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  • Another diversion, thanks to a friends kindness.

    I delivered a long promised project to a friend .
    He gave me a box containing several high quality dial gauges in mint condition.
    .I have used them to replace some cheapies which I used as poor mans readouts. They will move on to another friend.
    As my newly acquired ones are so very clean and unmarked I am left wondering whether there are any ways to easily and conveniently cover them while not actually being read
    I have been looking round the kitchen at jar lids( Wife is away at the moment)but have not found any I think fit the bill yet.
    The keyway adventure will continue soon.
    Any ideas folks?
    Regards David Powell

  • #2
    Why not just machine some plastic round stock to fit? Jim

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    • #3
      This would be a great project for a 3d printer. Some snap on face protectors.

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      • #4
        Maybe you're looking for something like a miniature tea cozy? Just an idea.
        I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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        • #5
          I generally will drape a shop rag gently over mine when the chips are really flying.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
            This would be a great project for a 3d printer. Some snap on face protectors.
            I second this, though it is slightly difficult to print things without owning a printer

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            • #7
              Originally posted by epicfail48 View Post

              I second this, though it is slightly difficult to print things without owning a printer
              That's true, I just felt this was a prime example to the age old question "Just what would I use a printer for". IMO they really shine for things like this. Sit down in the evening and model it up, slice it and print it. Wake up to a fresh baked item with your morning coffee.

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              • #8
                Hi David,

                What I do is get an old sock and cut the toe part off long enough to cover the dial gauge. I keep a couple around both the mill and the lathe. I have also grabbed them as a quick rag too.

                Always a single sock around the house.....

                TX
                Mr fixit for the family
                Chris

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                • #9
                  The new owner of my older quick change toolpost has a printer. Maybe he will help. Regards David Powell

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                  • #10
                    A walk through the dollar store has produced many cheap repurposing ideas for me in the past also.

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                    • #11
                      The you might check into scope covers for rifle scopes or if you need larger sizes look into spotting scope covers.

                      Hal

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by eKretz View Post
                        I generally will drape a shop rag gently over mine when the chips are really flying.
                        Thats what I usually do. Clean red shop towel, I might spray it with a rust inhibitor of your choice.

                        The rag, not the tool.. JR

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                        • #13
                          In the shop we used "caplugs" for all sorts of applications. Here's a link to the manufacturer:

                          https://www.caplugs.com/

                          Also available through McMaster:

                          https://www.mcmaster.com/protective-...pered-plugs-8/

                          They're not too expensive. Might be easier than trying to fabricate something.

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                          • #14
                            I use the cap from a paint spray can. Had to cut a small notch to clear the locking screw on the DI.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr Fixit View Post
                              Hi David,

                              What I do is get an old sock and cut the toe part off long enough to cover the dial gauge. I keep a couple around both the mill and the lathe. I have also grabbed them as a quick rag too.

                              Always a single sock around the house.....

                              TX
                              ....................
                              And that is nearly a guarantee that you will find the other one of the pair within 24 hours!
                              2730

                              Keep eye on ball.
                              Hashim Khan

                              Everything not impossible is compulsory

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