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Member postings for Adam Mara

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Thread: Dam Solution?
03/08/2019 16:25:23

The Enviroment Agency have some massive pumps, used locally at the recent flooding in Wainfleet. Pretty sure it was reported they had 6 running, and 6 in reserve, and they were brought in from all around the country. Trouble is it takes a few days get pumps in and running. A search on Google Images for 'Wainfleet Pumps' gives some idea of the size of them!

Thread: Floor Paint
02/08/2019 10:59:06

Have a look here!


I came across it while researching repainting our workshop floor, the existing paint (make unknown!) has worn well, but it is a tamped finish concrete, not floated.

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
17/07/2019 18:30:05

Couple of Ospreys flew over South Lincs, heading north west, noisy blighters! More used to the BBMF planes and Typhoons disturbing my afternoon snooze!

Thread: water supply
17/06/2019 15:38:26

Plenty in Lincolnshire at the moment, at home we had 108mm last week.

Thread: Childhood diseases
23/05/2019 18:44:06
Posted by John Haine on 23/05/2019 13:03:10:

You don't want to acquire your immunity through an epidemic, a distressingly high proportion of children die from things like measles and whooping cough. That's why we vaccinate children. Vaccination may not work for life though - I caught whooping cough in 2001 through travelling in a country where it was endemic, at age 51. It was not pleasant!

I had whooping cough in the 70's when I was in my forties, took the doctors ages to sort it out, and I was off work for 2 or 3 months, and I agree, not a pleasant experience. Took me 2 or 3 years to get my health back to normal.

Thread: Machine moving recommendations.
17/05/2019 10:57:08

Some idea of the machinery would help, locally we can hire 'Man and Van'. If you drive you can hire pickups or flatbeds with cranes to make lifting easier. When my son bought a clapped out TR6 we just hired a car trailer with winch and towed it behind my car as I had a towball on it.

Thread: Tracy Tools
03/05/2019 10:33:26

Yesterday, in urgent need of a 10.1mm drill bit, I ordered one from Tracy along with a few other drills and taps. The acknowledgement was timed at 14.05, arrived this morning in rural Lincolnshire at 8.40 am! Well done to Tracy Tools and Royal Mail!

Thread: Gender neutral ships.
25/04/2019 10:38:13

PC has gone mad! Along with the House of Lords peers deciding pensioners don't deserve free TV licence, free bus travel and the winter fuel payment. Whilst they get £305 a day attendance allowance, free travel and a subsidised restaurant!

Thread: Non-Drip Gloss Paint
30/03/2019 16:59:08

Sawdust works even better! I usually find that after 4 or 5 years when there is a management instruction to decorate, any less than 1/2 full tins are pretty solid!

Thread: Temperature probe
24/03/2019 08:15:04

Have a lok at 'JAGETRADE Garden Tools -50~110 °c DC 12v Digital LED Thermometer Car Temperature Monitor Panel Meter Blu' it may be the answer if you don't want to log results. I have a couple of similar Inkbird units that have proved very reliable.

Thread: 1/2" x22tpi tap?
18/03/2019 20:45:25

Somewhere in the 60's or 70's, Drapers were selling bulk job lots of assorted surplus taps, a vast assotment right up to 1/2" BSP, many were by made American manufactures. Needless to say my cousin and I, who were running the family ironmongery business, got first pick, the customers got the leftovers!

Thread: Windows Update (Again)
16/03/2019 16:07:55

I would check you updates record in settings, I had 2 updates on the 13th, if thats any help. Never had an email though, usually automatic, slightly worrying!

Thread: Low rate automatic house plant watering system
02/03/2019 12:29:09

Gardening is my main love, and a lot of things I make on my lathe and mill are for my irrigation systems. There are various options, including drippers and sprinklers. In the greenhouse I tend to use trays with capillary matting in them, with a timer switching a solenoid valve to gravity feed water from a raised water butt. Pots are checked with a moisture meter, and the valve timing adjusted to suit.

Thread: 3/16 bsw screws
28/02/2019 10:43:51

Loads of BSW machine screws at work, at least 25 years old ex B&Q! PM me if don't have any luck, I will be going into work on Monday to collect the rent, and can pinch a few and post them to you!

Thread: Workshop - indoors or outdoors
26/02/2019 13:21:58

Just a word of warning! My eldest daughter has a Victorian house with a large cellar, last year there was a cloudburst locally and the drains could not cope, leading to a flooded cellar, ruining the freezer, fortunately my son in law's extensive wine collection was not at affected!

Thread: Pensions
22/02/2019 10:43:05

I am 80 in October and this morning i got my annual state pension increase letter, I am informed that I will get an extra 25p a week when I reach 80. If I save it for a year I might be able to buy a bottle of second rate champagne to celebrate!

Thread: Buying lathes direct from China
13/02/2019 17:54:12

I agree with Neil, I would not buy anything direct from China I could not afford to lose. With the shipping time being 2 or 3 months, it will arrive after Brexit, and nobody has the fainest idea what will be happening. My SIL is a accountant for a shipping company, and they know no more about it than we do, its driving him mad!

Edited By Adam Mara on 13/02/2019 17:55:03

Thread: Holding sheet metal on milling table
28/01/2019 15:03:19

A trick we used at work for holding small pieces for routing was to cut a hole the size of the plate in a larger piece of scrap material slightly thinner than the workpiece. Both fixed to the sub plate with 3M VHB tape, then clamped to the machine bed. Fairly thin soft aluminium was used as a sub plate, as it was easier to 'peel' off.

Thread: CNC engraved tool rack
07/01/2019 13:15:51

JasonB, when I was at work, I used a Gerber Dimension 200 router with a Perske high speed motor, never had a problem with acrytlic melting , we used end mills and slot drills as required. As to acrylic not being flat, we always have a problem laser engraving jobs involving mortice and tenon joints, as they are often to tight, or loose due to variations in thickness.

Thread: plastic or cotton covers for machines
07/01/2019 12:47:12

I have a 1970's workshop with single wall brick , concrete floor and 100mm composite roofing, and have never had a problem with rust on my tools or machinery. My various machines are cover with covers made from a 'retired' caravan awning!

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