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    As someone has already commented there are...

    As someone has already commented there are various results depending on your location, here's my experience.
    In Karratha, which is in the Norwest of WA and gets extremely hot in summer, we owned an...
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    When we relocated 1500km we bought a 20ft...

    When we relocated 1500km we bought a 20ft container and loaded everything inside. When we arrived here the container was gradually emptied and sold.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Dave, my shed is 10m wide and eaves similar to...

    Dave, my shed is 10m wide and eaves similar to yours at 3.8. The mezzanine is 2.4M above the shed floor. My staircase is right against the end wall and starts 1100mm from the side wall but much...
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    Hi Q, My MIL has progressed to the extent that...

    Hi Q,
    My MIL has progressed to the extent that she can now stand from her wheelchair onto a 200mm raised step and get into the car. This is a good outcome because it means that either of my wife's...
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    I got my third shot, booster, on Tuesday....

    I got my third shot, booster, on Tuesday. previous two were A-Z this one Pfizer. Sore arm at injection site and slight tired feeling for 24 hours then back to normal.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    We inherited my father-in-law's petrol-kero...

    We inherited my father-in-law's petrol-kero Ferguson and as Malb mentioned it has a large tank for the kero and a small tank for the Petrol and a selector valve to one carby. These days we only run...
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    Thanks for your quick reply Forrestmount, I'll...

    Thanks for your quick reply Forrestmount, I'll pass that info on.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Mystery small chucks.

    Hi all,
    Can anyone ID what these small chucks are used for please?

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Yes there is a pump, though the raspberries and...

    Yes there is a pump, though the raspberries and grapes are down the slope from the shed we could use gravity and timers. The dripper lines have been added to over a period of a few years so are not...
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    Gardena water meter

    I have drippers set up on the raspberries and grapes, each morning I turn the tap on and leave it running while I nip into town and buy the daily paper. When I get back I turn the water off, the...
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    Hi Fred, I've just got off the phone with my...

    Hi Fred,
    I've just got off the phone with my friend. His brother says this grinder came out in the early 1960's and generally sell for around the $100 mark.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Hi Fred, My father was a shearer and I worked in...

    Hi Fred,
    My father was a shearer and I worked in a few shearing sheds in my youth and can say I never saw this style of comb and cutter grinder before. I checked with a mate of mine, his brother, a...
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    Thanks for this China, it looks like it might be...

    Thanks for this China, it looks like it might be the go.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Lifting device.

    Hi all, hoping someone can give some good advice.
    We are shortly going to move my wife's mother in with us, she has been hospitalised since the beginning of July and has gone from fit and healthy...
  15. Thread: Mud Wasp.

    by Boringgeoff
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    There's been no activity at the nest for a few...

    There's been no activity at the nest for a few days, on closer inspection found the remains of the wasp in the bottom of the window frame. Looks like a resident spider complained to the local...
  16. Thread: Mud Wasp.

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    Mud Wasp.

    A mud wasp has started building a nest, of all places, on a shed window. 503533 503534
    This gives me the opportunity to perve in through the back door to watch what happens inside the nest.
    503535...
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    Mal, you've got some beauties there, I noticed a...

    Mal, you've got some beauties there, I noticed a pair of A H Reid's up the back and a nice Decatur Coffin Co in the middle of the front row.
    When we built our house in Karratha in 1978, the cabinet...
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    If it was me, I could see me tearing my arm open...

    If it was me, I could see me tearing my arm open reaching for a fretsaw.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Ian, I'll be thinking about these bits for the...

    Ian, I'll be thinking about these bits for the rest of the day, and it's my own fault.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Tonyz, you realise that your activity was all...

    Tonyz, you realise that your activity was all captured on their cctv?

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    And of course, Ian, I'm looking forward to your...

    And of course, Ian, I'm looking forward to your brace & bits build.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Hi Martin, A good outcome. Cheers, Geoff.

    Hi Martin,
    A good outcome.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    My brother lived in Christchurch, we were...

    My brother lived in Christchurch, we were visiting, his dog started growling, he said "another quake coming" then we felt the tremor. DEWS (Dog Early Warning System)
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    if the concrete is new is there any need to etch...

    if the concrete is new is there any need to etch it?

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Martin, you said it is the sweep handle that...

    Martin, you said it is the sweep handle that doesn't turn, this brace of yours should definitely turn, here's what I'd do if it were mine. Get a couple of pieces of leather or similar padding and...
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    Hi Martin, Any chance of a photo of your brace?...

    Hi Martin,
    Any chance of a photo of your brace?
    The No 310 is consistant with the brace having been made for Atkins by John S. Fray Co.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    HEADS UP Don't forget, it's this coming Sunday. see you...

    Don't forget, it's this coming Sunday. see you there.
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    No Tonyz, the authors name was Ilene Dover.

    No Tonyz, the authors name was Ilene Dover.
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    Good morning all, thanks very much for all your...

    Good morning all, thanks very much for all your contributions on this subject, I can only dream of this much discussion about braces.
    I have drawn Gerry's attention to this conversation and he has...
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    Elan, Gerry got the same response from Patrick....

    Elan,
    Gerry got the same response from Patrick. Patrick's probably getting sick of being asked about it, but that's the price you pay for being an expert.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I alerted Gerry to this discussion but haven't...

    I alerted Gerry to this discussion but haven't heard back from him yet.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Thanks guys, your comments are quite encouraging....

    Thanks guys, your comments are quite encouraging. I'll draw Gerry's attention to this thread.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Giant Stanley plane.

    Hi, hand plane aficionados.

    A fellow member of the Hand Tool Preservation Society of WA, Gerry, does extensive research on Stanley planes and recently posted this article on our website. He has...
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    HEADS UP HTPSWA Annual Tool Sale.

    Due to the cancellation of the Perth Wood Show in August, the HTPSWA have rescheduled our annual TOOL SALE to the 17th of October at Stirling Square, Meadow St, Guildford. This will be run in...
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    I realise it's spring now but I took these during...

    I realise it's spring now but I took these during winter a couple of days ago. Yellow flowering shrub is a Sandpaper wattle (acacia denticulosa) the blue flowering climber is a Hardenbergia.
    ...
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    Hi Ja Potts is correct they're scotch bits,...

    Hi Ja
    Potts is correct they're scotch bits, probably the most frequently found type here in Aus' but not the best for fine work, the lack of spurs meaning they can tear out badly as they are...
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    Some good ones there, Bob.

    Some good ones there, Bob.
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    Isn't it amazing how far those tiny balls can...

    Isn't it amazing how far those tiny balls can roll once they hit the floor. One solution I tried for finding a dropped ball was to drop another from the same position and see where it goes and the...
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    I have previously bought loose balls from a farm...

    I have previously bought loose balls from a farm machinery outlet in my local town.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I pulled these two spare-parts braces down for a...

    I pulled these two spare-parts braces down for a show and tell of two types of hubs that don't use bearings. The first three pics are from an early John Fray brace.
    499096 ...
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    Chambezio, Any chance of a photo of what...

    Chambezio,

    Any chance of a photo of what you've got to work with? The English Stanley's had a thrust bearing The usual way was to have a cup that carried 1/8" or 3/32" loose ball bearings with a...
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    Chambezio, A lot of the early (in fact most)...

    Chambezio,

    A lot of the early (in fact most) braces had no bearing and they still work perfectly well. You could extend the hub below the head far enough to allow an oiling hole.
    Would you like...
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    There may be an advantage that a curved cutting...

    There may be an advantage that a curved cutting edge, when boring on an angle (chair legs etc) will enter the wood with less tear-out than a flat faced bit. In his 1851 patent...
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    Hi Ian, They work the same as usual bits as far...

    Hi Ian,
    They work the same as usual bits as far as ejecting the chips, and of course all inventors will claim their tool is superior to others. In a way they are similar to the Cook or Gedges bit...
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    Martin, So far, I haven't seen a bit like that,...

    Martin,
    So far, I haven't seen a bit like that, all mine are Whitehouse style.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've had a look through my handful of Whitehouse...

    I've had a look through my handful of Whitehouse bits, none of them are anywhere near 14in long. Those by Whitehouse are varied branding reflecting the many years of their production, C. Whitehouse &...
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    Hi Martin, This catalogue reprint from 1952...

    Hi Martin,
    This catalogue reprint from 1952 shows quite a variety of bits that they made, one is referred to "Unbreakable" Sash Bit 18in.
    A McPhersons Australian catalogue from the 1930's shows...
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    Martin, Have a look at this article, it doesn't...

    Martin,
    Have a look at this article, it doesn't mention him manufacturing auger bits. If it's the same Cornelius Whitehouse I guess the enormity of his tube forming breakthrough would probably push...
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    Hi Martin, Cornelius Whitehouse described...

    Hi Martin,
    Cornelius Whitehouse described himself as "edge-tool and auger-maker" of Bridgetown, Near Cannock in the county of Stafford England, patented these bits in the USA in 1869 (US Pat's 88760...
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    I think we're in for one this afternoon, Bob.

    I think we're in for one this afternoon, Bob.
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