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by Frank Ford
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pipe fittings
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Pipe fittings

An "internal pipe wrench" with its knurled eccentric cam will tighten or loosen the closest of nipples. I make a miniature analogous tool that fits into 1/4" phone jack to allow tightening the retaining nut from the outside of an electric guitar: http://www.frets.com/HomeShopTech/Products/JackTheGri...
by Frank Ford
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Tesla cars
Replies: 57
Views: 11224

Re: Tesla cars

Maybe the Tesla car doesn't actually exist. I don't live in a big city, but I have yet to see a Tesla car anywhere. Well, it's clear that you don't live around here. I can't drive to work (less than three miles) without seeing one in front of me. It's not uncommon to see two parked side by side in ...
by Frank Ford
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Holding small parts in a milling vise?
Replies: 5
Views: 1094

Re: Holding small parts in a milling vise?

I reckon I'd start with 1.5" long stock, drill, round over, mill slot and then cut off to 1" long, stand the part upright on parallel and mill the bottom to exact .979 length.
by Frank Ford
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: washer identification
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: washer identification

It's a "tab washer," of which there are many variants.
by Frank Ford
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?
Replies: 41
Views: 7110

Re: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?

SteveHGraham wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:26 pm
How hard is it to make lead carbonate?

REALLY easy.


I made lead carbonate by typing "lead carbonate" in the eBay search window. . .
by Frank Ford
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1/2 - 12 tap
Replies: 33
Views: 5020

Re: 1/2 - 12 tap

Victor Machinery, home of myriad tap sizes, lists a 1/2-12plug tap for $11.80

https://www.victornet.com/detail/TAST-1/2-12.html
by Frank Ford
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Machinist's Vise a Machinist's Vise?
Replies: 34
Views: 5291

Re: What Makes a Machinist's Vise a Machinist's Vise?

It's all a matter of coolness in the bench vise category Coolest of all is Machinist vise. Less cool, in (sort of) descending order of coolness and stoutness: Tradesman vise Pipe/Bench vise Mechanics vise Shop vise Utility vise - - only good for clamping and holding stuff, but not cool. Clearly it c...
by Frank Ford
Sun May 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: Micro torch?
Replies: 29
Views: 6723

Re: Micro torch?

Here's a second vote for the Smith Little torch. Only problem I've had is remembering that the tiny flame is actually there on the smallest #2 tip sometimes, it's so small it's hard to see in some lighting situations. I find the tiny tip works with acetylene.
by Frank Ford
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Small File Cleaning
Replies: 17
Views: 2060

Clean 'em? Sharpen 'em?

Not long ago, I sent a box of 70 files of all kinds to be resharpened. Cost was low, and results amazing. Check out BOGGS TOOL & FILE SHARPENING COMPANY: http://boggstool.com Needle files came out great, big double cut files sharper than new. And, just as they advertise, the ones they "rejected" wer...
by Frank Ford
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New column for old drill press
Replies: 6
Views: 931

Re: New column for old drill press

You Tube has a nice selection of videos - just do a quick search for "drill press counterweight." I hadn't thought about until now, but I might just do one for our old Powermatic - it's getting a bit heavy for me. . .
by Frank Ford
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Loctite
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

Re: Loctite

It is NOT cyanoacrylate super glue. It's anaerobic - cures in the absence of oxygen, but because it is catalyzed in the presence of metal, it doesn't set up in the bottle. Don't know how long the shelf life, but it's impressive - never had it go bad, even years after opening. Unfortunately, the pric...
by Frank Ford
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to indelibly mark plastic oil bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 2648

Re: How to indelibly mark plastic oil bottles?

It may seem like a lot of work, but how about sticking a Dymo tape to a thin strip of metal, aluminum, steel, etc. and adhere the strip to the PE with epoxy. In my experience it's not necessary - the self-adhesive plastic embossed labels stick nicely. I have some that are decades old and not fallin...