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by SteveM
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Familiar with Grace Brand Picks and Hooks?
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: Anyone Familiar with Grace Brand Picks and Hooks?

I have a box full of, to paraphrase the late, great Frank Zappa, REAL dental picks, not Sears dental picks. I have some cheapo flea market ones as well. There is no comparison. The real ones are just amazingly strong. That little hook-shaped pick that the dentist used in "Marathon Man" (I can feel y...
by SteveM
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Speaking of Signalling....
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: Speaking of Signalling....

I have used Banner photodetectors. You have one on one side of the track and a reflector on the other side. They are compact, rugged and reliable. Unless you hook them up backwards (don't ask how I know) they will last for years. Downside is that it can't tell the difference between a train and a pe...
by SteveM
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Surface Grinding
Replies: 83
Views: 8619

Re: Surface Grinding

GlennW wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:34 pm
I bought a 5SG60 wheel to try and it has hardly been off of the spindle since. It's my "go to" wheel for sure.
Can you explain the mystical properties of the 5SG60 wheel?

Having grinding experience limited to bench grinders with 32A and 36A wheels, 5SG60 is foreign to me.

Steve
by SteveM
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: liability Insurance
Replies: 73
Views: 4489

Re: liability Insurance

I'm sure it will be overturned in appeal but still... Even if it's overturned, the railroad still loses - they will end up paying a ton of lawyers fees and court costs. Not trying to get political, but until we have at least some form of "loser pays", frivolous lawsuits will be the norm - there is ...
by SteveM
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Surface Grinding
Replies: 83
Views: 8619

Re: Surface Grinding

earlgo wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:48 am
First off, let me reiterate that I know less about surface grinding than anyone.
ALMOST anyone :-)

Steve
by SteveM
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drilling Concrete
Replies: 35
Views: 617

Re: Drilling Concrete

It's funny you should use the terms "deadmen".

Around here, those blocks are called "mafia blocks".

Steve
by SteveM
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: liability Insurance
Replies: 73
Views: 4489

Re: liability Insurance

Insurance companies have lots of data about cars, houses, businesses, but not a lot about miniature trains or Solo II. You talk miniature trains, he thinks you are running a rogue amusement park rides. You talk Solo II and he thinks you are bunch of NASCAR wannabes running into each other. If they d...
by SteveM
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N
Replies: 24
Views: 738

Re: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N

ctwo wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:22 pm
Of course, forcing me to put it away would probable save me hours of looking around for the bloody key!
That's as good a reason as any!

Steve
by SteveM
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N
Replies: 24
Views: 738

Re: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N

Make a socket for the chuck in a convenient spot with a microswitch in it wired so that the lathe won't run unless the chuck is in the socket. As you will have multiple chuck keys for different lathe chucks and tailstock drill chucks, you could make one that disconnects the power when ANY of them i...
by SteveM
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N
Replies: 24
Views: 738

Re: Self-ejecting chuck keys Y/N

I put a spring on mine. It's just a light spring, so it's not a pain to use like the one Steve referred to.

I don't find it to be an inconvenience.

Steve
by SteveM
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: Heating elements
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Heating elements

Here are some of what appear to be ceramic heating elements with nichrome heating wires. Each has two sections with two halves. One set is 4" OD and 7" long (3-1/2" each section). The other set is 3-1/4" OD and 8" long (it's wrapped and I can't tell if it's one or two sections). The paper wrapping t...
by SteveM
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Maine-style trucks on 3 1/2" gauge-NOW TAKING ORDERS
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Maine-style trucks on 3 1/2" gauge-NOW TAKING ORDERS

Nice! Some questions: Are they actual size 3-1/2 inch gauge, or are they modeled after a prototype that is 3-1/2 foot gauge? The confusion is because you say that they are 1-3/4" scale. Is the price per pair or each? Web site is not clear. It refers to the weight per pair, but doesn't say if the pri...