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Member postings for Adam Mara

Here is a list of all the postings Adam Mara has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Steel Rule Graduations Re-Blacking
26/03/2021 18:40:30

Black cellelose paint! but don't know if you can get it now!

Thread: Covid 19 and the DVLA
24/03/2021 22:01:11
Posted by Roger Best on 24/03/2021 21:21:27:

Specsavers are hassling me to get my eyes tested. Can they help? Its a big company, they must have a DVLA suitable person on staff?

Specsavers have a dedicated team in Nottingham, not that a they are much use! I had and eye stroke March 2nd last year, and reported it to the DVLA, and they told me to take the eye test within 3 weeks, but due to covid tests were suspended. In September they sent me a form for my optician to fill to say I was fit to drive, but they would not accept it, and told me I still had too take the Specsavers test!

In January, whilst I was having a follow on check up in hospital, I learnt that Specavers had been carrying out the tests since October, but neither the DVLA or Specsavers bothered to tell me. I the booked a test at a nearby Specsavers, but on arrival my reference number was invalid according to the DVLA, so I paid privately for the test, and forwarded all the results to the DVLA, after 8 weeks I emailed them asking for a progress report, but have heard nothing at all.

I was thinking of writing to my MP, so think I might now!

Thread: CNC Metal Engraving
13/02/2021 12:38:01

Don't know if this would an option, but my sons company uses a UV flatbed printer to print images on small jewellers brass plates for a local stutuette manufacturer. The brass is ready laquered, and the print can be laquered as well if required. Its normally used for plastics and anodised aluminium, but they have not tried plain brass or stainless steel yet!

Thread: From UK or Germany delivery
06/02/2021 18:32:54

My son tells me materials we got from the continent, that used to take 3 days are now taking at least 12. Our 15 year old fridge is on its last legs, on enquiring at the local dealer for a replacement, he was unable give a delivery date. What a mess!

Thread: Loctite made in China?
02/02/2021 16:19:44

Even my tomato seeds are Chinese!

Thread: Covoid jabs
02/02/2021 13:53:13
Posted by geoff walker 1 on 02/02/2021 13:10:35:

Oxford, Rik.

Feeling a lot better now, just had a big bowl of plum porridge which has perked me up.

Good luck to all who have the jab, guess we were just unlucky.

Rik my daughter who is a key worker had the Pfizer jab, she had rough time for 24 hours, had to take a day off work?


Our county health officer commented that a reaction means its working. We had Oxford, both had shivers and slight headache. Our eldest grand daughter is a nurse and had the Pfizer and had a bad reaction and was ill with flu like symptons for 2 days.

Thread: Axminster SX2 vs SX2.7 mill
22/01/2021 19:49:16

Definitely go for the 2.7 from Arc, I got mine from there a couple of years ago. At present I am machining 10mm slots in 25mm aluminium, not sure my old Axminster SX2 would be up to it. The only thing I miss on the 2.7 is the ability to angle the column. After I bought my SX2.7 I was a bit loathe to sell the SX2, and after consulting management kept it, very fortunate as I had a stroke last year, and in now resides inside in the mini-workshop come office. (Ex youngest son's bedroom!)

Thread: Shipping delays and costs
22/01/2021 11:07:07

We ordered a new machine in mid December from a UK company 'should be here before Christmas'. The machine was air freighted from Japan to the distributors in the Netherlands, that took 3 days. It arrived at our works last Wednesday, so about 3 weeks later! We are now struggling for raw materails, most are imported by our suppliers in the UK, usually taking 3 days, now at least 12 days. Its really sad that hardly any of our machinery or materials we use are actually made in the UK.

Thread: Disposable Gas Bottles
16/01/2021 12:15:51

We are just getting a fourth wheely bin, and there is still a list of banned items you cannot put in any of them. As you go round town you see dumped old settee's, beds and tv's Our business premises are near the town centre, and most of the aforementioned have been dumped in our car park, besides a car, and 2 empty cash boxes from parking ticket machines!

Thread: Coronavirus death stats
15/01/2021 11:02:52

And spare a thought for our wonderful NHS workers, my grand daughter, a 20 year old trainee nurse, working 13 hour shifts in the local hospital. Part of her forthcoming training involves going to a hospital 23 miles away and doing a 14 hour shift!

Much as I try voiding hospital, last year I had an 'eye stroke' in March, and cancer in December, both times, even in these difficult times I recieved excellent service. My treatment for the double vision is ongoing, bigest problem was my driving licence being revoked, and dealing DVLA in attemp to get my licence back. The cancererous patch on my head was diagnosed and treated within a week, and was non agressive.

Thread: Key Cutting
11/01/2021 10:46:36

I found my 1958 copy of the Encyclopaedia of Locksand Builders Hardware Published by Josiah Parkes & Sons Ltd, Union Works, Willenhall, England, and this is how to do it! I don't think I break any copyright laws by pasting a small section for private use, if I do, mods please delete it!key1.jpgkey2.jpg

10/01/2021 22:20:55

Its many years since I cut keys but first I would take the lock to pieces first and clean it out, do not oil the levers but use graphite to lubricate the lock. The pin of the key come in different gauges, most mortice locks keys are around 5 or 5 1/2 gauge. the first thing we did when cutting keys for locks is to remove the levers (number them in order!) then put the top back on and fit the blank, making sure it shoots the bolt correctly. After that we filed the bit to the correct height, checking for fit.

I was only a 'key cutter' but learnt a few locksmithing skills, last year I master keyed a series of Eurocylinders to fit the house, garage, workshop, potting shed and summer house, keept me amused!

I still have my key cutting manual, if I can find it, there may be a 'proper' description of the proceedure.

Thread: Heat Resistant Clear Material Needed...
07/01/2021 10:10:11

There is an interesting article about mica on the British Mica Company website, it will stand up to 900c, and the largest piece found was 330 tons!

Many years ago, as a country ironmonger we used to sell sheet mica for oil heaters and slow combustion stoves, the memory is fading, but I'm pretty sure we used to cut it with normal scissors. Happy days!

Thread: Chester DB8
06/01/2021 18:43:37

A Google search bought up, Worth a look?

Thread: Motor for a gyroscope.
29/12/2020 09:47:50

My first thought reading the OP was air driven, which was backed up by the following comments!

Shortly after WW2 I was given a WD surplus Mk XIV Bombsight Computer as a birthday present, and it certainly contained an air driven gyro, and lots of other interesting bits and pieces, and still have a few bits left in my 'might be useful' draws!

Thread: EON customers
24/12/2020 16:29:46

If you are an EON customer, your direct debit may have been taken early, ours was taken today instead of January 2nd!

Thread: vinyl wrap
22/12/2020 15:51:23

Self adhesive vinyl comes in various guises, with different lifes and adhesives, when I was at work the vinyl was either classed a 2 year, 7 year and 10 year life. The first two were calenered vinyl and the 10 year is cast vinyl which was normally use for bady wrapping. Both my sons are factory trained appliers, but even they chickened out of doing a brand new Alfa Romeo one of our customers wanted wrapping, we got a specialist in!

Thread: Tri-Leva decal artwork?
13/11/2020 15:46:46

tri leva 2.jpgDid a quick mock-up in Coreldraw. If anyone wants a eletronic copy PM me, Coreldraw supports most vector and raster formats. I have been using it since version 2!

Edited By Adam Mara on 13/11/2020 15:47:33

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
11/11/2020 09:27:55

Be careful what you wish for!

Many, many years ago I was a member of the P&O Cruises forum, run and owned by P&O, it too got a lot of stick.

In the end they took the simple solution, they just closed it down, what's the point in financing something when all you get is critcism.

Thread: Delay to Issue 299
09/11/2020 18:40:24

Lets hope that ME can keep going. Today I had an email from Womans Weekly saying they have ceased publicatiuon, and they are refunding the balance of our pre paid subscription.

Difficult days, take care.

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