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by TomB
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT: Building in isolated location
Replies: 595
Views: 113943

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

I've been through some of that surgical process. $ years ago I fell on ice several times. I live on a ski mountain and icy ground is normal but generally I don't have a problem with it. But that winter was a disaster. The next winter I started to have severe neck pain probably triggered by carrying ...
by TomB
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Installing thread inserts
Replies: 21
Views: 1355

Re: Installing thread inserts

I drilled out my parts to the required Diameter, taped the holes with the STI bit I had bought at Fastenal and inserted the helicoil-like inserts. First one was listed as 1.5D long and it was too long. Took it out grabbing a end and pulling with needle nose pliers. Replaced it with a 1D long insert....
by TomB
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Installing thread inserts
Replies: 21
Views: 1355

Re: Installing thread inserts

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the first Fastenal guy wasn't much help to you, either. If the insert is for a 3/8"-24 thread, the 3/8-24 tap isn't going to do you any good. That's the thread you'll end up with after the helicoil is inserted. The tap that the helicoil set comes with is g...
by TomB
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Installing thread inserts
Replies: 21
Views: 1355

Re: Installing thread inserts

The helicoil has that tang to drive it in, as you noted. But after the helicoil is in place, you tap the tang with a short rod and it breaks off so you are left with just the threaded section. I don't recall now, did you buy a helicoil kit? Or just the individual pieces? I am guessing the kit, sinc...
by TomB
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Installing thread inserts
Replies: 21
Views: 1355

Re: Installing thread inserts

I’m back. My schedule has me driving to Albany NY every Monday to visit with my wife. She is in a dementia care nursing home. That keeps me away from forum all day. My only experience with inserts was calling them out on some tooling I was designing/documenting in 1966. On that encounter I had the a...
by TomB
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Installing thread inserts
Replies: 21
Views: 1355

Installing thread inserts

Next plea for help on my hapless attempt to restore my “they were flooded” machining tools. Currently I am close to finishing my Grizzly G4030 horizontal bandsaw (the old version with the dark paint). It’s currently first priority because I need it to cut replacement steel for the horizontal mill wh...
by TomB
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Smearing On Cutter Block After Using Evapo-Rust
Replies: 13
Views: 2401

Re: Smearing On Cutter Block After Using Evapo-Rust

I've seen that "smeary finish" on things that came out of my Evaporust bucket. I've tried several things to clear it away but nothing seemed to have any effect. I've decided I like the "smeary white " finish, but I will look forward to reading other responses to your question.
by TomB
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Rodents like wiring.
Replies: 44
Views: 12561

Re: Rodents like wiring.

I worked for Lockheed Martin for 28 years specifically in the area of flight avionics and prior to that for IBM's Federal Systems Division focused on flight avionics for 29 years. Much of my work was relative to the E3-AWACS and other military planes so I was very much involved in joint projects wit...
by TomB
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Site Software Questions and Answers
Topic: Getting password reset
Replies: 4
Views: 3252

Re: Getting password reset

I still have not been able to change my password. I could not figure out how to do PM. When I tried I got into some strange state and it offered me chance to reply but when I did so I have no idea where the reply went. My email address is tbarker****31415.gmail.com with the **** removed. I will fore...
by TomB
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Metal type for heat treating?
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

Metal type for heat treating?

While reading the descriptions of steel suitable for heat treating in the McMaster Carr catalog I came across a short paragraph on a steel type that turns Black when heat treated. I read the note last spring but can't find it now. But I have discovered that I need to replace the cutter blade in my l...
by TomB
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Site Software Questions and Answers
Topic: Getting password reset
Replies: 4
Views: 3252

Getting password reset

I have always kept my password in the MS archive and it gets filled in automatically. I decided to change browsers from MS Edge to Firefox and Firefox does not read the old archive. Everything is going better except I don't remember my Home Machinist password. I've tried to use the forgot PW feature...
by TomB
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Splicing Romex?
Replies: 40
Views: 9761

Re: Splicing Romex?

It frequently is easier to add a sub panel on the wall near the new outlets. Then you only need to run a single wire from the original panel to the new panel. In my case I brought a 220v line from the old to the new then split it to some 120v and a couple of 220v outlets.