Here is a list of all the postings Vic has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Black Oxide coating|
I had a tour of the Axminster Tools facility yesterday which was very interesting. In the manufacturing dept the guide explained that they have changed to using stainless steel for some of their products due to the fact that the Black Oxide coating applied to ordinary steels is no longer environmentally viable. At least I think that’s the term he used. Interestingly though I noticed they’re still using black Unbrako socket screws. I wonder how they’re blacked and if the process used will change soon? Well worth a trip there if you get the chance, they have some amazing Japanese CNC machines there and they’re installing an even bigger one soon requiring an extension to the building.
|Thread: Cruise meeting crash|
I don’t understand either plasma. There are often mobile speed cameras in my area and you can be done for going a few miles an hour over the limit. On the other hand we have motorcyclists racing up and down a local dual carriageway at over double the national speed limit and the police do nothing. This happens most weekends even in winter unless the weather is very bad.
|Thread: Rounded Torx Screw Removal|
Good idea! You win the cigar!
|Thread: Plan/Design for spanner roll?|
The “spanner” roll I was given on a government training course was brown cotton twill. It was a plain rectangle, the pockets were flat and there was a flap that covered the top end of the spanner’s. I believe all trades including mechanics, carpenters and plumbers were all given the same tool roll.
|Thread: Cheap Tipped Tool Set - Maybe not all bad..?|
In spite of grinding to a useable state I’ve still found them rubbish. I know some folks can get on with them though.
|Thread: Best way to cut HSS tool blanks from bar?|
Cutting it that way will be fine Jim. HSS has to get very hot to loose it’s hardness.
Edited By Vic on 16/07/2019 13:12:29
|Thread: Rusty tooling restoration|
Battery charger and washing soda works really well and doesn’t etch the surface like acid will.
|Thread: Any other business?|
I’ve watched many of the Air Crash Investigation programmes on TV. One accident happened because everyone suffocated. Incredulously there is a switch in the cockpit that effectively turns the air supply off. The switch was set to manual instead of auto during maintenance but the pilots failed to notice it.
“The flight crew overlooked the pressurisation system state on three separate occasions”
I found the TV series very interesting. Most of the crashes were due to pilot error, poor design or inadequate servicing as I remember.
|Thread: Electric Cars|
|Thread: My new lathe a Warco 918|
Ron, if your collet chuck had a standard nut remove it and place it in the cupboard and get one of the Ball bearing type like this.
Quite often I don’t even bother using the spanner for some small stuff, I just close it with my hand.
Edit: Dave beat me to it whilst I was typing!
Edited By Vic on 15/07/2019 11:07:02
|Thread: Recent threads|
I believe the electric car thread also had some unnecessary banter. The poster couldn’t even spell it properly, unless he’s Australian.
I agree Martin there has been some unnecessary rudeness recently. Luckily it is only one or two. Excusing it just because it’s an Internet forum isn’t helpful, there’s never an excuse for rudeness. Use of acronyms is sometimes justified but can also be down to laziness.
There is an “Ignore Member” button you can use if you want to. Unfortunately although I have used this for several members you still see their posts if you’re not logged in. As the antiquated software on here keeps logging me out it’s not so useful as it could be.
|Thread: Electric Cars|
“Not to underestimate the difficulties, but I think autonomous vehicles are clearly possible today. Whether they're legal on the public highway or not depends only on our attitude to risk. I suggest autonomous vehicles should be accepted as soon as they achieve accident rates lower than humans. As computers don't get tired, drunk, go racing, show-off, misjudge distances, and aren't distracted by leggy blondes it may be sooner than expected!”
Here you go Dave.
|Thread: Any other bowmakers on here?|
Interesting construction Mike, more complex than I would have expected.
|Thread: Cable Gland?|
The probe could just be inserted into the tank but I thought things would look neater If the probe was hidden in the pipe. They sell 12mm x 1.5mm cable glands but the minimum cable size is 3.5mm. I do have some silicon cord though some I’m wondering if I can make a suitable packing piece? Being able to remove the probe periodically for cleaning purposes is also a requirement.
I want to install a temperature probe into a water inlet pipe. The probe is 4mm diameter but the wire itself is a figure 8 cable about 1.5mm x .75mm. Are there any cable glands that can deal with this? Water pressure is low and the gland can go into an alloy manifold. 1/4” or 3/8” BSP would be good for the gland body.
|Thread: Electric Cars|
The future may very well take car ownership away from the public and replace them with Autonomous vehicles. I can’t help thinking that those that come after us will laugh at the concept of paying many thousands of pounds for a metal box that gets left outside our houses or place of work for maybe 20 hours a day doing nothing. Call up a car when you need it and hopefully at a cost that everyone in society can afford. Perhaps it will result in less pollution, no car crime, fewer accidents, etc etc. Think of a world without ever getting stuck behind a caravan!
Edited By Vic on 13/07/2019 12:53:26
I thoroughly agree.
I haven’t heard about any plans to ban Diesel Lorries. Have you got a link for that? But once again it’s a red herring, cars are the problem not trucks:
It has to be said though that if truck companies were interested then maybe they could develop clean Petrol Lorries? There were plenty of them around years ago. One element transport companies would love to get rid of is the driver. If fully Autonomous vehicles become a reality then we wouldn’t need the economy of scale of using huge trucks. People have been complaining about them for years. As far as specialist stuff like earth movers etc there are so few of them compared to cars it makes no odds. They also don’t drive through towns chocking people. It’s also worth mentioning that some of the most powerful movers I’ve seen on TV were electric anyway. No doubt Diesel powered but just one engine. Diesel is just not practical for some of these machines except as a generator and that could no doubt be replaced with other methods. I won’t bother mentioning ships, which are admittedly a problem, but once again they don’t go down our high streets. Scrap Diesel cars first, then follow on with other stuff later.
I find it quite amusing how defensive Diesel drivers are. I think I’ve heard every possible argument for keeping them. Whilst I expect there may be a glimmer of hope for some petrol engined cars I think folks need to get over the fact that sooner or later you won’t be able to buy a Diesel car. As Diesel cars die of natural death or are forcibly crushed I would expect Diesel fuel prices will go up before perhaps becoming largely unavailable for car drivers. Of course we could all be wrong and perhaps all the £Billions being spent on Electric car development is just some cunning ploy. If Diesel engines are so clean, remind me again why Volkswagen had to break the law in order to sell their cars? So far VW alone have paid out £25 Billion in fines in the US for their stinky cars.
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