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Member postings for Ian Parkin

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Thread: Wanner grease-gun thread ?
02/11/2021 17:12:50

When i want to grease the quill on my fobco I take the nipple out and grease it with a male ended gun.then put the small nipple back in

or if you are desperate to leave the original small nipples in situ make a small adapter with a nipple and a short length of tube ending in a fitting to go on the small ones

Edited By Ian Parkin on 02/11/2021 17:15:30

Thread: Is it possible to machine a lathe more accurate than the one you machine it on? If so, how?
31/10/2021 14:40:43

I don’t know whether this has been posted before but there’s this video on you tube where a guy makes a Colchester student sized lathe with a minimum of a few hand tools cordless drills and angle grinders and a mig welder and it looks good

innovative use of wood and a workmate grinding the ways..

search for “making big lathe from scratch with basic tools”

my hat is doffed to him

Edited By Ian Parkin on 31/10/2021 14:41:58

Thread: Lathe query.
22/10/2021 10:17:53

Paul if you have a meter as you have checked the resistances of the windings then with the power off check for resistance on the contacts of the contacter when you press the contacts together.

then check resistance of the coil on the contactor

21/10/2021 16:54:11


welcome to the forum

if you have a meter check for 415v across pairs of phases on the supply side of the you need 3 sets of 415v

then when energised check for the same on the motor side of the contacts


Thread: Sphere Turner
12/10/2021 12:05:00

I have the one thats in your first link sold by boffin guy on eBay

its great works well and I wouldn’t think making one any better is going to make it better to use…it does the job out of the box. And at the price he sells them for I wouldn’t go to the trouble of starting to make a copy.

if you want a ball turning jig rather than making a ball turning jig that is

Thread: Home Made Lathe, Safe?
02/10/2021 18:34:56

Interesting use of a variable speed on a single phase induction motor too.

Thread: Scam
28/09/2021 09:44:13

Bob I didn’t see your spelling mistake at all i just saw model…engineering…. modeleng

28/09/2021 08:58:39

I cant see anything wrong with it....just a company scouting for business

Thread: Has anyone heard of this before…dopey dogs…
23/09/2021 18:28:36

My neighbour has a 1 year old jack russel type dog

it was in the garden digging down to a armoured cable and then chewed through a 2.5mm 3 core swa cable fusing the supply.

no injuries sustained but why would it do it? It was 12 inches deep in a flower bed…can the dog sense’s supplying a pond pump so no great load

Thread: Just out of interest how a angle grinder nut is made
18/09/2021 11:42:14

Here’s a angle grinder nut disassembled for your perusal

i have quite a few of these as i never seem to be able to find a peg spanner…these nuts work great …tighten as tight as you wish by hand use the tool for ages then when you want to change the disc the nut comes loose easily by hand


Edited By Ian Parkin on 18/09/2021 11:42:57

Thread: A question about motor
16/09/2021 16:03:41

Or buy a vfd ?

Thread: How to post lithium batteries?
14/09/2021 10:41:44

Well an update

DHL had indeed xrayed the package and decided that it was too dangerous to carry so have sent it back to the seller.

as it was an overnight service may it have been flown down to somewhere more local?

so the sale has been cancelled.

i just wonder how dangerous a smallish camera battery is in a fitted foam compartment in a pelican case

Thread: Saving the Planet … or is it ?
14/09/2021 10:34:10

I believe the tv was a special Philips model which was on a special type of standby so it was “on” immediately …the greens jumped on this as typical of all tv’s

Thread: How to post lithium batteries?
10/09/2021 11:51:32

This back and all its Accesories are being sent in a pelican case with foam cutouts for all the parts and then in a cardboard outer box… do DHL X-ray it or perhaps open it?

10/09/2021 11:45:25

I bought an digital back for a medium format camera on eBay.

seller charged me £25 for delivery he said it had cost him significantly more to post by next day with DHL.

its been caught by having 2 lithium batteries inside and is now on its way back to the seller.

is there a carrier who will accept lithium batteries?

Thread: They see you coming
05/09/2021 12:52:02

A few years ago one daughter had bought a new smart car

first service she was presented with a bill for well over a thousand rather than the perhaps a hundred she was expecting ( car had done less than 4K on mainly motorways

the bill consisted of new discs and pads which they had fitted already

she rang me in a panic and i shot down to the dealer (main Mercedes dealer)

when i got there the service manager was saying to her it was a safety issue so they had fitted without informing her

the second i got there the service managers face dropped when i asked to see the old ones…

then there was a delay before they admitted that they had billed the wrong car..

Thread: Newman Motor Star To Delta?
02/09/2021 12:06:34

I have run quite a few 3 phase motors in star connection straight from a VFD with no ill effects maybe a bit down on power but they ran satisfactorily ( disc sanders ,drill presses,tool post grinders)

Thread: 9/32 hex steel bar
02/09/2021 10:12:42

How much material do you need?

do i read that you need 30 metres of it

or enough to make 30 nuts?

Thread: Purpose of screw on keyway
29/08/2021 11:30:55

Belt and braces?

Thread: Silver soldering cast iron
29/08/2021 11:19:03

Stick welding rods are not expensive

a pack may be £50 but you will only use 1/2 one to a repair like Mike wants to do if that so £1 in total to repair a part which if it was available would be £50-100

if you need a rod or 2 mike let me know

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