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Thread: Model car clutch pads - where ?
09/02/2020 23:06:20

Sounds just like the setup for clutch in RC model helicopters.


Thread: Metric V Imperial Measurement
08/02/2020 09:40:40
Posted by Chris Evans 6 on 08/02/2020 09:19:11:

Post Brexit will we buy petrol by the gallon again ? Nudging £6 a gallon will make folk stop and think !

Yes that's a good one! One of the bigger cons I think, selling petrol by the litre. My most expensive, to date, was paying 147.90p/L = £6.72 per gallon. Doesn't seem that long ago it was 5 bob/shillings per gallon, but that's showing one's age...wink


Thread: A good 2D dwg package ?
06/02/2020 11:22:06

Another Tcaddie laddie here.thumbs up

Started with the DOS and v2 versions, but only really understood how to use it with v4. Would also recommend Paul the Cad as a good source of software / info. Currently using TurboCad v18.2, but that's not the latest.


Thread: renew driving licence
05/02/2020 19:15:12
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 05/02/2020 16:58:41:

Renewal of age expired car licences is straightforward provided the driver is in good health. However, the new license reflects whatever the current rules are. Not unfair because the licence a 70 year old gets is exactly the same as the license issued to everyone else. Arguably it's unfair that older drivers were allowed to retain privileges denied to younger drivers since 1997.

Dave, just goes to show that there are two ways (at least) of looking at everything. wink


05/02/2020 11:21:52

Norm, I don't think you have to pretend anything. It's just that when we were younger we were allowed particular classes, which are automatically removed when aged 70. The DVLA then make you jump through a load of hoops just to keep what we already had. (And every three years afterwards as well!)

Certainly feels like Age Discrimination to me..


05/02/2020 10:02:17

Norm, if you wade through this link, it should answer your questions. The form D4, is rather large, and expensive to get filled in! The eyesight test is rather involved too.



04/02/2020 21:44:58
Posted by norm norton on 04/02/2020 20:13:42:

Us old boys have rights in our pre-70 licences to pull a big caravan or trailer with boat, etc. behind a large 4X4 or small truck or even a van like a VW Transporter. It is easy to exceed 3.5 tonnes GTW (Gross Train Weight).

As I understand it that permission is lost at age 70 renewal, unless you apply in writing for the new licence with a letter from a doctor stating you are fit to retain that over 3.5tonne licence category.

I think, perhaps, that it why my medical cost so much, compared to Chris E's. Not so much a letter, as a comprehensive booklet.

Still, looking on the bright side, you do not a licence for an electric wheelchair.wink


02/02/2020 22:50:15

Chris, The Dr's appointment cost £128 in Nov 2017. The eyesight test was extra, but not sure what I filed that under in my accounting system.


02/02/2020 14:10:14

Not too sure about the "simple" procedure mentioned earlier by Chris Evans 6. My particular renewal required a full private Dr's appointment, (payable of course) and a trip up to the City to have a full certificated eyesight test, not available locally. Pay for that too! All this, just to retain the groups I already had.

Happy 70th birthday.


Thread: Hello from Somerset
24/12/2019 22:50:16


Top row of screen - Albums tag. Upload your pictures to an album of your making. Only then can you link the picture into a posting.



Thread: Angle Grinder stand
15/11/2019 12:11:54

Wolfcraft 5019000 in use since 2016. Cheapest I found was Amazon for £18.25.


Thread: DRO to vertical mill z axis
19/10/2019 15:57:17

As fitted to Warco WM40.



Thread: M&W rules now better...
27/09/2019 12:55:43
Posted by ega on 27/09/2019 09:35:27
According to their catalogue these "Saw-Tooth Graduations" were "specially introduced for easy reading by students and apprentices".

That would seem to infer that students and apprentices no longer have such a requirement. (or they no longer exist)

With regard to Ian's post regarding his "crusty old mentors", not all of us have been so fortunate to have such a knowledge base, and have to make it up as we go along.


26/09/2019 15:36:44

It's such a shame that they do not manufacture an easy-to-read rule as they used to. Personally, I find the 1/2mm markings quite a distraction too.



Thread: What mills have you had
21/07/2019 22:54:20

First mill was a Warco VMC. After that experience, I said I would never have anything from Warco again..

Next was an old Bridgport which kept me out of trouble for a bit.

After a chat with John Stevenson at one of the shows, and relating my VMC story to him, he advised a WM40.

I'm pleased I took his advice and I'm very happy with the second WM40 machine they delivered. (It's only needed a few mods).

Thread: Rusty tooling restoration
16/07/2019 09:34:39
Posted by Jon Cameron on 15/07/2019 23:11:44:

Thanks for all the replies, i think ill try the citric acid crystals first on the calipers. From what ive been reading from bazyles suggestion is that electrolysis can leave raised sections of black stuff, so could effect the accuracy of any surfaces, and strong acids can eat into the surface of the metal. Evapourust seems to be a good one without any harmful chemicals but is still costly to buy in any quantity. So for me it's the crystals and then maybe the evapourust.

Cheers again


From my experience with the citric acid, keep your eye on it when you have dunked the bits and pieces. The rust disappears, the metal takes on a nice silvery sheen, but if left too long the metal can get discoloured. It is quite a long temperature-dependent process though.


15/07/2019 21:16:42

Citric acid crystals dissolved in warm water, work very well, and give good results...cheaply.


Thread: Hello from Norfolk
14/07/2019 22:45:27

Hi Jon

NR16 any use?


Thread: Should I have 3 phase supplied to my house?
30/05/2019 10:00:55

As others have said - It all depends on where you live. In our last house, a new 240v supply was required before completing the driveway. This was modified to a 3 phase supply for very little extra.

However when we moved to rural Norfolk with it's existing 63A single phase supply, the quote was £65,000 for 3 phase. This was out of the question, but they did condescend to up the fuse to 100A, when re-routing the 240v.

A rotary converter was circa £1000. This runs the mill alright, but I find the noise excessive, even when moved next door to the workshop.


Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
28/11/2018 15:29:43

Not quite how Google operates, but if the Alibre web address was entered into the search box, the MEW link would never show, although the proper Alibre site could be accessed.

However if the same address was typed directly into the web search box (top left hand corner in I.E.9) I was taken straight to the correct link.


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