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    Bonnet Catch

    As part of my 'extensive' rebuild of my 110, I decided to buy a new bonnet catch as the nasty old one sticks out like a sore thumb. The replacement came from the blue box people... While I appreciate that they're improving the quality of their parts by leaps and bounds, the item I got was so shoddy that I would be embarrassed to use it on a lawnmower. The metal is not much thicker than that found on a drinks can, and if I was in a bad mood I could crush it with one hand. I've got a couple of old genuine ones that I could sandblast, but the assembly itself has a spring in the middle, which because it's riveted together, you can't strip (well, not easily). Consequently, you'd never be able to do a thorough job, which would make a mockery of the whole thing. There is a 'new' genuine one on the Bay of Evil, but looking at the photos it's almost as rusty as the ones I have here. There are absolutely loads of others for sale too, but most of them don't say what make they are. As far as I can see, this is the list of options: Britpart Bearmach Allmakes Land Rover The first and the last I know about, so I would be most grateful if anyone has knowledge regarding the quality of the Bearmach and Allmakes items!
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    Bonnet Catch

    Thanks for your thoughts - I did look at the lrworkshop website, but the latch assembly from there (http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product/listing/8242/MUC6457-BONNET-SAFETY-HOOK.html) works out at just shy of £25 by the time you've added VAT and postage, which seemed a bit much. If all else fails, I will go for it though!
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    Home made reciprocating file

    Excellent stuff - well done! :)
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    Cutting Roof Joists for Access

    I suggest that you fit an extension pipe to the drain with an easily-accessible tap so that you can empty the water out of the tank nice and easily - I do mine every time I use it as the air is horrendously wet at this time of year!
  5. Well done to those who helped out!
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    Tig welding thin aluminium

    Thanks for posting this - it's always interesting to see how other people do such things, especially when they're better than you - that car he was working on looked awesome!
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    Cav injector setting outfit

    It looks like a nice piece of kit - do you know the make/model? If so, it might help someone come up with a manual!
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    Learning CNC milling, first steps

    Excellent stuff - let us know how you get on!
  9. I thought you said you were OCD? If so, where are the clamps on the hoses?
  10. Whenever I turn my 240V single-phase Hitachi Inverter TIG welder on, it throws the MCB trip - a 'B16'. I then have to navigate my way through a crowded workshop in the dark and climb up the ladder that is permanently in place for this job and reset it. Sometimes, everything comes back to life, but usually I also have to go halfway down the yard and reset the trip there too. Every now and then, I have to do both, then go through the house and throw the trip on the main fuseboard as well. Needless to say, this all drives me up the wall... Once it's all reset though, the welder works perfectly until the next time I need to turn it on, whereupon I have to go through all the above farce once more. My sparky mate told me that the solar panels on the garage roof were probably causing the fault, but I unplugged them and it made no difference. Reading another thread in this section just now, however, I saw that there are different kinds of breakers, which I didn't know. Apparently, a 'Type F' is less sensitive for certain applications - my question therefore, is whether this is likely to be what I need to save my sanity...? As ever, any help would be most appreciated!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    I've not tried the system in anger yet - but it did turn on without tripping anything when I tested it. I suspect that the serial tripping was caused, as you suggested, by the sudden 'jolt', and that cascaded down the line - I don't think there was anything wrong. with the B16 MCB. As far as I'm aware, everything is earthed throughout on the same circuit. You are quite right though - the key point is that it seems to be working!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Well - my C16 MCB arrived about 15 minutes ago - I fitted it and, Hey Presto - my TIG fired straight up without any faffing about, for the first time since I bought it about 10 years ago - woohoo!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Er - thanks, but given the distance involved, I think I'll give that a pass!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Yes, I agree!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    True - but in this case it's armoured split concentric of the same gauge as the supply to the house!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    That's interesting to hear - I'm wondering if putting a C Type in the garage will be enough - I may well have to go and do the same on the other two boards as well.
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Thanks for the helpful comments - you are almost right as to my set-up - I have a domestic board which feeds another that lives in a workshop unit halfway up the yard, and then that in turn feeds my garage where the TIG lives. The TIG itself is on a 16 amp blue socket, which means that I can't plug it into most domestic supplies. My sparky mate tested it, and seemed satisfied that it was OK though. Your suggestion that I put the lights on a different trip is a good one, however, half the time the whole supply goes because one or both of the other trips has thrown as well! Likewise, I like the idea of putting the 13 amp sockets on a fast-blow trip. Lots to think about - I suspect that I'll keep the B16 MCB supplying the other sockets, and use the C16 to feed just the 16 amp circuit.
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Thanks - that's really helpful info!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Thanks, Gentlemen - I'll be made up if I can sort this problem out!
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    I've now edited my earlier posts to read 'MCB' instead of 'RCD'...
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    TIG Welder Throws The Trip...

    Thanks - I'm currently reading up on Type C and Type D breakers, as I know nothing about them - they seem to be better suited to welders though. It only ever happens on start-up, so I'm assuming it's the initial draw that is causing the issue. Hopefully, someone who knows about these things will come to my/our rescue!
  22. My 300 Tdi Disco did exactly this until I fixed the oil leak from the vacuum pump - then it stopped altogether!
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    Stainless Spire Bolts?

    Sadly, a2stainless.co.uk tell me that these are not available in stainless. It's therefore a question as to whether I can be bothered to go and make some myself!
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    Stainless Spire Bolts?

    Having replaced pretty well all of the fasteners (where appropriate) on my 110 with stainless steel versions, I'm loath to reuse the plain steel spire bolts that hold the front panels in place. I've searched high and low, but can't seem to find anyone who supplies them. I therefore thought I'd seek the collective wisdom from this fine site - can any of you help me out with a supplier, please?
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    Stainless Spire Bolts?

    I meant to thank you for the link to a2stainless.co.uk, but got side-tracked (so thank you!) - I've used him loads of times before, and every time has been a pleasure - I will send him an email and see if he can help. As for the ACME thread form designation - it certainly looks though it could be - it would be a great help to know if it is!
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