Yes, I made our small front gate to close that offset hinge way for many years, but it was kind of annoying that it would wang shut and then bounce several times before coming to rest. We now have a damped closer but that doesn't help with the rising requirement - unless you combine both ideas.
Thanks for the tip - I think my hacksaw blades are pretty fine, otherwise I have a junior hacksaw with even finer blades.
Do you think I need to worry about them falling once the sun has been at them for a few years?
The pigeons around our house seem to have got into the habit of hanging their backsides over the gutter and cr@pping on the patio furniture - the Mrs isn’t happy!
I have absolutely loads of old bike spokes left from re-rimming wheels but life is too short. I've just been looking at the bird...
A couple of spools and a few other bits and pieces and you get up to £50 for free delivery from IFL. I just ordered two spools of 1mm wire and topped up to exactly £50 with flap wheels - I will always get through them.
I don’t think you will get the reliability and dependability of a transformer machine from any inverter you might replace it with – transformers all the way for me now – MIG and TIG. Not a problem as long as you have space and don't need to lug it around.
Maybe later ones did - mine didn't. I opened it up not so long ago - no capacitors, in fact the main thing I noticed inside was dust! Great machine though - it served me very well. Most of the work I used it for was 1.5mm upwards.
There was a thread on the topic of retro-fitting capacitors to Portamigs on here some time ago (maybe several years ago now!) - the conclusion was the same.
Lockdown boredom finally had me bite the bullet and upgrade to a bigger Tec Arc machine with capacitors and a four roll wirefeed. I think...
I made my workshop doors from steel – 40 by 40 box section frame, a few cross pieces and then skinned with something like 1.5mm sheet. Steel doors wouldn’t have the same appearance as your old ones, but they are very sturdy and never swell or warp. I guess they are 13 or 14 years old now – I...
When I bought my Portamig 13 or so years ago Steve at Weldequip tipped me off that you had to go to the 215 machine to get the 'chunky contactor' (as opposed to a PCB mounted afair). Incidentally, I hammered my 215 (now sold on) until a few weeks ago and never had a single problem with it :-).
I don't know but I should find out next week when my new machine turns up! People say the caps make the arc smoother. I have read various threads on adding capacitors to exisiting machines and there was even a discussion on retro fitting caps to the older Portamigs, but I think it was...
A useful comparison of the various Tec Arc machines from MetalMonkey (originally posted in May):
I looked into the ins and outs when i bought my 270-1
Apart from the colour, Portamig and Tecarc (also Britarc) are side loading machines, Oxford...