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Thread: Bar size and dies
02/01/2021 11:59:27

Unless I have missed it, nobody has suggested pressing the die to the work whilst turning the diestock or workpiece. I find that pressing the die to the work gives a far better lead in and if you use the tailstock, it keeps the die true to the axis of the work. Put a piece of rag up the morse taper to catch swarf etc, better still have a blank MT that you can use for this exercise. Even better is to use a tailstock die holder.

Thread: PAT - Portable Appliance Test
31/12/2020 21:26:51

Thanks for all the ideas and responses.

looking at the test report, the equipment was a MEGGER 1720 and the test result was a pass at >20M ohm for Wash m/c class 1

If nothing else it will provoke me to ask some more questions of the tester.


31/12/2020 15:19:52

Can a PAT test cause a washing machine logic board to fail?

I had a BECO washer dryer machine which was only 4 years old. Straight after it was PAT tested, the machine was "dead". When the repair man came, he said the main logic board was shot and would cost £280 to replace it, he also said that this was the 8th Beco machine he had visited recently with the same fault (He didn't comment on PAT testing).

Obviously, anything is possible, but could a PAT test cause this failure ?


Thread: Tool identification help please..
30/12/2020 14:40:07

I find it very poor sales support if the supplier can neither supply the inserts, or give you the specification of the insert. Worth taking note of the suppliers name ??

Thread: flexispeed lathe/chuck problem
29/12/2020 17:13:34

The lathes site says 1/2" BSF so 16tpi is correct for the spindle, but as Jason is new to all this, lets establish a few things. The spindle is the male thread sticking out of the lathe. That IS 1/2" BSF 16tpi. Jason has one chuck that fits. The other chuck doesn't fit and I would think that the thread in the second chuck is damaged, or not the same.

For clarity, a 'die' makes male threaded parts like bolts, and a 'tap' makes female threaded holes like nuts and in this case, the thread on second chuck of Jason's

Jason, do not run the die down the spindle thread unless it is badly damaged. Once it is too small, you will need more than help from this forum to correct it. Have a good look up the thread on your second chuck and see if there is muck in the thread. Perhaps the second chuck has a different thread, and that is your real problem.

Thread: Helping hand wanted
28/12/2020 07:30:26

have a look at this link

Driving Trolley

Thread: South Bend Heavy Ten Fixed Steady
27/12/2020 12:58:40

Nice taper turning attachment too.

Thread: Christmas Disasters!
26/12/2020 07:40:04

We have a flat which we rent out. Between tenants this December, we had the PAT testing done, now the washing m/c doesn't work and the main controller board will cost £280 to fix or £480 to replace the 4 year old machine!

A couple of years ago, we were with our son in Oz when his dish washer packed up on Christmas Day. Besides packing up, it burn't out the supply RCD which was an ancient device. Although I could have jury rigged it to work without the RCD, with two small kids and all their electronic games etc, I declined and we called out an emergency electrician. 250$ for callout, 150$ for each new RCD as under new regs, you need an RCD for each "service"d(Lights, sockets, Kitchen ). We were lucky that the fuse board was plywood because many older systems has asbestos in which case it would have to be removed by a specialist before a new one could be fitted ! So that was about 800$ fix and had to buy a new dishwasher on Boxing Day !

Thread: Welding Fumes
20/12/2020 18:54:02

A cautionary tale of my own stupidity.

It was cold in the workshop and the heat was slowly brought up to sensible with a fan heater. Ok so far. I am in the process of making the driving trolley wheel / axles and am stick welding the wheels to the axles before finish turning them to size. Perhaps consumed 8 or 9 rods and started feeling quite feint.

I staggered from the workshop and sat down on the step before I fell down. It took me an hour or so before I was back to something like normal.

Sometimes the warning labels on the box should be followed !!

Mr Stupid

Thread: Drilling through bronze
20/12/2020 07:51:32

David G. Thats a wee wee boring bar to suit a #10 drill ?

Thread: Oil proof brush?
18/12/2020 08:23:15

Philip - That looked like a really expensive brush ! I have some brushes like Davids, also use the simple artist's craft brushes. Never leave the brush in the coolant over night, just lay it in the swarm tray.

Thread: Metric Fine Grub Screws
17/12/2020 08:20:54

I am guessing that optical instrument trade may use fine threads.

17/12/2020 08:18:53

Have a look at Custom-Order set screws on that linked page - That's why I said ..... ask for the price.

Thread: Citric Acid Pickle Question
17/12/2020 06:27:34

AND don't have the pickle in your workshop - how did I know that !!!

Rusty Miller

Thread: Metric Fine Grub Screws
16/12/2020 20:37:04

Don't even ask the price !!!


Thread: Painting a copper boiler
15/12/2020 16:37:59

The bible - "How not to paint a Locomotive" recommends grit blasting to provide the key, and we would be talking a very fine grit / powder.

Thread: My Bungalow fogs up outside
15/12/2020 08:49:15

If the conservatory is modern, do you have modern self cleaning glass - if so, it is prone to fogging as you experience.

Thread: Boiler bush threads
12/12/2020 12:52:30

Well, thanks, there are 3 different ideas, all of them I understand. The iron plug idea for smaller threads would allow the bush to be supported in a jig to ensure that it was "square" to the required axis but never heard it talked about and a heartache if a spot of silver solder made the plug stick in the thread.

As Jason said, the fine threads are at risk of burning but Fizzy who has made more boilers than most of us put together hasn't had a problem.

And David rightly is concerned that a unless the bush is tapped in the lathe, then there is a risk the face of the bush is not square to the thread.

Has anyone tried some sort of "fire clay" to put into the bush during soldering ??

12/12/2020 09:22:35

When making bushes for boilers, should you thread them to full depth of thread? I believe that during the heating / silver soldering of bronze bushes, that there is surface degradation of fine threads. If the bushes were made and threaded to perhaps only 3/4 depth of thread and then threads fully tapped out once silver soldered into place, would this be better practice?

Thread: Pea shooters illegal
12/12/2020 07:20:37

So, under the definition of a dangerous weapon,Section (n),

A starter cord on a mower being a weight on one end of a cord and a hand grip on the other. is now illegal.

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