Here is a list of all the postings Fowlers Fury has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: James Scooter|
I still have (& must get rid of) all the issues of Motorcycle Scooter & Three-wheeler Mechanics, from No. 1 through to early1966.
Anyway if the OP wants a pdf of that test - for what it's worth - just PM me.
|Thread: Virus Alert Levels|
Credit where it's due..........
The original was from the great John Cleese, back in around 2013, I think.
|Thread: Solar panel surprise|
Re. comments after my earlier posting about solar panels maybe needing an annual clean.
I suppose If your house windows remain clear after 12 months without any cleaning, then don't bother about the panels.
Around here. our (vertical) window glass becomes quite coated in dust, bird cr*p & muck in 6 weeks so an annual clean of the panels seems worthwhile.
Agreed, the FIT and money back is welcome yet there always seems another side to a benefit.
Our builder demanded another few hundred quid for software he was advised to install at the last minute. Apparently if you don't have the s/ware which shows how much each panel is generating then in the event of fall-off in generated power, it costs a substantial amount to find which of the panels is faulty. At least that's what all the new house purchasers were told.
An awful image as it has been scanned from the phone but the aforementioned s/w is "SolarEdge".
|Thread: Tooling Choices, identification & WM290 Feed Question|
To: Dave B.
Should you wish to add to any confusion you still have after your original posting , there were a number of opinions on this website a couple or so years ago. (I'd hesitate to write "all relevant opinons":-
|Thread: Steam operated drain cocks|
In 2015 there was a short article on Steam Operated Drain Cocks in David Carpenter's Model Engineers Website. I like the design and eventually plan to make a set as described by Peter Squire.
Usual "for personal use only" applies to downloads, so check the website:-
(You could PM me if interested)
|Thread: Are these clock related please|
The box on the RHS is indeed for watch/clock lathe work (mine has a plate showing "Boley" on the lid).
They're all pretty much interesting antique items and if your offer to pass them on isn't taken up, such items often appear on Fleabay .
|Thread: Source of Stainless Strip|
Though not for identical dimensions, when needing similar strips of s/s I've purchased a set of feeler gauges.
|Thread: Additives to kerosene for degreasing?|
A certain proprietary, jelly-like hand degreaser is a mixture of green soft soap and paraffin (probably refined).
|Thread: The age old question of varnishing....|
IMHO, based on a lot of reading, most new 'passenger' locos were outshopped with a many coats of gloss varnish. But Chistopher Vine's book is probably the definitve source for methodology in our scales.
|Thread: Pansy Valve Gear|
Yet another plea, as Bruno's above !
Anticipating a major rebuild of the valve gear, can we see these mods of Julian Atkins please?
|Thread: Laser cut plates|
34046 - Have you checked with Malcolm what excess - if any - he requires to be added to your required dimensions? He's done several laser-cut items from my CAD dwgs and he's queried some of my dimensions thankfully !
The laser-cut edges from the company he used for my items were "rough" and hard. They needed draw filing smooth with a diamond file, I accept that techniques may have moved on in the last couple of years but a small dimensional excess was incorporated to allow for the smoothing-off.
|Thread: Another scam|
'would recommend a look at the website "Who called me?"
And always worth adding the scammer's number to the website.
|Thread: Metal Bandsaw - Chester H80 or Warco CY90|
" no one seems to do powered hacksaws now - that I can find anyway. "
Like "Plasma", I favour a powered hacksaw.
" Did I once read somewhere that metallic mercury was used as a treatment for syphilis? Blue Pill? "
Indeed - it was the only treatment from the middle ages, until Salvarsan was discovered in the early 1900s.
Really getting off-topic now
" wash with a soap containing mercury, it seemed like a good idea "
Clive ~ we used to just squeeze the mercury through a new chamois leather to clean it. I would doubt it'd be cleaned with nitric acid, even if dilute it would form mercuric and mercurous nitrate salts.
In terms of huge volumes of Hg, the Castner-Kelner process for producing chlorine and caustic soda by the electrolysis of brine is worth a mention. The old ICI "cell rooms" in Cheshire were incredible; in each, the amount of Hg could be around 100 tons, the current required upto 200,000 amps at 200V. The gap between the electrodes and the Hg surface was very critical for efficiency - too close and imagine the result !
But back to reminiscences of school days in the chemistry lab., as others have mentioned the inevitable little globules of Hg would collect in the benchtop grooves. At my school we were required to use only fountain pens for note taking. The rotten trick was to take someone's pen, with its gold nib when they were not looking and press the nib in to the Hg. The resulting amalgam would to cause the nib to disintegrate and the pen's owner distress.
|Thread: Motorcycle 'blipping'...|
Not with modern bikes I suppose but with my old Brit bike, when stopped and ticking over you had to blip the throttle once after pulling the clutch lever to free the clutch plates in order to engage 1st.
Irrelevant addition follows:-
|Thread: Practical Electrical Engineer|
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