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Thread: Right mouse clicking in the posting text editor
10/02/2016 12:47:11

Hi Paul

I program in VB.Net. In that environment you have to manually assign the context menu, populate it, and then write routines to handle the selection the user makes. The editor looks like a custom made object, so I doubt if it would be an easy change.


Thread: Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations
10/02/2016 11:44:43
Posted by Nick_G on 10/02/2016 11:37:22:


Who remembers those Kirby vacuums.?


The guy I first worked for had a Kirby demo one evening and I stayed around for it. I think it was the late 70's.

It sure looked good with its polished curved aluminium and red paint (we had some similar looking American made Rigid pipe cutters) The clincher came when the demo guy put a filter over the nozzle and then hoovered their mattress! We were all convinced the mattress was a death trap.

My boss 'bought it' and paid just over £700; a kings ransom in those days.


Edited By Steven Vine on 10/02/2016 11:45:16

Thread: Use of domestic room as a workshop
10/02/2016 09:48:03

Don't worry about the state of the décor in the room, you will redecorate when you are done with it.

I lined the floor of my bedroom workshop with 3mm mdf. I sealed the edges and joins with silicon. This preserves the floor underneath and stops swarf, oil and liquids spoiling it. It makes it easier to clean up as well.

Some oil got on the wall and soaked into the plasterwork (I left an oil can on a shelf next to the wall and it dripped on the wall and left a big oily patch, doh).

The kids have moved back in! I am in the middle of moving the workshop into the 'big' lounge. This time I am using 18mm chipboard (not flooring grade) to spread the loads and protect the floor. I will cover the chipboard with rubber matting. This time I am lining out the walls with 24mm deep battens and 6mm mdf. I will screw shelf brackets into the battens. To reinstate the lounge I only have to fill holes and repaint.

It is so much more comfortable and convenient having the workshop in the house.

I wear a warehouse/lab coat; it helps keep swarf in the workshop and it is easy to put on and take off. I use easy slip on shoes for the workshop as well (no laces).


Thread: Home workshop org gone?
06/02/2016 21:27:16

I can access it ok Dave.



Thread: Orbit modelling: Earth-Moon Like
06/02/2016 17:16:12

Fix a long flat bar to the blue disk. The bar rotates with the blue disk.

Put a bush on a round yellow shaft that goes into the yellow disk. The bush is free to rotate on the yellow shaft. The outside of the bush is square. The bush is fixed to the yellow disk. The yellow shaft does not rotate the yellow disk, but moves it in a circular orbit.

Cut a long slot in the flat bar, at the end furthest from the blue disk. The square portion of the bush is free to slide in the slot of the flat bar.

I've no idea if this will work, but it works in my mind at the moment.


Thread: Neil in for Overhaul
05/02/2016 15:13:05

Hope you get back to normal soon.

Best wishes.


Thread: Abuse of the word "free"
31/01/2016 17:55:44

I saw some Cruise adverts over Christmas. When you buy the holiday they 'give' you £300 to spend on board and stuff like that. Who the hell falls for that crap!!

When I see a reduced price, I think to myself, they must still be making a profit on that; so when it was the higher price they were stitching me up. I walk away and won't give them my business (well sometimes!)

And what is it with this £1.99, £2.99 malarkey.

And car fuel, at 135.9 pence per litre. It's 1.36 for christs sake!

Stupid advertisers.

Steve (now with high blood pressure)

Thread: Bob Whitehead Anyone recall him
30/01/2016 21:27:32

A more fuller explanation for the request would have not gone amiss.


Thread: What was this used for?
25/01/2016 15:42:53

One on the bay











I advocate a new forum rule .... any picture quizzes from now on must be accompanied by 'many' decent pictures of the object in question (from various angles).cheeky


Edited By Steven Vine on 25/01/2016 15:56:15

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
23/01/2016 13:06:13

When I was first starting out in the big wide world I was given the works J4 van, the one with the engine between you and the passenger. The thing kept over heating, and we had to stop sharply and bail out many times as the cab filled up with steam. One day we were hurtling down a hill at 40mph and the back wheel fell off. We sat there and watched the wheel roll down the hill and take out a fence. Happy days.


Thread: Which Headband Magnifier?
21/01/2016 18:00:30

Hi Jonathan

I bought an Optivisor about 5 years ago. It was around £30 or £40 if I remember correctly. The lens I got was high magnification (it is stamped 7), so I have to be around 6 inches away from an object to focus in and scrutinise it properly. I keep meaning to get another lens that will allow me to be a bit further away, because, sometimes, it is inconvenient having to get up real close to an object to get it in focus at high magnification. Sticking my head 6 inches away from a moving chuck gets a bit hairy sometimes (but I am still here with all my bits). I don't know what the cheaper options are like, but I paid more hoping to get quality. I'm very pleased with the Optivisor and it gets a hell of a lot of use (because my reading eyesight is not good). The plastic lens is still good and I'm careful not to scratch it. I use it over my reading glasses and it works well. I keep it on sometimes for long hours, it is not too uncomfortable at all, and I just flip it up and down as required.




Edited By Steven Vine on 21/01/2016 18:13:54

Thread: macc metals
19/01/2016 15:11:23


That is very sound advice indeed.thumbs up

Thankfully I am now pretty much in the habit of looking at the https:// address before committing to any serious stuff.

Before pressing the button and committing, look at the address.


17/01/2016 19:41:37

If you are desperate to view the website, just 'trust the website', until Macc Model gets the certificate fixed.


17/01/2016 19:17:09

I got the same warnings in Firefox and IE. I changed the browser settings, to tell the browser to ignore the security warning (it is a trusted site after all). I went to Tools, then Security, and then added the web address as an 'Exception' (trusted website). Restarted the browser. All is ok.


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
14/01/2016 19:08:48
Posted by daveb on 14/01/2016 17:05:25:
Posted by CotswoldsPhil on 14/01/2016 13:36:53:

Not sure how any guarantee might work, as in your case. I once had a washing machine (premium brand) that died in month 13 - supplier/manufacturer - not interested at all.

The guarantee given by manufactures is not the only right you have. A washing machine might reasonably be expected to last for 3-5 years, if it fails within this time, you can still claim against the supplier, this is the person your contract is with, not the manufacturer. A little more effort on your part may be required but after 13 months you probably have a very good case. A letter to the supplier offering the the choice of repair or full refund, with the option of discussing the matter in court may move things along. UK law, others may be different. 'Fitness for purpose' is the key phrase. A lot of suppliers hide behind a manufacturers warranty, much of the time they get away with it.

Reasonable expectation works both ways, if you used your washing machine to mix cement, your claim will probably fail.

A friend in Salisbury ended up taking his case to court when his washing machine failed after a couple of years. The judge agreed that it should have been good for at least 5 or more years and awarded him the case. It was a bit of hassle, but worth it in the end as he did not end up out of pocket (just lost his time on it).


Thread: Boiler makers
11/01/2016 16:33:52
Posted by Circlip on 11/01/2016 14:04:53:

My mate in the Philippines swears by Helens 5" gauge Simplex boiler. And that's BY and not at, that he did AT an Aussie made offering. Regards Ian.


Looks like the Simplex build on the Dr-John site you are talking about. That is a most enjoyable read. The boiler disaster is noted around page 6. The replacement boiler looks stunning .**LINK**


Edited By Steven Vine on 11/01/2016 16:34:44

Thread: Electronic water softeners.
10/01/2016 23:19:11

I encountered a guy in a pub cellar who was installing electronic/magnetic devices on all the beer fluid lines, claiming they 'made everything better'. He was unable to explain why they made things better. He tried to sell me some. He claimed that you can also fit them on fuel lines in cars, to improve fuel economy and that they had been 'scientifically tested by their makers'. I suggested that if they were that good the big car companies would be fitting them to all their vehicles. My argument did not penetrate. He believed what he was preaching. He reminded me of a wild west peddler selling elixirs.

I don't know anything about these devices, but I can't see a coil of wire producing an 'electronic field' having much effect on water flowing by at 2m/s. Convince me please.


Thread: Free sources of materials.?
10/01/2016 17:14:30

Well gents, that's a relief. Its not just me then. My family are trained to run everything by me before they throw it out. They think I'm weird, they just don't get it.


Thread: Xmas present
10/01/2016 16:03:04

Maybe hang on to them (if they don't go out of date), and buy something you find you need later on in the year.

I got a £50 Amazon gift voucher for Christmas and it is burning a hole in my pocket, but I'll save it until I desperately need something (I'll probably spend it in a moment of 'tool fever' though).



Edited By Steven Vine on 10/01/2016 16:04:31

Edited By Steven Vine on 10/01/2016 16:05:18

Thread: Which files should I buy
09/01/2016 00:33:05

There is a nice guide from Nicholson at this location



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