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MrE

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Mar 2020
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10 years coal mining, 25 years teaching, 10 years Head of Faculty, now retired...

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  • in COVID-19
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    I'm sure I used to be better at this sort of thing - but I'm going back to a time when CAD was a role played by Terry Thomas, and engineers did their own drawings.

  • in COVID-19
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    Time I looked for a pencil...
    also a camera better than the thing built into the lid of a 10yo laptop.

  • in COVID-19
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    Beige paper and chalk highlights for court sketches - this is more specialized fine art.

  • in COVID-19
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    Almost a good thing there'll be plenty of time for practice...

  • in COVID-19
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    Good idea.
    Back in 10 minutes.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Pyracantha?
    We have a hedge with red yellow and orange (berries) which mature a few weeks apart. Blackbirds in particular go for the berries, bees are all over the small flowers, it can be trained almost flat, new shoots can be woven into a trellis and pruned without the need for armour while the older branches and thorns make a passable alternative to barbed wire. On top of that it's fairly easy to propagate cuttings - we usually have a few in pots to fill any gaps in the perimeter.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    We had a (significantly older) Axminster planer - thicknesser at work where the tables could be pivoted out of the way.
    As I remember it, we rarely did - the planer guard was long enough to cover the blades when thicknessing with the table down, which was most of the time.
    The table only needed lifting to feed short lengths into the thicknesser, i.e. so short that the table was in the way of feeding the timber. Rotating the table for thicknessing also required a different guard fitting on our machine - it would only be done if a longer piece couldn't be found or if the wood was expensive or in short supply.

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    Maybe try a different brand of plug? My Bown (Sachs engine) stalls easily and won't tick over evenly with an NGK plug but seems fine with a Bosch.

  • in Current Projects
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    You may also need to tweak the dropouts back to parallel - my recollection is of many small adjustments made with a large adjustable spanner.

  • in Current Projects
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    Cold set the DS stays (more) and use a significant axle spacer? It worked for me fitting 3x5 gears to a BMX frame - some re-dishing proved necessary - it might also work with a R20 frame?

    Less helpful: re-purpose the granny gear by claiming it's a spoke protector. You possibly won't need / use it given the wheel size...

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