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  1. This thread has been moved to Anvils, Swage Blocks, and Mandrels.
  2. Look at the specs for the plasma cutter you are considering. It will require x amount of cubic feet of air at XX psi. You have to reduce the psi to zero pressure to get the true amount of ambient air required. Purchase a fire extinguisher before you get the plasma cutter. The shower of sparks from the plasma cutter is an ignition point for anything combustible in the area. The lawn mower, and the spare gas can for the mower, are containers of gasoline. They should NOT be anywhere near sources of sparks from the plasma, ox/ac, chop saw, forge, etc. If you have to ask how far away is safe, it is not far enough.
  3. Plasma cutters use compressed air to clean out the kerf. This produces a LOT of bad air and the kerf is now fine particles of metal and debris. Plasma cut outside during the winter and look at the snow when your finished. It is gray and over a large area. The plasma cutter vaporizes any coating that was on the metal adding to the contamination. You must do research to find the hazards involved in what you are doing, and how to avoid them.
  4. The respirator or mask is only one level of protection. Get a box type window fan and blow air across your body shoulder to shoulder to remove the abrasive dust, paint and debris. Do a little research and find out what is in the cuttings, abrasive dust, paint and debris. If it is lead paint, galvanized, or other coatings, the best option is do not cut or grind as it puts particles into the air. The particles then settle on everything and are made airborne again with the slightest air movement, such as walking past.
  5. If it is not air, it is bad to breathe and introduce into your lungs.
  6. Complex demanding projects are usually just a bunch of small projects assembled together. (think gates, etc)
  7. After you back the regulator adjustment screws out to relieve the pressure on the diaphragms, bleed the hoses again.
  8. If we learn from our mistakes, I should be omniscient. Lary
  9. Circles have a diameter, squares do not have a diameter. By forging round to square, you are changing the shape not the volume. The area of the circle outside of the square has to go somewhere so the square gets longer. If you are careful you can move the area of the circle outside of the square to form the corners of the square and get the maximum square size for the volume of stock material you have to work with. This is where modeling clay answers your questions.
  10. Never lift an anvil up until you have a place available to set it back down! Thomas Powers
  11. What Das said. The plastic protective lenses only cost pennies and provide protection to the expensive main lens.
  12. Are you going to run both burners using the same forge and at the same temperature? Otherwise the numbers do not compare.
  13. For leaf springs, check out the tailgating section of IForgeIron.
  14. BBs or bird shot for shotgun shells.
  15. The Quote Feature. is very useful when two or more conversations are in progress, OR when some time has elapsed and you need reminded as to what your post references. It is not so useful when it repeats what you just read in the previous post. When quoting you have the option to edit out all but the reminder of the post you reference. Usually one sentence or phrase is all that is needed to remind us. You can do this by highlighting the text you want to quote and then clicking the "Quote selection" box that will appear. This would be an example of an edited post. Also, if you are responding to a quote, do not type your answer within that quote. Make it clear who is talking. This is especially important if you are responding to multiple statements or questions in one comment. JHCC quoted you from 7 posts back as a reminder to the viewer of what he was referring to in his post.
  16. Those blades can usually be sharpened and reused.
  17. I tell students that my job is to help them make new and improved mistakes and not the ones I already know about. Thomas Powers
  18. Dig the hole out a bit and add rock or crushed stone. Mix the dirt with a little concrete or cement and fill in the voids. Allow it to set up on its own, locking everything in place. Think of it as a wear surface.
  19. Close your eyes and tell me what you see. If you prefer life with your eyes open and able to see, then protect your vision. Use a couple of electric flood lights near the material you are welding to make using a shaded welding lens easier to use. Or move the project outside so the sun shines on the area you are going to weld.
  20. JHCC, find a couple more fans and you can have your own fan club.
  21. This is a quick adjustment to the image you posted.
  22. Photograph the old photo and import it into photoshop. Adjust the sliders to your preference. You never touch the original. Photoshop can do wonderful things.
  23. Sometimes even the unreasonable is reasonable. As is the inconceivable becomes conceivable. jlpservicesinc
  24. Coal, bituminous, anthracite, etc, is not one coal, but a type of coal. Each coal seam is what used to be part of a swamp that over much time turned into coal. The swamps were huge and extended over several states, and the coal formed was dependent of that vegetation grew in that particular swamp, and that particular part of the individual swamp.
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