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>> No. 2827 Anonymous
16th November 2020
Monday 11:38 pm
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What's the best type of screw drive? In a perfect world, what would be the most common type?

Slotted, Philips, and Pozidrive are all obviously shite. Hex isn't great either. Square/Robertson heads seem like the best bet to me.
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>> No. 2830 Anonymous
17th November 2020
Tuesday 1:52 am
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Torx is close to mathematically optimal. The only real down-side is that a) it's quite hard to distinguish the sizes by eye and b) it's quite easy to chew up a screw head by using an under-sized bit. It's perfect for manufacturing, but slightly annoying during servicing and repair.

I've probably had the least grief with internal hex, but it's not suitable for a lot of applications due to size constraints. External hex is still probably the best option for tough environments subject to abrasion or corrosion, but those buggers owe me a lot of knuckle skin.

"Cross-head" is an absolute shit-show, because there are so many almost-compatible standards.

Pentalobe can fuck off. Tri-point can fuck off, come back and then fuck off again.

My favourite is the Pitlock, which is the only removable security bolt I've used that is actually secure. Totally niche, but invaluable if you need it.
>> No. 2831 Anonymous
17th November 2020
Tuesday 2:46 am
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Naruto really went too far with the whole Sharingan business
>> No. 2832 Anonymous
17th November 2020
Tuesday 5:46 am
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Internal hex for countersunk, external for when you really mean it. Though I think this is just an admission that I prefer bolts, but that's a whole other discussion.

I'll admit I've had limited strife with posidrive, I've rounded maybe two in the last decade, and I interact with them almost daily.

I think we can all agree slotted is a joke - I curse whatever backwards farmer built my house every time I find one.
>> No. 2833 Anonymous
17th November 2020
Tuesday 5:50 am
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I should qualify that I accept that many other solutions may be technically better, but the availability of specialist bits is a huge letdown for me. You can't really bodge a torx like you can a posi/phillips or slotted, and fiddling with often fragile driver bits is a real turn off - ironically any sort of torque applied through a torx bit will snap the bit easily. Maybe I could just buy more expensive torx bits, but fuck you - I've never once snapped a Philips bit.
>> No. 2834 Anonymous
17th November 2020
Tuesday 8:16 am
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>I think we can all agree slotted is a joke - I curse whatever backwards farmer built my house every time I find one.

They're fine if you drive them by hand and you use a proper hollow-ground screwdriver. In any other case they're absolutely fucking awful.

>I've never once snapped a Philips bit

Aye, but I bet you've rounded off plenty of the fuckers. There's a reason why they sell massive bulk boxes of PH2/PZ2 bits.

>> No. 2823 Anonymous
8th November 2020
Sunday 8:06 pm
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Any recommendations? I figure NYE may end up being locked down and then there'll be the rest of winter to sit though, may as well invest in something to keep warm out.
I'm open to high tech stuff or some sort of firepit, anything that works.
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>> No. 2824 Anonymous
8th November 2020
Sunday 8:52 pm
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But what about the climate!.
>> No. 2825 Anonymous
8th November 2020
Sunday 8:55 pm
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I hear you saying I should nick one from a pub to save on construction costs and to balance out one that would otherwise be running more often.
>> No. 2826 Anonymous
8th November 2020
Sunday 10:04 pm
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In my experience those gas fireplace things work best. You know, like your nan used to have with the three ceramic panels, but on wheels. They kick out more heat than leccy ones and they're not as bad for emissions as just burning wood.

I think they make portable camping ones, I've seen it on that YouTube channel where that madlad Canadian fella sleeps in the back of rental vans for a laugh.

>> No. 2809 Anonymous
11th October 2020
Sunday 5:33 pm
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I often dither over buying power tools, because I worry about how much they cost, and how many times I'll actually use it. Often though, one comes along which saves me so much time, even for a "quick" job, that the manual version makes no sense whatsoever anymore.

I like to use old fire doors to make desks - I have other wooden desks and shelves that in the past I have sanded by hand, but today I took delivery of a random orbital sander - LIFE CHANGING. I'm never manually sanding a worktop or shelf ever again.

Everyone should have a decent drill at least - whats your (new) favourite power tool?
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>> No. 2818 Anonymous
13th October 2020
Tuesday 6:41 pm
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I have a chunky one, like you say, about a small drill - actually probably closer to a hot glue gun in size than anything else. The one I have is quite nice and is powerful enough to pull dodgy old screws out of hardwood and such, and it can take some bolts out too if they haven't been too torqued.

I like the idea of the ones you mention (I think I first saw them talked about here actually), but worry that it might struggle to deal with some of the more robust applications. If I spent all day doing electronics stuff I'd be all over the Wowstick, though.
>> No. 2819 Anonymous
13th October 2020
Tuesday 6:59 pm
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Probably a bit basic but I really enjoy using the skillsaw. It makes big things into many smaller things. Bzzzt.
>> No. 2820 Anonymous
13th October 2020
Tuesday 7:59 pm
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>If I spent all day doing electronics stuff I'd be all over the Wowstick, though.

I do. You're right, I need one right now. Thank you!!
>> No. 2821 Anonymous
13th October 2020
Tuesday 10:15 pm
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>It makes big things into many smaller things. Bzzzt.

If we're getting into the territory of things fun to use then I can recommend a portable vacuum cleaner that is shaped like and sounds like a raygun. Probably only powerful enough for cleaning the keyboard but I had to put it away to stop myself from playing with it.
>> No. 2822 Anonymous
14th October 2020
Wednesday 1:07 pm
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Mate, I'm having one too. Only worry is if it will have enough torque for handling over-tight screws.
Hope you enjoy your commission from BIG WOWSTICK

>> No. 2805 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 5:07 pm
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I broke a glass shelf in my shower. Most of it is in tact, and it broke only in the corner where it attaches to the shower frame.

Is there a heavy duty adhesive that can reliably attach glass to glass and/or glass to metal in a wet environment?

If not, is there any other way I can secure the shelf back into the frame?

It's similar to the picture, except with just one large metal piece in the corner.
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>> No. 2806 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 5:24 pm
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Most of it is in what?

If there's a large enough surface area you might try silicone; seems to work well enough on broken fish tanks.
>> No. 2807 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 6:18 pm
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Epoxy will bond to glass if the bonding surface is clean and degreased. Fast epoxy adhesives tend to be piss yellow, but you can find water-clear epoxies if you shop around.

Super glue (cyanoacrylate) will bond to glass, but the bond tends to be weak unless you use an acid etch pre-treatment.

Also, if we're discussing gluing glass I am legally obliged to reference Big Frank.

>> No. 2808 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 11:25 pm
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Fixing glass like this hardly ever works in my experience.

B&Q, Amazon or IKEA is your friend, I would just replace, it will be cheap for a shelf that small and easier than fucking about with different glues; I would forever be worrying about any fix breaking again while I was in the shower.


>> No. 2777 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 9:48 pm
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ladm8s I need to up my tool storage game.

My tool collection ever expands by the month, as is correct and normal - I have gotten by over the years on many different sizes and shapes of plastic boxes, mostly themed around each kind of tool/task (one for electronics, one for electrical, a separate one for cabling obviously, one for cars/bikes, one for decorating and building etc) and will probably continue in that vein when I need portability. But the main workshop/garage needs something a bit more substantial.

I am considering one of these trolleys with lots of drawers, there are many on the market, and I know you two will have researched this and bought the right thing. Please help. I need something roughly like this pictured, that is large, sturdy and isn't a zillion pounds.

What did you buy?
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>> No. 2800 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 6:22 pm
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It's irrelevant since it's now ILLEGAL to go to Costco, but I noticed they're cheaper than they used to be. They're also listed as sold out on the website - does this mean they've stopped making them? If so I'm definitely going to have to panic buy a set.
>> No. 2801 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 6:47 pm
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I saw they were down to one set at my local one when I went yesterday, but the price was still the same.

I opened and closed all the drawers approvingly. It's a shame, the bottom half of the set would suit me down to the ground, a bit like that pictured in >>2799
>> No. 2802 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 7:24 pm
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Machine Mart have got similar-ish cabinets at similar-ish prices.

>> No. 2803 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 7:41 pm
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I need to do a Costco run, but every time I've been past it recently they've been queueing for miles.
>> No. 2804 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 1:28 am
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My local one is still reasonable during the middle of a weekday, or at about 7pm just before closing. But I live in the northern tundra, so who knows.

>> No. 2761 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 1:16 pm
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Alright lads?

My toilet keeps running and no, I'm not going to catch it. All the tutorials I've looked up don't have this model of valves / sheaths and to make matters worse I can't seem to actually get at the interior components to check the flapper and adjust the float.

Any of you lot familiar with this odd set-up and how to fix it? No parts numbers or owt so I'd be Googling forever it seems.
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>> No. 2772 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 10:15 pm
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Now this one looks a lot gunkier than the OP - so I would suggest white vinegar / descaling all over it for a start; it could just be a bit dirty/sticking somewhere. You can also get the bleaching tablets which will stop that happening, or the ones which make your water blue when you flush, which also help keep it all cleaner.

Is part A push down only, does it rotate? Is all this the only thing in the cistern, or is there another bit in there?
>> No. 2773 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 10:17 pm
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Oh and one more thing - is your neighbour an upstairs/downstairs flat-type neighbour, or someone literally next door?
>> No. 2774 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 10:29 pm
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I managed to get the white cap off but there's just what looks like an overflow pipe out inside it. Not sure how I'm going to get vinegar to stay anywhere on the thing but I can spray it down with it.
Neighbour is the same building, same water connection.
>> No. 2775 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 10:30 pm
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The main part of the button is to the left of that structure. Oh and part A rotates to adjust the height of the ballcock, which is that white box at the water level of the structure.
>> No. 2776 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 10:56 pm
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Think I improved the bits that came off with a brief vinegar soak, will do a longer one when I'm home alone. Cheers.

>> No. 2759 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 6:12 pm
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My memory foam mattress topper is several years old, but it's still comfy. While I regularly wash the fabric outer cover, the inner foam is in definite need of a freshen up, too. How can I wash it? Should I just run a carpet cleaner over it? Tip a bucket of warm water and laundry detergent and leave to air dry?

Cheers lads.
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>> No. 2760 Anonymous
9th August 2020
Sunday 6:14 pm
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Just spray some Febreeze on.

>> No. 2754 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 1:00 pm
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No, not that seat. Same neck of the woods though.

This is the first toilet I've known where I'm not able to get at the back of it to unscrew the toilet seat. I understand they are called "closed" toilets. I've looked around for help online but most similar fittings seem to have a button similar to release a catch, but these don't, so I'm not sure how to get it off.

Is it possible that the design is some cheapo Chinese affair and didn't take the necessity of eventual replacement into account?
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>> No. 2755 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 1:07 pm
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Can you pop off those chromed plastic covers? Jam screwdriver in and twist. Avert eyes, as there'll be a cloud of ancient rusty piss when they come free.
>> No. 2757 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 2:26 am
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Thanks for the response. No, the big ones are on tight. The smaller ones came off without too much hassle, but as you can see, they weren't covering screws or anything obvious.
>> No. 2758 Anonymous
28th July 2020
Tuesday 3:07 am
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Those are known as "top fix" seats. The seats typically click into place on the bolt. If push comes to shove, you may be able to just pull the thing off if you pull it vertically. This video shows an example of an entire fitting being changed. You'll see he literally just lifts the seat off, and uses a screwdriver to lever the caps off the fixing.

>> No. 2145 Anonymous
10th August 2016
Wednesday 8:38 pm
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Lads, complete novice here. I need a drill for screwing things and maybe drilling. There are far too many things to choose from, and I have a serious issue with choice. Wired, battery powered, hammer drill, etc. It is all too complicated.

What is a good drill? What should I buy?
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>> No. 2749 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 12:35 am
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You can get mains-powered ones.
>> No. 2750 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 10:34 am
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I don't know why I didn't think of this.
>> No. 2751 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 1:34 pm
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>I realise if my shed didn't have power, it might be a different story
You'll be sorry when you're building a new shed (or any other large construction). Extension cords draped all over the place are a dangerous hassle when you're working on anything bigger than will fit on your work table.
>> No. 2752 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 2:58 pm
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Well, I was going to get a DeWalt, after this thread sang its praises and because they are on offer at Screwfix, but after my carless self had trekked all the way down there they told me they were next-day collection only. So I thought fuck making two trips, went into the B&Q next door and bought the first reasonably cheap drill I saw, an Erbauer ECD18-Li-2. It came with free drill bits. I'm sure it will be fine, I'm not looking at becoming a professional joiner.
>> No. 2753 Anonymous
20th June 2020
Saturday 6:11 pm
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>Extension cords draped all over the place are a dangerous hassle when you're working on anything bigger than will fit on your work table.

You're not wrong, but I can't imagine I'll be building a shed or anything particularly large with my dremel anytime soon.

>> No. 2731 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 6:39 pm
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I wouldn't normally ask this but I've made a hash of it once already. As we're going to be working at home for the foreseeable future, do either of you know of any computer chairs that would reach the height of a kitchen counter? I'm looking at 90cm from floor to counter-top.

Amazon search is useless for this but I did come up with the option below which doesn't seem anymore comfortable than the chair I'm using at the moment.

I cannot stress enough how much of a ball-ache it is to return a computer chair you've already assembled. Even after the WD40 and club hammer treatment, you still need to somehow fit it all back in the packaging and dick about with parcel-monkey. The chair was £99 but even then I had thoughts of just chucking it.
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>> No. 2734 Anonymous
15th June 2020
Monday 7:31 pm
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Having a taller chair puts more strain on the seat post if you put your weight off centre, I believe there are also stricter product safety regulations on higher chairs.
Both of these lead to the point that this height of chair needs a more compact seat base and limited recline, hence no one is able to make a tall chair that deviates far from the style of the one linked in the OP.
>> No. 2735 Anonymous
15th June 2020
Monday 9:38 pm
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Thanks but not to worry, lads. I'm still not sure of the chair in OP and reckon I'll just continue to work from my bed because I don't have the leftover motivation.

Work will pay for it but that fucking parcel-force bloke who came to pick up the old chair woke me up at 7 today and I'm sure the seller will find a reason to refuse the refund just to put the icing on the previous saga.
>> No. 2736 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 1:11 am
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I would never recommend buying them new, but Hermann Miller draughtsman's (as >>2733 points out) are almost unicorns. The flagship Aeron you can get at decent discounts from office dissolutions and bankrupticies but the "high chair" equivalents aren't anywhere near as popular in the start-up and small business market and thus not quite as common.

A further caveat is that these chairs have a lot of adjustabilty which is best done by an ergonomics trained person. If you're buying this for home use and don't have that expertise you're wasting money on micro-adjustments you'll likely use wrong so you are much better off not splurging in this instance.
>> No. 2737 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 9:27 am
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How does one get trained in ergonomics?
>> No. 2738 Anonymous
17th June 2020
Wednesday 11:43 am
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I've done no research, but it certainly sounds like a three hour course Sandra from HR insists on going on to "enhance her skillset", and once she's done it you'll never be able to slouch again without her wagging her finger at you.

I'd rather have the twisted spine.

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>> No. 2723 Anonymous
1st June 2020
Monday 10:05 pm
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My toaster's got a think layer of crumbs inside it. Would it be ok to take it out the back a give it a good hose? As long as I let it dry for a couple of days before using it again what would be the problem?
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>> No. 2726 Anonymous
1st June 2020
Monday 11:29 pm
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The layer of compacted crumb is above that.
>> No. 2727 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 1:15 am
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Just give it a quick rinse like you would with some pasta.
>> No. 2728 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 3:18 am
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Tapwater tends to leave mineral residues that can cause short circuits. I'd suggest having a go at it with the crevice tool on your hoover first. You could sluice it out with isopropyl alcohol, but since COVID it'd be cheaper to buy a new toaster than a big bottle of IPA.
>> No. 2729 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 4:32 am
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Blast it out with compressed air?
>> No. 2730 Anonymous
2nd June 2020
Tuesday 10:26 am
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Sod these lot, OP. Just take it with you next time you bath and give it a good soak. Could even have toast while you're soaking.

>> No. 2721 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:19 pm
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I've been eyeing a purchase of these for about ten years and in that time, the market has evolved greatly. I don't need to make large parts, I don't want a 3d printer, I do want something good.

eBay has kits that come from China for about 120 quid. I know these will be quite bad, but how bad? Do I really need to spend a grand on a Stepcraft?
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>> No. 2722 Anonymous
11th May 2020
Monday 12:51 am
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>eBay has kits that come from China for about 120 quid. I know these will be quite bad, but how bad?

They're pretty toy-like. They'll make light cuts in wood and plastic, maybe engrave aluminium, but that's your lot - they just don't have the power or the rigidity for more serious work.

The essential question is what sort of parts you want to make. If you need to produce complex parts in metal that are beyond the capacity of a three-axis machine, you'll either need to order them from eMachineShop or get into lost PLA casting. If you're producing very thin metal parts, photochemical etching is cheaper, easier and will produce better results. If you're producing relatively simple parts, hand tools and a bit of practice might be more than sufficient.

If I could only have one machine tool, I'd take a lathe any day of the week - it's the only way of producing parts with accurate rotational symmetry and it's easily adaptable to basic three-axis milling. Something like a Unimat SL is really a universal tool for model engineering and the like. Others might choose an SLA printer or a laser cutter based on their particular needs.

It's also worth looking up your nearest hackspace - not many have CNC routers, but most have a decently powerful laser cutter and an assortment of basic manual machine tools.

>> No. 2704 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:48 am
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Lads. How in the name of shitting fuck are you supposed to get the bulb out of this thing? It seems like it's permanently attached and I'm not going to pull it out of the ceiling as I'd like to keep my deposit.
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>> No. 2716 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 1:50 pm
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My particular unit has three of these clips, and they are so stiff I can't even manually push them up.

My unit looks like a standard halogen type bulb, and as I say has three clips. I've been hunting too and found nothing yet.
>> No. 2717 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 3:54 pm
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It's very odd, I've been completely unable to find anything with three clips. It must be ancient.
>> No. 2718 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 4:02 pm
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I'm reasonably certain it's an older version of a Click FlameGuard housing, and in that case the bezel partially obscuring the bulb just needs to be unscrewed, but if it's been on there for a long time or subjected to heat (halogen bulb so it has) then it might be seized.

So you just need to unscrew it, or try to.

>> No. 2719 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 5:02 pm
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I have these in my bathroom. I went into the attic to replace the bulbs. Those brackets that hold the bulbs are fiddly.
>> No. 2720 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 8:28 pm
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Unfortunately as I live in a flat - no attic to do that with.

That's an interesting link, the blue tape looks convincing. I'll squirt some WD40 onto the gap and leave it for a bit and see what happens, thanks.

>> No. 2655 Anonymous
30th April 2020
Thursday 10:25 pm
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If my saw keeps stopping mid-cut is it broken or is it just that the blade needs replacing?
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>> No. 2699 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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Made myself one of these as I couldn't afford to fork out for a proper track-saw at the time.
Absolutely brilliant. Made ripping boards so much easier and neater.
>> No. 2700 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 8:26 pm
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Oh that is excellent.
>> No. 2701 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 9:37 pm
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>>2700 I really want one of these
>> No. 2702 Anonymous
6th May 2020
Wednesday 10:07 pm
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Oooh so do I now you bastard where can we get three thousands dollars??
>> No. 2703 Anonymous
7th May 2020
Thursday 9:37 am
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>>2702 I know, it's definitely on my to-covet list.
Manufacture videos always make stuff look easy, and miss out the shitwork, but damn, this looks like fun.

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