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The use of Plastic in Today's World


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Old 09-09-2019, 07:36:38 PM
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Yes well as many of you would be aware I have just recently returned from a trip to the Mid West. I daresay that you may have experienced a similar problem to that which I experienced. My motor home has a wind up TV antenna . This uses a plastic handle that is attached to a hex shaft .The handle has female hex and a male hex is held in place with 6mm grub screw . So it's steel to plastic ,not ideal ,tightening the grub screw stresses the female socket in the handle and it eventually fails as the photo shows.This happening was most annoying as I was looking forward to viewing the cricket ,bold and the beautiful ,the news etc . However I was able to overcome the problem by using a small ratchet wrench with a matching socket.
My point being that many items today are made of plastic ,a poor choice of a material that will stand up to use. I am now in the process of making a better handle using either brass or alluminium
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:02:46 PM
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Default Re: ''The use of plastic in today's world''

In today's world, that's what's called "Live Time" Plastic
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:04:06 PM
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on top of it being plastic,it looks PINK!
Metal would be such a wiser choice.But it might cost a few cents more to make.
Thus,you got plastic.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:39:18 PM
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If bold and the beautiful was on I’d smash the handle off so no one can switch it on.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:55:59 PM
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most everything is crap today, not built to last, designed that way, throwaway world...
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:56:05 PM
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The handle is the stress point. If it didn't break then something really expensive would have. Well that my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:36:22 AM
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Funny thing Winchester, we just got a new (to us anyway) motor home with one of those handles for aerial. Haven't used TV but gave the winder a burn and thought "that feels weak as p.ss". Didn't bust it though, the Missus was watching. --- Neil.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:33:44 AM
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Yes well Neil be careful ,the problem being that the hex shaft starts to slip in the hex socket of the handle ....of course you then want to tighten the grub screw this splits the bloody plastic . So take my advice and make a metal handle . Otherwise you may be stuck out in the bush wanting to watch the ''Bold and the Beautiful''.
I can not understand Darryl's reaction , the B and the B is a slice of life in the USA.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:38:10 AM
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Daryl, is bold & b still going? Christ, the cast must be old now if it is. I reckon if one of those 5 minute marriage B S shows they have now was on, the telly would be in danger. Only ever seen the shorts on telly, but how can people be so naive to watch that stuff? -Neil.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:17:15 AM
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If you are on the road in a "motorhome", "caravan", "camper trailer" or whatever RIP THE ***** handle off and throw it over your left shoulder along with the ***** TV and enjoy the country !!!!! (much nicer)
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:26:24 AM
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Simply a case of the engineer not knowing what plastic to spec out a glass filled lexon is stronger than aluminum and cost w penny's more than the cheap junk
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:56:58 PM
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I worked for a manufacturer where a coworker got a bonus by taking 1/2 cent out of a 2 cent plastic part just by making a little "nick" in it. Quality went down a bit while we made 2 million of the parts a year. The company uses that part at about 2 million a year and has since 1975. The injection molding machine is dedicated to making this one part. When the die gets damaged they block off the damaged cavity but at some point the machine can't keep up with the demand. Even shutting it down for a repair and they fall behind.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:50:14 PM
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Back in the early 1970s, auto manufacturers began replacing zinc handles with plactic. next came trim and grillwork. Now everything is crappy plastic. Even if the chrome peeled off a zinc handle, it would still work.
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Your not having a good run are you Mr Goose. First the breakdown of the camper when you first got it, then the bingle and now the aerial handle breaking. Oh well. At least thing usually happen in 3's don't they?
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the problem being that the hex shaft starts to slip in the hex socket of the handle ....of course you then want to tighten the grub screw this splits the bloody plastic
Maybe there's something else wrong causing the hex in the handle to slip? Something like a sticky shaft or maybe there's a flock of magpies sitting on the aerial having a poo on your solar panel?
Please take pictures of the new handle Mr Goose. Also let us know what the cost of the brass or aluminium to make the new handle was.

Oi Interbloke. I was on a motorcycle holiday years ago and traveling up the guts to Darwin and I pulled over in a road side stop to have a camp. I had to leave. The noise of all the gensets just got to me. Here they were in the middle of woop-woop with the sun going down and everyone was inside in the AC with the telly on. Not one person outside enjoying a cold beer while looking at the sunset or even having a yarn to other 'campers'. I suppose it was hard to enjoy the serenity with all those Hondas plugging along and that was why everyone was inside. Quiet my @rse.
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AND, California says it's not fit for straws!
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Simply a case of the engineer not knowing what plastic to spec out a glass filled lexon is stronger than aluminum and cost w penny's more than the cheap junk
Yes well I quite agree GRR is far superior . A good example of cheap material are star picket caps , they always split
Would some one please explain to scott that he is on my ignore list and it is a waste of his time addressing any of his stupid and ill informed comments to me, if he has anything of note PM me.
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I would suggest that you service the antenna as per instructions. This is possibly the reason the handle broke as it is or should be mounted inside and on the ceiling it would be unlikely that it has been effected by UV light. So it seems stress was the reason for failing. every 12 months at least you are suppose to 'service' the antenna so that this doesn't happen.
Silicon spray is what you need and is what is recommended to service it.
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Yes well I quite agree GRR is far superior . A good example of cheap material are star picket caps , they always split
Would some one please explain to scott that he is on my ignore list and it is a waste of his time addressing any of his stupid and ill informed comments to me, if he has anything of note PM me.
I’ll do it ! Scotty, you are on Winchester’s ignore list and it is a waste of time addressing any of your stupid and ill informed comments to Winchester, if you have anything of note PM him.
There, another good deed done today Scotty.
Hang on, you can see Winchester’s post anyway.
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I’ll do it ! Scotty, you are on Winchester’s ignore list and it is a waste of time addressing any of your stupid and ill informed comments to Winchester, if you have anything of note PM him.
There, another good deed done today Scotty.
Hang on, you can see Winchester’s post anyway.
Yes well thank you Darryl,I hope he takes heed .
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Deleted my post, should have kept my yap shut !!! Was taking the thread in an entirely wrong direction, SORRY !

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