Stu’s Shed on YouTube

Most probably don’t know, but I have a couple of the videos from here also on YouTube as a bit of a trial I’ve been running over the past year or so.

In the past, I’ve had suggestions that my videos are too long, and could be trimmed down substantially (YouTube has a maximum length of 10 minutes), but if you took one of mine and removed everything that wasn’t poignant to the central message, I’m not sure if there would be anything left at all!

If and when I find some more time, I may chop and upload a few more there, but the long and the short of it, is to get the full video, you would still need to source it either through Stu’s Shed TV, or though the iTunes podcast anyway.

I’ve also been wondering if a Facebook page would be useful, but again – I can’t quite understand the benefit of Facebook versus what we already do here (and there is already 2 way communication happening here quite successfully).  If anyone has a particular opinion on the benefits (or otherwise), let me know.  Otherwise, it is the status quo around here!

More on Dust Collection

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and reading on the topic over the course of the day, and the amount of information out there is huge, somewhat conflicting, and the bottom line on it, is the problem is not particularly straightforward.  So much for finding a simple answer.

Some of the things I have been determining are:

a large pipe size for the main trunk line would be best.  Whether I am prepared to increase the size of the pipe run I currently have is a difficult question.  There is a definite cost element there, although the pipe I have could be redeployed to a water catchment system I have wanted to do for ages, so that may be an option.

the flexible pipe that is typically sold for dust extraction is really inappropriate for long runs, and at best should only be used (as I have) between the machine and the main trunk line.  It is not smooth inside, so that dramatically increases the friction in the pipe, significantly affecting performance.

the flexible section I was using at the end of the main trunk to connect to the DC is a bad idea, so moving the DC is probably the most sensible, and perhaps erecting some noise damping is the best compromise.

keeping the pleated filter as clean as possible will really affect collection performance.

you can overdo the amount the motor can pull – in other words, if you run the collector pulling too much air (too large a pipe, and/or venting without collecting, you can result in the motor drawing too many amps and burning out.  Still getting my head around that one – something is not quite clicking on the logic states.

World distribution of Stu’s Shed readers

As you can see on the right hand side, I have found a cute plotting map that gives an indication of distribution of readers (which updates every 24 hours).  It appears to only take a sample of site visitors (around 30%), but it gives an interesting look at just where everyone is! (Update – it also looks at one address I provided, but as the site has more than one, it is missing a significant portion of the overall site visitors.  That’s ok, because I am not relying on it as a visitor counter (I have much more accurate ones of those), but just as a bit of interest to see where people are visiting from).

Conquering the World

Conquering the World

It is like playing Risk

Your Move Mr Bond

Your Move Mr Bond


Entering Endgame

Looking more like chickenpox!

Looking more like chickenpox!

Country distribution is currently thus:

United States (US) 2,233
Australia (AU) 2,183
United Kingdom (GB) 307
Canada (CA) 269
New Zealand (NZ) 73
Russian Federation (RU) 35
South Africa (ZA) 34
Belgium (BE) 29
Netherlands (NL) 25
Ireland (IE) 24
France (FR) 22
Japan (JP) 22
India (IN) 21
Italy (IT) 18
Denmark (DK) 17
Germany (DE) 16
Mexico (MX) 15
Finland (FI) 15
Brazil (BR) 14
Argentina (AR) 13
Sweden (SE) 12
Israel (IL) 10
Malaysia (MY) 10
Bulgaria (BG) 10
Spain (ES) 9
Turkey (TR) 9
Croatia (HR) 9
Norway (NO) 8
Poland (PL) 7
Greece (GR) 7
Cyprus (CY) 6
Iran, Islamic Republic of (IR) 6
Colombia (CO) 6
Philippines (PH) 5
Thailand (TH) 5
Indonesia (ID) 5
Saudi Arabia (SA) 5
Hungary (HU) 5
Trinidad and Tobago (TT) 5
Portugal (PT) 5
Brunei Darussalam (BN) 4
Lithuania (LT) 4
Singapore (SG) 4
Taiwan (TW) 4
Pakistan (PK) 4
Chile (CL) 4
Europe (EU) 3
Iceland (IS) 3
Slovenia (SI) 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA) 3
Serbia (RS) 3
Slovakia (SK) 3
Czech Republic (CZ) 3
Romania (RO) 3
Peru (PE) 3
Egypt (EG) 3
Estonia (EE) 3
Hong Kong (HK) 3
United Arab Emirates (AE) 3
Kazakstan (KZ) 2
Switzerland (CH) 2
Belarus (BY) 2
Sri Lanka (LK) 2
Jordan (JO) 2
Kuwait (KW) 2
Vietnam (VN) 2
Korea, Republic of (KR) 2
Barbados (BB) 2
Costa Rica (CR) 2
Puerto Rico (PR) 2
Panama (PA) 2
Fiji (FJ) 1
Jamaica (JM) 1
Mauritius (MU) 1
Latvia (LV) 1
Netherlands Antilles (AN) 1
Ethiopia (ET) 1
Mozambique (MZ) 1
Saint Kitts and Nevis (KN) 1
Bermuda (BM) 1
Mongolia (MN) 1
Guyana (GY) 1
Austria (AT) 1
Georgia (GE) 1
Venezuela (VE) 1
Cote D’Ivoire (CI) 1
Macedonia (MK) 1
Saint Lucia (LC) 1
Ukraine (UA) 1
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (LY) 1
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