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    Thanks John, I may yet do that. I'm already...

    Thanks John, I may yet do that.
    I'm already spending quite a bit of time away from home - the problem is going back to an empty house - if I didn't have the dogs I don't know what I'd do..
    A couple...
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    Thanks Fellas, much appreciated. Things are...

    Thanks Fellas, much appreciated.
    Things are going as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

    Yesterday was putting up the Xmas tree with the grandies which brought a few tears - Amanda...
  3. Download a free app for your mobile - they are...

    Download a free app for your mobile - they are not perfect but they are close enough.
  4. Chips wont hurt you but the large amounts of...

    Chips wont hurt you but the large amounts of invisible dust will so ALL thicknessers need dust extraction.

    In this table produced by Bill Pentsz the Orange column is for chip collection.
    For fine...
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    Not splitting hairs at all. Most DC systems are...

    Not splitting hairs at all. Most DC systems are compromised by a bunch of factors so optimising as may as possiblel reduces the amount that is lost to capture at source.
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    Yesterday was Amanda’s celebration of life...

    Yesterday was Amanda’s celebration of life ceremony.
    We gathered at a local park directly across the Swan River from the city of Perth,
    I chose this place because every morning we walked our two...
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    Good to hear John. BTW a substantial amount of...

    Good to hear John. BTW a substantial amount of grey household dust especially in rooms that are often occupied by people or animals is actually not the result of dust making but a reaction between...
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    Going thru some old photos and found two copies...

    Going thru some old photos and found two copies of this one in a poster tube that I was just about to throw out.
    I had seen it before but thought it was lost.
    This was taken the year before we...
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    The most useful answer to this is , "it depends"...

    The most useful answer to this is , "it depends" on the power requirements of your machinery, the number of machines running simultaneously, and the number of persons likely to use the shed at the...
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    I forget who said the following but it's...

    I forget who said the following but it's something I try to remember every day. The quality of a society can be judged by how well it deals with it's most marginalised and defenceless persons no...
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    Yesterday was fairly hectic. A dog walk, a trip...

    Yesterday was fairly hectic. A dog walk, a trip to the library to drop of Amandas books, then the Op Shop to drop off a bunch of stuff,.
    Most of this stuff which was already earmarked by Amanda for...
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    For low stress engines run in moderate...

    For low stress engines run in moderate temperatures, even straight Mineral oil is fine, It's when thane engine is under severe loads and operating under very cold or hot conditions that the semi and ...
  13. The other limiting factor is duct size. If you...

    The other limiting factor is duct size.
    If you connect up a 6" duct to that DC will be about 1200 CFM. Then its downhill form there with ducting, junctions restricted machine points, clogged filters...
  14. Thread: Facebook fakes

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    Facebook is the pits. OK I was rude about FB on...

    Facebook is the pits. OK I was rude about FB on FB and got cut off when I didn't pass a new "security check"
    Haven't missed it much at all.
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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Organising...

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    Organising Amanda's memorial service is partially distracting but also keeps reminding me of “stuff”
    Were following Amanda's wishes and having a no-attendance...
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    Thanks for this. The Pratchettism is playing out...

    Thanks for this. The Pratchettism is playing out with the torrent of messages etc from people she touched including many I did not know. Not having any daughters she adopted all her nieces as...
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    Yes I'm feeling it very hard. Married for 45...

    Yes I'm feeling it very hard. Married for 45 years. Amanda was basically a very shy person but still followed me to all my academic postings overseas with out any complaints and kept house while I...
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    SWMBO has departed this mortal coil

    Yesterday around lunchtime SWMNLBO suffered an aneurism followed by a heart attack and she passed away at 7:30 pm last night.
    There was no sign she had been unwell , we had a coffee and a general...
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    Yes given the opportunity he will roast his...

    Yes given the opportunity he will roast his cousins.
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    What I end up using depends on a number of...

    What I end up using depends on a number of things, like the material itself, design and permanency of the object, and where the item is going to be used.

    I have a bunch of Zn plated stuff but I...
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    It won't matter in your brush cutter but the...

    It won't matter in your brush cutter but the "really good stuff" is "fully synthetic oil" as opposed to semi synthetic oils.

    There are all sorts of interpretations about this but here is my take...
  22. Thread: Brushcutter Fuel

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    The battery power Stihl mower we have has a...

    The battery power Stihl mower we have has a really good catcher and can be used effectively on its zero height setting to pick up leaves etc on the bricks. On one small area of the brick patio that...
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    Is that no more ICE cars period or no more NEW...

    Is that no more ICE cars period or no more NEW ICE cars?
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    There was even a time before cans when petrol was...

    There was even a time before cans when petrol was only available from pharmacist in 500mL glass bottles. Each pharmacist would only stock a few bottles so drivers would have to do a crawl around to...
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    Making out people different to ourselves as...

    Making out people different to ourselves as stupid is a common misconception.

    An interesting example was Alan Turing - if you don't know who he was, look him up. As a gay man who was arrested for...
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    I disagree, times have indeed changed This sort...

    I disagree, times have indeed changed
    This sort of stuff is no joke but a cheaply veiled shot at the LBGTQI community.
    Some of the claims are patently false and some are straight up derogatory -...
  27. Thread: Workshop Size

    by BobL
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    Usage is a significant determiner of what is...

    Usage is a significant determiner of what is required.

    A mate of mine who lives on one of those tiny blocks has a 3.3 x 3.3 m shed/workshop in his house.

    In that space he has a metal lathe and...
  28. Thread: Brushcutter Fuel

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    For my Italian mum's 75'th birthday we we bought...

    For my Italian mum's 75'th birthday we we bought her a corded Ozito mower and long cord so she could mow her 2 x 10m strip of lawn at the Back of her unit. She really liked doing it herself and did...
  29. Thread: Brushcutter Fuel

    by BobL
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    Electric mower still have their pluses and...

    Electric mower still have their pluses and minuses.

    Our first Stihl battery powered mower lasted for 5 years when I hit a large dog bone hidden deep in the lawn and it stuffed the motor. The motor...
  30. Just shows what can be shoehorned into a small...

    Just shows what can be shoehorned into a small space.

    The only thing that irks a bit is seeing a DC inside a shed.
  31. Thread: Brushcutter Fuel

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    In general I agree. The tree lopper I mill timber...

    In general I agree. The tree lopper I mill timber for has moved everything to battery power except a couple of big brush cutters and their bigger chainsaws.

    At home have a battery powered Stihl...
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    It's not original - I saw it elsewhere :) but...

    It's not original - I saw it elsewhere :) but cannot remember where.
  33. Thread: Brushcutter Fuel

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    What kills small engines is prolonged excess heat...

    What kills small engines is prolonged excess heat rather than not enough lube/oil. Provided they are tuned for it, modern two stroke engines can even run on 100:1 using quality synthetic two stroke...
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    I'd go with two 45º bends rather than flex. ...

    I'd go with two 45º bends rather than flex.

    Fitting into a short space can be facilitated using a sliding section of pipe made up from any sort of flexible sheet like this.
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    I used 1mm...
  35. Thread: Workshop Size

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    One tip is make the doorway into any workshop...

    One tip is make the doorway into any workshop larger than standard. I'd recommend 1200mm.

    It's surprising what you can fit into a small shed.
    I started out with a 5.3 x 3.5m shed.
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    In...
  36. Thread: Workshop Size

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    This is a but of a how long is a piece of string...

    This is a but of a how long is a piece of string question.

    What do you plan to do?
    What machinery do you plan to acquire/use
  37. Thread: Slow to open

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    Yep - a couple of times I have been repeatedly...

    Yep - a couple of times I have been repeatedly asked for the usual "I am not a robot " check using images of horses?.
  38. Just heads up that it's not a good idea to use...

    Just heads up that it's not a good idea to use an oversized VFD compared to the motor UNLESS the maximum current output by the VFD can be reduced to suit the motor.
    If the Machine jams the VFD will...
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    I agree. I was given a set of these many years...

    I agree. I was given a set of these many years ago and apart from the smallest slotted driver which is mainly used for electrical work(ie mainly fingertip use) the rest have sat in their box.
    ...
  40. If I was doing this I would initially not focus...

    If I was doing this I would initially not focus on getting a VFD or even a Bandsaw.

    When anyone starts milling it takes at least about 18 months and more like 2 years for the first wood you cut...
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    My 3D printer uses a range of about 5 different...

    My 3D printer uses a range of about 5 different size (1.5 - 4mm) hex socket head fasteners several of which need to be removed and tightened when servicing/calibrating the printer.
    The printer also...
  42. Paul is correct, 3P wiring is much more heavily...

    Paul is correct, 3P wiring is much more heavily regulated with each 3P (even small ones) machine usually requiring its own 3P powerpoint, line and breaker.

    Using a phase changer and wiring all...
  43. There are also now relatively cheap VFDs...

    There are also now relatively cheap VFDs available that also convert 240 single phase direct to 415V 3P so mo machine motor mods are needed. Check to EcoGoo VFDs. The guys over in the MW forums have...
  44. If you want to get into VFDs go to the...

    If you want to get into VFDs go to the electronics forum and read the 2 stickies.
    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f271
  45. I usually recommend beginners start with a small...

    I usually recommend beginners start with a small alaskan mill like this one.
    Lots of things are called Alaskan mills but make sure you get one that holds the chainsaw bar at both ends.


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  46. Chainsaws - for milling Milling is really hard...

    Chainsaws - for milling

    Milling is really hard on saws so brand wise this is how I would rate them.

    Tier 1: Stihl and Husqvrana
    Tier 2: Makita/Johnsered
    Tier 3: Cheap chainsaw from a...
  47. Ae soon as even small logs are involved you will...

    Ae soon as even small logs are involved you will need a chainsaw, even if it's to just cut the logs to shorter length to get them onto the bandsaw.
    At that point it's ~$100 to purchase a small...
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    A good test for screwdrivers is how well the very...

    A good test for screwdrivers is how well the very fine ones last
    I have a set of Wiha (made in Germany) from 4mm wide down to 1.5mm I picked up at used tool sale for $25 for use on my electronics...
  49. First up Jarrah is not that hard, it's one of the...

    First up Jarrah is not that hard, it's one of the softer woods that I mill. Redgum and especially Spotted Gum are harder.
    Next, ripping cuts more than about 75mm deep with a TS are problematic, I...
  50. Back when we still had a land line we used to do...

    Back when we still had a land line we used to do this and it worked for about a week each time.

    Talking about scammers, I had a robot call from a mobile to my mobile the other day that introduced...
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