A friend in Sussex is chucking out a vast amount of bar stock in various
sizes which I've only just found out about. He's already weighed in over a
ton of mild steel for a paltry £70 a ton at the scrappies. Drat. I'm trying
to find out what's left and see if he'll keep it for a bit longer but he
badly needs that room cleared.
Next stuff to go will be a ton or so of 316 stainless bar stock which is
worth a lot at the scrappies but maybe more to someone on here. Also there's
some Hasteloy, Inconel, Phosphor Bronze and various other stuff including
EN24 and EN32 which I'm trying to get him to list out for me.
Does any of the above sound useful to anyone? Got a particular bar stock
need which I can ask him about?
I've grown to quite like working with EN24 and could probably find a use for a
few lengths of Phosphor Bronze and any 400 series stainless. Cast iron is
always useful. Can't think of a use for EN32 though...
Can only cope with middled lengths in the Metro unless anyone else needs
enough to make a Transit trip worthwhile. If so, could cut down to car sized
lengths and re-distribute at the Midlands model engineering show :-)
Hello chaps, I have been having problems with my ISP recently and only
just caught up with this thread. I'd be interested in a selection of
En24 & 32 and some bronze, probably some machinable mild steel as well
if it's there.
Burgess Hill is not a million miles off some of my semi regular routes
and I have got an ugly old 1 1/2ton trailer I'm happy to load with
whatever is required if it helps get it before the scrappie.
I'd be interested in any Inconel or Hastelloy that's going, mainly
because it's hard to get at non-silly prices.
Also looking for some 80mm/3" dia EN24/EN32 or similar, about 350mm.
-- Peter Fairbrother
I could find a use for EN24 and phosphor bronze and if there's any there,
some cast iron would be handy. I'd be happy to arrange transport along with
any others interested as I can't really move this in my car (unless they're
short lengths that fit in the boot).
Like many of the others, I would be interested in some EN24 in any sizes
up to 3" dia, and in some 316 SS, inconel and PB.
I live in SE London, so Burgess Hill is not too far away, but I'd need
to get my wife to drive me as I am currently unable to drive (lost right
leg, waiting for prosthesis). On the other hand, as I won't be able to
use my workshop for a few weeks, I don't mind offering space for a
temporary lay-down area, so if your friend really needs to get the stuff
out quickly we could use my space as a pick-up point. Would need
something more than a saloon car to move that much stuff though, and I'm
not in a position to do that right now...
I also have a power hacksaw if any of the pick-ups need size reducing to
Thanks for the sentiment, Peter. The rest of me is OK as far as I know
apart from the other leg, as described below.
I had some gradually worsening circulation problems in my lower legs
(both) over the last 10 years - turned out a couple of the arteries
there had gradually blocked up. Then 8 weeks ago my right leg just
packed up - the superficial femoral artery (the one that takes blood
below the knee) was completely blocked. A heroic attempted double
by-pass failed, leaving me with an almost dead foot - there are worse
things in life than losing a leg, and that's one of them! Eventually I
had to lose the right leg above the knee, but my prosthetic leg is now
ready and I'm learning to walk again.
Anyone else in the group with similar problems? Would like to compare
notes on how it affects workshop use.
And, for anyone else suffering from numb feet, *get it looked at - now*.
I had already made moves to get my symptoms checked out, but the glacial
pace of the NHS for non-emergency referrals meant my scan was scheduled
for 10 days after this blew up, and in fact the day before my first op.
Everyone reads a lot about DVTs, but, as the vascular registrar said to
me, vein problems usually sort themselves out, but artery problems are
I do have to go back in for a by-pass on the left leg in a couple of
months, to avoid the same thing happening to that as well. Turns out I
had aneurysms in several arteries, something I inherited from my mother
- there is apparently a strong genetic element in this; aneurysms are
very prone to causing blockages if left unattended.
Crikey! I'd not have guessed from your posts. My commiserations.
I haven't lost a leg, so can't give much in the way of direct experience
- but I have lost several fingers and parts of fingers, and have other
damage to my hands, eg neither thumb works properly, so I can talk from
experience more generally.
In a way damage to hands is perhaps worse, as it's a much more visible
injury, and people stare - though not as much as at people with
disfigured faces. You get used to that though, after a while you just
ignore it completely unless someone, usually a child, asks.
I have never minded children asking (or even polite adults asking, it's
natural to be curious about these things) - it was the reaction of
adults, telling the child not to stare/be so rude/whatever, which used
to annoy and sometimes embarrass me. But it doesn't seem to happen
nowadays - I ignore it, to the extent that I seldom even think of it,
and to a large extent people don't even notice any more.
Your attitude is more important than theirs - if you ignore it, other
people will usually ignore it too.
A slight limp however is not very noticeable or unusual, and I don't
think people will notice at all, or remember, after a short time.
Quite recently my sister asked me to do a job which was obviously for
the ten-fingered only - she had forgotten I don't have ten fingers
(despite the injuries to my hands I often get asked to pull splinters
out, change plugs, and do other fiddly jobs, as I'm better than most at
them - the partial lack of dexterity and touch sensation is made up for
by learned good hand-eye coordination, and knowing more about hands work
than most people do).
There will be some things you can never do again - for instance I can
never play the Bagpipes again properly, I don't know whether that is a
curse or a blessing though. I don't think you could be an Olympic runner
now (except maybe in the paralympics, which you just got the initial
qualification for - you have only to work on a qualifying time now :)
These impossible things however are rare indeed, and almost everything
will still be possible.
More so of course if you are "determined", though I don't know whether
determination or willpower (or bravery - people said I was brave, which
was nice but completely untrue, even bewildering) really comes into it.
A little bravery and determination can help with the initial healing,
but once the pain is gone it's mostly irrelevant - a little ingenuity is
far more useful.
It's more a question of whether you sink in a cycle of self-pity and
self-doubt or not - you are left with a choice, either you just try and
do it, when you will almost always eventually succeed; or you feel sorry
for yourself. And while you can feel sorry for yourself for a time, it
gets awfully boring.
If you realise that, willpower and/or determination aren't involved any
more, you just get on with things. At any rate it was that way for me,
much easier than giving up ciggies. I don't think you will have a
problem with this, you don't seem the type.
I don't think you will have much difficulty in a workshop either. Maybe
get a stool until the stump heals and hardens, and some levers or
whatnot for moving heavy things around?
-- Peter Fairbrother
I nearly went down the pub last Friday leaving my false eye in the
bathroom (take it out when showering to give the socket a good wash).
It seemed to be itching, and when I rubbed it it wasn't there!!!! Now
that would have given them something to talk about <G>
ps Dave I'll have that hardness tester back soon as the workshop is
now coming together
.. and I've lost count of the ?40 broken ribs and the ?7 concussions;
plus the broken arm/wrist which took 20 months in plaster, the broken
shinbone, cheekbone, base-of-brain (twice), the little broken bone in my
foot which still hasn't healed 40 years later ..
.. admittedly almost all these were at least partly self-inflicted, in
that while sometimes other people did the actual injury, if I hadn't put
myself in what I knew was a dangerous situation ..
.. one of the base-of-brain fractures wasn't my fault though, a case of
mistaken identity. And I don't feel in any way responsible for a few of
the broken ribs, or the bone in my foot either.
Or the cut-off nose (now replaced almost invisibly - my Dad did that, by
mistake, with a china rose, when I was about 6 - it was originally stuck
back on with sellotape). Broken it a few times since then though.
Is this typical? Anyone else here have that number of injuries?
A full and exciting life is one thing, but ...
I can't think when I have ever injured anyone else with my
"recklessness" though, other than a small burn to a finger once, and a
few non-physical injuries I won't mention here. Thank goodness.
I nearly did worse once - I threw a knife between my girlfriend's hair
and her ear. I was pretty good with knives then, but really, that wasn't
safe (she didn't mind, but the Hell's Angels bikers who were there did).
I didn't do it again.
I'm trying for quiet times now. Rocketry notwithstanding; I understand
rocketry somewhat, and I know and understand that I don't understand it
-- Peter Fairbrother
ps, apropos nothing at all: I used to work with phocomelic (no arms or
legs, or only parts of them) Thalidomide kids (they were about 4-6) when
I was 14 and stuck in hospital. They were brilliant!
Also my once-flatmate works with the congenitally-blind-and-deaf, they
are !Trouble!- in the pub. :) (she talks to them by touching their
hands, a bit like sign language by touch - I only know a few of the rude
but the stories probably belong in a blog or somewhere, and not here.
Probably like this post.
On Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:30:22 +0100, Peter Fairbrother
I'll see your three broken vertebrae and two gunshot wounds, and
I'll raise you a missing index finger (gunshot), two numb feet (chemical
poisoning), a double incisional hernia and half a liver.
Hold 'em or fold 'em kid!
Chris Edwards (in deepest Dorset) "....there *must* be an easier way!"
No problem - well, apart from the fact that (at least in the next few
weeks) I'll have to persuade my wife she really wants to visit that part
of the world!. Just e-mail me details of how to find you and I'll get
down there asap - let me know if it is urgent.
No hurry - wait 'till you are mobile. But then if Douglas Bader could
climb back into his little MG with a walking stick for the clutch
pedal, maybe it won't be too long in a modern automatic !
I wish you a speedy recovery
Thanks very much for the above advice (and the sentiments). No, I don't
intend to wallow, just get on with it. Oddly, the hardest thing was
coming out of hospital 10 days ago. From being a patient (and more
mobile than almost all the others despite being in a wheelchair) and
with nothing available that I wanted to do, to being someone of limited
mobility at home, with a thousand things I wanted to do but couldn't,
took some adjustment. I just decided it was a challenge to expand the
envelope every day.
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