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    12-18-2014, 11:13 PM
    The cover over the opto housing is (I think) light proof. I'll double check the 5V source but I think it's OK; I use a re-purposed PC power supply...
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    12-18-2014, 10:16 PM
    That's where I started with the idea but worries about cable plug/wear/oil ingress over the long term had me mounting it semi-permanently to the back...
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    12-18-2014, 07:56 PM
    Thanks Paul, I think I've had problems with the effects of the putrid gallbladder for quite a while...possibly 6 months. I haven't felt right and my...
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    12-18-2014, 02:57 PM
    As you can tell, I'm not much of an electronics expert. There is no p/n on the sensor itself (that I can see) to get specs online and the seller...
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    12-17-2014, 08:00 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread Hi guys in General
    Like a ray of sunshine seeing a post from you Evan! Thanks for taking the time & effort to check in.:)
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    12-14-2014, 12:17 PM
    Thanks S/G. By aperture size were you asking about the width of the sensor gap? If so it's 3/16" or a bit less than 5mm. The diameter of my probe...
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    12-13-2014, 02:36 PM
    Iím finally feeling much better after getting my rotten gall bladder jerked out and made it out to the shop this morning to finish up this project...
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    12-11-2014, 10:38 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread shop edm in Digital Machinist
    It's amazing that your machine is able to make all those multitude of on-the-fly changes at this early stage of your refurbishment process without...
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    12-11-2014, 08:00 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread More on stepper motors? in General
    That's a pretty stout stepper motor. Probably Nema 23 and good enough for a small X-2/X-3 size mill. I like lower power motors for my stuff 'cuz I...
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    12-11-2014, 01:01 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread shop edm in Digital Machinist
    That's a wonderful result! You gotta be "riding tall in the saddle" now. Congrats! There's probably a lot of similar type machines covered in dust...
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    12-07-2014, 10:39 AM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread shop edm in Digital Machinist
    I wish I was knowledgeable enough to make even a slightly helpful comment on your project but alas, 'tain't so. I just wanted to say thanks for...
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    12-02-2014, 03:02 PM
    No way Jose, I'm savin' 'em for my next back episode! Funny, I've taken them on & off for years when the back gets really bad and had no odd side...
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    12-02-2014, 09:43 AM
    Back again, thanks for all the helpful comments. Not sure what's goin' on but I'm having a rough time. The physical side seems to be doing as...
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    12-01-2014, 07:28 PM
    It started with abdominal pain, upper center last Tuesday. It got better the next day for a while but I didn't feel well at all. Had a miserable...
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    11-14-2014, 07:22 AM
    All Jaguar XJ's since 2004, Range Rovers since 2013 and Range Rover Sports since 2014 are aluminum. They are glued & riveted (self-piercing rivets)...
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    11-11-2014, 10:45 AM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread O.T. Cat litter buckets in General
    I use them for dry storage of seldom used tooling, ie: angle table, spindexer, big v-blocks, extra chucks, etc. I throw in those little dessicant...
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    11-10-2014, 10:26 AM
    Last time we had a power outage I just used my cheapo Harbor Freight 12V/120V power inverter. I think it's 1000w or thereabouts. I just snagged the...
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    11-10-2014, 10:06 AM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread Hemingway Kits (UK) in General
    Don't forget piccolos.;) Shame about saxophones though.;(
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    11-05-2014, 06:35 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread Haas Sim in Digital Machinist
    Can't you just change the file extension from .txt to .nc?
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    10-30-2014, 11:24 PM
    Here's what I did a few years ago. The gears are stored out of the muck & mire plus changing setups is easier....
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    10-25-2014, 12:58 PM
    Thanks for the link M_C; I just educated myself a bit on the UC100. I got all excited about updating my PP driven lathe when I saw that it allows...
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    10-24-2014, 10:33 PM
    Looks like that board needs an external power supply or can use a USB connection for its 5VDC power. It has to connect to your PC via a parallel...
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    10-20-2014, 12:10 PM
    Easy-peasy! Search high & low for a used CNC lathe with no electronics; get it home to the shop finally; spend 2 years cobbling up various widgets &...
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    10-18-2014, 08:20 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread Score! in General
    Am I the only one that wants to hear "The Rest Of The Story?" Paul Harvey's gone so you'll hafta tell it;) Great score by the way; lucky you!
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    10-06-2014, 02:22 PM
    Almost 20 years ago I built some shelves for SWMBO's pantry & painted them to match the wall color. I covered them with clear sticky-back shelf...
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    10-05-2014, 09:20 PM
    DICKEYBIRD replied to a thread Laser cutter building in General
    By "popular cnc site" I presume you're referring to the CNCZone? Hard work unless you use Firefox with the ad block plug-in. Take a look over on...
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