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Member postings for Vic

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: Wiggler or edge finder?
19/07/2019 22:24:32

There is also the simple bearing edge finder.


Thread: Black Oxide coating
19/07/2019 13:49:45

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
19/07/2019 10:44:17

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
17/07/2019 09:12:33
Posted by Hollowpoint on 16/07/2019 11:03:43:

I had the same problem with a second hand tool. I just hit the carbide tip with a chisel to break it. The screw then just came out by hand.

Good idea! You win the cigar! laugh

Thread: Plan/Design for spanner roll?
16/07/2019 15:32:14

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..?
16/07/2019 13:15:51

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?
16/07/2019 13:12:07

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
15/07/2019 20:40:39

Battery charger and washing soda works really well and doesn’t etch the surface like acid will.

Thread: Any other business?
15/07/2019 20:10:33

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
15/07/2019 14:31:00

Oh dear. laugh


Thread: My new lathe a Warco 918
15/07/2019 11:06:08

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. laugh


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
15/07/2019 09:12:36
Posted by David Standing 1 on 15/07/2019 08:32:32:

Ah, it was the Aldi laser level thread?

Still pretty tame in the handbags at dawn stakes I see on other forums, and Facebook! laugh

I believe the electric car thread also had some unnecessary banter. The poster couldn’t even spell it properly, unless he’s Australian. laugh

14/07/2019 21:51:23
Posted by martin perman on 14/07/2019 10:12:39:


I enjoy reading the various topics that crop up on this forum and learn a lot but recently there seem to be a lot of one upmanship, using acronym's that are difficult to decipher and even swearing, putting people down when they have made an opinion and arguing over sometimes silly points. Why cant we all get along and respect each others views or opinions without reducing it to written abuse.

Martin P

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
13/07/2019 20:23:24

“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?
13/07/2019 17:44:38

Interesting construction Mike, more complex than I would have expected.

Thread: Cable Gland?
13/07/2019 17:38:00

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.

13/07/2019 15:02:38

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
13/07/2019 12:52:30
Posted by Mike Poole on 13/07/2019 10:19:37:

One of the factors that makes an electric vehicle viable is the whole life cost of going electric, at the moment the vehicles are more expensive but the fuel is cheaper, if the government move the tax loss from fossil fuel onto electric vehicles then the cost of motoring is going to go up, I doubt that electric vehicles will really get cheaper as the manufactures will try to hang on to as much of any savings as they can. I would think the drive train for an EV is cheaper to make than a petrol or diesel apart from a very expensive battery. Maybe the plan is to price people off the roads. Maybe the future will not be the simple replacement of personal cars, as most of our cars spend the vast majority of their life just parked then maybe shared vehicles or driverless taxis will become common, if the countries vehicle fleet spends its life on the road then we may have clear streets instead of using them as car parks.


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! laugh

Edited By Vic on 13/07/2019 12:53:26

12/07/2019 17:29:48
Posted by pgk pgk on 12/07/2019 17:07:02:

Electric lorries are on the way but this amount of road transport has been nonsense for ages. It needsa radical rethink on the 'just in time' logistics and transport way more by rail to basic hubs or even go back to the jolly old barge idea when cargo is inert. We need to get away from this constant rush to spend and use up resources.

I thoroughly agree.

12/07/2019 16:58:16
Posted by Clive Hartland on 12/07/2019 14:31:38:

I am at a loss to understand how they are going to replace ALL the diesel lorries that are used for carriage of goods to electric. Also how are they going to get an electric Bulldozer or a JCB unless diesel. In fact any earthmover?

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.

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