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  1. geoff
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    6 December 2017 in reply to Mathy
    hi Mathy, it's been years since I used it but pleased you can still get it, my paint shop just added it in for nothing as I bought paint weekly and used to be a good customer until the black dog hit me, thanks for letting us know. Geoff.
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  2. randomx
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    7 December 2017 in reply to geoff

    Gday Geoff and all.

    Geoff , wondering why my circular saw is kicking back like a mule lately.

    Saws not very old but the blades getting pretty blunt now , would that be it ?

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    9 December 2017 in reply to randomx

    Hi Random x

    Blunt blade doesnt help but if your blade is adjusyed too deep i.e it extends too far below the wood it can jerk. Also if the wood that falls away isnt supported, van put pressure on the blade.

    when purchasing a blade the less blade tips the better imo. I.e 20 tips or teeth is beyyer than 40 unless you ate doing fine woodworking stuff.

    Tony WK

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    9 December 2017 in reply to randomx
    hi Randomx, I'm sorry and thanks to Tony for your reply which is very true, however what you can also do is turn off saw from the wall or pull it out, make sure the blade is clean and sharp, but put some lubricate on the blade, remember the blade will keep getting sticky with sap and allow the cut off piece to fall freely away.
    My best Geoff.
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  5. randomx
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    10 December 2017 in reply to geoff

    Thanks for that guys.

    Funny you should mention that blade tony because l was thinking of trying the fine tooth blades because l mainly cut thin ply and mbf for work, sotat size tooth is probably a bit savage for what l mainly do tony. l also a bit of heavier stuff too mainly in renovating though so not as often or an everyday thing.

    What do you guys think of the finer tooth blades for what l mainly do , l've never tried one.?

  6. stevexr
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    10 December 2017

    hello to all. I am a small engines mechanic so if you are having problems with your machine please post them up for me and I will do my best to help solve your problem. keep in mind that I need as much info as you can give ie. make, model, and symptoms. it is interesting trying to diagnose a problem machine with out being able to go over it so please bare with me. I will do my best. im sorry if you have posted on this before I have just been made aware of this thread.

    Geoff is a good bloke!!

    I will do my best to reply to your questions as soon as I can, and will do my best to explain problems and technique to fix them. I am very happy to help if I can so please don't feel worried about asking.

    until then stay safe and well.....hello

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    10 December 2017 in reply to randomx
    hi Randonxr, and thanks Steve will come back to you, but when you have to cut laminate turn the blade around otherwise you will rip the laminate unless you have a machine that cuts everything.
    To cut mbf then a fine tooth is better and remember the underside will come out with no chipping marks if you cut it with an electric saw, but try turning the blade around when cutting the ply.


    hi Steve, your knowledge will come in to be very handy and thanks for joining this thread, and you are also a good bloke, so many thanks. Geoff.
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    11 December 2017 in reply to geoff

    tHAnks geoff , but when you say turn the blade around , what do you mean , undo it and put it on backwards ?

    Gday Steve , nice of you to offer mate.

    l'm happy to say l got my first full cut in a long time out of my old rover and actually drove it back around the corner and back into the shed and all , last week. Wound up pushing it back 3 or 4 times in a row before , so it was a nice treat.

    lt's been giving me grief for 6mths now but l think l've got him right again. First the spark went then the pull cord fell apart and the bolts holding it on were stripped in the hole , then cutting belts broke ,then a blade flew off, let me think ,l know there's more haha.

    Anyway ,fingers crossed for next mow.

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    11 December 2017 in reply to randomx
    hello, wow it sounds like the old girl could use some tlc. I would be very carful with blades flying off, if it hit some one you would be liable. if you have any problems that have you stumped please let me know and il help you the best I can. though it sounds like you have it going for now. good o. I hope it stays that way for you... hello
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    12 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    hi Stevexr

    Great to see you on here. Glad you got your avatar sorted. Mods posted a reply to you about that.

    Done a lot of engine work myself over the years, rebuilt zephyr engines, Subaru etc even added my own supercharger to my Subaru engine. Too old for that now.

    Good advice Geoff on turning the blade around for laminate.

    Random, I owned a 40 blade electric saw blade once and for general use it was pathetic. But in your case to own one is an asset for some finer cutting.

    Tip: when buying an electric drill take note of the lowest revs it will go. My latest purchase has its lowest setting for revolutions at 2000rpm. It means that it burns the drill tip and it isn't low enough.

    Welding- just a comment. I have arc welded for 25 years, self taught. A friend advised me when building my caravan to go MIG welding. I didn't want to use gas so bought a no gas MIG on ebay. The van has held up well with its square tubed steel frame but am not happy with the quality of the weld. IMO I doesn't create enough heat to mix all the steel. I'll be using the arc welder next van.

    I'm hoping to sell the caravan I built very soon, so I can build our bigger one.

    Tony WK

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    12 December 2017 in reply to randomx
    hi Randomx, yes turn the blade around so the teeth are facing inwards, it's amazing what it will cut.
    Good advise Tony with a welder, the one I bought (?) wouldn't work if the extension cord was too long, only work if the welder was close to the point. Geoff.
  12. stevexr
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    12 December 2017

    hello, to white knight thank you yes I have been and seen my reply and have replyed to that for thanks.

    do you like my security dog for scaring off the thieves ?? he is in the pic (giggle)

    sounds like you have had some fun there are not a lot of zephyr engines out there nice one. I have worked on all types of engines from .1cc through to 350ci but mostly power outdoor equipment. I like mechanical because it is easy to figure out (unlike people) I agree with the turn the blade around for laminate also tungsten carbide teeth though most blades are these days. have you tried an inverter welder?? they are like an ark but much smoother and you can stick weld aluminium with them good things IMO. Geoff using an extension cord ups the amp load on the circuit and can drop the voltage you would need a 15 amp lead not 10 amp like standard outlets have, and be sure NOT to have the lead roled up it will create bad resistance and melt the lead to a short out. keep the lead as straight as you can and not overlapped. sounds like your all having fun good show.

    stay well..... hello

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    13 December 2017 in reply to stevexr
    hi Stevexr, yes the lead will get very hot, now my son has the welder and he is exactly the same as how I learned, instinct and very curious.
    I remember when I was Power of Attorney for an elderly chap his house had just had termite treatment, but all the floorboards had to be replaced so I tended it out to builders, as I was due for a hip replacement, so my son said he will do it, no experience at all, I used to love doing this myself, a challenge, and he did a 10/10 job and so it continues. Geoff.
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    14 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    Hey Stevexr

    Please dont laugh at me but I have absolutely no idea what everyone is talking about :-)

    All I know is that I drive a 2006 Ford BF XR8 that has a 5.4liter DOHC 32 valve V8 that produces 260kw at 5250rpm and has 500NM of torque with a ZF 6-Speed automatic that came from Germany or Europe somewhere....

    Excuse I for getting off topic Geoff.....I am learning though..slowly.... Great to have Stevexr here. Paul

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  15. Mathy
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    14 December 2017 in reply to blondguy

    Ummm, Paul, I think you have a Fast Car - that’s like miles off topic, in the next universe, so to speak 🤣 M :)

    blondguy said:

    Hey Stevexr

    Please dont laugh at me but I have absolutely no idea what everyone is talking about :-)

    All I know is that I drive a 2006 Ford BF XR8 that has a 5.4liter DOHC 32 valve V8 that produces 260kw at 5250rpm and has 500NM of torque with a ZF 6-Speed automatic that came from Germany or Europe somewhere....

    Excuse I for getting off topic Geoff.....I am learning though..slowly.... Great to have Stevexr here. Paul

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    14 December 2017 in reply to Mathy

    Hey Mathy

    Its great that we can have a laugh on here....I hope you had a good giggle ;-)

    Great to have you on the forums

    Paul

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    14 December 2017 in reply to Mathy
    all rubber shovels are welcome. lol Geoff.
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  18. stevexr
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    16 December 2017 in reply to Mathy

    Hello, its all good you dont have to understand, it sounds like you know some about your ford. is your 500nm at the flywheel or the rear wheels? your 260 killer wasps = 353.5 hp or there about's. so about half of a v8 super car they run around 600hp. 32 valve just means it has 4 valves per combustion chamber and has a cam shaft for inlet and one for exhaust. shame you have an automatic gear box in it, it would use the power more efficiently with a manual. autos loose around 10% through the torque converter. as long as it makes YOU happy nothing else matters. thanks for sharing..... hello

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  19. Mathy
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    16 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    Hi SteveXR, I really think you have to translate - that communication read like it came from Mars 😂!

    stevexr said:

    Hello, its all good you dont have to understand, it sounds like you know some about your ford. is your 500nm at the flywheel or the rear wheels? your 260 killer wasps = 353.5 hp or there about's. so about half of a v8 super car they run around 600hp. 32 valve just means it has 4 valves per combustion chamber and has a cam shaft for inlet and one for exhaust. shame you have an automatic gear box in it, it would use the power more efficiently with a manual. autos loose around 10% through the torque converter. as long as it makes YOU happy nothing else matters. thanks for sharing..... hello

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    16 December 2017 in reply to Mathy
    hello, to Mathy, sorry for that i forget that most people dont understand engines, to me thay are easy because you can see what is going on. let me know what part you had trouble with and il try to explain it better, or was it the whole thing? what you said sounds like social situations to me i am really bad at it, and i find people missunderstand me and or think im a freek. but thats ok im happy being different. its funny and unuseual seeing people in awe when i help them get there car going to get home. stay well.... hello
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  21. Mathy
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    16 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    Hi stevexr, and welcome/hello back at you :)

    Mmmm, it’s the home improvement thread :)

    Just for fun’s, I drive a Citroen C4 Hatchback, 1.6L Turbo Diesel - has everything, goes like a bat out of hell. However, it’s nowhere near as much fun as my BMW F650 thumper - which I sadly decided was not totally safe as an all day commute in all weather conditions :)

  22. stevexr
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    16 December 2017 in reply to Mathy

    hello, yes Mathy this is the home improvement thread, but my thoughts are what gets you home?

    allso Geoff asked me to come here to share my experiance and know how with engines. im hopeing to help others fix theyr problems cheaper than taking it to a shop. i mostly deal with power out door equipment ie. mowers, chain saws, blowers ext. it was Blondguy who started the car talk. sorry to Blondguy for dumping you in it. lol. a citron c4 tdi goes like a bat out of hell??? must be an old bat. (giggle) il bet the boomer goes a lot better, my uncle has an r65 bmw. i have an xr400r my pic is my security dog to scare away the theves.lol if my engine talk is not so welcome here i guess il have to start a new thread. though if you have any questions ask and il do my best to explain. stay well..... hello

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    16 December 2017 in reply to Mathy

    hi Mathy and Steve, I don't mind if mechanical items are spoken about because I'm as hopeless as a rubber spanner, sorry Paul.

    I remember I had a small Makita drop saw that I loved, and it worked and worked for me for a long time until I had a boarder who lived with me for a few months, that was only helping him out as he was a friend of my sons, (not anymore) but he wrecked everything he could, although he was quite clever, but my drop saw was wrecked by him, plus copious other items, he lied to me and was a druggy, only which I found out when the house was sold and everything had to be cleared out, that's when I found what he had left behind.
    That drop saw was my favourite tool and I couldn't get it fixed. Geoff.

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    16 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    Thanks Stevexr :-) for the conversion from metric to BHP...legend. 500nm at the flywheel....

    Gees Geoff....a Makita drop saw is some expensive kit...not happy Jan......especially when you trusted him

    Even with home improvement I was brought up in imperial and then Boing!....Billy McMahon the PM introduced the metric system...

    My brain hurts...Have a good day. Paul

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    17 December 2017 in reply to stevexr

    Hey Stevexr

    I was the guy that said 'I dont understand whats happening here on this thread' (Example...I am not very handy where home improvements are concerned...at all)

    Geoff works mainly in the wee hours after approx 3am. Geoff just posted above saying anything mechanical is okay BUT....I am sorry for talking about my XR8 which was off topic

    I just know that Geoff just wants everyone to be happy on his thread...no matter what their specialty is. Im sure that Mathy meant no harm Steve. Mathy would be happy that we have another super handy person here

    You have provided happiness and comfort to me and many others Steve.....seriously...and thankyou. I'll have a better look at the posts above.

    Please stick around Steve...you are an important part of the forums and this thread too :-)

    My Best to you Stevexr and thanks Geoff for letting me stick my beak in your thread

    Paul

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  26. randomx
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    17 December 2017 in reply to blondguy

    Hi all and l'm sorry you felt that way steve, l just figured there was some jokes too.

    Yeah stick around mate nice to have you here and l'd bet people could use your help too when it hits the fan with some machine or nother.

    All the best , rx.

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    17 December 2017 in reply to randomx

    Thankyou heaps RX for your support for Steve and everyone :-)

    Paul

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    17 December 2017 in reply to blondguy
    hi Everyone, and thank you for all the help and support not to mention the invaluable expertise you have helped so many with on this thread where Home Improvement matters are concerned.

    I'd like to say that we are all on the same page here and any input is highly valued where being handy around the house or garage, ride-ons and mechanical knowledge is welcome.


    I've asked Steve to be a regular contributor to this thread.

    I hope that everyone understands this. Geoff.

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    17 December 2017 in reply to stevexr
    Hi everyone, we've had to do some cleaning up in this thread today.  It appears some offence was taken at what some members thought someone was saying, and it all escalated from there.  We see this occasionally on the forums, and we even started a thread about it which we would encourage you all to read:

    Taking things the wrong way (on the forums and in life)

    If you're feeling angry about a post, please report it to our moderators. Don't post when angry or upset. 

    Please also help us keep the forums tidy by keeping threads on topic.  This is a thread for discussing home improvement and members clicking in here will be expecting that to be the topic of conversation.  If you would like to discuss cars, then you are welcome to start a new thread.
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    17 December 2017

    anyone had trouble putting laminex on a bench top

    what about trying to put in a new window, getting rid of an old rotten window and enlarging the window size, let's say double the window size with a new aluminum window, sounds difficult but it's not.

    what about wanting to remove a wall in the house

    how about wanting to build a decking or want to know if the walls have been painted with oil based paint or acrylic paint , important to know before you paint.

    how did everyone go changing the security lock, couldn't do it or had problems, please let me know

    some old houses have the laundry outside are you worried about whether it's asbestos walling. Geoff.

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