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by choprboy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Help identify this welder
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

Re: Help identify this welder

Looks like a SnapOn YA2xx auto shop welder that someone has made a new front panel for. Maybe a YA204 or YA218/219.
by choprboy
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Splicing Romex?
Replies: 40
Views: 10699

Re: Splicing Romex?

It is absolutely not a great idea to cut concrete/block with a grinder you care about... That said, that HF grinder was amazing, it sucked dust from 100s of cuts, 100+ft of gouging mortar and cracks, went thru half a dozen diamond blades. The bearings growled from all the grit. Finally gave up the g...
by choprboy
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Splicing Romex?
Replies: 40
Views: 10699

Re: Splicing Romex?

When I rewired my house all the outside wall outlets where in block. I cut multiple new holes and fished Romex down the CMUs. It was pretty easy... 4-1/2" angle grinder from HarborFreight. 4-1/2" segmented diamond blade from the same, deep galv metal boxes, and NM cable push-in grommets for the knoc...
by choprboy
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Splicing Romex?
Replies: 40
Views: 10699

Re: Splicing Romex?

Yes, as Russ said, no "flying splices" or concealed connections. I rewired my entire house and built/powered a workshop. Romex is very easy to work with, just make terminations in accessible boxes, strip back the outer jacket within the box, strip and wirenut the wires together appropriately. Make c...
by choprboy
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finger Brake: Useful Tool or Waste of Money?
Replies: 63
Views: 17922

Re: Finger Brake: Useful Tool or Waste of Money?

I have a 4' finger brake, the folding type not the press type, and I use it all the time for making shelves/boxes/etc. Extremely handy. But there is a lot of guess work as the final location of the bend depends on the material type, material thickness, and the distance between the finger and folding...
by choprboy
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking to build a dividing head
Replies: 6
Views: 1871

Re: Looking to build a dividing head

KBC has a few dividing head plates for different models (I was browsing them yesterday thinking about getting some replacements for the missing plates on mine). Shars has some as well. If you don't need all the different combinations, collet spin-dexes with 24 locking positions are pretty cheap as w...
by choprboy
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Uses for Scuba Tank?
Replies: 16
Views: 3685

Re: Shop Uses for Scuba Tank?

I have two scuba tanks which are full and in near-mint condition. I do not dive. It's not my thing. I'm not even certified. I only used them when something was wrong with the boat. Is a scuba tank useful for anything around a shop? I don't want to sell them and then find out they were useful. Porta...
by choprboy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: MIG Stainless to Mild Steel?
Replies: 17
Views: 4841

Re: MIG Stainless to Mild Steel?

... I used .025" L308, because I had it. I am not a great welding guru. I assume the settings for .030" are too hot for .025", right? Anyway, I used a .030" setting from the chart on the welder, and I made the mistake of picking the larger of the two likely looking metal thicknesses. I guess I shou...
by choprboy
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: MIG Stainless to Mild Steel?
Replies: 17
Views: 4841

Re: MIG Stainless to Mild Steel?

You want to use straight argon with stainless MIG wire, CO2 or C25 with mild steel MIG wire, DCEP. DCEN for flux cored.
by choprboy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gibs & Material
Replies: 10
Views: 2788

Re: Gibs & Material

Cast Iron. Stefan Gotteswinter recently did a video on machining gibs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTeoIT-l68s
by choprboy
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Home made steady
Replies: 9
Views: 3451

Re: Home made steady

Looks good... Next job, chop the top half off, weld a hinge on the back joint and a bolt/nut on the front joint to reattach it. Now you can remove/swap work without moving the steady rest on the lathe or repositioning the rollers.
by choprboy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worn pulleys/ additive metal
Replies: 10
Views: 2384

Re: Worn pulleys/ additive metal

You mean plasma spray/metal spray? Using a plasma or acetylene torch to blow fine metal particles onto the part, which melt in the stream and then adhere to the part surface. Used for buildup of shafts/etc. https://youtu.be/X43SJakLTA8?t=1263 Having had to repeatedly place pulleys that continually g...