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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Sep 2014
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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    Excellent - I'll book a holiday now.

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    Just been pointed at an earlier observation of the same thing - apologies for my failure to UTFS adequately.

    If I go on holiday for another month or so, will a 'scroll to top' button thingy appear? I appreciate that laptop users are probably now a minority and resistance to change is a feature of an even smaller (older generation) minority...

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    Thanks

    I've been away - saw the first day or so of the new site, didn't particularly like it, went on holiday. When I came back I thought it looked much better - I think many things have changed? - but I've (obviously) missed some of the ongoing discussion.

    I often make gestures at the trackpad. Bloody thing interferes with my typing, and yes, I'm trying hard to stay in the last century - I think I understood more of it...

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    I keep losing the scroll bar in IE 11 (64 bit) - it randomly disappears from view, leaving only the darker grey background, and doesn't reappear until I click anywhere else on the screen. Google Chrome 37.0.2somethingorother doesn't appear to do this - does it count as a bug worth mentioning or should I just do the obvious and not use Explorer?

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    This thread needs moar diagrams.

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    Mine also only clicks one way, but the square drive pushes through so it can be used on either side (i.e. either way) - or have I misread the problem?

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    Search for 'photography' - this comes up (amongst other things)

    https://www.lfgss.com/thread54392.html

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    My technician (secondary school D&T) bought a MAPP-oxygen torch with frame repairs in mind some years ago, but didn't have much success.

    Don't recall any efforts to weld with it, just brazing - I think he was trying to flood a lugged joint and found the flame to be too localized, and then discovered how expensive the oxygen was - he eventually resorted to bringing stuff into school and using methane-compressed air in the hearth

    I've had reasonable success at home (now retired) brazing up to 5/8 diameter and silver soldering up to 3/4" diameter steel tube for racks and bag supports using a (B&Q) GoSystem butane/propane torch at nominally 1450W. This needs several firebricks to reduce heat loss from the joint area, an excess of of flux due to the time involved, and much patience: 1/2" tube isn't a problem but larger diameters become increasingly marginal - I wouldn't attempt anything frame or fork related with it, but it's a useful addition to MIG + angle grinder (my welding is not neat - I don't practice enough)

    I did an welding course organized by the LEA some decades ago to cover the H&S aspect for welding in school (3 of us welding as required, none of us had any formal training) - might be worth looking to see if this is an option - also ticks a few professional development / training boxes?

    (just re-read / properly read the original post: 'teacher' is not the same as 'D&T teacher' so you might have to ignore the last bit...)

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    Forgive me for what is probably a really stupid question. But, I want to sort out some paint chips for this frame.

    If I buy this:

    And mix it with some white, am I likely to get close to what I'm after?

    Try:
    scalemodeldb.com/paintcharts/humb­rol
    Tick all the 'brand' boxes and click on 'show paint charts'

    I've ridden to my local* model shop in the past - the railway enthusiast that runs it was very helpful, bringing tins out into daylight for comparison with the frame.

    • local to me - nowhere near London.
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