, about the size of a sugar cube, around the point of the drill and stick the pin in as near vertical as practically possible.

Run the drill at the speed you are going to drill, and centre the pin point with the back of a thumb nail whilst it is running. It will centre and stay positioned.

Bring the pinpoint down to the centre pop and you are spot-on. Stop drill. Remove plasticene.

Keep the 'Sticky Pin' on the side of the drill casing for next time.

Usual safety precautions please.




Edited By Watford on 30/10/2017 19:27:08

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