Author Topic: What have you fettled today?  (Read 1191437 times)

zigzag

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13950 on: July 16, 2019, 11:06:52 am »
I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

if something squeaks, you smear some grease on it - logical. :facepalm:

T42

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13951 on: July 16, 2019, 11:16:53 am »
Got my vacuum-cleaner trolley more or less useable. Now waiting for hose junctions & more hose to arrive.

Had to bore 7 mm holes to take castor "spikes".  Measured other old castors and found that they were all 7 mm too. Wonder if it's some kind of standard.

Funny how old castors are always either in groups of 3, groups of 4 with 3 serviceable, or odd orphan singles.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13952 on: July 16, 2019, 12:01:27 pm »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Yebbut - doesn't that fact keep the LBS in business? - I never ceased to be amazed at some of the bikes I see (latest example was a £7,000 eMTB that had most of Warwickshire attached to it + a totally destroyed mech and hanger .... and the bloke had "lost" the key to remove the battery, and the charger)

Rob
Does "lost" the key mean he'd never had the key, cos he'd nicked the bike?
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robgul

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13953 on: July 16, 2019, 12:46:59 pm »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Yebbut - doesn't that fact keep the LBS in business? - I never ceased to be amazed at some of the bikes I see (latest example was a £7,000 eMTB that had most of Warwickshire attached to it + a totally destroyed mech and hanger .... and the bloke had "lost" the key to remove the battery, and the charger)

Rob
Does "lost" the key mean he'd never had the key, cos he'd nicked the bike?

Nope - he's a wealthy farmer - who has 2 such bikes "his and hers" - hers was marginally less bad.

Rob

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13954 on: July 16, 2019, 12:53:28 pm »
In that case perhaps it's "lost" in the slurry pool!
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Mr Larrington

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13955 on: July 16, 2019, 02:24:27 pm »
Swapped out the shonky FruitCo Airport Express in the kitchen for the less-shonky one from upstairs.  I haz a Tunes in the kitchen again :thumbsup:
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13956 on: July 16, 2019, 04:48:37 pm »
found the cranks on my utility bike modified by someone backing into it, whilst locked outside to a lamp post:



had to replace the left crank, chainring, chain and straighten the tabs of two spider legs. numpty driver will have to replace their rear light according to the evidence left at the scene.

Jesus! Hopefully just your crank that's knackered and not transfered any damage to the frame.
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Kim

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13957 on: July 16, 2019, 04:55:53 pm »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Bet they still squeaked, too.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Gattopardo

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13958 on: July 16, 2019, 09:51:39 pm »
Having deployed the freezer spray, you are dealing with a solid, as opposed to a semi-solid material, the former of which leaves a garden trowel unmarked.

Water stones are definitely better than oil stones - which is what I deployed previously.

Aren't the stones the same but one soaked in oil, while the other is soaked in water before use?

Gattopardo

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13959 on: July 16, 2019, 09:55:41 pm »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Think that soaking in a lighter oil might be a better idea, then maybe fire to burn off the crud.

zigzag

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13960 on: July 16, 2019, 10:17:10 pm »
Jesus! Hopefully just your crank that's knackered and not transfered any damage to the frame.

no damage to the frame, thankfully

tiermat

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13961 on: July 19, 2019, 07:21:33 am »
Think I may have sorted the annoying creaking clicking sound on the folder.

I tightened up the hinge QR
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Torslanda

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13962 on: July 21, 2019, 07:33:03 am »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Bet they still squeaked, too.

No. No they don't...
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Torslanda

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13963 on: July 21, 2019, 07:36:59 am »
Serviced a Pinnacle hybrid. Nothing unusual in that but this worthy had GREASED the disc brakes. It's the first time I've ever had to replace the brake discs as service items.

They've been soaking in brake cleaner and I cannot get the grease off them. The holes in the discs were full of a paté of grease and brake dust.

I don't suppose I should be shocked any more but really, some people are as thick as shit...

Think that soaking in a lighter oil might be a better idea, then maybe fire to burn off the crud.

With a labour rate of nominally 20 quid an hour and a disc costing around a fiver I took the executive decision to stop wasting my fucking time and mend something a bit more rewarding...
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

SoreTween

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13964 on: July 21, 2019, 04:21:23 pm »
A Y shaped lump of rust and split wood into a perfectly functional pair of garden shears. They had been left outside by a relative annoying me on every visit for at least 2 years, possibly 4. 20 minutes with a blowtorch & spanners to separate the halves, 10 minutes with wet & dry to begin followed by a couple of hours with a diamond stone. I even scraped the moss off the handles, rubbed them down and applied some teak oil.

I bet the ungrateful bugger leaves them outside again. If he does I shall take them away 'to sharpen them again' with zero intention of returning them a second time.
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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13965 on: July 21, 2019, 04:35:42 pm »
Having deployed the freezer spray, you are dealing with a solid, as opposed to a semi-solid material, the former of which leaves a garden trowel unmarked.

Water stones are definitely better than oil stones - which is what I deployed previously.

Aren't the stones the same but one soaked in oil, while the other is soaked in water before use?

The abrasive is the same, aluminium oxide, but the binder is different.

With waterstones, the binder is soft and water soluble which is why they are said to be faster cutting because fresh abrasive particles are exposed as you sharpen.

The binder in man made oilstones is much harder and doesn't dissolve in oil or water.

Another abrasive is silicon carbide, I don't think there are silicon carbide waterstones though.

ElyDave

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13966 on: July 22, 2019, 06:38:48 pm »
finally worked out the issue with my rear BB7.  It had been intermittently dragging, moslty at the wrong point in the ride.  Despite backing off the adjusters as much as possible and repeatedly trying the centring process it just seemed to be dragging on the outboard side.

Looking closely at it today I worked out that the bottom of the rack was just fouling the pivot arm enough to stop it returning back to the neutral positiion.  An extra spacer has done the job and it's moving freely and has a decent feel to the lever. 
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13967 on: July 22, 2019, 07:50:07 pm »
Sorted out the Jump Stop I'd bodged onto the Red Baron to prevent tedious mechanical roulette at the foot of intimidating hills.  I'd replaced the supplied band-on fitting with a 16mm P-clip and a hex-head bolt / nylock arrangement, in order to fit the lower part of the derailleur post.  Unfortunately, while the fit was snug, it wasn't quite tight enough, and it was prone to unwanted rotation when bashed by the wayward chain.  In the absence of adjustability (is there such a thing as a P-clip-hose-clamp hybrid[1]?), I made do with some shim-fu and harsh language; there was a great deal of pingfuckiting by the nut and washers.


[1] Preferably one that can phase through solid matter, as the whole thing's a couple of mm higher than is strictly optimal optimal.
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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13968 on: July 22, 2019, 09:23:08 pm »
finally worked out the issue with my rear BB7.  It had been intermittently dragging, moslty at the wrong point in the ride.  Despite backing off the adjusters as much as possible and repeatedly trying the centring process it just seemed to be dragging on the outboard side.

Looking closely at it today I worked out that the bottom of the rack was just fouling the pivot arm enough to stop it returning back to the neutral positiion.  An extra spacer has done the job and it's moving freely and has a decent feel to the lever. 

Hmm, I had no joy trying to sort out my rear BB7 yesterday in a similar fashion after putting in new pads. Had several attempts with no improvement. Was going to have another look tonight but it's too warm.
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ElyDave

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13969 on: July 22, 2019, 10:07:42 pm »
perhaps BB stands for "bloody bastard" things

if racks are involved get Pingu to pull the brake lever as you peer intently at both the "on" and "off" stroke.  In my case the on was OK, but the off was just being impeded enough to make the difference and cause the drag.

No idea how you folks north of the border are coping, Aberdeen beach must be a mass of bright pink flesh by now
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13970 on: July 23, 2019, 06:27:29 pm »
Just had another go at it. It wasn't fouling on anything. I don't know why the Park tools instructions weren't working but instead this time I left the pads where they were, undid the caliper bolts and waggled it until it looked right. Then I trimmed using the pad adjusters. Seemed to work ok.

It's not too hot outside, the breeze is pretty cooling. A bit sticky indoors though.
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ElyDave

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13971 on: July 23, 2019, 08:51:14 pm »
I have two old hardwood/canvas directors chairs, given to me by patents when I stopped being a pso and bought a house, but couldn't afford furniture. they took the place of a sofa for about two years.

I've spent bits of today cleaning down the frames with white spirit and then applying a first coat of teak oil, second coat tomorrow. they are still in great nick, though the canvas is significantly faded
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13972 on: July 23, 2019, 09:19:54 pm »
Picked up a "badUSB" USB dongle thing that has an AVR microcontroller in it.



Pulled it apart and inspected it, reflashed the bootloader with a known good one from the Arduino distribution over the ISP so it has trusted code on it, then wrote a new bit of application software that pretends it is a mouse (USB HID device) and moves 1 pixel up and down at a random interval between 10 and 20 seconds.

The movement is not noticeable, except to the OS. However, it stops the OS from dimming or locking the screen, and/or going to sleep. Really useful for when taking part in a web conference where you aren't touching your computer, or a demo where you are showing something from your machine - no need to keep moving the mouse or pressing a key to stop the machine locking.

You could do the same thing going in to settings, but then you've got to remember to switch it back. This way you just plug in a device to stop it locking and unplug when you are happy for auto locking to start again. And it works on all my machines, regardless of OS installed.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13973 on: July 24, 2019, 12:42:24 am »
Tightened the loose BB in HK's Kinesis. Better than having to replace it.
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Kim

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Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13974 on: July 24, 2019, 11:35:33 am »
Picked up a "badUSB" USB dongle thing that has an AVR microcontroller in it.



Pulled it apart and inspected it, reflashed the bootloader with a known good one from the Arduino distribution over the ISP so it has trusted code on it, then wrote a new bit of application software that pretends it is a mouse (USB HID device) and moves 1 pixel up and down at a random interval between 10 and 20 seconds.
[...]

Cute.  I've got a little widget in my toolbar that inhibits sleep.  Main issue is forgetting you've enabled it, but that would go for a dongle too.

One thing I've thought would be cute would be to implement a Synergy server on some sort of WiFi-enabled small micro that can do the HID thing.  You could then use it to control Androids and employer's laptops with oppressive security models etc.
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