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  1. No, it was saliva solder. Mum told me I was...

    No, it was saliva solder.

    Mum told me I was born cross and hungry. I haven't changed a bit.

    George
  2. Unlike the rest of us, I guess, who never started...

    Unlike the rest of us, I guess, who never started from scratch and were born with workshop experience...

    George
  3. Denis, this reads as though you think the bearing...

    Denis, this reads as though you think the bearing surfaces are part of the axle - as did I when I read the original post. The cones aren't part of the axle but screwed on to it, which is why we've...
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    I had mine booked at the pharmacy. Visited the...

    I had mine booked at the pharmacy. Visited the doctor on an unrelated matter and he didn't want to let me go without one, so he did it there and then! When I got home I phoned the pharmacy and stood...
  5. Rick, I've scanned a table of CEI threads from...

    Rick, I've scanned a table of CEI threads from Kempe's Engineers' Year Book for 1929. Does any of them look like yours?
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    George
  6. Bosley, if I may quote myself from page 1 of this...

    Bosley, if I may quote myself from page 1 of this thread:

    "British cycle threads were all 60° angle, though the root and crest radii were different from Sellers and Metric threads. They were...
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    I was talking to a chap in the tool restoration...

    I was talking to a chap in the tool restoration workshop at Amberley Industrial Museum last week, and he said that the old wooden planes are an embarrassment to them. They accept any tools they are...
  8. This website gives the clearest description I...

    This website gives the clearest description I have seen - thanks, Bill.

    British cycle threads were all 60° angle, though the root and crest radii were different from Sellers and Metric threads....
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    or bought the farm, popped their clogs, hopped...

    or bought the farm, popped their clogs, hopped the twig, turned their toes up, shuffled off this mortal coil or are wearing a tree suit...

    George
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    It would certainly simplify life for me since my...

    It would certainly simplify life for me since my heart attack earlier this year. I could follow the lead of Benjamin Franklin who said "I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper....
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    Though I generally get huffy when I discover I'm...

    Though I generally get huffy when I discover I'm reading an archaeological thread, I missed this one last time round and there is information in it which I find valuable. I vote we let him off with a...
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    It looks like a fancy neon bulb. It has two...

    It looks like a fancy neon bulb. It has two electrodes with a gap between, and the colour is right for neon. It's harmless.

    One way of identifying a neon is that if you look straight at it, the...
  13. A lot of the money will be feeding people -...

    A lot of the money will be feeding people - architects, historians, scaffolders, stonemasons, carpenters, glaziers - and their families.

    George
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    It has been used more recently than that - look...

    It has been used more recently than that - look up 'Devon colic'. I understand that, as well as the use of lead in making cider, lead was deliberately dissolved in cider to make it sweeter and less...
  15. That ties in exactly with my view that 'Health...

    That ties in exactly with my view that 'Health and Safety' can be likened to cell division in the body (put your biology head on for a moment...). Cell division is essential for a healthy body, but...
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    Not in my world! As a technical author I more...

    Not in my world! As a technical author I more than once was presented with a pack of 2-D drawings for a machine that hadn't yet been built. My job was to write operating instructions, self-test...
  17. After my heart attack on Boxing Day my daughter...

    After my heart attack on Boxing Day my daughter (an engineer and musician) told me that I'm not allowed to die until (1) I've sorted out my workshop, and (2) she's got a big enough house to take my...
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    A large part of the trouble is that technical...

    A large part of the trouble is that technical publications like handbooks and instructions are regarded by manufacturers as an unwelcome expense, so the pay for technical authors is very poor, so...
  19. The father is the smith, handling the workpiece...

    The father is the smith, handling the workpiece and directing the blows with a small hammer. The daughter is the striker, using a bigger hammer two-handed to strike where her father indicates(though...
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    Hi Sami, Glad to hear you're progressing well....

    Hi Sami,

    Glad to hear you're progressing well. I've just joined the same club and experienced the National Health Service in its full glory.

    Boxing Day, chest pain. 31st December saw GP. 7th...
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    Certainly not British Standard Whitworth, but a...

    Certainly not British Standard Whitworth, but a 'whitform' thread as I said in my post of Feb 2009. Admiralty thread? Well, yes, sort of, perhaps, in a way, because it had the same dimensions, but it...
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    I wonder if this counts as industial archaeology...

    I wonder if this counts as industial archaeology or something more sinister, exhuming a thread that was laid to rest nearly ten years ago and giving advice to a poster who has 'no recent activity'.
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  23. A chemist I worked with - a sensible,...

    A chemist I worked with - a sensible, well-educated and very intelligent man - told me that, weight for weight, mahogany dust is more toxic than cyanide. I never had cause to question this as I don't...
  24. And remember that neither a Variac nor a diode...

    And remember that neither a Variac nor a diode bridge will isolate the motor from the mains, so you will need to do the full safety thing.

    George
  25. It's worth remembering that when you have...

    It's worth remembering that when you have surgery, the recovery time the surgeon tells you is only for the tissues to knit back together, not the time it takes for you to make a full recovery. My...
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