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    Patent lawyer & reg. agent. (Cda. & U.S.A.)

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  1. Mr. R. Pedro, Has said, "...come up with some kind of nut for the end... ). Have you considered and acorn nut for that purpose? Just a stray thought, SLAG.
  2. The above posts are correct about replacing a drive belt that has cracks in it. Periodic leather dressing helps prolong the life of leather. A good leather dressing is a product called neatsfoot oil. I apply it to most of my leather items, from, time to time, to keep the leather supple and to prevent it drying out. FEAR NOT! there is no such thing as a living neat. (or a dead one, for that matter). Neatsfoot oil is a petroleum product. So animal lovers (such as the SLAG) relax. When you purchase the oil, transfer it to a glass container with a metal closure. Why? because the oil evaporated from a well-sealed plastic container, chez nous. Not nice. Regards, SLAG
  3. Ms.(?) DeEuLear About two years ago I typed in a long quote from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.), series of blacksmithing. (second volume?) The article described how to pattern weld mild steel together with cast iron to allow the carbon of the cast to migrate into the mild steel in order to get a steel suitable for forging into knives etc. Search for it as it is too long to retype. If you want to carburize 1095 steel may I suggest that you get some commercial case hardening powder instead of charcoal or hoof trimmings or vine cuttings or blood meal, etc. etc. Please note that case hardening takes a long time while expending a lot of fuel to keep the heat up. But for a flyer, what the hay, give it a go, and good luck with your noble endeavor. Regards, SLAG.
  4. The price is nuts. You can get a new anvil, of that size for that same money. The shoddy, incompetent 'repair' is incompetent and has damage the anvil still further. The vendor is looking for a "forged in Fire' uninformed neophyte. Hopefully, that anvil will decorate the antique seller's shop for many years to come. Some others will post about anvil repair. It's a major job and costs much time and money. SLAG.
  5. Mr. Dragon is correct. And, Mr. Steven NY is also correct. They are called "lasting pincers" in the shoemaker's trade. Check "United Global Supply" for pages of cobbler's tool pictures and explanations. In other words, we have, here, one tool and two different uses. Just sayyin' SLAG.
  6. Herr Frosty, Mr. Laynne is correct. Badgers are fierce, to the point of demonstrable insanity. They have no fear. But they have nothing on wolverines. The latter creatures make badgers look like pacifists. They are ferocious. So much so, that bears regularly give them a wide berth.* A good northern wilderness, and survivalist friend, witnessed an extraordinary sight, (years ago).. He saw a wolverine drive off two mountain lions from their fresh deer kill. They knew better to even bother protecting their kill nor their territory. They were correct. There is a way to trap them without using a standard trap but it is gruesome, big time. So I will not divulge same. on this family forum. They do NOT make good pets, they're too peripatetic Senor Pnut, the bears are probably attracted to the salt from sweating. (most bears are primarily vegetarian, and need salt). Urea formaldehyde foam does not contain formic acid. It is made from urea and formaldehyde. Formic acid is surprisingly toxic for most animals. But not for ant eaters, echidnas, etc. Zoo keepers feed them animal derived food, with a lot of acetic acid thrown in. (acetate is a cousin of formic acid), to make it palatable. Frosty, the nine foot by four foot hack is a good but a good sturdy car trunk also works wonders. A 22 mag works well but my nine millimeter, also, turns a trick. Must run along, I'm cooking an Indonesian shrimp sambal for Marg (the marvelous), for this evening. Regards, SLAG.
  7. Folks, Porcupines are strictly plant eaters. Like all herbivores they need salt. They do not get salt from blood of other animals. (as carnivores do). Natural salt deposits are usually in short supply in the forest environment. So animals are attracted to highway verges and any objects that have sweaty deposits on them.* And farmers provide salt licks, (blocks), for their cows, sheep, goats, takins, lamas, and camels, etc. etc. So pour some salt in a small pile away from the camp site, or smithy, in order to encourage them not to bother you. For bears, wilderness campers use the nine by four rule. Put your food in a pack and suspend it nine or more feet up and four or more feet out from the tree Moth balls, (paradichlorobenzene = P.D.B.), cat hair, blood meal, etc. usually will discourage raccoons and some other types of carnivores and omnivores. A pet lynx would deter all of these animals, (except perhaps bears), but, in my experience they are hard to train and expensive to keep well fed, adorable as they are. SLAG. *porcupines have been known to eat through glass bottles in order to get to salt, in the Canadian far north. No kidding.
  8. The antifreeze additive ethylene glycol is poisonous to humans and also animals. animals like it a lot because it is sweet. It will kill them. In contra-distinction, the close cousin propylene glycol is safe for consumption and is an approved additive for some food products. Carefully check the label before use. Ethylene glycol containers should be kept covered. It is a strong poison. SLAG.
  9. Senor Thomas Powers, Glad you had a good laugh*. SLAG suggests a look at the probate office in that jurisdiction for possible wills. Also the Torrens ( "land titles", archives or whatever they call it, in your western real estate ( land), purchase records. , and also tax records*). Counselor Mr. George NM could help me out there. The local newspaper could also have an obituary for the gentleman. (I presume that he is deceased, by now). Good luck with it. Persistence, sometimes, pays big dividends. SLAG. * I have not been further west than Missouri, in the United States.
  10. Mr. T.P., Mr. Williamson may also be listed in a county or city directory. Also tax or property assessment rolls. That would give you an address. Tally ho to the archives my good friend, or the local historical society library.. Good luck. SLAG.
  11. T.P., The crack was in the log base. It was three eighth inch. I used more than one rod. The surgeon told my ex that my crack was beyond repair. SLAG.
  12. L.C.L. means "less than a car load". I had to look it up. (I love the internet). SLAG Thank you Marc1, you are a fountain of information.
  13. SLAG, Suggests, yet, another method to accomplish tightening the stump to close the cracks gap and prevent further crack widening or other checking. Get a half or three quarter-drive drill. Also, look for a "bell hangers drill bit", you can get these at a large non-big box store, or on the internet. (they are handy for many other purposes too). Those bits can be two feet long or way longer. Drill a hole all the way through the wood stand, at its widest diameter. Get some threaded rod and put it into and through the hole. Place a piece of metal onto both ends, and then install a large washer. (or just use a large washer). Thread nuts on both ends of the rod. Tighten the whole assembly, to draw the wood and crack together. (somewhat, as it is not necessary to completely close the stump's gap) Place another nut on each end to contact the other nuts. The doubled nuts discourage loosening of the first nuts due to hammering on the anvil. (doubling the nuts serves as a locking means). The whole assembly can be further tightened, from time to time), as the wood dries and shrinks. This method forgoes the use of a forge to accomplish the job. Does this method work. Sure thing. It has worked for me. In other words; there are many ways to "skin a cat". Cheers, SLAG.