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by liveaboard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Buy Acetylene Outfit for Both Acetylene and Propane?
Replies: 48
Views: 4191

Re: Buy Acetylene Outfit for Both Acetylene and Propane?

Acetylene is much nicer to use; if someone else is paying for it.
I use propane + oxygen for heating, cutting, and brazing.
by liveaboard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 33
Views: 750

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

The answer is simple; level the lathe in a spot where stock can extend outwards, if necessary, through a window or door.

Make the mill mobile.
by liveaboard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electrical wiring in the home shop.
Replies: 27
Views: 410

Re: Electrical wiring in the home shop.

You Americans would be shocked [hopefully not literally so] to see Euro installations. 220v, 380V all in plastic. Plastic tube with loose wires or multi-wire cables, plastic junction boxes, plastic breaker boxes. Even in industrial shops. Metal conduit! Yikes, what a hassle. You might expect there t...
by liveaboard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Torx bits
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Torx bits

They're standard things, get them from wherever you buy tools.
Get good ones from wherever you buy good tools.
by liveaboard
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 33
Views: 750

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

Machinist I knew in India had a window with a grill over it, had a ring set in that lined up with the headstock bore.
I suppose you could do that with the tailstock end too.
by liveaboard
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place
Replies: 19
Views: 492

Re: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place

I have no threading dial; I'm a reverser. It's like everything, it takes a little practice. Whenever possible I have an end groove the depth of the thread. I shut off the power and pull the tool out with a quick turn of the cross slide wheel. Sometimes, when things are tight, I reverse for a moment ...
by liveaboard
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BIG bed planer
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: BIG bed planer

I told my wife I bought a new bed.
She said she likes the old bed.
Ok, I said, I'll just put it in the workshop...
by liveaboard
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steel plate identification
Replies: 22
Views: 1124

Re: Steel plate identification

I once made a compressor bracket for a diesel engine from some hard brittle scrapyard plate like that; it cracked. I welded and gusseted it, it cracked again.
I would suggest getting some other material for your transmission mounts.
by liveaboard
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts
Replies: 27
Views: 1915

Re: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts

I used a 2 post lift like that when I worked in a car repair garage long ago; great things but they need a lot of space. I don't think they'd be much good for things other than cars. And even for cars, only useful when you're working below, and in the way the rest of the time. It wouldn't lift my tr...
by liveaboard
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrading Harbor Freight 20-ton Press to Air
Replies: 34
Views: 2777

Re: Upgrading Harbor Freight 20-ton Press to Air

I had a look for a second, high volume pump; the ones I found cost more than the rest of the press.
So I'll be wiggling the one handle as necessary.
Went to the post office; no seal has arrived.
grumble, grumble...
by liveaboard
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 20585

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

I don't get chirps or whistles; but if I did, and I choose to respond, then I make my own choice. I call that freedom. But what is freedom? Of course it's a fluid term, in reality no one alive can be completely free. We can be more or less free, it's all relative. At the very least, we're bound by o...
by liveaboard
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 20585

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

I think the device [TV, computer, phone...] is being blamed for the habits of the users. I spend too much time on the computer for sure, but I do learn a lot while wasting my time there. Some people get stuck; games or other distractions that don't seem to us to be nourishing in any way. But who are...