Here is a list of all the postings Spurry has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Making Progress with TurboCAD|
Tcad v18.2 is my current version
There is a 'thing' with the layers, which can take a while to get the hang of.
The individual drawing elements (or tools) each have a default layer associated with them. The element remembers the last selected layer. This is easiest to change before using.
I always have my layers coloured in a particular order. So Layer 1 is black, L2 is red , L3 is blue and so on. I normally have about 8 layers in use. This is mainly to facilitate my cutting order on the cnc machine.
So, say a line is required. Select Line tool the menu bar (could show L1 Black). Draw said line. A circle is now required, but I want that on L2. Select the Circle tool, but BEFORE using it, click on L2. The circle will then appear on L2. Oops, wrong layer! So just select the circle, put it on L3 where it should have been.
Go back to the Line tool, and you will automatically revert to L1. Draw another line. Circle again required. Select circle and it will be drawn on L2 as that was where one was drawn last.
This works the same for all the tools including measurements, fonts, et al. It is easy to change after they have been drawn, but quicker to do it first off.
Have to admit that I print lots of drawings, but have never used paper space.
First off, is sort out your layer table, the rest will follow.
|Thread: Cutting long tapers using homemade top/compound slide|
Although not extending the range of the top slide, I have used an allen screw into the handle retaining shaft, powered by a bit of allen key in a variable speed electric drill.
Much less tedious than turning by hand.
|Thread: ME in deepest Norfolk|
NR16 here in my lane.
|Thread: Model car clutch pads - where ?|
Sounds just like the setup for clutch in RC model helicopters.
|Thread: Metric V Imperial Measurement|
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...
|Thread: A good 2D dwg package ?|
Another Tcaddie laddie here.
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|
Dave, just goes to show that there are two ways (at least) of looking at everything.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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|
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|
Wolfcraft 5019000 in use since 2016. Cheapest I found was Amazon for £18.25.
|Thread: DRO to vertical mill z axis|
As fitted to Warco WM40.
|Thread: M&W rules now better...|
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.
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|
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|
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.
Citric acid crystals dissolved in warm water, work very well, and give good results...cheaply.
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