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by steamin10
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Never enough time
Replies: 1851
Views: 142013

Re: Never enough time

Well I got the first battery for the year from Mantards to power the lawn tractor, nothing worse than trying to get things running with a sick battery. So with that we can move forward and get something going, before the grass is completely riz. I got a rebuilt batter for the Case diesel last fall t...
by steamin10
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: YouTube casting versus the real world
Replies: 6
Views: 85

Re: YouTube casting versus the real world

Philbert: What you linked to is another prime example of the trash that exists on the net. This guy has all home built stuff that is faulty in many ways, and a prime example of how a novice can get into trouble or injured. In my honest opinion, buy or borrow a book on casting by C W Ammen, and read ...
by steamin10
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: YouTube casting versus the real world
Replies: 6
Views: 85

Re: YouTube casting versus the real world

It is not so much the glob of metal that is made, it is the end result desired. A lead flywheel is good on weight, but too soft for durability. Aluminum is too light for inertia to be good for a wheel. Lead is a poor material for a cylinder, but easy to carve and work, if making a pattern. Bronze be...
by steamin10
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust
Replies: 162
Views: 6965

Re: SP NG Diesel #1 (GE 50T) - Triennial or Bust

Ya, a typical beginner weld. Slow down to flatten it out/deeper pen. Up the current, keep the arc short. The thinner the metal, the faster you have to run to keep from melting through. All these things are a balance of what you see, for eye/hand co ordination. One of the best ways to learn, is to ge...
by steamin10
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Rockwell - Table Feed Motor needed
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Rockwell - Table Feed Motor needed

I have a Rockwell school sized mill with tilting head. It arrived with the drive box gutted. I bought one of those Enco drive kits and adapted it to the mill shaft with the usual spacer/ washer/ fit-me-up, stuff to make it work. I installed the table limits just short of full extension, and the driv...
by steamin10
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Looking for suggestions for a respirator
Replies: 18
Views: 2553

Re: Looking for suggestions for a respirator

When I worked for Blaw Knox foundry, the subject of air quality was given a lot of time and expense. Welders wore a dust mask, to filter particulates from smoke, and craneman and floor workers got to wear MSA (mine safty appliance) charcoal masks for the chemical decomposition products around the po...
by steamin10
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Hardening a gunbox
Replies: 25
Views: 775

Re: Hardening a gunbox

I dunno why , but it seems the idea of having an heirloom gun vs. a military spec weapon has changed over my lifetime with all the stories of hi-way snipers and random shootings, that desentisize the values previously held. I dunno, is it vid games, for warfare, or Grand Theft auto ? Do we really ad...
by steamin10
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: 80% .223
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: 80% .223

Wiith the easing of th eweather, I have started to duplicate the jig for the lower. That way I will have one. Today it is miserable cold and damp, having been raining all last night and into the morning. Temps are way down, and all my equipment is in unheated areas. I have started by sawing out some...
by steamin10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anyone else like to juggle between machines?
Replies: 22
Views: 1078

Re: Anyone else like to juggle between machines?

I cannot stress enough the value of a skilled operator that CAN read a measuring instrument. When I worked for Blaw Knox, I had the opportunity to transfer into the roll shop. I had already had experience on manual Mesta machine grinders and Waterberry Ferrel roll grinders, and the new mylar tape se...
by steamin10
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: How to Get Hydraulic Coupler Off?
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: How to Get Hydraulic Coupler Off?

When working on mobile equipent and loaders, sometimes the assemblies must be taken down on the arms and the routing they take, to get to what you need. Bobcats and such compact loaders are notorious for no having any working room around fittings, so a sub assembly must be taken out to get to the cr...
by steamin10
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Never enough time
Replies: 1851
Views: 142013

Re: Never enough time

It is still too D-- cold out. Winter is hanging on. Only beer cold 41 degrees today. Bah!. Went on an animal run to Kankakee to pick up some ordered birds, and almost brought home more goats. They had an abundance of large hoofed livestock this week, over 50 goats of various breeds. And a few feeder...
by steamin10
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: What is causing my castings to be porous?
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: What is causing my castings to be porous?

While I have not cast anything in a while, the problem of porosity is as old as time. Todays home caster can get tight castings rather easily if some very basic rules are followed. When you violate the rules, your product will show it. Aluminum follows a similar path as brass and bronzes, but copper...