Here is a list of all the postings Samsaranda has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Coping with deafness|
I think the modern thinking that flushing or syringing of ears nowadays is the cause of more harm than good, Ears are cleared of debris by micro suction.
She has to accept her deafness as a first step, deafness is a disability full stop. I have severely impaired hearing and my wife is profoundly deaf, through illness, and we both use technology to assist us. It seems she is not prepared to help herself, the vibrating pad under her pillow connected to the smoke alarm is a brilliant bit of kit, my wife has had hers for years, if she will not accept that then I doubt she will accept any other technology solutions.
|Thread: Interesting bike ride today|
We get a lot of bats flying around our house on summer evenings, they are feasting on the abundance of insects that fly around our village pond which borders our Close. I have put up a bat box on the rear of the house and it’s usually occupied. We live on the coast in East Sussex and some bats found locally have travelled across the Channel, probably hitching a ride on the ferries, bit worrying because one was found to be carrying rabies so glad Ian was using gloves.
|Thread: Users of Loctite 480 for Lathe Work|
|Thread: Basic Electrics|
We always seem to be so hung up with fuses that we relate to protecting the appliance where in reality the fuse is there to protect the supply cable. If an appliance, e.g. a lighting appliance comes with a plug fitted with for instance a 5 amp fuse then you will find in reality the cable will be rated for 5 amps and to change the fuse for a higher rating, say 13 amp, will compromise the safety of the cable if the appliance develops a fault.
|Thread: Selling on behalf of executors in 1975|
The ad lists a “monodex sheet metal cutter” how many readers remember or owned one of these, it was a very crude shearing device which was extraordinarily hard on your hands to use, I had one and during a recent workshop reorganisation I came across it, surprising how many gimmicky tools there were on the market then.
Not cataracts but my daughter who is 49 had problems with glasses all her life, she decided to have the lenses changed in both eyes at the same time (same as cataract operation) she paid to have it done as a private procedure, she had a small problem with being allergic to the drops she had to use post operatively but that was minor, she is highly delighted with the results. Clive don’t sell your machines, the operation will make a tremendous difference and you will be able to go on enjoying your hobby.
|Thread: Hallite washers|
Bonded seals/ Dowty washers are used to seal banjo type fittings on hydraulic systems, a particularly specialised function.
|Thread: Classic Cars - Driving London to Edinburgh in Top Gear|
I had a Matchless 500cc single cylinder motorcycle of 1954 vintage which had manual advance and retard of the magneto ignition, I soon learned that you put the advance and retard in the correct position for starting otherwise it could kick back and possibly break your ankle, happy days.
|Thread: Warco WM14 mill with DRO|
if you were fitting DRO’s would it have mattered if the machine was Imperial or Metric as the readouts would give either. I have a Chester V20 (imperial) fitted with optical DRO’s, fitting the read outs was the best move it makes it so easy to use.
|Thread: LED GLS bulbs|
Have no problems with led life but changed all our light switches for MK a few years ago as we redecorated each room, I always go for the quality option where electrics are concerned, I got fed up with cheapo switches arcing when switched, you can’t put a price on safety.
|Thread: Warco WM280V-F Gearbox|
I had problems with a Warco lathe gearbox, I bought a new Warco BV20 lathe some years ago now, no longer a current model, I purchased a geared lathe because at the time of purchase the electronic boards that governed speeds on non gear head lathes were considered to be somewhat prone to premature failure. My problem was excessive noise from the gears, on investigation I found that the running clearances of the gears was excessive leading to backlash noise from the gears. I mentioned the problem to Warco when on a visit to one of their open days and with no argument they exchanged the lathe. Unfortunately this did not cure the problem, the exchanged lathe was just as noisy, I checked the backlash of the gears and it was the same as the first lathe. Fortunately everything appeared to be in line so no problems there, I accepted that the gearbox was noisy due to backlash between the gears and that it was going to be noisy, Wearing ear defenders became the norm when the noise irritated me. I worked out that the cause of the backlash was due to the gears being cut undersize, it doesn’t take much of an error to make a significant difference to the mesh of the gears. Being that the lathe is a budget model intended for occasional use for hobby work the gears are basic and cut from inexpensive material, had it been an expensive lathe I would have expected ground and hardened gears with minimal backlash, the lathe has continued to function for many years now and the only other problem that has happened has been the failure of the NVR switch, easily rectified. All in all I consider that although my lathe was noisy it was fit for the purpose that I purchased it for and I am still glad that I chose a geared lathe rather than an electronic one.
|Thread: ISO Container for Workshop|
I was at Stanley Jan 85, left the Air Force in 86.
The workshops shown in Jann West’s link are far more sophisticated than those we had at RAF Stanley, I would certainly have one of those in my garden..
We operated out of converted steel ISO containers and portakabins at RAF Stanley in the Falklands. The ISO containers were wood lined and had windows, they made good workshops, power was supplied by generating sets. The weather in the Falklands could be pretty severe and the containers withstood everything thrown at them, not aware of any problems with condensation but the wood lining prevented the moist air contacting the cold steel. I would have no reservations in using one for a home workshop although senior management would probably have serious objections on aesthetic grounds.
|Thread: metal supplies|
You need to go from site to site on the net and see who is the most reasonable. Recently wanted some one inch square mild steel, nothing special, to make a special tool for dismantling a stationary engine, some sites wanted £45 plus for a metre of 1 inch square bar, found one site that supplied me 1/2 a metre for £8.50 plus carriage.
|Thread: The cost of cheap (Free) materials|
I needed some material for a small solid flywheel, it was either going to be brass or stainless; my brother in law worked at a local engineering company before he retired and they used the full spectrum of stainless alloys from 316 to hastelloy and inconel. He said he would get me a bar end of 316 from one of the autos, he duly arrived with a 3 inch diameter blank about 3 inches in length, just what I needed. When I came to machine it I couldn’t touch it with a HSS tool I had to use carbide tooling and wind the speed up to remove any material, the finish I got was good. I think the reason that it was so hard to machine was because it was a bar end from an auto which obviously cuts at high speed generating a lot of heat subsequently work hardening the material adjacent to the cut area. The provenance of the bar end was not clear, it had no material ident, it could have been some other stainless alloy which might have been a difficult proposition for machining anyway. I think the moral is try to obtain materials with a known provenance, it can make life easier.
|Thread: Weeds in a 'lawn'|
Rob, I have found that a lot of the horticultural treatments that are available now have much reduced efficacy, due to the fact that the beaurocrats have decreed that the compounds should be much less toxic to people and the environment. This has happened across the board, wood treatments are a prime example with treated wood rotting nearly as fast as if it hadn’t been treated.
|Thread: Model Engineer Beam Engine - 9/16 Brass Ball Bearings|
XD 351, I see you are building a Rosebery engine, I presume the ball was for the governor located in the flywheel, I am building the Roseberry stationary engine, I bought the castings for it when I was in Oz for my daughters wedding. Unfortunately progress has been slow on the project, for the governor ball I was able to get a stainless ball bearing of the correct size, I thought it might be difficult to drill but was surprised that it drilled easily. Apologies for diverting this thread.
|Thread: Mono or Multi tube water heater|
Ok Burnley not known for its sunshine but if you used a solar unit as background heating it would then reduce the amount of electric used, even on a cloudy day solar units do heat the water albeit not as efficient as if you lived in Malta etc. I think there would be a useful heat gain from the solar and it would work all the time, except at night of course, therefore keeping the mass of water at a steady temperature thereby making a significant reduction in electric costs.
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