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by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Looking for 3/4" Copper tube with 4" square Al fin
Replies: 5
Views: 2559

Steve_in_Mich wrote:
Stock No. 5E301 in the Grainger catalog (397) pg 3777 is a 3' heater element only but I'm not sure of the tube diameter. I want 3/4".
Hi Steve,
The online grainger catalog shows that as 1 1/4" tube diameter. Any room for adapters in there?
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: southbend 9A vs sears/atlas 101-07301
Replies: 24
Views: 8383

Re: southbend 9A vs sears/atlas 101-07301

I have found locally a south bend 9A for 1100.00 and a sears/atlas 101-07301 for 450.00 both are in decent shape. If I get the sear will I be sorry later and wish I spent the extra money? I own a Craftsman. I have run several Southbends. Both are serviceable and parts are available. Atlas maintains...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Machinist Toolbox
Replies: 14
Views: 3290

Nice Find! I follow my wife around antique/junk shops occasionally and find them empty all the time, usually for $150 and up. I seldom find the tools and almost never find the machinist made tooling that makes the day worth while. Most antiquers seem to consider it junk! I'm sure a lot of contents g...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Wed May 31, 2006 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: radius cutting
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Good Post Errol :D I use a similar technique cutting radii on a lathe. It takes a little time planning up front, but the results are great. I use an indicator to measure carriage movement and trust the dials for infeed. Your left with a lot of little steps that need to be filed off. A neat trick is ...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Sun May 28, 2006 6:26 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Victor Lathe Oils
Replies: 1
Views: 1145

Victor maintains a web site. You might try an e-mail to them for info.
http://www.victormachines.com/profile.html
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Mon May 15, 2006 5:04 pm
Forum: The Photo Album
Topic: Steve's Shop Photo
Replies: 34
Views: 41531

I thought that lots of benches would give plenty of room to work on projects as well as the storage below them. I'm having second thoughts about it as I find it near impossible to keep bench tops clear for long. Yes there are some projects in process and some completed with no new home (storage spa...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Thu May 11, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tapping aluminum.
Replies: 14
Views: 10205

Several months ago I was having the same problems and came here for advice. I heeded the advice and tapping is a pleasure again.

The key was good spiral point taps.

I no longer dread tapping and regularly use the mill, drill or lathe to power tap.

Now I need to get some decent dies. :wink:
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Handbuilt lathes from England
Replies: 5
Views: 2103

Re: Handbuilt lathes from England

I look forward to reading any questions/comments that may be posted and again, rather shame facedly apologise for this blatant piece of marketting! Colin Childs (director) Actually, I find it refreshing that a manufacturer cares enough to post his link and encourage his existing users to keep in to...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: New To Lathes. Help?
Replies: 16
Views: 3615

The horse may be dead, but I'm going to feed it oats one more time. :lol: Several months ago my brorher asked me to turn a shaft to fit a bore. I measuring both with the dial caliper since it was it wasn't a big deal, just a sliding fit. When I got near the end, I grabbed the mic's just to be sure. ...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Lighting
Replies: 4
Views: 1850

Try a scrap yard or school maintenence department for used lights. I had 12 8' units given to me free. These things get thrown out for updates and remodels all the time. If you find them real cheap take extras just in case you lose a ballast.
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not a trick question
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Hi Keith, I was taught to measure them across the lands right at the cutting lips. For me, a micrometer gives a much better "feel" than a dial caliper. I was also taught to check size on drills whenever an important hole was to be drilled. It's surprising (or not) how often drills end up in the wron...
by Ralph_Monroe_Mi
Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: OT, the AT&T DSL PRO is it a numbers game or what
Replies: 9
Views: 2534

Hi Steve,
Yes, I'm sure. That was a copy/paste from my screen also. Pretty dismal. I've tested before and some days are great, others poor. In general the speed has been decreasing over time. Sounds like an infrastructure problem on SBC's part as they got merged, merged and merged again. :roll: