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Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
24/07/2022 06:53:56

The other day, I overtook a car which is a rare occasion in a 1932 Austin 7 - Admittedly, it was a "Sans Permis" vehicle limited to 50Kph.

Thread: Simple way to bend 10mmØ x 1mm stainless tube
24/07/2022 06:47:31

Not so pricey here ?? CERROBEND

Thread: Loco transmission
23/07/2022 20:37:49

Oops Duncan, my brain translated 125Hp for 125cc and just thought the replies were a bit of overkill. Time to have a cold shower.


23/07/2022 16:10:12

How about a ride on mower Hydrostatic gearbox/back axle. Many of these have a pin that you pull out to disengage the integral pump for the "motor". The speed range is infinite from zero to max.

Probably free to a good home from a garden mower mechanic.

When neutral is selected, it becomes a parking brake, so its a very practical unit. I bought a complete Ride-on the other month for less than £200, that included atwin cylinder motor with integral alternator. When I am moving logs around, I can tow a 1/2 ton trailer around with it ; No problem.


Thread: Which grade of steel do I need?
23/07/2022 15:37:07

how about something like this ? cold chisel material Sacrifice the handle and re-grind the point - look out for similar at car boot sale.

Thread: Simple way to bend 10mmØ x 1mm stainless tube
23/07/2022 06:48:06

That is a tight diameter. We used to use CEROBEND which is a low melting point metal to fill the tubes prior to bending. For larger tubes 1" and upwards we used a hard RESIN similar to this.

I don't know how, but your tubes need to be annealed - but you know this.


Thread: British Homes Have Air Conditioning ?
22/07/2022 08:54:26

Yesterday it was 37deg C and the other day it was hovering around 40. I installed a reversible heat pump last year, it will warm in winter when its -12C outside and cool in summer when its 40+. It consumes half the energy as the wife's oven (Heat pump 4-5 amps @ 240v Oven 11 amps) so to be green, one has to decide on cakes and roast beef or being warmed or cooled. We live in a small house 2 up & 2 down and the system cools all of down stairs and 1 bedroom. The house has 800mm thick stone walls and the roof has 2 sheets of multilayer insulating foil backed with 4" thick rock wool. Heating is generally by a 15Kw log stove burning scrub oak logs which we are told is "green energy" and the heat pump only used each end of the season or during very cold evenings - perhaps for a couple of hours 40 days a year. I doubt that it is necessary to use the air con more than a similar amount of time. During this heat wave, reflective insulation is placed against the DG windows.

By installing the system myself (the tube connections and gassing done by the supply company), I saved over £3,500 on a full supply and install.

Overall, I consider the total system greener than a full electric or gas system.

Bob (SW France)

Thread: Wi Fi router
15/07/2022 08:26:29

Steve, I have a 3 phase installation, just like you. You just need to use the same phase + neutral for the extender as the router uses.

Thread: online upgrades: Is it broken, a disabled feature, or customer gouging
14/07/2022 13:39:41

Slightly off topic, but my Renault rear windscreen wiper works sometimes. When it works, you hear the relay clicking away. Asked Renault to replace the relay - NO, you have to buy the whole fuse board with relays attached. I casually said are the soldered into the fuse board - no, just plugged in, but to get to them you have to remove most of the plastic dash board, remove the fuse board which then looses all the info that the CANBUS system stores.

Thread: Lang junior Lathe
13/07/2022 14:52:40

Should be great for turning up some small BA threads, just don't drop them in the swarf tray.

Thread: Hello from south west uk
07/07/2022 20:55:08

Hi Mat, these guys are quite helpful if you want non ferrous meal including stainless steel:-

Non ferrous

Thread: Distance of air compressor to workshop?
07/07/2022 17:07:26

Can't see a problem. I have a long rubber reinforced hose about 3/8" internal diameter - probably 15m . No problem for small spray gun, tyre inflation, etc.

I would advise flex plastic airline pipe inside flexible plastic conduit. No need to sink it really deep in the lawn. To make the "trench", sink a spade into the lawn in line with the tube, wobble spade back and forth to make the trench and sink it about 4" deep, perhaps a 18" deep when crossing flower bed.

Thread: Another Mystery Tool
03/07/2022 10:11:18

You can use them to increase the carbon content of mild steel thus making the contact area hardenable - but you also get surface "erosion".

Thread: French contact wanted....
29/06/2022 11:56:57

And loads more - Its a matter of searching the net ??


29/06/2022 08:06:09

Andre - do you want a list of all scrap metal dealers, or ones near to where you live ? We have a very good good one here in the LOT - steel, stainless steel, Aluminium and scrap iron components but I havn't seen much bronze or copper except tube and water fittings.


Thread: I may be stupid but
24/06/2022 07:15:09

If I am going to use bar stock and part off the turned piece, I tighten all 3 jaws and there is usually some movement on each position - so something moves!


Thread: There are locomotives.... and there are locomotives.
23/06/2022 06:33:37

Could be this guy ?

Karens little railway

Thread: Moving v belts on pulleys ?
19/06/2022 16:03:36

Pity you weren't on the design team Mike !

19/06/2022 14:30:25

I have a Warco mill/drill. To change from the top speed range to the lowest there is a need to remove the motor to intermediate belt and the intermediate to quill pulley belt. The motor /intermediate is made easier by slackening off the motor tension screw allowing that belt to go slack. However, the other belt is a right pig as you have to slacken off a couple of bearing hub bolts, swing the intermediate pulley arm which slackens the belt.

Consequently, I use a small tyre lever to prise the belt off of the large pulley (Whichever that may be). To be on the safe side, isolate the machine first, as it is all to easy to have an accident!

Because it is such a pain in the posterior, I added 2 extra pulleys to the motor and intermediates. This gives me the full range of speeds without having to remove any belts, just move them up and down. I did have to modify the belt cover some what, but it still protects the operator.

pulley mods.jpg

Thread: Book on lathe operation ?
19/06/2022 06:49:32

It just shows the power of flashing adverts as per the ones on the Top right hand side of the home page !!

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