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Member postings for Speedy Builder5

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Thread: Mt3 extension for tailstock
01/05/2021 21:09:04

I have an M2M to M1F long extension and often use it as is or for putting pressure onto a die stock when cutting threads.

Thread: Interesting old chisels
01/05/2021 21:00:29

OKFORD WINE (Not Oxford wins) - Should have gone to Specsavers!!!

Thread: Locomotive Transport
29/04/2021 08:11:06

I like the idea of your hoist. I was thinking about an overhead track system, but still have the problem of workshop to field track. How do you "Tie down" your loco to the flat bed ?

Thread: Finding a penknife
28/04/2021 16:15:22

I have been looking for a "DROVER" pocket knife since my son lost it 15 years ago. Its been a source of friendly banter in the family since then.

Thread: Problems trying to sell-on a 'Swiss' Army knife
28/04/2021 16:12:58

I have the same problem with WW1 bayonets - I may take the cutting disc to them and then dispose into the scrap metal bin. I certainly wouldn't want them to get into irresponsible ownership.

Thread: Locomotive Transport
28/04/2021 16:08:06

What ideas and methods do you have for transporting a 5" gauge loco. How do you lift / move them from your workshop to your car / trailer / track?

My SPEEDY is getting a bit too heavy to lift with one person. I have an RSJ in the workshop which allows me to get it from floor to bench / storage area, but now need to think about getting it to the garden track which is 200 meters away and for the future, how to load it into the back of the car?

Do you have a transportation box? How sturdy do you make these?

I suppose the same problems must exist for moving traction engines.

This is my lifting gear in the workshop, the 'trolley' is home made with a bit of 'U' section and a couple of ball bearing races. The full load is taken on the buffers which are cast iron - do you think this is a 'Safe' idea (Ie cast iron in shear).


Lifting rig.jpg

Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 28/04/2021 16:10:31

Thread: What to do when you lose something
22/04/2021 14:20:50

Would somebody please return my 2 plates of 8mm Al alloy plates - I don't need them but its been bugging me for some time now.

Thread: Brazil Nuts [the dynamic behaviour of]
20/04/2021 10:59:20

Well, this is NEWS - stones always rise to the surface of my garden (not a Brazil nut in sight). It doesn't matter how many times I remove them, more appear each season. It could be my neighbour - but I doubt that.

So next time I chat to some passing stranger, I can educate them and say that the stones follow the Brazil nut effect - that will impress them !!

Thread: TBM Avenger emergency landing
19/04/2021 08:43:43

War II-era TBM Avenger making emergency landing next to people on Florida beach



Thread: Bandsaw - wood and metal ?
11/04/2021 20:13:46

Buy a second hand vertical bandsaw designed for wood. replace the motor with a small 3 phase motor controlled by a VFD. Buy some HSS toothed bandsaw blades - Happy days.

Just be careful that blades don't "snatch" when cutting larger round bar / tube etc.


Thread: Mystery Mains Connector
06/04/2021 19:33:42

HP used to use them at one time. I had to get a non polarised plug and grind a slot into it.

Thread: Boxford Model C leadscrew half-nuts
05/04/2021 19:43:45

Not suggesting you buy these, but it shows re-threaded Southbend nuts

SB Half Nuts

Thread: Solar panels for water heating
05/04/2021 11:43:44

The problem that I see with solar energy is that if the sun doesn't shine, you have to top up with mains elec. However if you knew that the sun was going to shine, you would not top up with the mains and just wait for the sun. If you have a tank full of hot water, then the solar power has to be sold to the grid (and you loose out). Somehow, your solar system needs to be linked to an accurate weather forecast to make those decisions for you.


Thread: Boxford Model C leadscrew half-nuts
03/04/2021 19:44:29

just a general comment about the video. When cutting external threads, the school of thought is to set the top slide at 1/2 the thread angle, and here we have an ACME thread plunged in normal to the thread axis. Is that special to ACME threads ?


Thread: Canon printer
03/04/2021 16:42:02

The CANON TS 5350 has an auto power off (Energy saver) but also has a configurable power on when data received. So far, very pleased with it, but it does do a lot of "background" mechanical stuff after a print run - hope its not just gobbling up ink !!

03/04/2021 06:43:36

Built in obsolescence ??? My CANON MP 560 stopped printing black, would scan and copy black, but not print black from the computer. Their drivers are now out of date for the latest operating system.

Also it would loose WiFi so often that it became a pain in the whatnot.

However I did replace it with another - CANON TS 5350. This has the Apple AirPrint (Good for me) OCR, and PDF scanning besides all the norms.

Their ink ( very expensive) is guaranteed for 100 years for photos but I doubt either Canon or myself will be around to verify that !

Thread: Printer useful parts
02/04/2021 16:30:41

Besides round bar etc, what else can we make use of. Are there stepper motors inside (CANON MP 560 printer / scanner). which we can easily interface to micros such as Arduinos?


Thread: Steel tube for sand muller
31/03/2021 14:49:28

Steel lamp posts - sometimes see them at the scrap yard. I found a bit of 8" some years ago for a log stove chimney

Thread: LG TV ... updated webOS
25/03/2021 09:02:54

Interesting, I use MyTuner radio app on a Mac to receive BBC Radio 2 over the internet. This has now been blocked as the radio broadcasts now have something built into them to determine your location (by IP address ??). However my digital radio seems to work OK.

Thread: Was Draw Filing ever a chargeable offence in the RAF?
25/03/2021 08:58:52

As an aircraft apprentice, emery cloth was forbidden for use on Aluminium and its alloys, but wet and dry was allowed.

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