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Thread: Boxford BUD Tool Post
27/07/2021 06:49:23

Don't know if this photo helps - its my Boxford AUD.

elliott toolpost.jpg

Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 27/07/2021 06:52:28

Thread: What on Earth would this be used for?
26/07/2021 17:09:44

I used one just like this for silver soldering a 5" boiler back in the 60's. I wouldn't think that they were making new hot bulb engines post 1954


Thread: Silver Solder Stocks
23/07/2021 18:55:51

During WW2, Dad was a design draughtsman at Heston Aircraft. One of his jobs was designing repair schemes to beat up aircraft. No higher authority needed - it was war! Besides bullet and shrapnel damage, one of the other major causes of damage was fretting of structures from wiring looms. The loom would be in tact and the metal component sawn through !


Thread: moving machines
23/07/2021 18:46:30

Just seen on TV. When putting a machine into position, sometimes difficult to get the straps out from underneath.Stratigecally put sacks of ice cubes under the load, place the load on top of the ice, get the straps / bearers out and wait for the ice to melt.

Novel idea!

Thread: Silver Solder Stocks
23/07/2021 16:28:50

Anyone seen a warning about abusing cadmium plated bolts - heating to remove a stubborn nut / bolt etc ?

Thread: Hydrogen
22/07/2021 19:24:49

Lets hope that if they make hydrogen from sea water that they don't increase the sodium and chloride mix, but I expect mankind will !


Thread: Keeping the workshop cool
22/07/2021 19:20:39

problem with the small portable air con units is that they pump out the hot air, which is replaced by the hot air drawn back into the room. They dry the air as they cool it which can be an advantage.

Thread: Hydrogen
22/07/2021 09:51:04

I thought that burning methane produced CO2 - isn't that a non starter ?

Thread: E10 Petrol
21/07/2021 12:02:55

Just watch all your fuel hoses disintegrate - E5 was bad enough!

Thread: Best soldering iron for electronics
19/07/2021 11:35:09

Small ANTEX - problem is that the cable has little flexibility when cold. The original iron had a nice Flexi cable, but the one I bought 5 or 6 years ago is rubbish.

Thread: GigaFactory
19/07/2021 06:37:16

I can't remember what they are called, but I have seen several houses over here in France where the demand of the house is limited to the supply line by a relay device in the fuse box. When the house demand reaches the supply limit, all electric heating is "Throttled back". The electric heaters have 2 positions on them - Confort and Eco. Wiring to the radiators have 2 live wires, one for comfort and one for eco plus the normal neutral and earth. The switch is independent of the live supply and allows the user to manually throttle the radiator back.

I see no reason why the car charging point couldn't be fed by such a device as domestic demand is usually less at night.


Thread: Motor malfunction
19/07/2021 06:27:14

We are assuming that the on/off switch isn't the culprit. The contacts inside the switch could be arcing ??

Thread: We thought the Aliens had landed …
18/07/2021 21:05:03

Yep, that's a small one, Google "Chicksands radio Ariel"

Thread: Broken tap extraction
18/07/2021 19:21:33

Diamond burrs attached to a Dremel . find the burrs on the usual Book selling site. Make a hole down one side of the tap and then down the next etc etc.

Thread: Mechanical Calculators
18/07/2021 15:30:44

That is the question, what do you do with a collection of about 6 or 8 mechanical calculators (probably 1930 - 1950 ish). Nothing special there, heavy to post and havn't seen that they make much on auction sites to be worth the effort.

Seems a shame to chuck them away.


Thread: English members who have moved to France.
18/07/2021 10:34:22

Its not quite as bad as Tony makes out - I would not go back to the UK out of choice.

You will loose your winter fuel allowance (if you get it) as France with winter temps of -16 C is too warm !!

Currency fluctuations

Most official applications are now via the internet - make sure you have a reasonably up to date computer and where you settle has reasonable Internet speed.

Thread: Mystery micrometer
16/07/2021 06:36:11

A more usual form of the mike.

Thread: Taps and Dies
13/07/2021 20:34:41

Why do you need taps and dies? Once you know what you are going to make and how frequently you are going to use them, then we can help you make up your mind.

For most applications, you can get away with a single taper tap for making threaded holes, (second and plug taps for blind holes) and a single die for making male threads. I prefer 'split' dies that you can adjust for tight or sloppy fit or anything in between

Personally, I have built up a big collection of second hand taps and dies over a long period. I have some cheap and rubbish sets which can only be used in an emergency when I don't have anything better.

I have and use many different thread forms when repairing old and new parts - lawn mowers post 1980 tend to be metric forms but even then you can find both fine and coarse threads. Older UK threads were mostly BSW / BSF and later UNC/UNF.

Vintage UK cars mainly BSW (coarse) and BSF (Fine) threads but even then may find the odd BSP thread or BSB.

Making a steam loco to older plans, you will find ME (Model Engineer) threads and BA for small nuts and bolts besides others.

More and more, metric thread forms are used, but be warned below 8mm they are commonly fine and coarse forms. 8 and above there are 3 or more pitches. Standard commercial nuts and bolts (B&Q and DIY stores) are Metric coarse.

Once you decide what you need Metric, BSF, BA or whatever, decide what material you will be forming your threads in. Carbon steel taps are a lower cost to HSS, but wear quicker especially in harder materials. Price is normally an indication of quality and longevity of your tools - but bargains do exist!

I appreciate that all the above is a minefield - there isn't a simple answer.

Start off deciding what you want to achieve.


Thread: Driving style predicts Alzeimer’s …
13/07/2021 18:39:45

I often travel 40 - 45 mph, do not signal and restrict others overtaking me, but that is when I am in my 1932 Austin 7. That was the speed it was built for. Today, younger drivers do not understand hand signals and they have been deleted from the Highway Code. (Back in 1965, the code even included signals from horse and carriage drivers ! ) BUT we do move on.

Why Why on earth do we have cars that can exceed the speed limit by 200% or more. 70 Mph IS the maximum speed limit, allow a speed max of 100mph to safely overtake and there is no reason to have any more. If you want to speed around a track, buy a track vehicle. But don't label me as a degenerating 74 year old.


13/07/2021 11:14:37

Wow, how interesting. I now walk slower, spend money slower, eat slower - I must be degenerating !!

What a load of old tosh,

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