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Member postings for Clive Hartland

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Thread: Rust Protection
27/01/2022 12:35:16

The EU messed up all the electrical lighting and now one finds that LED lamps are the norm, But, if you go to an electrical retailer and ask for INDUSTRIAL bulbs you will get what you want. I think they may be ruggedised in some way?

Of course as lighting as changed the way of mounting the lamps has chamged so further expense fitting new mounting points for teh new lighting types.

As my kitchen lighting flourescent tubes started getting expensive with four in the holder I looked for the LED alternative. These I found in LE ligting's cataogue, I bought two round lights for bathroom use and fitted them and they are fine. Dont buy daylight type, buy the warm light ones.

Thread: Wire wicks
23/01/2022 09:38:33

From my observation of he wire wicks on the SDchaublin lathe, the wire about 1mm dia. was set as close to the down tube as possible. I observed the oil meniscus between the wire and the tube wall. The wire touching the tube showed the meniscus effect on both sides of the wire against the tube.

Examples shown are not touching the surface of the receptacles so only allow oil to soak the wick!

Thread: An unpleasant nocturnal experience.
22/01/2022 08:30:49

My dog, an Aireale bitch cannot abide any living thing in her garden, she patrols diligently dawn to dusk.Squirrels, birds and mice. We have field mice that live in the Cotonaster hedging and sometimes I hear the high pitched yelping that indicates she has cornered a mouse. I go out with the torch to search the hiding place and the mice are quick. So far she has caught 2 mice, she crunches them and drops them leaving me to pick up and dispose.

Thread: Wire wicks
17/01/2022 22:22:46

Swiss Chaublin use wire wicks on their 102 lathes. Seem to work well.

Thread: An unpleasant nocturnal experience.
14/01/2022 07:10:58

Rats over time will get through laid concrete, I have seen several places where rats have chewed through the cement. We would flood with a hosepipe to flush them out,

The nextime we visited, the holes in the concrete were active again. If cementing the holes bung some wire mesh in as far as it will go and then cement.

11/01/2022 13:03:41

A rat story from Nairobi, Nairobi is home to a giant rat that lives only in the Nairobi river. River you say, yes, a small thin rifffle of dirty water. Boy are these rats big, as big as badger, not quite but close. There were only afew of them and quite rare.

I lived close to the Museum, Ainsworth road and had a flat on the 2nd floor. I used to wake up at night with a start, sensing something on the bed. Checking nothing there.

A while later we moved the fridge and in the motor space found 4 baby rats! The mother rat I chased into the bathroom and it went into the closed space under the bath. a few quick pokes with a sharp stick sorted that out and the baies disposed of.

Now it became clear, in the bedroom was a narrow louvre window and I would on a hot night leave it open, rat climbs in, runs down the bed after jumping onto the bedside locker. Strange as the dog slept on the veranda outside the window.

Now suitably roused I watched and across the road was a line of dustbins and at dusk rats were in and out of those bins.

Time to act, I would wait until the head appeared and pop, down went the rat back in the bin, head shots with a .177 air rifle. I spoke to the owner opposite and he moved his bins so rats were gone. But was'nt over, next I saw a rat climbing up the outside wall with it's back against the down pipe and so I looked on the roof and they were in the box that enclosed the water tank. They were quick to fix and after that we had peace.

back in the UK I started doing a rat shoot on a Fri. night in a chicken farm, using .22 rat shells. £90 a thousand.

We would walk into the space and switch on the lights and it was scurry madness, we all had allocated areas so it was safe. Tally usually in the 20's plus, dumped in the field and all gone by morning. Foxes take them.

Thread: What to do with a sticky (as in toffee) portable radio
25/12/2021 22:30:33

My ssmall kitchen timer has now degraded it's case, not sticky but has changed colour. I can scrape off the discoloration but there are too many small indents to do all over.

Thread: Santa came early
19/12/2021 08:14:10

The best choice ever, Dell.

Thread: Drilling and filling of the Dental kind.
03/12/2021 22:13:54

A ecent visit to the dentist, showed a bit broken off a molar, damn toffees. He said I think it needs a crown, Oh, cannot you just fill it? OK, £65, £155 for a crown temporary.

I am sure that dentists annd now vets are being bought out and charges go up. Very dubious now about going there.

Thread: Perfect Stainless
03/12/2021 14:58:10

In a previous life I used toScuba dive in a bay popular with Yachts on day trips from the marina. Searching about I found numerous eating irons, knives,spoons etc, obvoiusly thrown out with the dishwater. Never found any that were rusted>

One thing I found was a Cats Eye Cowerie shell, the only one I ever found.

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
03/12/2021 14:48:30

Just processed my over 70 driving licence, it expires in Feb 22.

They ask to cut old licence in half and send back? when? Now or on receipt of the new one.

I have printed out the applicaton number so am covered by that, so it says?

Thread: Volkswagen
29/11/2021 22:16:48

This leads to renting an EV car. a couple of years driving and opt for a new model. No spares, no new batteries, no probs.

Thread: Letterboxes
29/11/2021 22:12:36

My front door is in a corner and the wind in certain directions lifts the outer flap, dog responds by barking thinking there is someone there. I tell it's the wind and after a while she quietens down.

I had to fit a cage as she will grab the letters and rip them up.

The outer flap only goes so far when lifted and of course it gets damaged as the spring is a plastic torsion rod made of unobtainium.

Thread: Hexagon holder for 13/16 dies?
29/11/2021 14:05:03

If you start cutting threads with a Hexagonal die nut the pressure will burst the die nut, just clean threads with them or use to identify a thread.. They are particularly good for checking long threads and as they go slack you can tell if the thread is worn..

29/11/2021 07:15:37

Hexagon shaped dies are not used for cutting threads, they are used for cleaning damaged threads.

Thread cutting dies are normally round with a slit and can be adjusted in the die holder.

Thread: Brittle stainless steel
25/11/2021 07:47:02

This brings to mind when i was using a large stainless steel ladle for lead mealting, the bottom fell out of it on the fire!

Thread: Eletronic Prescriptions
24/11/2021 22:09:01

I have to go to the surgery and deliver the scrip and wait 3 days, but,when I go to collect I only get half the order and am given an IOU for whats missing.

Usually get to go back 24 hrs later. I sked why they dont order enough but got no clear answer. At least I can buy a paper and a box of cakes.

One point is that in 20 years I have never seen the same Dr. twice!

Edited By Clive Hartland on 24/11/2021 22:10:03

Thread: Does charging your car battery on fast charge damage it?
23/11/2021 14:52:41

The principle of a lead acid battery that I was taught was that it will take what it needs to re-charge.

A battery low in charge will draw a deep current and as it starts to reach full charge it tapers off.

Beware overcharging, so take note of the time and check regularly on it's condition.

Thread: EVs and the heater on a cold morning !
22/11/2021 15:36:54

Channel 4 tonight 2030hrs. Your EV.

Thread: How do you stop brass tarnishing
18/11/2021 22:17:09

Bernard, perhaps you are thinking of the golden finish on old instruments? It is laquer mixed with Dragons Blood.

An interesting method as it is done hot, with great care as the laquer dries very quickly.

I tried for a very long time to find the amount of mixture and where from.

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