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  1. What are you trying to forge weld, the type and shape of the metal. What have you been doing so far in order to make the forge weld? Type of forge?
  2. The members of IForgeIron are some are the best people in the world and conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. Basically the site rules of no fussing, no cussing, no personal attacks, and please stay away from religion and politics are in place to keep things running smoothly. Your wife can read over your shoulder and your daughter / grand daughter can sit on your knee and read the site. The members often provide a gentle reminder long before the mods or admins get involved. A gentle reminder from a mod or admin is not personal but simply taking care of the business of the site. Pack a lunch and a cold drink when you visit the site. We want you to succeed, so relax and enjoy learning about blacksmithing.
  3. Use google's search engine to do the work for you. Type in search for "xxxxxxxxxxx" and let it do it's thing. If you want to narrow things down type in search for "xxxxxxxxxxx on" and google will search that site for "xxxxxxxxxxx". That just opens the door. Read several of the hits and then narrow the search using specific words or phrases you have found and do another search. This will narrow the information down even more. Repeat as needed until you get the information you seek.
  4. Build more forges out of mud. Make the holes different sizes and different configurations, that is round, square, rectangular, different angles on the side slopes, etc. Use them enough to see which you like best. You can speed this up by looking at the ash when you finished forging. Make the forge to that shape and size the next time. This is a brake rotor to hold the fire. You can see the way the fire likes the angle from the twyere to the top of the rotor, and then from the top of the rotor to the edge of the fire. The bricks are there to make the fire deeper for the project I was working on. One thing that helps is to design the forge so the sweet spot of the fire ball is at the top of the forge table. That way when you put the metal on the top of the table, it automatically hits the sweet spot of the fire.
  5. John, send me a PM to let me know what you want and get the process started. Include your address, zip code, and phone number so shipping can be estimated, and you can be contacted in case there are any questions.
  6. Depending on how far you want to chase the internet information, there are many parts from many places that can be used. For instance elk, deer, and kangaroo hided have been recommended as good for the leathers on bellows. Just because the information does not fall into your lap just means you have not been digging deep enough. For a square bellows, look into a camera bellows or bellows for camera extension tubes. For round bellows look into a concertina bellows. May need scaled up for your purposes but it is the concept that matters. The following are bits and pieces that may help. Tear drop style Plans to build a Bellows If the leather is brittle and/or stiff you can try a home brew leather treatment which works a treat. Size of bellows chambers BP0141 Building a Bellows Round Bellows
  7. Thomas, will this work?
  8. The large issue is keeping the electrical contacts clean. The parts being cleaned may need attention to remove any loose junk. The rebar or other parts will need cleaned as needed. They can be eroded or coated with crud. A quick wash off and scrub is all that is necessary.
  9. Looks like a load going out and a power hammer coming back. (grin)
  10. When was the last time you updated your resume? You should have at least two or three current resumes. One as a general work history, one for the ideal job you would like, and one for that "out there" job you want. Keep a crisp copy of each in an envelope in the glove box of the car. Have a set of business cards with your name and phone number printed up and put one inside each envelope, a supply of cards in the car, and a couple of the cards in your wallet. When the opportunity makes itself available you want to be ready and leave your contact information with an interested party. Much better than saying "hold that thought, I will be back in a couple of weeks with my information". Think of it as real time TPAAAT.
  11. Forges 101 has a lot of information contained in the discussion. Do not forget the kiln wash or reflective coating on the inside of the hard refractory.
  12. There are several topics that the site responds to quickly, such as safety, copyright, trademarks, illegal activities, to name a few.
  13. You may want to review Gas Forge Refractories and Supplies and Gas Forges
  14. The seller wants as much as possible for the product. The buyer wants to pay as little as possible for the same product. They usually meet somewhere in the middle. If the seller or the buyer is uninformed or under informed, then the price can get skewed. For instance, an anvil and an anvil shaped object are not the same. The asking price and the selling price on ebay, craigslist, etc can be a good distance apart. Just because they want $10 per pound does not mean it is worth $10 a pound or they are going to get $10 a pound when/if it is sold.
  15. If you want simple, place a bucket of water under the pipe with just enough water to cover the threads. When you turn on the blower and the water bubbles, add a bit more water, just enough to keep the air in the pipe. Anything hot will fall down the pipe and into the water. Too much water and you will create a clog in the system as the hot stuff can not go down and out.
  16. Check height clearance on everything. The 11 foot 8 Bridge (formally known as the Norfolk Southern–Gregson Street Overpassand nicknamed The Can-Opener) is a railroad bridge in Durham, North Carolina, United States, that has attracted media coverage and popular attention because tall vehicles such as trucks, buses, and RVs frequently collide with the unusually low overpass, resulting in damage ranging from RV roof air conditioners being scraped off to entire truck roofs being removed.The 79-year-old bridge along South Gregson Street provides only 11 feet 8 inches (3.56 m) of vertical clearance. It cannot be raised because nearby railroad crossings would also have to be raised with it. The street also cannot be lowered because a major sewer line runs only four feet (1.2 m) under Gregson Street. Gregson Street is a one-way street going southbound, so the bridge is only hit from the north side. Despite numerous signs and warning devices, a truck crashes into the bridge on average at least once a month. Most crashes involve rental trucks, even though rental agencies warn renters about the under-height bridges in the area. There is a bridge with 10 Foot 6 Bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts ALWAYS check height clearance on everything you want to go under.
  17. What did your propane dealer suggest?
  18. The warning was for unauthorized advertising, not swearing. You may want to review READ THIS FIRST and Advertising on IForgeIron
  19. A high center of gravity can rock your vehicle. One sudden stop or a corner to make things go sideways. (pun intended). Be certain to measure the total height of the vehicle and load, with properly inflated tires. Leave additional room for vehicle bounce. Bridges with an arch over the drive lanes sometimes have one height for the middle of the arch and another height for the edge of the arch. You want to be sure you can go under things with room to spare. Tie the load down so it can not move and check the bindings early and often to see that they are still tight.
  20. You may want to do a bit of research to be sure which snake you have. Black Ratsnakes (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta), are often confused with Northern Black Racers (Coluber c. constrictor), Black Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis g. nigra), The Black Ratsnake is one of the most common snakes found in West Virginia. It is considered to be the state’s largest serpent. Individuals normally reach an adult size of 4 to 6 feet; however, specimens have been known to exceed 8 feet in length. In cross section, the bodies of ratsnakes are not round, but instead resemble a loaf of bread. The dorsal scales are weakly keeled, while the lateral scales are smooth. Anal plate is divided. Black ratsnakes are powerful constrictors. They are semi-arboreal in nature and are often seen climbing trees to take shelter in hollowed cavities and to search for food. They feed almost exclusively on warm-blooded prey such as mice, rats, shrews, voles, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and birds. They have been known to raid bird nests and devour the eggs. Juveniles have been seen eating small amphibians and lizards as well. Black Ratsnakes are chiefly diurnal, but also remain active at night during hot summer months. If it is a black ratsnake, keep it around as they are non=poisonous and good mousers
  21. Soak it a couple of hours in vinegar. Rinse well with water when your finished.
  22. That looks like a tire rim as the forge. After several modifications the 55 forge still works better for me. Use the side blast version. Jabod is another option for a quick and easy forge. Here you can get an angle grinder for $10-15 from Harbor Freight, maybe a bit more from your sources there. A exhaust shop should be able to make a T fitting from scrap pipe at little or no charge. Make the forge to T rather short (6 inches) and the T to the bottom of the ash dump longer (12 to 16 inches) to hold a reserve of ash. Use 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 or larger exhaust pipe as the smaller sizes tend to clog up. The side branch of the T can be as long as needed to be convenient and easy to access with an air pipe. The air pipe from the blower to the T can be 3 inch expandable dryer vent (4 inch is you can not find 3 inch). Easy to crush the ends to wrap around the end of the T. Use 1 inch thick or standard brick for the table top. Stuff gets heavy so build accordingly. Concrete board used around fireplaces is 1/4 inch or so thick and will work. 11 ga or 1/8 inch plate will work if you can find it. You just do not want thin metal in direct contact with wood if you plan on having much HOT material resting outside the forge. Anything to space the metal from the wood will work. Walk grating is 1 inch thick and when covered with a metal should do fine. Expanded metal will work if you have some flat bar or something under it for air space. If you cut down the side of a 55 gallon drum and flatten it out, you get a 3 foot wide x 6 foot long sheet of metal. Lots of possibilities. Having a foot switch for the electric blower is a good way to save fuel as well as to turn off the air when you step away from the forge. Build a second work table. Place anything hot on the forge table. To transfer that piece of metal to the work table, dip it in water and transfer it to you bare hand, and only then put it on the work table. There are no surprises that way and no one can grab a piece of hot metal. This goes for tongs, hammers, and anything on the forge table, into the water, and into the bare hand before it goes to the work table. A 5 gallon plastic full of water is a great safety feature for the forge. People see the water and do not ask questions. It is good for quenching metal or cooling metal as needed. Put it on a couple of cinder blocks to raise it to a convenient working height.
  23. You need a T instead of a 90* bend. The bend will fill up with ash and restrict the air flow. The T will let the ash fall on past and allow it to be cleaned out.
  24. EEB (Evaporative, Exploding Bamboo) is sometimes loud enough to hurt the ears and get them to ringing. Each closed section goes off on its own schedule, and usually about the time you think they have all gone off, there are a couple still waiting in cue.