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Member postings for Kenneth Deighton

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Thread: identify
22/10/2019 19:15:33

I would like to thank all of the members that have helped me sort out the identification problem , just to fill in the picture all the bits an pieces of metal were rescued from a deceased friends workshop.


20/10/2019 21:38:03

How can I tell the difference between Stainless steel and Silver steel , I know that Stainless is non magnetic and Silver is but how do I tell the difference between Silver, Stainless and normal Mild steel ?.

Thanking you all in anticipation of a simple answer. Ken.

Thread: Glass cutting
27/08/2019 09:07:28

I would just like to thank all of you for your very prompt replies to my request for bottle cutting, I was pleased to see that I had not imagined the string cutting technique

Thanks, Ken..

26/08/2019 21:16:16

I am restoring a very old miners oil lamp and I need to cut a glass bottle to make the shield that protects the flame and stops it from igniting any gasses down the pit . How do I cut a bottle ?, I seem to remember reading that you can wrap a piece of string that has been soaked in some flammable liquid and set fire to it and this will do the job, any tips .

Thanks , Ken.

Thread: Myford ML7 - Size of Mandrel Through Drilling?
12/08/2019 19:56:55

I think that the main question is how do you increase the bore ?


Thread: Using a lathe
28/06/2019 20:08:56

I have just been told that it is illegal for a person under the age of 16 to use a lathe, is this true or some one winding me up, ?.


Thread: Hexagonal Socket Drive
06/06/2019 19:36:50

In my apprenticeship days we still used the hexagon type socket sets , the advantage of them was the sockets being much slimmer than the square drive ones and you could get them into smaller gaps etc.


Thread: Welding helmet
25/02/2019 19:55:28

Just a small point , if you wear light reacting spectacles try to use plain lense ones, I found this out several years ago when I started wearing glasses and could not understand why my welding was not as good as it used to be , I was unable to follow a straight line etc welding went back to normal after the change.


Thread: turning hardened steel
19/12/2018 19:29:23

Hi Grizzly Bear, the job is for a friend who is building a "special" motor cycle and does not want the splines touching., I don't even know what make of bike it is from. I think that it will be cut in half and welded to another bikes drive shaft.


18/12/2018 19:44:54

I have been asked to reduce the diameter of a motor cycle drive shaft from 20mm to 18mm , as you will guess the shaft is hardened steel. Can I soften the shaft with heat treatment or how do I reduce it by normal turning in my Myford ?.

Thanks .

Thread: homemade anvil.
26/06/2018 19:49:20

Hi Mick,

I have used the sliding piece of an old 6" vice, I cut off the jaw part and now have a very useful "anvil" that I can strike on when needed.

Thread: Advice
13/05/2018 20:35:27

I have to drill up to 3 dozen 3/16" holes in some 1/16" sheet stainless steel and have been told that to make the work easier I should alter the angle of the drill point, is this correct and if so what should the angle be ?.

Thanks, Ken.

Thread: what am I
16/03/2018 10:53:49

Hello Brian, the only way that you can be sure is to have your MG tested or speak to an M.O.T tester, we accepted them in my day as a tester.

14/03/2018 19:38:12

In my younger days working on cars with cable brakes we called them butterflies, unfortunately they are now illegal to use them on vintage cars.


Thread: Left hand threads
09/03/2018 19:23:02

Thank you to all the members who have responded to my plea for help and in particular to Saxalby, I have fortunately been offered the use of taps from another local friend, once again, Thanks, Ken.

08/03/2018 09:43:49

I am in the process of restoring a 1928 Austin 12/4 Heavy car, to bring the brakes up to near modern standards I need make 4No nuts approx 2" long but half of the 5/16" BSF internal thread is Right hand and the other half is Left hand.

In all the 60+ years that I have been using a lathe I have never had to make an internal L/H thread, so how do I go about it ?.

Thanks, Ken.

Thread: Metric threads
27/08/2017 19:51:53

Apology accepted. Ken.

26/08/2017 11:36:45

Well I thought that this Forum was to help and educate other people that are interested in engineering not to make crass and insulting remarks as put forward by Tim Stevens about my request for information on Metric threads. I will not follow in the same vein as his but just to thank a other members for their replies. Ken.

24/08/2017 19:44:24

A while ago a gentleman , cannot remember who, gave details of Metric threads that where very similar to UNF etc ,and that they may be used in an emergency when you have not got the correct bolt or nut, can someone please tell me how to find the information . thanks, Ken.

Thread: What are these stone sticks?
06/08/2017 21:42:26

Hi RichardN, it is known as "French Chalk " and is usually used in the "heavy" ( Blacksmiths) engineering world to mark out work that does not need the precision that lathe and milling machines need , the end of the chalk is usually ground to a sharp point.

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