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  2. Clayton - I'm also in the midst of building a propane forge, and have the Kaowool and ITC-100 on hand. But I was wondering if a thin shell of refractory (1/4" or so) over the Kaowool before applying the ITC-100 would be a good idea to protect the fragile wool. I'm thinking the ITC-100 is going to make a pretty thin layer, and may not provide much protection against ham-handed metal handling. Your thoughts on that? Thanks - Dave
  3. Thank you so much. That helps a whole lot.
  4. Having a fan running can help in some situations but the *BEST* cure would be to ship everything down here for the winter! Humidty forecasted to be in the teens tomorrow...
  5. Good Morning, Are your Roof or Walls metal? Neil
  6. I would assume you are making a gas forge, so here's my two bits. I use Kaowool to line my forge. For a coating to protect the lining I use ITC-100 HT. It works pretty good though I had a interesting time to try to apply it. Some people say to use a spray bottle, that didn't work so well I ended up using a foam brush and dabbing it on. You can find it on Anvil fire or High Temp Tools.
  7. is water getting in somewhere, walls roof or floor wet? ventilation can help or get a dehumidifier
  8. Yes, happens to me too in the spring when a warm humid day comes along and hits the cold steel. As far as I know the only solutions are to keep the humidity out, or keep the steel warm. Hard to do in your situation... -- Dave
  9. I've never had this much moisture in any of my shops before. It's been a warm damp winter but this is ridiculous! I tried linseed oil first it didn't stop the rust. So Monday I coated everything in good motor oil. Water is literally running off my anvils and such. Closed up uninsulated pole barn. Should I insulate and heat it? Big dehumidifier? Worked 6 hours on this girl last night. Come home from work and it's rusty. Gotta love living in the swamp I guess lol
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  11. I have done the same thing as Slag with the external light source to help. Also I don't know how old your helmet is but I was really surprised how much clearer mine was after changing the inner and outer lense covers. If it's older and they are cruddy you might want to look for replacements.
  12. Not yet, we just confirmed he is coming. should have something after the next meeting in March.
  13. Hello, I am a newbie and I am in the process of building a forge. What is the best refraction cement to coat the forge or spray to coat wool if spray is better? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Awesome. Do we have a price yet?
  15. Hi all, a friend of mine and I have been working on a forge together (I call myself the moral support as he has done most of the work) we came up with a design with the materials we had available. The following pictures show the point of where we are at in that build. We chose to build the burner from a Youtube video called "How to build a propane forge burner" by David Hammer. It works pretty good (we think) We get a pretty good flame. We do notice that you can't have the psi to high or it just blows out so with a little fiddling we found a good spot. Here are some photos of the actual burner build. Next up is a picture of the collar for the burner to go into the forge We just wanted to get a feel for what the experienced community had to say before we continued with the testing. All of these tests were conducted in well ventilated areas.
  16. Stock, Consider using an external portable desk lamp to brighten the iron that you wish to weld. It works for me. SLAG.
  17. I prefer the soft foam earplugs. The ones we have at work are the 3M orange ones from Home Depot, and they are very comfortable plus a high NRR, 33 I believe. Just read up on proper insertion, many do not put them in far enough.
  18. Do you know what the pressure setting is for the regulator on the top of the tank? I'm assuming it's not adjustable. What do you mean it just pops on and off? Does it remove and leave the hose connected to the tank and functioning? If so, is it just a protective cap and not a regulator at all?
  19. Is the regulator at the tank adjustable? If it is then you can turn the pressure down until it's nearly shut off, light the torch, and bring it up slowly to see how it burns. That will allow you to see the flame characteristics with increasing pressure and also keep any excess flow protection from being triggered - at least at first. If that regulator is set for one pressure only, then it would be best to put a needle valve between the regulator and the torch so that you can accomplish the same thing. The worst likely thing to happen if it's not an adjustable regulator is that you only have one setting and that may dump a lot of propane into the surrounding air quickly. Chances are it's not enough to be a major issue if it's only open for a short time, but obviously a mixture of propane/butane, air, and ignition source can be bad news if very much gas gets out without the torch being lit. If I were messing with it I'd definitely do this outside and have a good flame source at the end of the torch before turning on the propane. If it wouldn't stay lit I'd shut down the gas immediately. One more thought occurred to me as a result of Andres comment. If the LPG you have has a far different ratio of butane to propane than the torch was designed for, then you may not be getting the correct ratio of fuel to air needed to keep the torch lit at some pressures. I don't know enough about the differences between butane and propane combustion to troubleshoot that aspect, but maybe someone else on here does.
  20. Stunning work, mate!
  21. Today I modified my spring swage. I broke down and put it back into the gas forge, I should have done that days ago! Than ground the edges of the die holes with an angle grinder. I have not tested it yet, but will tomorrow. I want to thank you all for the advise, thank you so much, Alan Evans, Junior Member (joke) your advise on welding is externally helpful, I too have trouble seeing and I have an electronic mask, but it's darkness is not adjustable.
  22. Do you think it would be safe to run the torch off of the first regulator on the tank? What's the worst that could happen?
  23. Thomas, I'll look into the Vikings ear muffs. I know next to nothing about hearing protection so that helps me greatly. Daswulf, I was looking on the 3m website at the 6000 series but wasn't sure. Thanks for sharing that. Truth is I miss my old army issued face mask. I'm not a fan of being clean shaven but miss the protection that mask gave. I remember one time in training when we were in the field in 80+ F temps and having to wear our full hazard suit and going to the portajohn to take off my mask for a minute to cool off. Soon as I broke the seal I was nasueas like never before. I failed to notice that the John wasn't emptied yet that day and that was a strong odor to say the least.
  24. G'dang that's a beautiful blade. Love the Ti spacers!
  25. I have Brent Bailey's axe drift. 100% would recommend. Great tool.
  26. Well I could chip a corner off a brick with a hammer and grind it down nice with a rock out of the arroyo; but as I understand y'all don't have arroyos. (I don't know about hammers and rocks...) The point is that you could deal with that issue with what you have on hand. You can also add me to your ignore list and never see my posts again. I just worry about CO when folks use propane forges in a cold climate. What I can get away with out here with 3m walls and open gables and 3mx3m open doors probably would hurt people in an enclosed smithy worried about sub zero external temps...( supposed to be 26 degC here today)
  27. I wear ear muffs as well when working with loud equipment. Same ones I wear for shooting. Ear plugs work too if your muffs don't fit under the welding helmet. Almost nothing like the discomfort of getting a little spatter from welding in your ear, aside from getting something in your eye... I use a 3m 6000 series respirator with p100 filters for welding and other dusty situations. We use them at work for dust and I liked them so I use the same at home. For other chemical/ paint fumes we use the 3m 7500 kits and replace filters as needed. Check the chemical you are using for proper ppe. The filters only last so many hours and less under heavier use! If I remember correctly it may have been about 8 hours? I will have to double check. Also when not in use you should seal your respirator in an air tight container. Most respirators come in sizes as well. You need fitted, or at least to find the right size for you. Also if you are serious about it fitting properly you have to be pretty clean shaven around where it fits. ( probably why beards disappear when OSHA comes through the body shop once a year to check us ) one check is cover the air inlets with your hands and suck in. You should not get air in. Other is to cover the outlet and blow. Since you are basically holding the mask to your face, the mask should puff up and not let the air out. This also tests the mask. If the mask isn't functioning properly you could be wearing it but it isn't doing the job intended.
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