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Thread: Making Progress with TurboCAD
05/04/2020 17:15:44

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
02/04/2020 19:01:31

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
19/03/2020 09:39:19

Ah yes...Politics...Mmmm

NR16 here in my lane.


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.


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