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Member postings for Adam Mara

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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 store.lathes.co.uk, 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.

Thread: Anyone recognise This
03/11/2020 11:08:29
Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 03/11/2020 09:05:22:

What is the thread on the top? - if 1/4 Whit it could be some form of adjustable camera mount

That was my first thought. My father was a keen radio amateur, and in the early 50's he was advising a friend of his who dealt in ex WD equipment. It was a boys delight to look his yard, from memory most of it was of high quality, and probably over engineered.

Thread: Engraving Nameplates
31/10/2020 20:00:35

Here's an imperial chart for text height/cutter size that might help.

http://blog.visionengravers.com/archives/2012/12/selecting-the-right-cutter-size

There is a readabilty chart some where on the internet, listing the font size and distance it can be read at, but don't have a link for it!

There are several type of engraving laminates, including Traffolite, a very hard material normally cut with a tc cutter, I avoided in my day as an engraver. Most of the plastics now are acrylic, as these can be laser engraved, some of the older materials cannot . You also get different surface film thickneses, use a 'micro' surface for small fine lettering, needing around a 0.2mm point, a sharp cutter is essential for good results!

Althouigh I am retired, I still take an interest in engraving, At work we still have a small pantograph engraver, used for silver plates, an A4 size computer controlled rotary engraver, and a Trotec 400 laser engraver. For brass and aluminium signs a 1993 CNC router with Persk high speed motor.

Missing the work, I have a 3020 CNC router which I use occasionally for lettering using a single line font, the only problem is that the film thickness of engraving materials can vary, leading a difference in thickness of the strokes, which is avoided on 'proper' engraving machines with a floating head and nose depth adjustment.

By the way, I just use the 3.17mm cutters used on the small CNC machines

Thread: Parcelforce or DPD
29/10/2020 11:10:16

We use Royal Mail for smaller parcels, but for medium to large ones we have used TNT for many years, and we have had the same driver for a long time. We gave up on DHL after an urgent parcel for one of our German customers spend 2 days at East Midlands Airport.

Thread: Nuisance phone calls
17/10/2020 18:28:56

We had it earlier this week, 'our Meile service contract has ended and we neeed to renew it'. It 18years old! What worries me is they knew our name, phone number and that we had a Meile machine.

Thread: Big Bang : Tallboy bomb
14/10/2020 09:31:33

Shortly after the war ended, I remember going out with my dad, and travelling up 'Caistor High Street', a B road running up the Lincolnshire Wolds. I still have a vague memory of bombs being stacked on the verges of the road, and thought it was just a false memory. With the joys of the internet, I was able to find out that bombs from RAF Ludford Magna were indeed stored on the side of the road!

Thread: Axminster SX2
13/10/2020 15:48:06

Circuit diagram of my Axminster SX2sx2 wiring.jpg

12/10/2020 09:07:30

I have just looked at my SX2 wiring diagram, assuming the circle with a 'M' in it is the motor, it has 8 wires going to the controller! If i had won it, my plan was to replace all the electronics with a Arduino controlled brushed motor, which I have used in other projects.

09/10/2020 10:49:06

JasonB is correct, on my around 7 year old mill round the back there is a DIN type connector and a screw in fuse holder with a small glass fuse.

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