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Member postings for Ian Parkin

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Thread: A tyro desoldering question.
09/05/2022 08:52:59

I do a fair amount of desoldering on circuit boards and the best thing is a mains powered soldering iron with pump built in.. (about £35)

just place the iron on the joint wait till it melts press the trigger and it works every time

Edited By Ian Parkin on 09/05/2022 08:53:26

Thread: Fobco Star Floor Stand / Storage Cabinet
29/04/2022 12:15:33

I would buy a secondhand bisley multidrawer cabinet with 10 or 15 drawers

when thats full of bits and bobs ( and drill bits) it wont move and the top at 10x 15 inches is perfect for a fobco

Thread: cut-off
15/04/2022 14:48:53

For 75mm dia i would use a 3-4 tpi blade

14 is too fine for that diameter

try a lesser toothed band before condemning your machine

Thread: Rising costs of materials
08/04/2022 12:06:51

pre lockdown mild steel offcuts at my local stockholder were £1000 per ton now £2400 plus vat

Thread: Is it really a joke
07/04/2022 12:49:35


point 1 should be 50 Kwatt not watt

Thread: RDG 30VSM-Parts Needed
26/03/2022 10:20:29

Are you sure on the fixed pair of gears?

i have a set off a 30vsm spare and they are 31 and 56 and the helical is 39

Thread: What is this?
22/03/2022 14:40:23

Catheter plug?

Thread: RDG 30VSM-Parts Needed
21/03/2022 14:47:06

Is it a 56 and a 31 tooth?

if so i have one

21/03/2022 14:39:42

Isn’t a 30 the same as a wm 18?

if so i think i have a spare off to look now…

Thread: Which bonding agent
20/03/2022 13:34:17

Loctite 330 is my go to glue for jobs like this..its in a tube like toothpaste quite thick and hard to squeeze out...put on one side of the job spray the activator onto the other side bring together and clamp if you need to.

Thread: Is this a record fuel price ?
12/03/2022 17:04:43

Seen in hope Derbyshire today …. Is it any more than this anywhere ? 219095d4-7ce2-4edb-b380-1ee81f9ed6c6.jpeg

Mod edit: rotated photo

Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 12/03/2022 17:06:24

Thread: What VFD should I get
23/02/2022 19:30:30

I cant now remember which brand VFD they are but some have a multiplication factor that could display your spindle speed…but not if theres a gearbox with more than 1 ratio

Thread: Front door locks
19/02/2022 12:03:42

To me a keysafe can be removed in a second with a crowbar and then opened destructively in private then the villians have your door keys.

if carers are using it perhaps 2,3,4 times a day they don’t want to be struggling to access an out of sight keysafe..,

do we tell the insurance co that theres keys to the house left outside?

In sheffield we haven’t had a power cut in decades

keys would still work in the event of no power

19/02/2022 11:30:27

John. National trust cottages don’t have all your possessions inside and an old lady generally.

what’s wrong with the electronic ones? I have had one for 20 years or so?

19/02/2022 11:22:09

Advise/suggestions please

My mum at 86 with advancing dementure has recently has a fob pendant given her that calls for help if she falls or just needs help…the company that installed the system wants a key safe outside so they or the designated responder can get in.

she’s also starting soon to have carers coming in and the company also want the keysafe as they have different carers so don’t want to have keys..

To me its like leaving the key under the mat

Mum..she generally leaves the key in the lock on the inside so then the key wont work anyway.

I want to fit a electronic keypad to open the inner front door with a Yale type lock (rather than the mortice lock presently fitted) and leave the outer porch door unlocked.

so the inner door can be shut and always locked …but can be opened with a key always…not too sure mum could cope with a PIN number.

what have others done in this situation?

my sister says just have the keysafe..

Thread: Here's an interesting one
17/02/2022 13:28:20

Facebook is full of scam adverts like this one

apparently most people are so embarrassed when they receive nothing like what they thought they were going to get they don’t take it any further …just put it down to their greed or stupidity

Thread: WM18 strip down
16/02/2022 12:37:59

RMA. I bought one some years ago and stripped it down to carry it to my basement workshop.

as you say theres a powerful gas strut from the base to the head and thats the hardest thing to refit.

I didn’t use anything to strip it or refit it other than my muscle power.

Just be careful if theres any shims between column and base.

move the head down onto the table then remove the head…that perhaps weighs 35- 40 kg

other parts are easy to disassemble


Thread: (Another) Mini Lathe Speed Controller Problem
15/02/2022 06:55:01

On the photo is that a piece of curly swarf just under the resister framed by the red wires?

Thread: Plasma cutter at lidl
13/02/2022 17:21:37

Bill if you want one I’ll get it for you Thursday am or Wednesday night after 7pm they usually have them on display and accept them at the till

13/02/2022 14:13:19

Well it has a 16 amp plug on it as supplied but even on full power (40 amps) its only drawing 10 or so

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