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    How to remove an immersion heater element?

    WD40 (or whatever you use that’s SO much better than WD40 :p ) only works once the thing moves, even slightly. This like getting a glow plug out of cylinder head - the bond is stronger than the thing being unscrewed. Firm persistence and a variety of methods is the key - keep trying everything...
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    Dewalt/B&D radial arm saw

    It’s this one, if that’s any help:
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    Sold wadkin 8" planer

    @adidat I thought you might like to see it nearly ready to run. The old motor was burnt out so I replaced it with a TEC three-phase one. Just waiting for a dol starter.
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    Dewalt/B&D radial arm saw

    Would anyone knowledgable about these things be willing to look at a listing for me? I can’t see a model number to research it, and would like to know if it’s any good for the price and any pitfalls. Ebay link will follow if I’m allowed to post it. Many thanks
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    Rewiring a 3 phase motor to Delta

    The new inverter will have optional inputs for external switching. Study the manual when you get it.
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    Rewiring a 3 phase motor to Delta

    Well done! Another way to confirm the star point is to leave it connected and measure resistance between the existing phase wires. Then separate the point and measure between those phase wires and each of the star point wires. The resistance should be half. It’s not considered good practice to...
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    Rewiring a 3 phase motor to Delta

    I did a very similar motor a while back, fitted to a Multico mortiser: https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/threads/multico-model-k-mortiser-single-phase-conversion.119077/#post-1305850 I agree with Spectric - look around 12 o’clock in the second picture.
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    Purchasing tools on ebay

    I used to live in Aberdeenshire: “Sorry, we charge extra for Highlands postage” ‘I’m not in the Highlands’ ”Where are you?” ‘Aberdeenshire’ “Yep, we charge extra for Highlands” ‘I’m not in the Highlands.’ Etc.
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    Purchasing tools on ebay

    An anachronism - 30 years ago access to the highands was poor and few trips were made up there. Delivery networks are much better now but cheapo delivery companies still use the old excuse. eg: Postage of brewing stuff from NI costs more to ship to Inverness than Estonia. DPD. Postage by RM or...
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    Purchasing tools on ebay

    “Doesn’t post to Scottish Highlands” For which, read: “uses bargain-bucket delivery service, plus can’t be a rsed to alter arrangements”. Isn’t there an option to tick when selling, UK-only or worldwide? It’s nothing specifically against the US. Sometimes if you message them and offer to...
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    3-tree table with cabriole legs

    I wanted to use some more of the timber I’d planked up with the chainsaw mill 2 years ago, and have a go at cabriole legs: Legs are larch, aprons beech, top birch. I did the legs in standard fashion on the bandsaw, as described in ‘Cabinetmaking and Millwork’ by Feirer. Try as I might, I’m...
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    Help requested. OLD Bosch SB 400-2 dismantling/service advice...

    Check for a screw hidden under a label - if you run your fingernail along it, you’ll find the dip where it is. Sometimes screws are hidden behind plastic plugs, which you have to lever out. Failing that, there may be a clip holding the clamshell together - try to see in with a torch and...
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    documentary on netflix

    Agreed. But fishing can be sustainable, according to marine conservationists. I see in the news that many of them, including some who appeared in the documentary, are distancing themselves from the content. “Commercial fishing” can mean anything from a small crab boat in Cornwall to the awful...
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    documentary on netflix

    This clause isn’t closed - Had I... then what? I don’t agree that opinions should be “you should be looking at X not Y”, or “that instead of this”. The process of forming an opinion shouldn’t need to binary like that. I agree, of course, that these things should be done humanely.
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    documentary on netflix

    I’m looking at both - bias (on my part or the producer’s) is something that should be taken into account when forming an opinion. I deplore the practices pictured. How do these link to my example of line-caught mackerel from a regulated British boat? “You should stop eating fish because some...
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    documentary on netflix

    Full discosure - I’m a (hobby) fisherman, and have an 18ft boat. More disclosure - the show’s producer is a campaigning vegan. The idea that we should stop consuming a certain product because a muckraker has some pictures of questionable practices somewhere in the world does not chime with me...
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    Ryobi ETS 1825 problem

    If the saw can work normally at times without excessive sparking of the brushes I wouldn’t bother undercutting the insulation between segments, unless it definitely feels proud.
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    Ryobi ETS 1825 problem

    Cleaning the commutator with abrasive paper can embed particles in the copper and result in poor contact. However, you may have got away with it if the paper was very fine. Yes, you can undercut the insulation between segments, as you say just below the copper. It does sound like either a poor...
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    High Temperature Grease

    Copper grease. I use it on the woodburner as well. The grease disappears but the copper remains to help lubricate. Graphite also good.
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    Dickies workwear

    Dickies dealer boots always used to last a year, but the last set barely did 5 months. I wonder if the drop in quality is a cause or consequence of their demise?
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