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Thread: Safety of phone chargers
22/04/2019 11:39:25

I think what we gain from the above is cheap chargers from dubious sources should definitely be avoided, I have a policy in our house that no chargers are left connected and switched on if no one is present, that way safety can be assured. I have seen a charger burst into flames although it was many years ago so hopefully modern technology is now much safer.

Dave W

Thread: Stainless Steel Metric Fasteners
20/04/2019 19:39:45

I use Westfield Fasteners, they have good range and you can order in small quantities, delivery is very prompt. They also stock Brass and High Tensile with a full range of heads and multiple lengths.

Dave W

Thread: Notre Dame
16/04/2019 18:50:24

Guy, I didn’t realise the spire was a 19th century addition, probably explains why it looked ridiculous perched up on the roof, it was totally out of character with the form of the building, hope they choose not to reinstate it but then I suppose they will want to recreate an exact facsimile.

Dave W

Thread: Problem with penetrating oil can
12/04/2019 19:29:03

Re: the comments regarding WD40 and it’s non performance at a multitude of tasks, I believe that it was originally developed as a protection that was liberally dispensed on both missiles and helicopters, the idea was that if the equipment was liberally doused in WD40 then it would afford protection in the harsh environments that these equipments operated in. If you have ever worked on said equipments then you would find that the WD40 had penetrated to every available crevice which was it was designed to do and thereby thwarted corrosion forming. So it may be mediocre in performing the tasks that it is currently sold for but it was extremely good at the function it was primarily designed for.

Dave W

Thread: Changing Broadband
11/04/2019 18:10:03

Sorry to digress briefly on the banks issue mentioned, I am chairman of our local Village Hall, been associated with them for over 30 years now, recently our treasurer went to pay in at our bank, with whom we have been since 1979, and was told that she couldnt’ pay in because she wasn’t the account holder, the account holder was ————— Village Hall and they could only accept payments from the account holder, our very patient treasurer who is an authorised signatory to the account explained in words of very few syllables that the Village Hall was a charity and that the building in question could not attend the bank to transact business as it was firmly fixed to the ground. It required intervention from a member of the banks management to clarify that our treasurer could transact the business, the management person then went on to say that we could no longer pay in cash to our account because of money laundering, our treasurer then suggested that it was perhaps time we changed banks whereupon the management person decreed that perhaps they could make an exception in this case but in future we would have to transact our village hall business either by cheques or online. Still awaiting a reply to our complaint. The bank in question has branches on every high street, well for the moment anyway, and it’s name is compromised of four letters, I will leave you to deduce where the stupidity is residing.

Dave W

Thread: mini turning
11/04/2019 17:23:24

Sharp tool and required angular offset on the tool holder, with 5mm brass rod you wouldn’t need any support or steady, I have made fuel control needles in smaller diameter brass without problems, you need a sharp tool and shallow cuts.

Dave W

Thread: Steam Boiler
09/04/2019 10:06:51

I would imagine that machining the inconel would be challenging, we used to machine it at one company I worked for and I know that inconel castings were a real pain. We were using machining centres that could use the correct speeds and feeds and had plenty of power.

Dave W

Thread: Sending of heavy items
09/04/2019 09:50:40

Robjon 44, about ten years ago when I was in Australia for my youngest daughters wedding I purchased a kit of castings for a model horizontal stationary engine, the majority of the castings were aluminium and therefore were stowed in suitcases for the journey home, unfortunately my wife drew the line at stowing the 2 flywheel castings in our suitcases, which were cast iron and at 8 inch diameter consequently very heavy. The solution was to package them up and use Australia Post to forward them to my UK address, the cost was eye wateringly expensive, I never did reveal to the wife exactly how much it cost and the final insult was I had to pay customs duty to release my own possessions from Gatwick Handling Centre. The moral of this is that carriage costs can be very expensive, you are at the mercy of the system.

In respect of our ex colony on the other side of the Atlantic resisting the use of metric measurements I believe that they were the first country in the world to recognise and adopt the Metre Standard, from what I can remember it was sometime in the 1890’s.

Dave W

Thread: Further Adventures with the Sieg KX3 & KX1
07/04/2019 17:09:16

I think Vista may not allow a previous version of Windows to be installed, just a thought, not an expert on windows since I defected to Apple!

Dave W

Thread: Just desserts
07/04/2019 15:08:44

This post appears under the heading of “Tea Room” which is the correct placing for frivolous and /or non engineering items.

Dave W

Thread: Dishwasher detergents
31/03/2019 12:33:26

In respect of dishwasher tabs they are all quite corrosive of aluminium, they will also cause rusting and pitting of certain grades of stainless steel, for instance cooks knives, it seems that the chemical concentrations are strong enough to destroy the protective oxide layer on certain stainless steels. You just have to be aware which items that you can put in the dishwasher.

in respect of perceived quality of brands, 50 odd years ago the wife worked evening shifts in a food production factory, they produced among other things a range of meat pies for different customers, M & S were a big customer of theirs. The recipe for their products was different from the standard range and their quality control within the factory was very stringent, the pastry after cooking was checked and any not of the required colour were rejected, it may have been only a slight shade difference but it would be rejected. This stringent quality control had an unexpected bonus because visual rejects were sold off at a substantial discount to members of staff, I got to quite like M & S products as a consequence.

Dave W

Thread: Any Recent Progress in Induction Heating ?
27/03/2019 14:04:26

Some time ago at a company that I worked at had a large demagnetising coil in the workshop, I was using a bowers three point internal micrometer which had become covered in small steel filings because it had obviously become magnetised, the swarf and filings were clustered like whiskers. I had a brainwave, pass it through the demagnetiser and all the filings and swarf would be gone, that was the plan, it was the first time that I had used this demagnetiser, it was fairly substantial because our product used lots of magnets in their construction, well I passed the micrometer into the coil, holding it quite securely and switched the coil on, I wasn’t prepared for the immediate rapid rise in the temperature of the instrument that I was holding, I nearly dropped it but managed to hold on to it. I learnt a hard but important lesson that induction coils can generate a large amount of heat very quickly, my mind must have been in neutral that day but I learned from the experience.

Dave W

Thread: Drilling Ball bearing balls
26/03/2019 16:36:34

I purchased a ball bearing of 25mm diameter and then held it in a three jaw Chuck and drilled it with standard hss drills, was surprised how easy it was, no problems.

Dave W

Thread: Cap head screws
21/03/2019 19:37:10

Quality of items bought on EBay can be very variable, have found a good supplier online where quality is excellent and small quantities is no problem. The company is called Westfield Fasteners and they carry a good range of sizes and types and their stainless fasteners are excellent.

Dave W

Thread: Concrete workshop floor paint
21/03/2019 17:47:33

I am not a lover of water based paints, when I built my workshop I used a polyurethane based floor paint, yes it stinks when you apply it but gives an excellent finish on concrete. You need to be aware that paint manufacturers recommend that concrete floors should be left to age for about 12 months to ensure a good bond with the paint. I didn’t leave mine 12 months but I did give it a good coat of primer before painting, yes that will stink again, if you want a durable finish you are probably going to have to suffer fumes.

Dave W

Thread: Conundrum for the collective!
20/03/2019 19:46:30

Hi Paul, sorry but don’t have any link that I can give you, good luck hope you find the info you are looking for, it must be out there somewhere, not immediately obvious where though.

Dave W

Thread: I want one!
20/03/2019 18:34:07

Never seen any evidence of mice in my workshop although things do go missing. Comment from wife when I am rummaging through looking for something, “what have you lost now” , my reply is haven’t lost it just can’t find it.

Dave W

Thread: Conundrum for the collective!
20/03/2019 18:26:24

Try the website of

Dave W

Thread: Gerrys beam engine plans lost
18/03/2019 21:04:46

I worried about destroying plans so have adopted the practice of making a complete set as a master and storing them in a safe place, upstairs in the spare bedroom, hopefully away from any accidents.

Dave W

Thread: Windows Update (Again)
17/03/2019 17:32:12

Having used both Microsoft and Apple systems, the Apple wins hands down, continual problems with Microsoft operating system caused me to bite the bullet and dig deep in the finances and buy an IMac, eight years ago, I would never entertain a computer with a Microsoft operating system again, as I expect would all IMac converts.

Dave W

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