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by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 126
Views: 34193

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

And the mobile phone; some say it's a trap and enslaves users, but when I got one I was freed . Actually, you didn't get freed. You became enslaved, because every time the phone twiddles, beeps and burps and you choose to respond, your irreplaceable time is being stolen from you by someone else. I ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fan Boy
Replies: 21
Views: 3724

Re: Fan Boy

SteveHGraham wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:02 pm
Contrary to what you might think, a small shop won't required all that much in the way of air conditioning capacity to be comfortable.
You left some things out, unfortunately.
Well, I went on what *you* posted. :D
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fan Boy
Replies: 21
Views: 3724

Re: Fan Boy

My shop now has 100 amps of 250V power instead of 50. I paid someone to do the work. It cost a fortune, and I think I could have saved most of the money by doing it myself, but I do everything here, and I felt like it was time to pay someone. Well, at least you won't get any hassles from your insur...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Old Boiler Dissection
Replies: 75
Views: 18665

Re: 730 Old Boiler Dissection

There's an old joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. As such, what's the best way to care for a boiler? Clean, clean, clean. Question is...how often should cleaning be performed? ...1x per year? ...more often? This will be one of those discussion/debate topics where ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Metal type for heat treating?
Replies: 2
Views: 1339

Re: 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 ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 126
Views: 34193

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

People seem to be absorbed with their I-phones these days and they have little time for anything else. Yep! That may explain your next observation. I do feel people have less and less discretionary cash. Government policies of the last 10-or-so years have had something to with it. However, I and ot...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vise Squad
Replies: 23
Views: 5226

Re: Vise Squad

He tested a Wilton Tradesman, which is supposedly made from 60000-psi iron. It stopped increasing force at around 10000 pounds, indicating the metal was giving way. Then it snapped suddenly. The screw broke. The vise is stronger than the screw. The Wilton Tradesman is not as substantial as their Ma...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Old Boiler Dissection
Replies: 75
Views: 18665

Re: 730 Old Boiler Dissection

That's a mighty thin crown sheet. Amazed that boiler pressure didn't cave it in and reward you with a good steam cleaning between your legs. :D
by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Old Boiler Dissection
Replies: 75
Views: 18665

Re: 730 Old Boiler Dissection

My goal goal from the start, was to part the boiler...lengthwise... I know how that feels. I went through the same procedure early last year. :D ...Tom wrapped and fastened a long hose clamp around the boiler barrel near the center...the boiler sprang open like a clam shell with a loud BANG...as 23...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Engineers really know their stuff
Replies: 152
Views: 43103

Re: Engineers really know their stuff

SteveHGraham writes: > It is ASTOUNDING that Microsoft is this inept. They don't need to be ept, since almost everyone believes that they have no choice but to use Microsoft software no matter how bad it is. Most people also don't know how bad it is, having never seen anything else. I started profe...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Engineers really know their stuff
Replies: 152
Views: 43103

Re: Engineers really know their stuff

Good thing we don't have Windows running airliners' flight computers. The NTSB would have to increase its staff tenfold and work around the clock seven days a week to investigate all the crashes that would occur. Hmm...I wonder if the Boeing 737 MAX8's problems are due to a recent Windows upgrade? :...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Periscope films
Replies: 14
Views: 4302

Re: Periscope films

I agree, the time code ( which is what it's called ) is annoying, but the film I linked is from Shell Oil, they probably paid for them so Periscope films is the rightful owner. Yes they may own the medium on which the documentary is displayed. That, however, doesn't mean they own the copyright. Unl...