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Member postings for mick H

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Thread: Workshop warming
28/04/2022 12:02:35

Although well wrapped up, it felt flipping cold in the workshop this morning. So much so that I abandoned it at 1130. I could have switched on my electric heater.....3x1kw bars.....but we all know why I didn't.....or am I just being silly. It has set me thinking though, that if at the end of April I am forced to beat a retreat, what am I going to do in December, January, February and March? Without getting into the climate change debate there is not much evidence of global warming in this corner of England.

The options are not very attractive. I could Just shut down for those months and possibly bring a bit of work indoors. I could use my current heat source, shut up and just pay the extortionate energy bills. I could even abandon the hobby altogether and sit and go to seed indoors. I am just on the right side of 80 at the moment so maybe this is a nudge in that direction. Perhaps working to a daily or weekly energy budget and abandoning ship when this is reached would be possible but it would be pretty inconvenient in the middle of some work. What about infra red heaters that apparently will warm me but not waste energy on warming the air around me?

Whilst the 2022/23 winter is still some months ahead I am trying to think of solutions but not making much progress. Any thoughts, members of the jury?


Thread: Tracy Tools Delivery
20/02/2022 08:15:25

Notwithstanding the erratic postal service, the bottom line is that Tracy Tools offers an outstanding service. I have really missed rootling around their stall at exhibitions since covid forced cancellations.


Thread: Mini-Mill Belt Drive Conversion
01/02/2022 08:51:51

I there a belt conversion kit available for a Warco WM14 ? If so I would be very interested in it.


Thread: Book Review with Christmas in mind
10/11/2021 11:46:25

This year it is a selection of slot drills from Tracey to replace those that I broke in 2021! Actually I get a double whammy because my birthday is the week after Christmas so it will be an assortment of multitool blades.


10/11/2021 06:44:16

At or about this time of year my daughter asks her Mum what her Dad would like her to buy him for Christmas. Mum passes the message to me and I reach out for the Arc Euro or Tracey Tools catalogues for a little browse to find something that I would not normally buy for myself. Last year I found in the Arc catalogue "Milling for Beginners" by Jason Ballamy. I asked myself, "Am I a beginner?" I have owned a small mill for over 12 years but whilst I get by I cannot say that I have truly mastered its use. I decide to ask for this book. The book duly arrived and I found it to be a good quality production, nice paper, well laid out text and loads of excellent photographs of tooling and procedures. The content is an easy read and can be read as a whole from beginning to end or just used as a reference for specific topics. Whilst I discovered that I have not been making too many major errors I did pick up loads of useful tips and ways to tackle tricky jobs. In all 16 Chapters packed with useful information. (No connection to author). Mick.

Thread: Multimeter recommendations
09/09/2021 07:24:40

Thank you for the information gents. I am still ploughing through the recommendations and links. Strangely it seems that the cheapo varieties often have more functions than more expensive models. In particular a setting for DC current.


07/09/2021 15:39:17

I have an anniversary coming up which my beloved always marks with a present and that thought has sparked off this thread. I need a new multimeter but there are dozens out there at all sorts of prices and specs. As I am less than proficient in electronics I would really appreciate some guidance on a good value for money piece of kit that will last me a few years. I sometimes mess about with simple circuitry to complete a model so I would like something with the usual diode/ transistor tester, DC current/voltage, continuity tester, resistance measurement. So nothing too sophisticated required, just reliability and ease of use. Any ideas?


Thread: Small dc brushed motors
23/08/2021 08:40:49

A lot of the information that you require can be found on The Component Shop website catalogue.


Thread: Watch glasses
17/08/2021 15:20:17

Thanks for the help gents. My problem was really in misinterpreting the online images which made the glasses look as if they were flanged. Now that I know otherwise, no problem, just order 1mm larger than the aperture.


17/08/2021 12:16:06

Trevor....H S Walsh very helpful. I think that i now have the information I require. Some accurate measurement now required.


17/08/2021 12:01:35, but I will get onto them now.

Ian.......they won't give any fitting advice.

I have taken another look at website photos and I now have a feeling that watch glasses do not have a flange. Can anyone confirm?


17/08/2021 10:18:07

Hallo all. I am building a model submarine and wish to fit two viewing domes into 35mm diameter apertures. I believe that high dome watch glasses would be suitable if siliconed in, but having no experience with watch glasses I have to ask the apparently stupid question......does a 35mm watch glass fit a 35mm aperture? I ask this because the watch glasses also seem to have a flange which is OK provided that it is the glass and not the flange which gives the 35 mm measurement.

I have tried contacting suppliers direct but they are so cagey and refuse to give advice on measurement. Why? So I have asked the question at the fount of common sense!


Thread: Taper reaming
17/08/2021 09:36:39

What a superb video as posted by Nick. No excess verbiage or ego that accompanies modern offerings.


Thread: Best soldering iron for electronics
19/07/2021 09:12:47

I need a soldering iron to work on some simple electronic circuits but I am astonished at the numbers of models available. Some seem ridiculously expensive and some seem ridiculously cheap. I don't do much electronics work and ideally would like an adaptable iron for other small scale work. Your recommendations please.


Thread: GPO test meter fault
14/06/2021 13:51:32

Made a bit of a hash of the photo upload. Hope they are of some use.


14/06/2021 13:50:15

img_2498.jpgimg_2497.jpgimg_2496.jpgimg_2495.jpgimg_2494.jpgimg_2492.jpgPhotos are now attached. They don't show a lot though because the circuit board has soldered tamperproofing by the look of it. (good thing when I am wielding a screwdriver).img_2493.jpg

14/06/2021 08:06:04

Thanks Anthony. This meter is an old analogue type and whilst I also suspect a fuse problem I can't find a fuse.


14/06/2021 07:30:52

My SA9083 model ex GPO test meter has developed a fault on the 5 amp DC current sector. The 500 mA and 50 mA sectors work OK. Can anyone with experience of this meter offer any advice on remedying this situation.


Thread: uv ballast
09/06/2021 20:47:06

I managed to find a company (International Lamps Ltd), that actually assists with telephone enquiries as opposed to email enquiries which are never answered. Anyway, spoke to a knowledgeable chap who was able to tell me that the original ballast is no longer available and suggested an alternative based on the wattage of the bulb.(9 watts). Apparently the original ballast was rated at 18W and probably designed for 2x9W bulbs. He reckoned that this would not help with the longevity of the bulbs which seem to blow with monotonous frequency.

Is UV available from LED technology? Forgot to ask him that.


09/06/2021 14:41:46

When the postie arrived with a replacement uv lamp for my pond I broke off what I was doing in the workshop to fit it....after all it would only take a minute or two. Wrong again. It did not work. The uv tube is new, I have replaced the starter, the wiring checks out for continuity which leaves the ballast. My knowledge of "ballasts" is even less than my knowledge of model engineering. The defective (?) one is a Tridonic EC18 LC501 K which do not seem to be available. How do I establish which alternative to fit. The uv bulb is 9W.


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