My week this week, my workshop videos.

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Hi Chaps, many of you have suggested that I post all my videos in one thread, and I have decided to give it a go and see how it works out. From now on I will post in this thread every week, starting with these offerings. As usual some things go right, and some don't. You do have to be carefull with the Gopro as the tiny touch screen makes it really easy to touch the wrong button without noticing, hence there is a second slideshow of the pics I took when I thought I was shooting video. I think a second camera may be on the cards! Hope you enjoy these, and remember to like, comment, and subscribe! Thanks for watching!


 

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Hi chaps! Not much time spent in the workshop this week, but managed to get a bit done, failures and succeses!¬ and as an added bonus, a car repair, you can't be without a heater this weather! Enjoy, and subscribe if you like it!
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Hi all, as usual, I didnt get s full week in the workshop this week, but fitted s new motor to the old fan housing, which is much more powerful, and very effi9cient, but I heed to modify the flue as well before I can tell if the problem is solved. It certainly works better than it did! Enjoy, like and comment , and as usual thanks to you all for taking an interest in my channel and thanks and welcome to all the new subscribers!
Phil
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My week this week, got a couple of useful days in, and some part days, built up the new flue, but will be fitting it next week weather permitting, tried out a bit of TIG cam, but I need to cover the back of the mask to prevent reflections, so will do some more soon. You really will learn absolutley nothing from my TIG "skills" save to say that I can make a fair job of steel, but find aluminium much harder, which, by all acounts, it is! Thanks for watching and subscribing, leave comments and any questions you may have (why are you such a T*aT) is not a valid question, and anyway, I don't know the answer!
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Hi Phil,

I saw your multiple vises in a previous video, and just thought they were meant as multiple stations. Perhaps for multiple people or multiple projects.
It did NOT occur to me that they were aligned to all be used together. Brilliant!
I have seen long mill tables with multiple vises to hold long (2 foot) work, but nothing on this scale.
Thanks for sharing this!

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They are multiple stations, but I first used this sytem in the seventies, when I did car repairs at this workshop, using 2 vices and two 4' lengths of angle iron. I decided with the new bench to scale it up a bit. I actually built a bender with those woods to fold some thin plasticoat galv steel when I was reroofing the workshop with insulated panels, and bent all the flashings and trims to go round the roof edges. Edged one of the timbers with a 3/4" steel pipe to give me a radius on the bends . It worked very well, but the 3 metre long by 1mm thich sheets were a bridge too far! the plasticoat was only about .5mm and very soft.
 

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New stuff, firewood and a reluctant pump, its all in a weeks worth of work! Havent had much chance to film this week, so hope you like what I did get done!
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Not much "meat" this week Brino, I am winding down early for Christmas, , which means I hope to get an early start after christmas, the problem is that we tend to get snow from mid Jan to mid Feb, and I am 6 miles from my workshop over a road which climbs up onto the east Yorkshire wolds, and quickly become impassable. If it snows I get an extended holiday! I also have to be careful when I am at the workshop, because I only have windows in the machine shop end, and if it starts to snow, and I don't notice it, the road can become impassable within 30 minutes, usually because of someone who chickens out, or is not a good snow driver, but I have had a couple of times when I have only just got through to home! If we do get snow I will try for some video of it.
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Hi all, this week the first of a two part slideshow on building my wood fired warm air workshop heater. My shop is 1150Sq ft, and is now warm even in the coldest days!
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Phil you are a very talented man,love taking a look into your shop and see some projects.Thanks for posting
 

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Thanks Kroll, coming from you, that is praise indeed! I had always used a kerosene torpedo heater, but always to hot, or not hot enough, and so NOISY, and constant strip down to clean jets etc. I was sick of it many years ago, but had no alternative till now, and I am very pleased with how it works. Watch out for part 2 next friday! Thanks for commenting!
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Part 2 of the heater build and a couple of videos at the end of a walk in the rain with my daughter, including gratuitous squirrel content, and lots of roaring water! watch, subscribe, like and enjoy!

 

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Hi Guys, part 1 of my workshop rebuild slideshow, I will be putting more up in between videos, and I am back at the workshop from Monday, so expect a video next friday If I can get something interesting done. Monday I will be back out to fit new hoses to the showerpump, as the old ones were leaking, and then seeing if we can solve the other problems Thanks for watching, like, and subscribe of you want, but most of all Enjoy!
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Hi Phil,

Sorry for the delay, somehow I was "unsubscribed" from this thread....that's fixed now!

A few things occurred to me while catching-up on your videos........

1) What welding process do you use for that thin sheet? I always find that so hard to do without burning thru.
Some of your joints on the galvanized ducts looked like you may have soldered them, but I know I saw a ground clamp in there too.

2) Here in Canada, insurance companies try to double your rates if you heat with wood, or drop you all together.
One guy has a wood stove in his detached garage that is over 50 feet from his house, but he could not get his house insurance renewed if he kept that wood stove. He told the insurance guys where to stuff their policies. (sure it was an old model woodstove, maybe early 1900's that was heating the house when he moved in.....think the old black stove pipe that wound thru nearly every room).

I can't imagine what they'd say about a home-made wood burner.....

Are things as bad there?
Perhaps you don't have that issue since your shop is a different property than your home.

3) It's great that your girls are seeing all this construction!
Even if they take no interest in it themselves, at least you'll be raising savve home owners that can talk directly to a contractor and not get swindled.
Or perhaps they'll get hooked and become trades-people themselves.....people can't outsource their masonry needs to China or India!

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Hi Brino,
I used mig to tack the flue up with a 1/2" tack every six inches or so, makes it very strong, and minimises the zinc poisoning! I use a large 200 amp three phase mig, which I find to be much more stable at low amperage settings, and much less tendency to burn through. I also have a Clarke single phase 160 amp mig, but the arc is not as smooth at lower settings (there is a BIG choke on the three phase one), and the more you turn it up, the better it works, maybe I have just got to be a better welder with all the practice I have been getting! I don't try to seam weld it, to much heat, and always burns through! I really need insulated flue, but it is so expensive, I will try for some second hand stuff. Ppl are lazy, put in a woodburner for all the right reasons, then can't be bothered with the upkeep, and more often try to burn wood that is unsuitable, or wet, or both, and give up, claiming that "woodburners dont get hot enougn". Thats where I move in and buy them up for peanuts!! With the internal ducting, I cover the joints with aluminium duct tape to make them airtight.

Insurance is similar here, VERY hard to get insurance for any form of workshop that uses any sort of naked flame, like a forge, or O/A, most of the garages now use induction heaters for rusted bolts etc, because of the insurance. The blacksmiths shop end of the workshop is not dry lined and the ceilings are plasterboard, with bare concrete block walls, so it is pretty fireproof, and all the sources of ignition are kept and used in there, including the woodburner. I think the traditional stovepipe heaters are more of a danger fron CO poisoning than fire, and in the UK the number of housefires we have today is vanishingly smal, but insurers will use any excuse to hike policies!

The girls used to be interested in what I was doing when they were younger, and still enjoy trips to see the workshop, but the eldest has just turned 18 and is doing A levels at college , wants to study biochemistry at uni, she has Aspergers, and is a bit of a worksholic when it comes to revision, and my youngest, now 15, also doing well at school, and wants to go into medicine, and eventually pathology! They are also good artists, and do enjoy making things, but they are so busy at the moment, that they get little time for practical work.
I am back at work Monday, for the continuing saga on the shower pump, I have new pump hoses to fit, and suspect (hope!) that our lack of gravity flow may have been caused by the valves not opening fully, We will see!
Thanks for your interest, and thanks for watching!
Phil
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Well I drained down, fitted the pump hoses, and no more leaks, as you would expect! The valves on these hoses are better than the old ones, as they have a positive stop at either end of 90 deg of movement, which means you KNOW when they are fully off and fully on, without trying to get the screwdriver slot aligned exactly!, Someone ought to tell the manufacturers that there is little point in makking a 22mm pump connector pipe to improve flow if it only has a 15mm hole through the valve and the end elbow!!! You really couldnt make it up could you!

So, Fitted the hoses, filled it up again, and it is worse! the pumped side only slightly, but the gravity hot water is hardly working at all, and I am beginning to wonder about loose scale build up in the bottom of the HWC as this would reduce the flow of hot water in both the gravity and the pumped sides, as it would slow the flow of cold into the bottom of the cylinder which forces the hot out for both systems. Now I fitted this tank several years ago, and cannot remember having any problems with flow then, so I may drain down again tomorrow, take out the immersion heater, and have a look, at least if there is no scale I can eliminate the possibility from my enquiries and if there is, drain the HWC and get the wet and dry vac in!
Phil
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Further to the above, took the immersion heater out, bottom of the tank has a little scale , but not anything like enough to interfere with water inlet., refitted immersion heater, and refilled the system, air locked again but cleared it by putting my thumb over the running hot taps and cutting then releasing the flow many times, and after lots of gurgling, we got good gravity flow at all the taps, and much better flow through the showers, and the pump now operated immediately the sink taps are opened, but is slow or doesnt come on with the showers, at least not reliably. Looked at the paperwork for the showers that have been fitted, and it appears that they may have "flow restrictors fitted for high pressure use". Next job will be to take these out if they are there, and also check and clean the inlet filters. Some of the showers are thermostatic, certainly "not reccomended" for pumped systems, so it may be that with clean filters and flow restrictors removed, they will allow enough flow to trigger the pump, its touch and go, and we may have to change them all for full flow non thermostatic types., but today we definitely "advanced a tech level".
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Hi Guys, below is part 2 of my workshop rebuild, the interionr of the "Chuch lane end", no video this week as I have been off with sinusitis, a thumping head and a stiff neck, but I am determined to go back next week, so it will probably snow!! like, subscribe and enjoy, any comments and questions welcome!
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Wow!
Some great progress there.

I agree about painting I find it tedious. However, if sure does make things look clean and bright.

Nice work Phil!

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One of my thinsulate hats is still covered in white emulsion, I did it all with a roller on a pole, and stained all the woodwork!
 

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Hi Guys, part 3 of the workshop rebuild series, actually in the workshop itself. Still quite intensive, but not as difficult or time consuming as the Church lane end. Enjoy, like, subscribe, and be amazed that I actually completed it without having a complete meltdown!!

 

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Phil, another great bunch of progress.
Congratulations!
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Thanks Brino, it all makes a lot more sense if you watch the workshop tour video (which you probably have) but you can see the work that has been completed, and apart from some mods and fine tuning, it is alll working very well! Thanks for your comments, just passed 100 subs, and have stayed there this time! If you look at the pic below, and refer to the last few pics in the slideshow, all the buildings on the left have been demolished, apart from the furthest, but the telephone pole is still in the same place. The brick wall beyond the wall I repaired was the back wall of these buildings. Pic below taken sometime in the 1920's or maybe a bit later.
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Hi Chaps, having mainly recovered from my Lurgi, I am back at work on "light duties" so in the last couple of days, I have been building the new straight flue to try and cure the forge smoking problem. I have built a coupler/ hinge to join the new flue to the old one, and to install and maintain the flue extractor, and so that I can lower the flue in windy weather, as we do get a lot of wind in winter and early spring. There is also a slideshow of rebuilding and upgrading my BEN patents air compressor. Like, comment, subscribe if you want, but above all, Enjoy!!
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Hi chaps, got the flue finished and put up this week, and also included my ride home over the Yorkshire wolds, like, subscribe, and enjoy!
Phil
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Hi Phil

I found it interesting to see your country side, trees and birds....as well as your chimney project.
Thanks for sharing.

Do you have a cap that will go on when it's in the "storm" position?

I can certainly see why that section of road would be impassable, there's nothing to stop the snow drifting!

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Hi Brino, the countryside is in midwinter mode, so not all that interesting, I will do another in summer!. At the moment, the storm cap is a small stone slab, but there will be one that fixes to the pin and is curved to cover the open flue.
It is always drifting snow that blocks our roads, when we get snow at all. We used to get low pressure areas over northern europe which would funnel the wind from the steppes of Russia, over Scandinavia, and dump it all down the east coast of the UK. We used to get a bitingly cold noreaster come in, quickly followed by up to three weeks of snow, but that largely no longer happens, as the low pressure areas now seem to form in the north atlantic towards Greenland, and pile all the bad weather on to the west coast. They are down for snow and ice for the next three days, but it looks like the eastern side of the country will be OK. We have had storm Ciara come in over the west coast today with lots of trees down, high winds, and sheets of rain around midday, but it is quiet at the moment.
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We are now tightening out belts and braces, and getting ready for storm Dennis, due to hit the west coast of the UK friday night and looks to be at its worst Saturday midday, when I am supposed to be at Sheffield Uni with wife and daughter for the interview and open day. From the looks of the weather chart we won't be going!!
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Well here is an odd offering! have only been to the shop one day this week, as the weather has been very bad, and I am still a bit under it! Here is a job I did a few years ago on a Citroen 2cv, rebuilding the back end with new inner wings and boot floor. Beware of these cars! If you ever drive one, you will want one! They are so much fun, and dead easy to mend, but the downside is, they ROT! Not at all the car I would ever thought I would enjoy driving, just goes to show that performance isn't everything. Like comment subscribe, enjoy!
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Wow Phil, You put in more than a few hours there!

My favourite bit (picture and quote):
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Made me LoL!
I guess I have never owned a car that I felt was worth that kind of effort and cost to replace sooo much of the body.

Of course, I cannot even fit a vehicle into my 2-car garage workshop now.....

Thanks for sharing that.
-brino
 
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