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Member postings for Michael Gilligan

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Thread: Cutting teeth on a spur gear
18/01/2020 10:43:54

I learn something new [to me] every day !!



Thread: Warco 240B
18/01/2020 10:32:39

Given your location, Paul ... it might be worth having a chat with Bede Tools : **LINK**

I have never dealt with them, but do look at the site occasionally.


Edited By Michael Gilligan on 18/01/2020 10:33:57

Thread: Australian Bush Fires
18/01/2020 09:32:07

Here’s an amazing graphic from Reuters : **LINK**


Thread: Cutting teeth on a spur gear
18/01/2020 08:15:28

At a wild guess ... Eric may have something like this: **LINK**


18/01/2020 07:25:36
Posted by JasonB on 18/01/2020 06:55:42:

I don't think it is easy to measure the mating gear as most trains have the axle mounted gear at 90 degrees but then again don't they use a worm on the motor to drive a mating wheel?


That does appear to be true of ‘most trains’ Jason ... but Eric was quite specific :

“ ... which will end up being an armature pinion on a Hornby O gauge Locomotive.”

I know very little about Hornby O gauge Locomotives ... but must assume that at least one model used spur gears [unless Eric is building a special]


17/01/2020 21:09:30

Sorry, John ... Brain-fade on my part

Must pay more attention !

I will check 8 teeth




Edited By Michael Gilligan on 17/01/2020 21:14:58

17/01/2020 20:52:21
Posted by JasonB on 17/01/2020 20:23:55:

The problem is that with a small number of teeth such as your 0.5MOD gear is that the teeth need an undercut […]


A quick check on ‘Easy Gear’ suggests that no perceptible undercut is needed for 10 teeth at 0.5MOD



Edited By Michael Gilligan on 17/01/2020 21:06:18

Thread: Electric welder at Lidl
17/01/2020 19:56:31
Posted by old mart on 17/01/2020 19:42:34:

I've just looked at the Lidl website, the welder is going to be on sale from Sunday. The pictures of the welder now show an entirely different machine. […]


That makes much more sense ... and this might help: **LINK**


Thread: Sent lathe back
17/01/2020 19:20:49

Frustrating as it is, Derek ... that should be just a simple rewire job.

Let’s hope the previous owner was a better mechanic than electrician !

... Fortunately it does look that way.


Thread: Online ME index
17/01/2020 17:58:26
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/01/2020 16:44:22:

Hi Doreen,




Silly me blush

... I thought Doreen was looking for ME indexes [as per the thread title], not MEW


Edited By Michael Gilligan on 17/01/2020 17:59:10

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
16/01/2020 20:17:55
Posted by Martin W on 16/01/2020 00:44:41:

Screwfix sell this which looks like Mapp gas, complete withy the double 'p', but whether it is the same as the old version of Mapp gas I have no idea. May be worth investigating.



Duly investigated, Martin ... **LINK**

... Check the ‘Product code’ entry

”Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”



Explanation on Wikipedia:

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 16/01/2020 20:30:56

Thread: Silver Soldering Brass
16/01/2020 16:56:19
Posted by CuP Alloys 1 on 16/01/2020 16:26:56:

Hi Chris,

Do not use borax flux with silver solder. It does not start to work until you have overheated the joint and alloy.


But put that borax in the bin unless your filler metal is brass.




I hope you will forgive me the impudence of adding a footnote [*] to your excellent advice.

... especially as I am straying from the specifics of this thread.

[*] Although unsuitable for the materials under discussion; Borax is widely and successfully used when Silver-Soldering Silver.


Thread: Does solder seep into copper plate ?
16/01/2020 16:26:01
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 16/01/2020 15:27:15:


Michael has a magic touch finding interesting internet references! [...]


There's no 'magic touch' involved, Dave

As I wrote earlier "[it's usually just a matter of knowing/remembering where to look]"

I remembered from previous visits, and just put 'lead solder' into their search box

A few seconds skimming that document confirmed that it contained the words and pictures I was looking-for.


16/01/2020 14:55:56

No problem, Bill ... You're welcome

[it's usually just a matter of knowing/remembering where to look]


16/01/2020 14:42:17

Here's some background reading, courtesy of [the obvious first point of reference] :



Thread: clock #2
16/01/2020 14:27:44

Excellent choice, David yes



Edit: Aspirational pictures here:

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 16/01/2020 14:31:23

Thread: Driving Small Taps
16/01/2020 09:20:04

If, for whatever reason, it is impractical to use any system of alignment ...

When working ‘freehand’ with a small tap, I clamp the plain shank of the tap in the pin-vice, instead of using the square: This provides some ‘safety’ by slipping before the tap breaks.


Thread: Australian Bush Fires
16/01/2020 08:53:55

Thanks for the update, Danny

What Australia is going through is almost unimaginable.



P.S. ... Hoping that this is acceptable as informed [rather than political] comment:

Sir David Attenborough has spoken


Thread: Windows 7 support ends
15/01/2020 22:56:46
Posted by Harry Wilkes on 15/01/2020 21:55:58:

Not at all link



Interesting to see that cdkeys appears to have changed tack since this review: **LINK**


As their name would suggest. game cd keys are the main source of business for However, they also trade in various gift cards and top-ups. Many of’s competing websites like Kinguin and G2A also sell various software keys, such as Windows keys and Antivirus keys. However, cdkeys is still almost entirely focused on their specific niche – video game cd keys. They don’t sell in-game currencies, virtual skins, Windows keys, or anything of the sort. Cdkeys has its niche, and it’s sticking to it.



It’s of no relevance to me ... but thanks for your clarification


Thread: Silver Soldering Brass
15/01/2020 21:36:07

Posted by Chris TickTock on 15/01/2020 20:23:57:


I am still weighing up the pros and cons. My usage will be in clock repairs. For example if for any reason I needed to repair (solder) a tooth into a large brass wheel I would I feel be constrained to using soft solder […]


... That would be the safer option anyway; particularly on 18th Century Brass

[ there was another recent thread here, on that very topic ]


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