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Member postings for Samsaranda

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Thread: Painting staircase spindles
13/05/2021 10:10:42

Cant beat the good old fashioned lead based paints! I can already hear the health & safety lobby complaining in the background, yes I know you can’t use lead based paints nowadays but that doesn’t change the fact they were incredibly better than today’s offering of low VOC water based rubbish. Dave W

Thread: Hand cleaner
12/05/2021 10:02:51

I cringe when I read of those who use washing up liquid for hand washing or even shampooing their hair, I have in later life developed contact dermatitis on my hands which is triggered whenever they are exposed to washing up liquid, diluted or concentrated, it leaves my skin very raw. I now have on prescription special liquid soap for my hands and have to treat with various creams, I urge anyone using washing up liquid in this way not to do it, it can trigger painful dermatitis at anytime, I spent my working life in engineering and oils and greases do not cause me problems just washing up detergent, there is a bonus though, excused washing up. Dave W

Thread: Ropey Radio Reception?
08/05/2021 09:42:39

Without the Dinosaurs this site probably wouldn’t exist, proud to be among them. 🦕. Dave W

Thread: Allendale-Ultrasonics
07/05/2021 19:40:42

No problems viewing with my IPad. Dave W

Thread: Ropey Radio Reception?
07/05/2021 12:20:47

Tv and radio reception can both be problematic, I live near the coast in East Sussex and the most powerful transmitter to tune to is the Heathfield transmitter, ideal because it’s on a hill. One of my neighbours has a ginormous Birch tree in his garden, which unfortunately is in direct line of sight between my house and the Heathfield transmitter, reception from that transmitter is ok in winter but once the tree is in leaf reception descends to unwatchable on our tv. Solution is retune the house aerial to another transmitter, well there is one at Hastings but the power output is so feeble because the French bleat on about interference their side of the channel so the transmitter gives only a very poor signal. Solution in the end was to go for Sky for tv, wasn’t happy doing that but at least the tv is watchable but at a price.

Going back to the old pirate radio days, in 1967 we used to listen to Radio Caroline when we were on guard on the airfield at RAF Sharjah, now part of the UAE. It could only be picked up for about an hour before dawn as the temperature changes in the atmosphere facilitated the signal skipping. Dave W

Thread: Shipping to the EU - beware!
06/05/2021 10:20:55

A few years ago I mailed a couple of castings to myself, in the UK, from Australia, had been there on holiday and the castings would have put my baggage seriously overweight. Don’t ask why I bought castings in Australia, the wife gave me enough grief over it. The castings arrived at the Gatwick freight handling centre and couldn’t be released until I had paid the admin fees and VAT on the items, I was not best pleased having to pay VAT on my own possessions. In respect of the problems and charges being levied on parcel traffic to and from the Continent, it seems to reflect the situation that has happened with parcel traffic to and from the USA for many years, although I think that the French have chosen to be particularly vindictive in their approach. but that is the French, they will never be any different towards the UK, It has always struck me as strange that if we order anything from China then for these items the British Postal Authorities mostly allow them in without any charges required. Is there some sort of agreement with China that if they fill out the customs declaration on parcels and say they item is only worth 5 dollars, irrespective of its true cost, then it is automatically allowed in. I think we will al have to accept that trading with the EU countries should be the choice of last resort. Dave W. 🤔

Thread: Repair It? Wossat Mean, Like?
04/05/2021 19:24:37

Items that are manufactured today are by and large an assembly of bought in components with only minimal amount of components produced in house, outsourced components are for instance switches, motors, electronic boards, bearings, plastic mouldings etc. In order to build their product they source their components from the market place, seeking and accepting the lowest price offered for the items they want. So the product we buy is made from the cheapest components that the manufacturer could source, no wonder it only lasts just beyond when the warranty has expired. In 2001 I purchased and had installed an Ideal condensing gas boiler, it lasted two weeks until the main circuit board gave up. It was of course replaced under warranty, at that time the replacement board cost about £170, the replacement lasted I think about six weeks, again replaced under warranty, we had that boiler for nine years and in that time it consumed 8 main circuit boards, I didn’t pay a penny towards the costs as I complained bitterly to the manufacturers every time and they repaired the boiler each time. It transpired that the manufacturer had selected boards to be manufactured from the cheapest suppliers that tendered for the work, so they got the quality of component that was related to the price paid. The companies engineers that came each time to fix the boiler were embarrassed with the products poor performance. Dave W

Thread: Magnetic swarf
03/05/2021 19:31:35

Are you sure that your lathe is pointing North/South then? Dave W

Thread: My new computer
01/05/2021 09:13:38

If you had chosen Apple then although an American company the product is mainly made in China, I think it is now impossible to avoid “made in China” with anything to do with electronics. Dave W

Thread: Pond filter with UV lamp
30/04/2021 14:46:58

In respect of UV lamps for ponds they must be the types that generate the wavelength necessary to kill bacteria, I.e. germicidal types. As far as I am aware you can only generate those wavelengths in a traditional glass/quartz type enclosure as in traditional UV lamps, as far as I am aware leds do not have the power to generate the required wavelengths in the quantity required. I may be wrong on this and technology may have progressed in which someone will be along soon to shoot me down. Dave W

Thread: How Do I Open Walker-Midgeley Documents Please?
30/04/2021 10:04:13

Beware if you download Adobe Acrobat Reader you will be bombarded with aggressive posts wanting you to commit to expensive options, I am seriously thinking of removing Reader from my desktop because I am fed up with being bombarded every time I open it. Dave W

30/04/2021 09:57:29


The wife’s cousin used the Mormon Church records when tracing his family tree, they were extremely helpful and in fact because he spent so much time researching their records the local Mormon Church made him their honorary librarian, he has no connection with the Church. Dave W

30/04/2021 09:53:44

Nigel Graham 2

Local archives are still there and available to use but as you say it is not easy, I think most Counties have now put all their archives under one roof, so to speak, but don’t quote me on that. Dave W

29/04/2021 17:54:26

It galls me how much these companies such as charge for public records which should be available to all for just a nominal charge, they are raking it in. Dave W

Thread: Problems trying to sell-on a 'Swiss' Army knife
29/04/2021 14:06:09

I have to say that Amazon are on the ball when it comes to the regulations concerning bladed items, ordered some Stanley knife blades and they arrived this morning, the delivery person wouldn’t hand them over until he had verified my age by giving him my date of birth, I must look younger than my 74 years! Dave W

Thread: Finding a penknife
29/04/2021 09:16:36

Quite a few years ago was in London and on the spur of the moment decided to visit the House of Commons public gallery, there were security checks to get into the building. We had to be vetted by an ordinary policeman who asked us to turn out our pockets, embarrassingly I had in my pocket a penknife, it was an agricultural type working knife that I bought when I was thirteen years old at the Devon County Show. I was quite attached to the knife and it had been everywhere with me always in my pocket. The policeman’s eyes alighted on my trusty knife and he questioned why I was carrying it, after deliberating for a few seconds he said stick it back in your pocket, he summed up the situation and decided that an elderly gent with an ancient penknife was not an obvious terrorist threat so he had used his judgement and we proceeded to enter the House of Commons, I am not sure his superiors would have agreed with his judgement call. Dave W

Thread: Stand for milling machine
28/04/2021 16:01:29

Go for a sturdy bench or fabricated stand, I have a Champion V20 mill, a tad bigger than the WM14, I purchased the stand supplied by Chester for the mill, it is rubbish and wobbled like a proverbial jelly, I have temporarily fitted bracing to fasten it to a solid block wall but it still moves, nowhere near as much as it did, a more substantial stand is on my list of todo’s. Dave W

Thread: Finding a penknife
28/04/2021 15:51:48

Try an Antiques shop they used to be called fruit knives and there are still many around if you don’t mind secondhand. Dave W

Thread: B&D workmate
25/04/2021 18:05:36

Mine is a recent model only a couple of years old, had problems with the fold down legs, they are so flimsy so I took them off and put them in the scrap bin. Wish I still had my old original that dated from the 60’s, used to belong to my father, it was built like the proverbial brick outhouse, the recent models aren’t a patch on the originals. Dave W

Thread: What to do when you lose something
22/04/2021 17:34:40

My downfall is that I see tools advertised and think that would be a good tool to have so I order one and it duly arrives and when I go to stow it away in the workshop I find one that I must have bought earlier but for the life of me I cannot remember buying it. Dave W. ❗️

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