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    Can I please request that the administrators...

    Can I please request that the administrators delete my account and related details... I really don't want to be associated with a forum with these values.
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    I don't think I could offer that finish to my...

    I don't think I could offer that finish to my clients, I don't know about others...? Really good cold joints are very difficult.
  3. Thread: Help with gaps

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    So many questions! Solder mesh (wig)... I...

    So many questions!

    Solder mesh (wig)... I don't like them and don't use them.

    Propping... break a couple of bits off your soldering block, just by hand or saw it off (it's very soft). You've...
  4. Thread: Mind the Gap

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    Mind the Gap

    A recent discussion about fit when soldering raised some questions in my mind and niggled at some half-remembered advice.

    Although it is true that in general it is difficult to achieve a fit too...
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    There's nothing like getting a really tight fit...

    There's nothing like getting a really tight fit between components to avoid gaps. If necessary introduce very thin fillets of silver to fill hairline gaps. Failure to do perfect preparation usually...
  6. Britannia silver is a bit harder than sterling,...

    Britannia silver is a bit harder than sterling, but not that much... have you had a good close look at those hallmarks? Are you getting any cracking of the metal as you form it or is it quite ductile...
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    I don't know... Oppi doesn't hold your hand but a...

    I don't know... Oppi doesn't hold your hand but a capable beginner would find much inspiration in that book! I did!

    I don't have Brepohl's book... obviously I've ordered it now! We should give a...
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    Is Untracht ...

    Is Untracht absolutely out of fashion now? Just asking!
  9. Thread: Setting burrs

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    Ah, Dennis' words are wise. But you need to...

    Ah, Dennis' words are wise.

    But you need to find a way of trying out a graver to see if it suits you. If you don't know anyone or anywhere you can borrow one but have 15 burning a hole in your...
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    I'm not so keen on handles for my needle files...

    I'm not so keen on handles for my needle files and I don't know anyone who uses them. Might I also recommend the rather nice cut 4 needle files from Cookies (976 150) as leaving a better finish for...
  11. Thread: Price of Sterling

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    Inspirational Dennis! Anyone else up for a...

    Inspirational Dennis! Anyone else up for a found-materials challenge?
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    Price of Sterling

    I didn't think it would happen... I've just had a quote turned down on the price of the sterling alone. From now on it's small pieces only...
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    At the risk of finding myself 'moderated' again,...

    At the risk of finding myself 'moderated' again, the only UK supplier I know for the jointing file is Walsh: http://www.hswalsh.com/Needle_File_.aspx?i=TF8132&c=248

    The 4 cut one is nice and I...
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    So... couldn't a php ace tinker a little with the...

    So... couldn't a php ace tinker a little with the criteria, perhaps based on number of posts?
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    Moderating rules...

    Can someone clarify why some of our posts are hanging waiting for moderators? I notice that two of our most valuable contributors (Dennis & James) have had posts blocked pending approval?

    It would...
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    Hinges are tricky; stick with it. 3mm is larger...

    Hinges are tricky; stick with it. 3mm is larger than any of the hinges I make; it's not about size, it will be all the other usual suspects: cleanliness, heat & fit. One of the most difficult things...
  17. Thread: Sparkly things

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    Ah, just the edges of the file are smooth!...

    Ah, just the edges of the file are smooth! Brilliant idea!

    Thanks you!

    Joe
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    Oh Dennis, can you share a picture of your...

    Oh Dennis, can you share a picture of your modified file?

    I'm getting quite a dab-hand with my flat-graver finishing the edges of settings, but a super-safe-edged file sounds very handy...
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    Ditto!! The small one has been out of stock...

    Ditto!!

    The small one has been out of stock for months though, they keep moving the "stock Expected" date forward every few weeks...

    They also sell them here...
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    Guillotine:...

    Guillotine: http://www.stakesys.co.uk/product/3_in_1_machine/

    Bench Shears: http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/cps200-metal-shears
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    Aligning the rollers is both easy and difficult!...

    Aligning the rollers is both easy and difficult!

    It really just amounts to getting both sides the same distance apart. If you remove the central handle ( the one that makes it tighter or looser)...
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    There are two directions of curve reflecting the...

    There are two directions of curve reflecting the two different responses.

    Dennis is talking about curving in the up & down direction (which is probably what you're experiencing) and his advice is...
  23. Thread: Solder paste

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    The blunt ones are called "dispensing needles" if...

    The blunt ones are called "dispensing needles" if you're searching for them: http://www.mehodeelectronics.com/p61/20_Gauge_0.5_Inch_-_Blunt_Dispensing_Needles_-_Luer_Lock/product_info.html or the...
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    The noteworthy rises in the price of gold...

    The noteworthy rises in the price of gold indicate an increase in demand, but not for jewellery. All of that demand is from speculators and people seeking secure currency. In fact, the high price has...
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    "Would you rather"... reductionist questions are...

    "Would you rather"... reductionist questions are the grist of marketing companies and politicians. Whenever I hear that sort of question, I imagine Peter Mandelson setting it to get the right vibe.
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