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Thread: Covid19 - Overseas Subscriptions
26/05/2020 11:16:39
Posted by Simon Collier on 26/05/2020 11:14:14:

I can access them but I don't as I don't like reading them on a screen. It is no substitute at all for a paper magazine in your hands. I will be waiting for paper copies to turn up, whenever that may be. I'm not convinced complete cessation of international posting is justified. Post is working OK at this end.

Exactly, I really can't see what the issue is with not shipping them as expected. Quoting "issues with customs" it certainly isn't

26/05/2020 11:11:48

I've gone through the instuctions to find we don't have pocketmags access only the archive. Temporary access to the archive is not much help I'm afraid. Nothing can be printed which makes it just about useless if you want paper copies for the workshop.

As we've paid for magazines that it seems we are not going to get we really should be given access to the pocketmags so we can obtain copies of the issues in a form that is usefull to us.


Thread: Understanding Digital Subscriptions
26/05/2020 11:05:16

Temporary access to the archive is not much help I'm afraid. Nothing can be printed which makes it just about useless if you want paper copies for the workshop.

As we've paid for magazines that it seems we are not going to get we really should be given access to the pocketmags so we can obtain copies of the issues in a form that is usefull to us.


Edited By Doubletop on 26/05/2020 11:08:47

Edited By Doubletop on 26/05/2020 11:12:24

Thread: Covid19 - Overseas Subscriptions
26/05/2020 10:34:53


Thanks. Emails checked, including Spam, and I don't have anything from Mytime. My last email from them was in February.


Thread: Understanding Digital Subscriptions
26/05/2020 10:28:06
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/05/2020 13:41:10:


Overseas subscribers whose paper copies have been temporarily suspended due to coronavirus have been given temporary access to the archive, not Pocketmags, and have been sent instructions on how to access it.




Edited By Neil Wyatt on 12/05/2020 13:41:58


Nothing received by me I'm afraid. My last Mytime email was in February relating to a subscription renewal


Edited By Doubletop on 26/05/2020 10:30:47

Thread: Covid19 - Overseas Subscriptions
26/05/2020 09:10:29

Apologies if this is covered elsewhere but I can’t find the thread.

A conversation over on the MEM forum touched on the delay those of us overseas are experiencing with the delivery of our copies of ME and MEW. I had just expected them to be delayed and at some point they would arrive.

Jason pointed me to Neil’s post on Forum and Martins editorial in ME which seems to indicate that although the magazines are being printed and delivered in the UK any overseas subscriptions will be suspended the magazines won’t be shipped.

If that is the case extremely disappointing, these magazines have ongoing articles that people could be following, others have complete sets of the magazines going back years, there will now be a gap in those collections, which may never be filled.

Suspending our subscriptions isn’t the solution. Overseas mail services may be delayed but they haven’t been suspended so why can’t the back issues be bulk shipped at some point?

In the meantime, please give all the overseas subscribers free access to the digital issues, back dated to March. It not going to cost you anything and you’ve already got our money.


Thread: Coronavirus
15/03/2020 20:49:24

Crisis? What Crisis?

With all the talk of self-isolation I thought it time to sign up for home deliveries from the local supermarket. Let’s start with essentials….

One of the benefits of living in NZ, only 202 Pinot Noirs to choose from. When can I start?



Edited By Doubletop on 15/03/2020 20:54:06

11/03/2020 18:59:29

The swings from "She'll be right" to "We're all doomed" seem to be coming together.


From a recognised expert. **LINK**


Edited By Doubletop on 11/03/2020 18:59:56

Edited By Doubletop on 11/03/2020 19:00:23

09/03/2020 18:41:43

An update from our friends in Australia




08/03/2020 21:52:14
Posted by JA on 08/03/2020 12:35:13:

Just got back from the supermarket. As expected there is no toilet paper, no worry. There appears to be a run on the alternative - tinned soups and tomatoes!

No doubt by Tuesday there will be so much toilet paper that it will be stacked in the car park.


I visited the local supermarket late on Friday, expecting "Hell's Grannies" with handbags drawn to find pallets of the stuff in the entrance way.


07/03/2020 19:58:37

Originating from Australia and just sharing here.

06/03/2020 10:01:31
Posted by Frances IoM on 05/03/2020 23:11:01:
But toilet paper??????
you obviously haven't had the experience of finding a loo, getting relief and then finding no loo paper left in the holder! - maybe a gender ordered thing ?

Maybe the gender thing is checking before you commit?


05/03/2020 09:40:54

Planning a holiday? The Amazon is looking good.


The map apears to be updated at the begining of each week. NZ now have 3 cases and the run on toilet paper has hit the masses here.


Thread: Nemet - Lynx
05/03/2020 00:35:44


I've no idea what happend to the images

The clue is in the drawings and instructions for the Bobcat that Malcolm did after the Lynx, just scale for the Lynx valve heads. Make the blank valve seat/guides insert in the head and then drill the ports. It looks like I also included liners for the spring pockets, probably unnecessary.


Thread: Cheapskate Sandblaster
06/09/2019 23:06:46
Posted by Paul Lousick on 06/09/2019 14:04:01:


Sand should no longer be used for blast cleaning unless proper breathing aparatus is used, not just a mask. Sand contails silica and breathing it is bad for your health. Workers who breath in silica dust could develop chronbronchitis, emphysema or acute silicosis.


Edited By Paul Lousick on 06/09/2019 14:06:52

Yes I have garnet in my small cabinet blaster and wear a 3M respirator and hooded overalls as dust still gets out. I made the mistake of not wearing overalls once and after I took off the respirator started breathing the dust in my clothes.



Edited By Doubletop on 06/09/2019 23:08:34

06/09/2019 11:32:15


Much as I had suspected, a total loss solution and cost effective if you live near a beach!

As for removing machining marks and other minor imperfections that's certainly one of the benefits of blasting parts. Far quicker than trying to blend with files and wet and dry. If you want a good finish give the job give it a blast, and then start with the wet and dry. Otherwise a great base for the etch primer. Just make sure all the running surfaces are well protected.


Edited By Doubletop on 06/09/2019 11:33:29

05/09/2019 11:47:21


I've got one of the small cabinets and even though it is enclosed quite a bit of dust gets out. I've looked at these open air systems but have always wondered how much mess they make.

Although you are using kiln dried sand in your Kartcher I assume it runs wet so you soon have a pile of wet sand? Does that help contain the dust? Can the sand be adequately dried out to re-use it?

What is your experince?


Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
16/07/2019 21:22:54

The point I was trying to make. Or at least 41 similar points



Edited By Doubletop on 16/07/2019 21:24:08

Thread: Electricity Supply
14/06/2019 12:10:53

Here we go, and no mention of EV's


14/06/2019 05:52:22

More from Transpower. This time their views on battery storage from a grid owners perspective.


The conclusion being that its better done at the consumer end of the network. Which aligns with suggestion of using your EV as a battery backup and to feed power back to the grid. You EV probably has the biggest battery you own.

What it does to the lifecycle of the battery is another consideration.

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