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Project Logs / Re: Another homemade milling machine
« Last post by vtsteam on May 28, 2017, 09:18:02 PM »
Looks like you have yourself a mill! :thumbup: :beer:
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Project Logs / Re: FINGER PLATE BUILD HOLDING SMALL PARTS TO MACHINE
« Last post by ieezitin on May 28, 2017, 07:48:14 PM »
This is how far i got today...

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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Repurposing a Dell Lap-Top Webcam?
« Last post by AdeV on May 28, 2017, 07:48:05 PM »
Where's AdeV when you need him. He's taken on a full time Chinese translator I understand  :lol:

Whilst this is true... unfortunately she can only currently translate into more Chinese! We're working on it..... but it makes for a perfect marriage! (We can't talk to each other!!!!) :palm:
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Project Logs / Re: FINGER PLATE BUILD HOLDING SMALL PARTS TO MACHINE
« Last post by ieezitin on May 28, 2017, 07:43:07 PM »
Made time to do some lathe work today, I wanted to do some off center turning making a cam so i decided to make the finger handle off=set then apply a knurl to it, since this needed to be applied in the 4 jaw and I did not want to put jaw marks into it i so I made soft jaws out of aluminium strips for in-between shims to stop the marring.

we are getting close to finished... All the best.. Anthony..

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The Water Cooler / Re: high return financial investment (off topic)
« Last post by efrench on May 28, 2017, 07:23:51 PM »
Mostly because of the last two that I've owned, whereas the one my parents owned lasted much more than 20 years  :zap:
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The Water Cooler / Re: high return financial investment (off topic)
« Last post by BillTodd on May 28, 2017, 06:07:15 PM »
old fridge >£500  running cost £75-100 / year
new fridge £560 running cost <20/year

Why do you believe the life of a new fridge would less than an older one?


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Project Logs / Re: Another homemade milling machine
« Last post by shipto on May 28, 2017, 03:44:52 PM »
Milling machine is at a bit of a stand still in terms of making bits for it but I have been working with it to finish a qctp I started on the lathe and abandoned when the lathe wrecked the dovetail cutter I had.
Just need to make some handles for it now and it will be ready for me to start making holders for it.
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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Repurposing a Dell Lap-Top Webcam?
« Last post by John Rudd on May 28, 2017, 02:59:22 PM »
So you got the rest of the hardware sorted....do you really need to use the Dell webcam? Wont another do that you can get support for? I realise in the true spirit of repurposing but does life have to be as hard as we can make it? 

John......hard life support dept...
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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Repurposing a Dell Lap-Top Webcam?
« Last post by Pete W. on May 28, 2017, 01:59:04 PM »
Andrew and Pekka,

Thank you both for your suggestions but the on-screen menu is a solved problem.  I did ask the driver board vendor and they did send me a User Manual in English.  After a few tries, I got a version of the on-screen menu with pictograms.  The User Manual had told me that the 'settings' page icon was crossed screwdriver & spanner (aka 'wrench').  Then all I had to do was step down the list until I got a list of languages and select good old Anglais! 

The vendor support for the driver board was amazing!  I don't know what the time difference, UK to China, is but regardless of the time here, they never took more than an hour to reply to my eBay messages.  Do those guys ever sleep?   :bugeye:   :bugeye:   :bugeye: 

It seems I mislead you both by mentioning that aspect of the project.  What I'm really fishing for is the specification of the interface of the Dell web-cam. 
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The Water Cooler / Re: high return financial investment (off topic)
« Last post by efrench on May 28, 2017, 01:44:22 PM »
No, I'm not trying to sell you insurance! but…

I've just bought a new fridge freezer. The old one hadn't missed a beat in 15 years but the fan in the fridge had become a little noisy and i had been monitoring it's power consumption (about 600kwh per annum) so thougut i could find a better one.

After looking around i decided on another bosch , their only 600mm wide A+++ model,  bought from a local retailer for less and quicker than the big shed stores (because they don't stock that model)

checking its power consumption, it is working out to be about the manufacturers specification (maybe a bit less) at about 135kwh per year. Now that represents a saving of more than £50 a year , or about a 10% return on investment  , which is 10% more than you'll get from the bank!

So, got an old fridge ? check its power consumption and do the maths.

Bill
Price is >$1000, life span is <5 years for new refrigerators. Total cost over 20 years: $3000.  Compare that to >20 year life span of a $200 old refrigerator:  $1200

p.s. The new refrigerator has less labor costs when you factor in making ice cubes  :)
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