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Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
18/10/2017 17:25:38

Hi Muzzer, bought mine from the Ironmongery Direct website, plenty of Euro lock compatible versions to choose from, good website to deal with, prompt despatch of goods. I have no association with the company other than a very satisfied customer.


Thread: Refurbishment of Antique Aneroid Barometer
18/10/2017 16:07:31

Thanks Pete, obvious really, I must engage my brain more often, any suggestions for a brand of lacquer to recoat with that will give a good durable finish.


17/10/2017 22:49:43

I am planning to refurbish an Antique Aneroid Barometer which is contained in a polished brass case. The case is lacquered but the lacquer is worn through in places and needs to be redone. What is the best media to remove the lacquer without damaging the brass and then what lacquer would be suitable to recoat it with? Any useful info gratefully received.


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
17/10/2017 22:34:50

Muzzer we live in a marine type of environment on the Sussex coast and had powder coated door handles on our exterior doors, no better than the plated monkey metal versions. Had to bite the bullet and replaced them with stainless versions and so far still pristine.


Thread: Dummy Rivets
17/10/2017 20:34:36

If the round head screws are slot less and going into a blind hole, Phil h states no acces at the back, how are the screws driven into a tapped hole?


Thread: Shaft retaining adhesives
13/10/2017 19:16:57

Not specifically relevant to this thread but loosely related by liquid nitrogen. Back in the early 70's I was working as a contractor in an engineering hangar at Luton airport, we were engaged in servicing a Boeing 707 which belonged to some obscure African airline. I was working on one wing and alongside me was an apprentice who had been given the job of replacing a bush holding one of the flap tracks, and he was struggling there was no way he could get the bush to even enter the hole where it was meant to be. I watched him struggle and get more and more frustrated, eventually I took pity and took him to one side and said to him was there anywhere, either in the hangar or nearby, where he could get a small quantity of liquid nitrogen, he looked at me as though I was from another planet then it dawned on him what I was proposing he should do to achieve his task. He went off in seartch of the required liquid nitrogen and very shortly returned clutching a metal receptacle, with heavily gloved hands, which contained an amount of the required liquid, merrily bubbling away. He proceeded to immerse the bush in the liquid for a few minutes then took it out and with his gloved hands offered it up to the hole in the flap track, it literally fell into place and when it warmed up it was well and truly secured. A little while later his mentor came by to see how he was getting on with his task and was gobsmacked to see the task completed. He quizzed the apprentice as to how he had succeeded so easily and the apprentice told him about using the liquid nitrogen, his mentor said to him how had he known about how to use it and he replied that a friendly contractor had explained what to do. Engineering is always a learning process, we never stop learning.


Thread: Denham Junior toolpost -options
12/10/2017 13:37:16

Because there is effectively only half of a 4 way toolpost, i.e. the arrangement relies on the top surface of the top slide to lock the tool in place, consequently when you tighten the bolts to lock the tool in position then the top of the 4 way is tilting away because of the slack fit on the central stud. I would think that the only safe way to use this configuration is to have a corresponding block on the opposite side and clamp down equally on both, that should stabilise the setup and keep the the top of the 4 way level. Using this type of tool clamping you will always get movement and twisting because of the free play on the central mounting bolt, the only way to eliminate it would be for the mounting stud and hole to be a very close fit.


Thread: In praise of angle grinders
10/10/2017 22:09:39

Also good at coating those white resin/marble statues used for garden ornaments, we have one with rust marks all over her feet. Anyone know how to remove the rust marks so that I can retrieve even more credibility on the domestic front?


10/10/2017 20:17:56

George thanks for the tip about the Stanley knife blade, might just be able to regain my credibility on the domestic front.


10/10/2017 08:23:28

If using an angle grinder outside make sure where the Sparks are going is nowhere near any Windows, the red hot debris in the spark stream will embed itself in the surface of the glass, don't ask me how I found that out.


Thread: Diesel sales down 21.7%
06/10/2017 13:57:26

Modeng2000 I think that the reason you can be near diesels without it triggering your asthma is because there are different triggers with different people, unfortunately my wife's triggers are diesel fumes, cigarette smoke and certain pollens, there are other things that can trigger her attacks. Have lost count of the number of times she has travelled to hospital in an ambulance to bring her breathing back under control, hence my comment about diesel sales.


05/10/2017 19:11:29

The sooner they reach zero the better, my vested interest is a wife who suffers majorly with asthma, and hers is triggered and made much worse with diesel fumes. The lies of those who said it was a clean fuel have been well and truly exposed.


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
05/10/2017 13:54:36

Used to really enjoy "real" beers, have sampled some truly magnificent ales in various regions of the British Isles, alas no longer, I have developed a sensitivity to gluten and unfortunately beers, and whisky for that matter, contain gluten carried through the process from the basic ingredients. Only a small amount of gluten precipitates an unpleasant reaction, there are now appearing on the market gluten free beers, have not felt desperate enough to try them yet so if I feel the need to relax with alcohol I now drink red wine, it's not so bad when you get used to it.


Thread: Incinerating waste
03/10/2017 08:52:27

Similar experience when I used the B&Q easy lighting charcoal, albeit only on a barbecue, it produced dense clouds of choking smoke and spread over all my neighbours gardens. They never said anything but I resolved never to use it again, it was a disaster.


Thread: Quick change tool post
02/10/2017 19:33:30

After many frustrating years of fumbling with assorted packing pieces on my 4 way tool post I decided to indulge in a quick change tool post. I purchased the "Dixon" type from RDG Tools, I was very pleased with the finish of the item, it was nicely ground all over. When I came to fit it to my lathe ( a warco bv20 ) the mounting stud is twelve mm and the clearance hole through the tool post was only 11.2 MM so I was faced with opening out a hardened steel hole, not an easy task. My mill,a Chester V20, doesn't have a coolant system so I thought if I take it easy with a 12 MM Cobalt drill it should manage to open it out. Ever the optimist I embarked on the task only to find progress was extremely slow and eventually ground to a halt, too much heat was being generated to make any progress, I tried an end mill and that was a no go as well. Reflecting on the problem I realised that I would need to flood the operation with coolant so would need to construct a temporary coolant system to experiment with. Then a thought flashed through my muddled brain how about some form of diamond cutting tool, I remember seeing that Arceurotrade sell diamond core drills for cutting ceramics and glass, fortunately they sell a 12 MM one. I remember reading that someone recommends them for removing broken taps. Armed with the diamond core drill I resumed the task and found that it cut through almost like a knife through butter, success at last but it rendered the core drill scrap, not a problem as it was a small price to pay for achieving the objective. The QCTP is now installed and operational, have already purchased more tool holders to build a collection of ready to use tools. No connection with either retailers mentioned, just a happy and satisfied customer.


Thread: Painting aluminium alloy black
02/10/2017 19:00:31

Yellow chromate etch primer was always used on aluminium components and aircraft when I was in the Air Force and the finish topcoat that was applied over it always stayed on. Aircraft finishes take a lot of stick both on the ground and in the air. I would use a yellow chromate etch.


Thread: Arc euro and parcelforce. Great partners
29/09/2017 19:09:57

Parcel force are definitely improving, had a delivery the other day, from Arceurotrade as it happens, and the delivery person engaged in amicable conversation, definite improvement as you only used to get grunts if you were lucky. Company must have had a morale transplant.


Thread: Design conundrum - fitting a new workshop into a space
29/09/2017 19:03:59

Hi Tony, my wife is profoundly deaf but has a cochlear implant, despite this handicap her other senses appear to be heightened to compensate, needless to say she seems to know everything I do even before I do it and it doesn't always meet her approval. We share the same email address so I have to be wary of what and when I order online, I find that if I can intercept incoming email invoices for items that I rather she didn't know I ordered, tools etc. And I transfer them to the Archive file because she never looks in there. A few years ago I managed to purchase a micro mill and take delivery of it without being detected, she saw it in the workshop eventually and I had to fess up. In respect of hear hearing loss she can hear quite well with her implant, so much so that I continually have complaints that I have the telly up too loud but I do suffer myself from a substantial hearing loss from unprotected exposure to gas turbine engine noise and my hearing aids definitely need updating. Back to your workshop, go as big as you can afford and insulate you will not regret it.


Thread: JD Metals
26/09/2017 20:43:32

Is that JD Metals Ltd the scrap dealers in Telford?


Thread: a rat in the house!
25/09/2017 14:17:05

Tried the ultrasonic devices in the past-useless. Only thing that worked albeit it was outside was poison in the black boxes strategically placed on any " runs ".


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