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Member postings for Ian Parkin

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Thread: Picador right angle drive
31/10/2020 17:51:21

What would you use these for?

its a 2:1 or 1;2 depending on which end you drive...


Thread: Hello from the Malvern Hills (UK)
29/10/2020 14:55:21

Tim that looks like a nice workshop you are building up.

when you mentioned Croome i remembered that i did the cnc engraving for their notice boards some years ago


Edited By Ian Parkin on 29/10/2020 14:55:37

Thread: Parcelforce or DPD
28/10/2020 17:02:51


as a receiver i do like Parcelforce and DPD best ,the tracking i can almost go and open the door and they are there..

ups every time i have a parcel incoming to be delivered today its always delayed and comes the next day

fedex seem ok

i do like Hermes as a receiver the tracking works well and the couriers are reliable. And i do use them a lot for sending items but when anything goes wrong they are impossible to contact.

Thread: unknown object
21/10/2020 14:51:25

Surely some record 5 duplicate posts

Thread: Ex-college Warco lathes auction
14/10/2020 14:31:12

Did anyone see what they went for?

Thread: New Energy Supplier Companies
05/10/2020 12:58:14

Martin c

I too have this problem with BG

i read and suppy reading every month online

the page on bg site lists 3 boxes to fill in gas ,day and night electricity

i take my readings and enter the day and night in the boxes which show a smaller number than this months readings

and it always says error "thats larger than we expect it to be" even though the numbers may only be 200-300 units more than last month

and then takes weeks to sort it out before they send the bill


Edited By Ian Parkin on 05/10/2020 12:59:05

Thread: Anyone near calne?
03/10/2020 14:54:37

Is there anyone near calne who could pick up a eBay purchase and post it on to me?

£30 for your trouble

Thread: Unusable Tracking Numbers
01/10/2020 15:04:13

Tracking numbers for Royal Mail don’t work until the parcel gets delivered

so until then it just says tracking number provided

unless its a fully tracked service like special delivery

Thread: Bent woodworking lathe spindle
25/09/2020 14:09:33

Can you post a photo of what you have and some rough dimensions or what model lathe it is.

i make spindles and chuck adapters for many ww lathes

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 25/09/2020 14:19:38

Thread: Vacuum Pump Advice Please!
24/09/2020 19:15:16

I’m sure that the fibre vanes need lubing

small offset machines used to have “Gast “ pumps which had fibre vanes and a small (50ml) glass jar on the inlet side with a pipe cleaner into the oil and inlet to lube the vanes

Thread: What sort of light source to use a strobe disc?
24/09/2020 17:50:27

Well this guy insists he uses a desk lamp with a filament lamp in...has he got superhuman vision so he see a bulb cooling and heating 50 times a second?

and also in factories he wired filament bulbs across the 3 phase to avoid strobing...which again I’ve never heard of..other than to balance the load... fluorescents yes but not GLS bulbs

Edited By Ian Parkin on 24/09/2020 17:52:40

24/09/2020 17:35:06

What sort of illuminators were used in record turntables?

Thread: Vacuum Pump Advice Please!
24/09/2020 17:33:52

I do deal with a lot of pumps like this in the print industry and never considered them to be high vacuum

usually the ones i work with are dry with carbon vanes

older ones were steel bladed running with oil and an oil separator a bit like a hydro vane pump

anyway check that the vanes are free to slide in and out and don’t expect much of a vacuum with it..

Thread: What sort of light source to use a strobe disc?
24/09/2020 17:26:51

In a light hearted discussion on a woodworking forum what sorts of a light source do you need to use a stobe disc or indeed not to use near rotating machinery?

one chap ( a very respected member) insists a standard filament lamp will suffice?

I say anything other than a filament lamp....

Thread: Quality Control ?
24/09/2020 15:49:58

So was it a battery problem or the can opener?

batteries now seem to have a shorter +ve teat than they used to

Thread: WARNING Scammer
21/09/2020 21:50:14

Nothing wrong with putting cash only for collection items

you have to offer paypal you dont have to accept it

it would limit your buyers immensely if you didnt take paypal for postable items

Edited By Ian Parkin on 21/09/2020 21:50:42

Thread: Blowtorch problems
19/09/2020 20:19:33

I’ve ordered a repair kit @ £29 rather than a new torch at £95

the only bit it doesn’t include is the black body casting by the looks of the kit

19/09/2020 19:23:01

The jet is clear

the air holes are open

if i turn the gas knob down i get a good flame but not a fierce flame like i used to get


19/09/2020 18:54:56

Any ideas why my rothenburger blowtorch has suddenly started refusing to ignite in spite of what looks like a good spark and also the flame is like this


Rather than as before the flame went down to the end of the nozzle

it just started doing this having been fine for well over 6 years

Thread: Ideal Guillotine
18/09/2020 05:23:09


the guillotine in my video actually tried to cut through a steel ruler and it shattered the tungsten blade about 4 inches in length

blades are about £1200 so expensive mistake

ruler survived

never seen any wrong material detectors on any paper cutting guillotines

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