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Thread: Colchester Student Mk1 Won't Start
16/05/2020 21:02:00

Red hermatite gasket cement, thats why it wont come off, it sets, not mega hard like Osotite, but hard enough to need wedges or an extractor to give it a straight pull. Hermatite is non standard on Colchesters, so I think we can guess it has been off before! Can you use a longer bolt in the threaded hole to push against the headstock and gently break the seal?


Edited By Phil Whitley on 16/05/2020 21:03:27

16/05/2020 19:25:53

Nice work on the speed change shaft and gear Herman!

16/05/2020 19:22:16

Richard, you cant do with oil leaking into the brake drum like that, there is a seal in the flanged bearing (which is actually a bush), take of the brake shoes, and remove the allen screw or screws, depending on which it is, seems like on the early, there is one, but three on the later, and the flange should come off. there appears to be a cork gasket behind it.  the circlip only hold the pivoting cam for the brake into the backplate. Have a look on the parts diagrams on the manuals, that makes it easier to see.



Edited By Phil Whitley on 16/05/2020 19:22:55

Edited By Phil Whitley on 16/05/2020 19:24:09

16/05/2020 16:03:53

Richard, does yours have the same type of all metal brake as Hermans does?


15/05/2020 19:09:24

A solution!! That explains a lot Richard!!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
15/05/2020 18:30:58
Back to work, only half days for the present, but two interesting repairs, and more progress on a longer term project, the Socome Mig welder, enjoy, subscribe, like comment, staying in watching my videos and subscribing help to prevent virus transmission!!
Stay safe people!
Phil, East Yorkshire
11/05/2020 19:37:55
Not much to tell chaps, But the TIG is fixed, I will get some vid of it working next week. still coughing, but otherwide fine, and I am going back to work on Monday because work is piling up and I am sick of watching youtube videos and playing halflife online! Bastards of Halflife rocks!! Like, subscribe, comment Stay safe and well! Phil
Thread: New Yorkshireman member
05/05/2020 20:06:58

Eyup Olly, and welcome to't forum. I am a Wessy, but have lived in East Yorkshire since the sixties. I am near Bridlington, where are you?


Thread: Failure of Brass Bolts
05/05/2020 15:38:20

I was trained to tighten brass screws in electrical equipment till the brass squeaked, but in those days the brass was annealed after being headed, and you soon found out the screws that had not been annealed properly when one half of the slotted head popped off. We installed many hundreds of the old ELCB's, and used a length of 3/4 conduit knocked in as far as possible (often it came out to be replaced by a longer length) and then a Tenby earth clamp attached the wire to the conduit. We rarely used the brass or copper earth spikes, mainly because of cost, and also because of the above problem! The BICC system was good, but very expensive. Todays electrical equipment uses mainly steel screws, with plating of one sort or another, sometimes brass, which the more cynical of us (IE me) think is to make you think that they are brass, the clamp style terminations on mcb's and the like are also often plated steel so they have abviously decided to ignore the effects of galvanic corrosion, or figure that "It all makes work for the working man to do" Really glad I have retired from the industry!


Thread: RCD socket
04/05/2020 19:37:21

Neil, If you can isolate before the Dis board, check the connections in the dis board for tightness, including the main incoming supply cables. On the MCB's it is very easy on some models to get the screws tight, whilst not effectively clamping the cables, give them all a good pull to see if any come out. You might be surprised!

+1 on Steve Skelton 1's post!


04/05/2020 19:16:33
Posted by Stuart Smith 5 on 03/05/2020 22:31:09:

Re Phil Whitley’s comment about removing the cut out fuse.

This is not something that individuals should do. It belongs to the local electrical network operator and should only be removed by someone authorised by them, following appropriate training and knowledge and using the correct PPE.

I knew I shouldnt have said it! HoweverTO BE SAFE, it is essential to isolate the supply. I cannot imagine what " appropriate training, knowledge and PPE" it takes to remove a full insulated fuse from its fully insulated holder, but as an electrical engineer of some 50 years experience, I have done it countless times. The problems I have found, is that the loose connections and substandard equipment only seem to be present in recent installations, which were installed by people who are supposed to be in possesion of the "appropriate training, knowlede, and PPE".

03/05/2020 19:09:41

Is it the type that switches off if the power fails? If it is it suggests a loose connection between it and the incomimg supply, A situation I have found to be not uncommon today, as noone seems to tighten screws in electrical fittings tight enough, and some of the terminals, especially those on MCB's etc are notoriously difficult to get a proper clamping effect on the cable. If it is not the type that cuts out when the mains goes off, it suggests a faulty unit. If you feel confident doing it, Isolate the consumer unit by whatever means is at your disposal (I remove the cut out fuse) and check all the screws in the CU and downstream for tightness and proper cable insertion. You might be surprised at what you find!

Could also be caused by Voltage spikes from the mains, especially if the electronics in the sockethas earthed capacitive filters fitted! Unfortunately neither these or MCB's are designed to fail safe!!


Edited By Phil Whitley on 03/05/2020 19:13:33

Edited By Phil Whitley on 03/05/2020 19:14:49

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
02/05/2020 17:31:08

Just realised I havent put week 5 up here, don't know how that happened! here ya go!

Week 5 draws to a close, and I have not been to the workshop, so here is a tale of the problems I am having finding the fault on the TIG, problems caused in part by the inadequate "schematic", a poor excuse for a wiring diagram

02/05/2020 17:22:40
Week 6 of lockdown, and I am going back to work next week! Some really nice junk comes my way, and I begin to understand the cryptic Schematic! Excuse the HH camera work Like, enjoy, subscribe, stay safe people! Phil
Thread: ANZACS - We will remember them!!
24/04/2020 19:35:21


Thread: Blot On The Landscape
24/04/2020 15:33:39

HS2 is uneccasary, and grossly overpriced. No doubt it was lobbied for by representatives of the firms who will build it, and they were able to convince the government tnat the country desperately needed this project, whereas in reality, the only people who desperately need it are the contractors, who rely on endless govenment contracts and bottomless pits of taxpayers money. We have one of these megacontractor vanity projects in our neck of the woods., it is known as "The Humber bridge", or by the locals as "the bridge to nowhere". It was supposed to cost 80 to 100 million, ended up costing 800 million, carries nothing like the amount of traffic it was supposed to, did nothing to halt the decline of East Yorkshire and noth Lincolnshire, spawned no new business, and now they talk about scrapping the tolls, as they are not worth collecting! HS2 should be scrapped, as should the other vanity project at Hinckley, especially in the present economic downward plunge caused by Covid 19.


Thread: Colchester Student Mk1 Won't Start
20/04/2020 15:28:48

WOW, that is the original Colchester angle poise lamp, now selling for a small fortune as a covetted item of "Industrial art" so named by a bunch of yuppies who call themselves antique dealers and specialise is industrial heritage items! Mine has a "common" MEM Memlite, which they only sell for £75.00! I am well green!

Phil.face 2

18/04/2020 14:42:34

"Well if I've almost done two years of a mechanical engineering degree then I probably should be able to take something to pieces, clean it, and put it back together again! "

Well, yes, but I have known a lot of ppl with technical degrees who were practically useless! good to see that you are definitely not one of them! Does your degree involve any practical "workshop" time? Do you do a "year in industry" I am out of the loop now, so have no contact with the industry any more! Be carefull with that wood, dangerous stuff! Phil.

18/04/2020 12:39:00

That sounds better, you've advanced a tech level!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
17/04/2020 20:05:44
End of week 4 of lockdown, I havent been to the workshop, but needed to go today, so I did some little jobs and shot this while I was there Hope you enjoy it! Like, comment, subscribe, but above all stay well, stay indoors, because the more we do it, the sooner it will be over!
Warm and sunny East Yorkshire
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