The Micrometer

A two-monthly review of the engineering of time

Issue 13   September - October 2018

 

An 18th Century clock

     Included as a download is the first of a two-part description of a service to an 18th Century verge mantel clock of Austro-Hungarian provenance.  The clock was mentioned briefly in the editorial pages of the January 2017 issue of The Micrometer but a recent request for information suggested an  expanded pdf version might be of interest.

 

Domestic repairs

     I make no apology for including a brief item on domestic installation and  repairs such as the consumer unit mentioned in the July issue of The Micrometer, if only to show that the attention to detail and finish is equally important in all walks of one's engineering life.  And so this time I include an item involving plumbing, which in reality, like electrical work, requires one to major on issues anything other than pipework.

     Perhaps most important to me as a former Naval Constructor is the regular clipping of both pipework and cabling to joists, etc. as I do think yards of unsupported pipe (or cable) is asking for trouble.  As I mentioned in the July issue, my aim is a 'London Underground' style for the runs, with pipes and cables generally clipped to joists or walls at every 18 inches (500 mm) or so.

     For hot and cold water supply pipework I still use copper bent with a spring pipe bender, using 'Yorkshire' soft soldered couplings where access is easy and there is no fire risk from adjacent materials.  For this a Sievert self-blowing torch is ideal, and having two 6 kg LPG bottles stored in accordance with the regulations (maximum 15 kg in a workshop with adjacent residential occupancy) means that if the first bottle runs out, one can continue work with the second without breaking off to visit your stockist.

 

Guy Gibbons

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The Micrometer

A two-monthly review of the engineering of time

Issue 13   September - October 2018

The Micrometer

A two-monthly review of the engineering of time

Issue 13   September - October 2018

Copyright (c) 2018  G E Gibbons        If you do not see the updated pages you expect, try again after by-passing or clearing your browser cache.  Guidance is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bypass_your_cache