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David Schweizer

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David Schweizer last won the day on August 15 2016

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About David Schweizer

  • Birthday 29/09/46

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    Bradford on Avon
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    General Joinery, Cabinet Work, and Restoring Antique Furniture.
    Collecting and researching the history. of old Woodworking Tools,
    Agricultural, Social, and Industrial History.
    Canal History
    Genealogical Research.

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  1. List of Woolwich built GUCC Boats

    Somewhere, I have a corrected list which Pete Harrison sent me years ago. I don't know whether he has ever published it anywhere.
  2. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    Yes Washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) is preferable. Bicarbonate of Soda is actually a different chemical, although I have been told that it works. However, like yourself, I have always used Sodium Carbonate.
  3. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    As promised I am detailing below the method I use for cleaning rusty items, which is simple and does not require any aggressive materials like sand paper. If you have any questions please ask, and I wil, try to answer them. REMOVING RUST FROM IRON OR STEEL To remove rust from Iron or steel you need a few items :- a non-metallic container large enough to accommodate the rusty item, a 6v or 12v battery charger with a minimum output of 4amps, a strip or rod of stainless steel, and some sodium carbonate powder (bicarbonate of soda) Place the rusty item into the container. Make an electrolyte solution by adding two teaspoons of sodium carbonate to a quart of water and pour into the container, ensuring that it covers at least half the rusty object (mix more electrolyte if necessary). Attach the negative charger clip to the rusty object ensuring that it does not enter the electrolyte, and attach the positive charger clip to the strip of stainless steel, again ensuring that it does not enter the electrolyte. Switch on the charger and select a setting which gives a reading of approximately 2amps. Move the two items in the electrolyte closer or further apart to adjust the reading if needed. After a couple of minutes bubbles will start to appear moving from the rusty item to the stainless steel. The amount of time needed to remove the rust will depend upon how rusty it is but most items require a couple of hours, however, it does not matter if it is left longer as no harm will come to the item. When it looks as if the rust has been removed, turn off the charger unclip the leads, and remove the item, which will now have a black residue on the cleaned portion, wipe this off and, if necessary, brush it off with a stiff brush, preferably underneath clean water to eliminate splashing. If you are satisfied that sufficient rust has been removed, return the item to the container and repeat the process for the untreated portion. If some rust is still present repeat the process. When all the rust has been removed, dry it thoroughly and polish it with beeswax, or if you have some, Renaissance Wax. That’s it. WARNING:- This process will produce some minor fumes, so it is best conducted in a well ventilated area
  4. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    You would have thought someone who owned two Yarwoods built G.U.C.C.Co. boats would have known that.
  5. Firefox - Help Needed

    It wasn't when I looked, but it is now thanks to your post. I right clicked in the small gap to the right of the forward arrow which brought up a menu which included a "customise" tab. I clicked on that and there were more than twenty tabs which i could click and drag into the menu bar, which is what i did with the "reload" tab, so all is back to nprmal. Thanks.
  6. Firefox - Help Needed

    Thanks Tony, I was able to follow that, Unfortunately Firefox only seem to be able to offer three versions of the same greyscale format, and the default one is the easiest to read. I found something about adding a refresh tab in "add ons" but the instructions were unintelligle to me! Never knew it did in the first place, I will try that. Edited to add:- Yes that worked, Thanks.
  7. Firefox - Help Needed

    Firefox has been automaticaly updated on my computer providing me with a new (rather stark!) greyscale home page, and some new tabs in the menu bar, which I will probably never use! However the main change is that the "refresh" tab is no longer there, it use to be at the far right hand end of the menu bar, and took the form of an rounded arrow. Does anyone know whether the tab is merely "hidden" or totally removed? and if it is hidden does anyone know how it can be restored. Please remember that whilst I understand computer basics, I am by no means conversant with the finer details, so a suggestions like "You need to re-configure your AAAsettings in XXX.Sync etc mean nothing unless step by step instructions are given. Many thanks in advance.
  8. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    Agreed. Cast steel is used quite commonly in the manufacture of heavy usage items. We have a park bench with cast steel frames in in our Village play area. Using cast steel for a Windlass would be quite appropriate as they can face serious stresses across a small section
  9. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    I think your "new" windlass is wondrful Jan, and quite unusual. I have seen an old photo somewhere of a similar one being used on the K&A many years ago. As for cleaning, it can be done quite easily without sanding etc, but by reverse electrolysis, which removes all the loose rust but leaves the iron intact. After cleaning, a good coating of beeswax (or preferably Rennaisance wax) will protect it from any further degredation, if you are interested i can let you have details of the process.
  10. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    It looks very similar to my bronze windlass, which is one of Lawrence Hogg's "Boatman's Cabin" copies of a Harry Neal Windlass. I can confirm that whilst it will not fit the modern straight shank GU spindles, it does fit many current tapered spindles found on other canals, (plus some on the GU which have escaped the torch) I agree on the proce though, I paid something like £25 for mine only a few years ago.
  11. The Price Of Old Windlasses

    I am not sure I agree with that assessment, it really depends upon the windlass. If it is a G H COOKE it will be worth up to a £100 pitted or not, and if it is a Harry Neal, probably more. Equally any old forged windlass stamped with a canal company's name will fetch serious money. These old windlasses are rare and most are now in the possession of people who will not let them go, so they come up for sale very infrequently. To answer Jan's question, here are two G.H. COOKE windlasses I bought off a Willow re Captain in the 1960's for five shillings
  12. Dinette / bed cushion foam type?

    I am sure you can, but what grade is it? Most suppliers recommend 5" CM35 (hard, medium or soft) for mattresses.
  13. Dinette / bed cushion foam type?

    I researched a lot of foam suppliersd before ordering my matress cushions, and for the same quality, Ace Foam were actually cheaper than some of their competitors. We have a major Bed manufacturing company only a few miles away, with a foam supplying subsidiary. They could not match Ace on price.
  14. NB

    Nothing to do with MB being his initials then?
  15. A sad day.

    You don't need a Fuji camera for the programme to work, it will manage any pictures you download. I think the programme can be dowloaded for free, but the new verion does not appear to have the batch reduction feature any more, but the Microsof Picture Manager does have a re-sizing feature.