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Thread: Copper pipe selection
08/05/2014 15:12:35


Simple question that I cannot find the answer to anywhere.

A while ago I bought some copper pipe for connecting to the S50 that I'm making (on hold at the moment).

The pipe I bought is 5/32" OD 0.014" wall thickness (28 SWG ?) from Reeves as here


Later I thought I might use 1/8" pipe instead so at last years Midlands show I bought some 1/8" OD from Blackgates. However this pipe has a much thicker wall (~1/32" and is coiled whereas the Reeves pipe is dead straight.

Which is the correct sort to use and does it matter?

Note this is for connecting pipe not a potential boiler.

Thanks for any replies.


Thread: Stuart 'No.1' : a beginners tale..
04/05/2014 21:16:07

As many updates as you want Allan, we're all temporarily soldered to this thread. cheeky


Thread: Cleaning alloy castings
03/05/2014 16:54:43

I'll get me coat.



03/05/2014 11:23:00

How about car alloy wheel cleaner?


Thread: Help with Choosing a Milling Machine
02/05/2014 00:12:30
Posted by Nick_G on 01/05/2014 22:46:15:


You mention perhaps a CNC conversion at a later date. I notice that on youtube this one has been a popular candidate for such by lots of people. Perhaps others could tell me why.?



Regards, Nick

Hi Nick,

I don't know why it's popular for conversion but Arc also do a CNC version of the same machine.


Gary - a happy but inexperienced SX3 owner

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
29/04/2014 23:57:50
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 29/04/2014 20:44:55:

When I was in the scouts we had a single little Webley target pistol, the type with the lift-up barrel over the top, probably .177? Of course all us teenagers had a 'Panther' (?) .177 pistol with a longer conventional barrel on the end - considerably less accurate IIRC. I remember I could shoot mine and watch the pellet droop as it flew once it was five or six years old!


I had a Gat air pistol in my early teens and it was absolutely rubbish but all I could afford. You had more chance of hitting a target by throwing the gun at it. When I got my first job at sixteen I treated myself to a Webley Senior pistol. Compared to the Gat it was a much more accurate and a thing of beauty (even though it was a weapon).


Thread: Problem setting up stationary engine.
29/04/2014 23:44:04
Posted by Brian John on 27/04/2014 22:09:58:

Who sells hexagon headed screws ?

Hi Brian,

Sorry I didn't see your question straight away. But here is one supplier of hex headed screws that quite a few people on here use:


There are plenty of others.


27/04/2014 09:56:23

Hi Brian,

Glad you got it running. If you wanted to improve its appearance for little effort you could replace the slotted head screws with hexagon headed ones. Much more realistic. Good luck with a boiler.


Thread: Mini Lathe Leadscrew Clutch
26/04/2014 12:21:52

Hi Lawrence,

Someone has just asked the same question on another forum **LINK**

Might be worth following any replies.


Thread: Who's going to Harrogate
26/04/2014 12:07:30

I'm planning on going Saturday, but as I'm still recovering from a broken ankle I'm not sure how easy it's going to be. I certainly don't fancy crowds while on crutches surprise

From past experiences at Harrogate and the Midlands shows it gets a lot quieter around 3pm. If you're wondering why I'd bother while on crutches it's because we make a weekend of it and the hotel is already booked. Might have the wife in tow though so it might be a flying visit. I can just imagine the comments "Have you seen enough yet?".

I'll be easy to spot on crutches. wink


Thread: bricking up a garage door for workshop, ideas
22/04/2014 22:59:18
Posted by Martin Millener on 22/04/2014 17:20:13:

OK, I'm up for asking the idiot question...for the above mentioned commercial product I find an online store that says

"Nilvent is completely waterproof with an excellent water vapour permeability for a zero condensation risk. this (sic) product is fully BBA Approved." it's waterproof, but lets water vapour through, so:
- how does it do that?
- why would I want something in the wall construction that does that?

Hi Martin,

Different area but Goretex jackets are waterproof but let moisture vapour out (i.e. sweat).


Thread: Stuart 'No.1' : a beginners tale..
20/04/2014 12:27:23

Hi Allan,

I'm no expert but the steps on the vice jaws are contributing to the problem. My vice just has parallel jaws with no steps or grooves meaning I can use parallels to position work so the milled surface is just above the top of the jaws. Gives a bigger contact area for clamping the work. Just an observastion, without a useful remedy.


Thread: How do I set up a Sieg C2 lathe ?
18/04/2014 17:15:26

Hi Brian,

If the lathe is surrounded by a wooden packing case I would dismantle the case rather than trying to lift it out of the foam. Once you've got the case and foam out of the way it is an easy 2-man lift. As Neil says you might be able to lift on your own but safer with two. Most of the weight is at the headstock end. I lifted mine with the wife. Remove tailstock to lose a bit of weight.

I built a bench to put mine on, but as others have said it really needs to be higher than your average desk and even some workbenches are too low. Unless you are happy with backache. wink

Once you are ready to have a go at using it you might find some useful info on these sites




Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
14/04/2014 18:56:53

For those model engineers with a 'bee' interest in the UK. 'The wonder of bees' on BBC4 8PM tonight (14th) might be of interest.


Thread: Stuart 'No.1' : a beginners tale..
11/04/2014 14:25:33

Hi Allan,

I'll be following your build with interest, especially as I fell down the stairs last Monday and broke my ankle so not much chance of me getting the S50 finished in the near future. All the time in the world for reading forums now.


Thread: Stuart S50
06/04/2014 11:30:25

Hi Mike,

I thought the same as you, that they didn't line up with the pads very well.

If you haven't drilled it already, here is what I did. I left the hole nearest the crank in the same location, moved the second hole (valve side) 1/16" nearer to the crank and moved the third hole (farthest from crank) 1/8" nearer to the crank. So that would make the 5 7/16" dimension to the centre hole 5 3/8" and the other two holes 7/16" from that rather than 1/2". Pics below, you can just see the original scribe marks.

Having said all that I've not got it running yet due to "essential" decorating of hall, stairs and landing. wink

Hope this helps.


cylinder drilling.jpg

cylinder drilling under.jpg

cylinder drilling cyl.jpg

Thread: Imperial fractions on drawings.
06/04/2014 10:00:50

Hi John,

This **LINK** might be useful. Lots of other tables on his site as well. I find the thread tables here very handy.


Thread: The Glory Days of British Motorbikes
01/04/2014 23:08:35

Bit late with this but it's on BBC4 at 11.50pm tonight (Tuesday), about 40 mins from now. I've seen it before.


Thread: Browsing Photo Albums
20/03/2014 18:37:59

Hi Gary,

They work for me in Firefox and Chrome on Win7.


Edit: What there doesn't seem to be, which is a bit annoying, is a way of getting back to the albums view from the end of a series of pictures in an album, other than clicking the back button loads of times. If the member has a profile you can click on their name and then click photos, but if they don't have a profile there is nothing.


Edited By GaryM on 20/03/2014 18:47:08

Thread: A coping saw for metal
18/03/2014 13:51:45

Is this tile saw blade any use Thomas?



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