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    Derek, when you were in Vienna did you go to the...

    Derek,
    when you were in Vienna did you go to the MAK?
    They've got a fair bit of Wiener Werkstatte stuff there, which is the precursor to Art Deco and Bauhaus. They've got a lot of chairs too, as...
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    Ok. Pulling this one completely out of nowhere....

    Ok. Pulling this one completely out of nowhere.
    Was your grand-dad in the infantry or did he have something to do with shooting as a sport later on?

    I believe the Australian army used .303 for...
  3. Thread: Drill side handle

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    Sikm, if your 18V Ozito is similar to the one on...

    Sikm,
    if your 18V Ozito is similar to the one on the Bunnings website, it looks to me there is room _behind_ the handle for the hose clamp or Skot's oil filter gripper. There's no real reason for...
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    A hose clamp (Jubilee clamp) and an "L" shaped...

    A hose clamp (Jubilee clamp) and an "L" shaped piece of metal?
  5. Thread: Engels plane??

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    Definitely the same mob, the logo on the WA...

    Definitely the same mob, the logo on the WA advert and the plane are the same, and from the link to the german wood work museum:

    "Frauenkopf mit Tuch vor dem Gesicht, die Augen freigelassen = Fr....
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    Hence "could" :-) SWK

    Hence "could"

    :-)

    SWK
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    Ian, derailling the thread again (I only read it...

    Ian,
    derailling the thread again (I only read it today) as an answer to your question about how accurate they read the thermometers to in the old days, I thought maybe I could download some data and...
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    A long clip, but worth listening to here...

    A long clip, but worth listening to here.

    CEO of the US firm Exelon, one of the largest single utilities in the US.

    SWK
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    Nah. I think you are assuming Ben actually...

    Nah.
    I think you are assuming Ben actually understands this stuff enough to make politician type statements. I wouldn't assume that.

    I heard the Federal environment minister talking about the new...
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    And there's another 120+ MW going in right now at...

    And there's another 120+ MW going in right now at Tailem Bend in SA that has been studiously ignored. I expect that there are numerous projects quietly happening. The economics for solar farms became...
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    No, it is one of the man reasons the battery was...

    No, it is one of the man reasons the battery was put in. Just that it is hard to get this message across as the majority of people only understand battery = back up storage.
    I wrote about the uses...
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    No, it really wasn't. At its very best when it...

    No, it really wasn't. At its very best when it was new in the 1980s-early 90s, it achieved 96% availability of 2x250 units (= 4200 GWh). Although it was later nominally re-rated to 2x260MW it never...
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    First up I'll say that extending the jaws is not...

    First up I'll say that extending the jaws is not an unheard of idea. The wood work vice on my bench is only a 7" vice. The first jaws I put on it were much wider than that (I cant remember how wide)....
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    Re "computers" being human computers. That was...

    Re "computers" being human computers. That was the normal meaning till electronic computers became widespread. Another interesting story can be found in Nevil Shutes autobiography "Sliderule" where...
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    Australian State Libraries are usually interested...

    Australian State Libraries are usually interested in this sort of stuff. And they have the knowledge to conserve it better too.

    Regards
    SWK
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    Or another possibility (though moderate work) is...

    Or another possibility (though moderate work) is to inset a block of wood into the hollow door, from the back. Then use the 22mm deep lock (you have already bought?) as per post 14 with a padbolt on...
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    I dont know how I can say this more clearly. Iran...

    I dont know how I can say this more clearly. Iran as a country was not "born" in any way in 1918. It was neutral during WW1* and it had a continuous line of monarchs for 2000+ years, which only ended...
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    Nope, gotta correct that. We hear and read a lot...

    Nope, gotta correct that. We hear and read a lot of stuff about the middle east which colors our impressions, often as part of the justification to allow us to avoid thinking too much about what our...
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    "He paused, and for a moment assumed again his...

    "He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
    Winston thought. ‘By making him...
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    I did note in my previous post that the number of...

    I did note in my previous post that the number of contractors used was not easily discoverable and so when talking about "efficiency" of the workforce, the base numbers of the organisations (and the...
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    And if you do get out more :-) you might find...

    And if you do get out more :-) you might find other such beautys as the "latthammer" the standard claw type hammer in central europe. They have a square "waffle" face, a magnetic nail holder and one...
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    Since they appear to have backed down, I wouldn't...

    Since they appear to have backed down, I wouldn't do anything at all. IF they raise the topic again, contact your state ombudsman

    (I had a nephew a couple of years ago who was being hounded by one...
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    The original metre distance equator to pole was...

    The original metre distance equator to pole was dropped because from memory they mismeasured it. As Elan says then they went to standard bars as the metre definition. And here it is!
    427471

    the...
  24. Thread: Full Size Drawing

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    A bit quicker and more temporary than painting. A...

    A bit quicker and more temporary than painting. A strip of masking tape, more or less where your line goes, then draw on that.

    I've used that on bamboo bench tops where the finish would later be...
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    Topical article...

    Topical article on todays ABC

    SWK
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    Late to the thread and probably not an option,...

    Late to the thread and probably not an option, but if you use the 6m poles (or even a little shorter) could you use short extension pieces to lift the wire to the desired height? If there is...
  27. Thread: FreeCad

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    I've been using Draftsight...

    I've been using Draftsight for 2D sketching which is adequate for about 90% of what I need to do. I use it at least once a week. All software and drawing files stored on my PC.

    I have also...
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    AEMC - Expanding competition in metering and...

    AEMC - Expanding competition in metering and related services

    Meters -

    Just for interest I went back to my contacts and found out some interesting info.
    What I am going to write is correct...
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    No. there is no provision for new power stations....

    No. there is no provision for new power stations. The magic market rules are (have been since the late 1990s) meant to send price signals to investors and they will jump in to build new stuff where...
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    Quick question Fletty (if your hand can stand it)...

    Quick question Fletty (if your hand can stand it)



    Roughly what period are you talking about? If pre-privatisation, SA was similar but not the same. There must have been some government body...
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    I spoke to the guy in SAPN who was very familiar...

    I spoke to the guy in SAPN who was very familiar with meters and processes (knew him due to previous experience with the kids house). "Type 8" meter fires some neurons, but I am probably wrong. If it...
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    You're probably right about ownership in NSW. In...

    You're probably right about ownership in NSW. In that case the retailers maybe "renting" the meters from whoever does own them. (WoodPixel, not wrong about rent seekers and clippers) I had an idea...
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    I'm an ex power station operator and I believe...

    I'm an ex power station operator and I believe Bushmiller is a current one. The limits are much finer than 1Hz, closer to 0.3 Hz for load shedding. Yes, it's true that some older wind generators are...
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    In slightly different order: The distributor...

    In slightly different order:


    The distributor is not the wholesaler. They are just the delivery people. They don't buy and on sell. They get a fixed price for all the units they shift.
    In fact...
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    No disagreement from me there. (remember,...

    No disagreement from me there.
    (remember, privatisation is more efficient)


    Regards
    SWK
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    It may be a rort (I dont know). But don't get the...

    It may be a rort (I dont know). But don't get the distributors mixed up with the retailers.

    There are simplistically 4 groups involved in this.
    The Generators - they make the electricity...
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    Batteries You can use your car to go and...

    Batteries

    You can use your car to go and collect some groceries from the shops for your up coming holiday, you can then use it to drive the family to Sydney (or some other exotic place :D) for...
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    I want to expand on what Fletty said here. In...

    I want to expand on what Fletty said here.

    In cities and larger country towns the topology of the electrical system is something like a wheel with spokes. The hub is a zone substation which...
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    Yes, beat me to it. Pretty much anything you can...

    Yes, beat me to it. Pretty much anything you can think of as far as trading goes can potentially be done. The issue is really how do you manage who uses what and who pays, but that is getting easier...
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    A quick answer (I have to run). Bushmiller may...

    A quick answer (I have to run). Bushmiller may elaborate.
    Earlier in the thread Fletty talked about Arbitrage

    There are actually _two_ electrical markets. One is physical with real electricity...
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    No, the whole circuit doesn't have to shut down....

    No, the whole circuit doesn't have to shut down. I don't know how any particular smart meter works but if the appliance itself has an appropriate detector, a shut down/start up signal can be sent to...
  42. Thread: More Stupidity

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    Actually it appears that no one...

    Actually it appears that no one is really that stupid.


    SWK
  43. Thread: Tools for Dad

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    The surform blades are off the shelf in Bunnings...

    The surform blades are off the shelf in Bunnings (at least I checked and saw them at one in Adelaide recently after I had a discussion with a younger guy who had never heard of them before and was...
  44. Thread: bottle cleaning

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    Stevo, there is a thing where glass pick up...

    Stevo,
    there is a thing where glass pick up "iridescence", like an opal colouring. Its a change in the nature of the glass itself (oxidation or etching, I cant remember) and cant be removed except...
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    Chief Tiff the combined nailer staplers take a...

    Chief Tiff the combined nailer staplers take a (about) 6mm crown staple while the pure staplers (which I assume is what DaveVman already has) take the normal wider staples you would find in something...
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    woodPixel, for what it is worth, there is also...

    woodPixel,

    for what it is worth, there is also a good 2D AutocCad clone made by Dassault Systems called Draft Sight. I've been using it for a couple of years, it isn't hard to learn.

    418489...
  47. Thread: Bessler's Wheel

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    James, I have been reading a very interesting...

    James,
    I have been reading a very interesting book. It is "The White Road" by a bloke called Edmund de Waal. It is really a potted history about the manufacture of porcelain, in China and later on...
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    Dan, the "clear gel medium" they are talking...

    Dan,
    the "clear gel medium" they are talking about is an artists medium. Its basically a paint without the colour pigment. Artists use these mediums to add to coloured paints to get various...
  49. Thread: ASEA motor

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    What Bob and Bueller both said! :-) I've seen it...

    What Bob and Bueller both said! :-)
    I've seen it in many unexpected places, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one. Before it collected the bad vibes we associate it with today it was a symbol for good...
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    64mm is pretty d mn close to 2 1/2 inches. Hasn't...

    64mm is pretty d mn close to 2 1/2 inches. Hasn't that always been a standard (actual? not nominal) size.

    SWK
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