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Workshop and fixit stuff

Started by Dave, July 10, 2017, 07:26:50 PM

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Dave

It's good when your junk a plan comes together!

Couple of years ago I bought a unit that fits between the tripod and the camera and had two arms (made from machine shop flexible cutting fluid hoses, sort of snake made from ball/socket units clipped together) with small tripod type ball heads on the end to take lights. 'Cept the ball heads were so crappy they could hardly hold themselves up. But, of course, I kept them in the junk box.

Suddenly had an idea this evening, I could make use of them in another way! Tried to take the ball ends for the flexi bits off the base but, though I drilled out the obvious pin I buggered up the ball one clipped onto trying to get it off. Then I remembered those dismantled (tried to fix but . . .) crap ball heads. Checked diameters and the ball from those, one might come to believe in the gods of the workshop smiling on one, the chromed steel balls from the heads were 0.02mm smaller than the alumium ones for the pipe!

A bit of effort to pull the pipes off, then warm the end with a hair drier, a bit more effort to push it onto the new ball and, voila - flexi arms that I can screw to clips, or whatever, to fit small lights anywhere. Could even drill and tap holes in other things as appropriate.

Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

jumbojak



The 1100 lives again. And I really need to get a muffler for this thing.

"Amazing what chimney sweeping can teach us, no? Keep your fire hot and
your flue clean."  - Ecurb Noselrub

"I'd be incensed by your impudence were I not so impressed by your memory." - Siz

hermes2015

Kudos to JJ and Dave for exemplifying the Maker Culture we live in. I love reading your posts — they are always fascinating.

:cheers:
"Who is to say that pleasure is useless?"
― Charles Eames

Dave

Quote from: hermes2015 on September 24, 2018, 05:13:37 AM
Kudos to JJ and Dave for exemplifying the Maker Culture we live in. I love reading your posts — they are always fascinating.

:cheers:

I, admittedly somewhat half-heartedly, tried to kick-start a 'Maker Culture' round here. Contacted the ''Men in Sheds,' a local 'communal workshop' and 'Radar', a bunch that designs and makes specialist stuff for the diabled, from electronics up.

Probably because I took their lack of initial interest, and no reply from the local authorities re a place for a possible exhibition, to heart and allowed it to fade. And I realised how much effort it might take without a team, maybe even charity status. I very much envy that culture and the 'Maker Fairs' in America.

There is a council owned outside exhibition/fair/car boot sale srea, with loads of parking, that would be ideal. Combine it with tool demo/sales and craft sales etc . . .

Might have another go when the weather gets too cold to work in the attic and I have finished my editing task.
Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

hermes2015

Quote from: Dave on September 24, 2018, 06:33:22 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 24, 2018, 05:13:37 AM
Kudos to JJ and Dave for exemplifying the Maker Culture we live in. I love reading your posts — they are always fascinating.

:cheers:

I, admittedly somewhat half-heartedly, tried to kick-start a 'Maker Culture' round here. Contacted the ''Men in Sheds,' a local 'communal workshop' and 'Radar', a bunch that designs and makes specialist stuff for the diabled, from electronics up.

Probably because I took their lack of initial interest, and no reply from the local authorities re a place for a possible exhibition, to heart and allowed it to fade. And I realised how much effort it might take without a team, maybe even charity status. I very much envy that culture and the 'Maker Fairs' in America.

There is a council owned outside exhibition/fair/car boot sale srea, with loads of parking, that would be ideal. Combine it with tool demo/sales and craft sales etc . . .

Might have another go when the weather gets too cold to work in the attic and I have finished my editing task.

It seems to be a cultural thing. We who are culturally similar in many ways (Brits, Australians, South Africans, Americans, etc.) are very much maker oriented (there must be hundreds of tool and DIY supply shops in my city) and take pleasure in handling tools and making things. I found very different attitudes when I lived in Beirut. Shortly after arriving there I wanted to make two very small tables to use next to a sofa, but found it very difficult to find supplies and tools in the city. People like the neighbpours were quite astonished that I was even thinking of making something myself. Another example is that I found that nobody would ever be seen dead washing their own car, unlike people here, where it is not unusual to see even very affluent people mowing their own lawns, cleaning their pools, and washing cars on a Saturday afternoon.
"Who is to say that pleasure is useless?"
― Charles Eames

Dave

Quote from: hermes2015 on September 24, 2018, 07:57:06 AM
Quote from: Dave on September 24, 2018, 06:33:22 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 24, 2018, 05:13:37 AM
Kudos to JJ and Dave for exemplifying the Maker Culture we live in. I love reading your posts — they are always fascinating.

:cheers:

I, admittedly somewhat half-heartedly, tried to kick-start a 'Maker Culture' round here. Contacted the ''Men in Sheds,' a local 'communal workshop' and 'Radar', a bunch that designs and makes specialist stuff for the diabled, from electronics up.

Probably because I took their lack of initial interest, and no reply from the local authorities re a place for a possible exhibition, to heart and allowed it to fade. And I realised how much effort it might take without a team, maybe even charity status. I very much envy that culture and the 'Maker Fairs' in America.

There is a council owned outside exhibition/fair/car boot sale srea, with loads of parking, that would be ideal. Combine it with tool demo/sales and craft sales etc . . .

Might have another go when the weather gets too cold to work in the attic and I have finished my editing task.

It seems to be a cultural thing. We who are culturally similar in many ways (Brits, Australians, South Africans, Americans, etc.) are very much maker oriented (there must be hundreds of tool and DIY supply shops in my city) and take pleasure in handling tools and making things. I found very different attitudes when I lived in Beirut. Shortly after arriving there I wanted to make two very small tables to use next to a sofa, but found it very difficult to find supplies and tools in the city. People like the neighbpours were quite astonished that I was even thinking of making something myself. Another example is that I found that nobody would ever be seen dead washing their own car, unlike people here, where it is not unusual to see even very affluent people mowing their own lawns, cleaning their pools, and washing cars on a Saturday afternoon.

'Image' and 'face' come into this I think. In some cultures you must be sern to flsunt your wealth, even poorish people spending inordinate amounts on one set of 'good' clothes and/or gold jewellery etc, rather than on healthcare maybe.

Brits can tend to be a bit shy, publicly demonstrating your skills is 'showing off' unless you are doing it for money deliberately. Countries with a, er, shorter, maybe ex-colony, history tend to have developed more personal skills and a sharing peer culture through their early need for self/mutual-reliance.
Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

jumbojak

This made me laugh. But persistence pays off in the end.


"Amazing what chimney sweeping can teach us, no? Keep your fire hot and
your flue clean."  - Ecurb Noselrub

"I'd be incensed by your impudence were I not so impressed by your memory." - Siz

hermes2015

Quote from: jumbojak on September 27, 2018, 03:27:31 AM
This made me laugh. But persistence pays off in the end.



I am happy my lens screws were not that difficult to remove. Those threads on the bolt don't look very good. Would he be able to just insert a new one, or would he have to tap new threads?
"Who is to say that pleasure is useless?"
― Charles Eames

Dave

Quote from: hermes2015 on September 27, 2018, 04:26:19 AM
Quote from: jumbojak on September 27, 2018, 03:27:31 AM
This made me laugh. But persistence pays off in the end.



I am happy my lens screws were not that difficult to remove. Those threads on the bolt don't look very good. Would he be able to just insert a new one, or would he have to tap new threads?
Apart from the part near the surface, which is bound to suffer the worst corrosion, I thought the thread looked quite good.
Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

jumbojak

Quote from: Dave on September 27, 2018, 08:38:55 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on September 27, 2018, 04:26:19 AM
Quote from: jumbojak on September 27, 2018, 03:27:31 AM
This made me laugh. But persistence pays off in the end.



I am happy my lens screws were not that difficult to remove. Those threads on the bolt don't look very good. Would he be able to just insert a new one, or would he have to tap new threads?
Apart from the part near the surface, which is bound to suffer the worst corrosion, I thought the thread looked quite good.

That was my thinking too. The white residue on the threads was probably galvanic corrosion from steel studs in the aluminum head. Running a tap or chaser would clean the internal threads right up. And then antiseize on the new studs. Lots and lots of antiseize.

"Amazing what chimney sweeping can teach us, no? Keep your fire hot and
your flue clean."  - Ecurb Noselrub

"I'd be incensed by your impudence were I not so impressed by your memory." - Siz

jumbojak

My tool rest project just inched closer to completion.





Now to file it flat and square. I really want a mill, but I'd settle for a proper welding table right now.  :(

Grinding that weld down left my arm almost completely numb though. Gotta figure something out.

"Amazing what chimney sweeping can teach us, no? Keep your fire hot and
your flue clean."  - Ecurb Noselrub

"I'd be incensed by your impudence were I not so impressed by your memory." - Siz

Dave

Quote from: jumbojak on October 03, 2018, 11:51:47 PM
My tool rest project just inched closer to completion.





Now to file it flat and square. I really want a mill, but I'd settle for a proper welding table right now.  :(

Grinding that weld down left my arm almost completely numb though. Gotta figure something out.
Ah! A gripper gripper swivellor thing!!
Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

Dave

#417
Mr Fix-It even has to visit hospital. Fixed dodgy plug with a length of tournequette elastic and roll of sugical tape.



Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74

hermes2015

Quote from: Dave on October 04, 2018, 09:44:03 AM
Mr Fix-It even has to visit hospital. Fixed dodgy plug with a length of tournequette elastic and roll of sugical tape.

[img width=450 heig253506]https://i.imgur.com/QSzft0k.jpg[/img]

:lol:

You're unbelievable. Already antagonizing the union, you troublemaker.
"Who is to say that pleasure is useless?"
― Charles Eames

Dave

Quote from: hermes2015 on October 04, 2018, 10:36:25 AM
Quote from: Dave on October 04, 2018, 09:44:03 AM
Mr Fix-It even has to visit hospital. Fixed dodgy plug with a length of tournequette elastic and roll of sugical tape.

[img width=450 heig253506]https://i.imgur.com/QSzft0k.jpg[/img]

:lol:

You're unbelievable. Already antagonizing the union, you troublemaker.

No, it was on my phone charger, won't go near the real stuff in these places! I fluffed the photo re-sixing.

But have already shown three new nurrses ways of keeping ECG leads under control using existings tapes on surgical gowns. Basically by doing the gowns up with the bows at the front and not the back. The tapes are long enough.
Tomorrow is precious, don't ruin it by fouling up today.
Passed Monday 10th Dec 2018 age 74