Avatar for MrE

MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Sep 2017
  • 1 conversations
  • 540 comments

10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

Most recent activity

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for MrE

    Intake roar?
    Removing the original intake / filter, and replacing with a bell mouth stack changes the sound significantly...

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    The opening end is made from two layers glued and stitched together and is probably not stiff enough, although using a single strap as both hinge and fastening with a single buckle underneath seems ok so far. I may yet turn an end cap from maple or some other hardwood with hipster pretensions.

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    The original saddle bag is proving not big enough: it will barely hold a (suitably vintage) puncture repair kit, and I feel insecure riding without a pump and adjustable spanner as well – largely a consequence of living and cycling out in the sticks.

    More briefcase leather has been pressed into service – the principle of minimal cost worked fine up to the point where making buckles seemed a good idea. I’d forgotten how bloody difficult stainless steel can be. The fixing straps didn’t hang right – it is a coincidence that a Zefal pump (yet another spare item in need of hiding in plain sight) is a good fit in the loops.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for MrE

    Leyburn?
    Richmond?
    Pateley Bridge?
    Possibly Keld if you're camping?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
    Avatar for MrE

    Epoxy could well pull out in the same way with a coating of crumbly wall stuck to it. Admittedly I haven't tried that sort of thing since bonding steel dowels into shale rock down a coal mine in the early 80s, but excessive length and much epoxy was the only way it worked.

    Battens perhaps? Multiple screws and rawlplugs to distribute the load, one of which could be your original hook screwed into the timber and into a rawlplug underneath, albeit with less length in the wall. Really you need to be sure of passing through any plaster etc., so the longer the better in many ways. You could hide the old holes under a pair of battens, and gain more clearance from the wall by the thickness of the timber.

    Spur shelving brackets might work? - same principle as battened hooks,but with some element of height adjustment...

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    The closest I can find is:
    http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/tra­nsfer-making-restoration.html
    Remember this was pre-internet and information was often read (or mis-read) from a book: transfer paper probably works as though it was designed for the job, unlike brown paper...

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    I've looked at buying a head tube badge - not sure I'd be comfortable putting an 'Ernie Clements' badge on something that clearly isn't, especially if I want to sell it further down the line.

    More likely I'll make a badge in a similar style with 'bitsa' on it - an indoor project for the winter evenings.

    I have in the past made decals using what was regarded as an old method back in the 70s - painting in enamel on brown paper, finish with 6-8 coats of varnish, soak the paper off in water (may take a day or two!) and attach using more varnish as size. Invariably these broke up at some stage while being handled. I suspect there is now a computer / printer based method that works every time...

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    Speedwell, clover, buttercup, moss and an occasional blade of grass, all recently mowed by MrsE.

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for MrE

    Real money spent so far: £20 for the frame and £3.42 for a new inner tube.

Actions