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  1. Borntoolate

    Champion Blower Fan Blade Removal

    Yup. impact did it. But grr. NOw I am down to no good way of holding the shaft to turn the fan to get it off. Gonna have to make a tool to fit the slot in the shaft and jam up on the nut on the opposite side so as not to screw up the threads. Then maybe another tool to hit several fan blades to turn it. THough I think my handled bending fork might do the trick. Though maybe a heavy folded towel on channel locks on the shaft might work. Seems to me these things are not made to come apart very easily without some special tooling or a bit of luck. I saw that it is not a great idea to try to jam up the gearing and use that to hold it. The fan shaft will come out of the blower end about 1/2". THis seems wrong to me in that I would have thought the bearings would have been snugged up on both ends.... This might be a bad sign....???
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    Champion Blower Fan Blade Removal

    I bought some different penetrating fluid and lubed it all up and let it sit. I got my MAP gas little torch and heated up the nut on the fan side. The second time it broke loose. Except what broke loose was the race/nut opposite the side of the fan with the two flats. Left side of the pic above. Now I am down to the pic attached. I am fearful that I will break the fan blade assembly if I do anything drastic and have no good way to hold the shaft to break the nut loose that I am pointing to. Below the fan it looks like another bearing cover cap. And once again no easy was to get hold of it. If I could then I could pull the whole shaft out and things would become easy. Other than keep applying penetrating oil and waiting and tinkering I'm not sure what to do but that. If I break the fan it's game over seems to me. And I am in no big hurry other than my main workshop work bench is covered with tools and blower parts.\ BTW I looked real good at the blower and found no model number on it. It is a champ from Lancaster and has similar Pat and Pending numbers on the top cover as my other one.
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    Champion Blower Fan Blade Removal

    Ok I have not tried the heat. Saw that on youtube. Looks like the round bit with the two flats on it is shown upper left. part of the bearing assembly. And looks like either/all stuff comes loose just need to be able to hold it tight without breaking stuff. Yeah, I was thinking the same in regard to right handed threads. NO point since it works either way. I find I use mine with an overhand push but some might like to pull it over the top I guess... The pic helps. Thanks Frozen! As for the model is does not say 400 on it. The SN is #6662. BUt it's still pretty dirty and maybe it will reveal itself once I progress a bit further. OTherwise is looks quite similar to my other Champ 400. And so far this shaft pic matches everything I have been able to get to so far.
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    Hello Again to all

    All good points especially on the conditions years ago. Living in the South I have become quite partial to air conditioning. It;s kinda in like with Food, Water, Air Conditioning and so on... It's in the 90s today and I expect that to be the norm through August and usually part of September. I kinda like the BTL handle. I might keep it. I can probably make many meanings from it. Thanks for the replies and I hope to be a bit more active here. I am not yet retired so that is in the future. And we have a huge turnaround in June/July so that won't be optimum for the short term. BUt my shop is all back together, new and improved. 33'x33' by 16' high at the corners metal building and 10' overhang all along the back which we slabbed in fully over Christmas. All wired for sound with satellite radio and zero commercials.
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    ember problems

    I wear a long welders glove on my non hammer hand in order to hold tools close to hot metal. I have never gotten hot stuff in it. These gloves go up close to the elbow.
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    When do you finally throw scraps away

    When you have a flood and clean up puts you in a "Get rid of anything that doesn't have a near immediate use!' After that you go back to accumulating.
  7. Yeah me too! What is it???
  8. I was looking for a listing of modern day sayings that originated from Blacksmithing. I did not find a list on the net readily. Perhaps we could make our own. When you post put the saying by itself for potential easy compilation later. I'll start with the easy ones. Numbering them from the previous post would be a plus. So whoever posts next start with 3. If the saying needs an explanation include it. I assume averyone knows the two below. If you have a saying that is perhaps not used much these days that is ok. Also, I think nails were sized and priced in regard to how easy they were to smith? ie 10 penny nails?... So if someone knows that bit go for it. 1. Strike While the Iron is hot. 2. Too many irons in the fire. Others?
  9. Frosty, this brings to mind that you don't necessarily have to actually do anything. If you have very little time then perhaps it could be used to mentally work through the sequence, tong useage, handling and so forth to quickly make optimum use of the fire once you make it. If you have a good hot fire and a hunk of hot metal but don't really have a plan of what you are going to do with it then not much happens, it get's cold, and has to be heated up again. And if still no plan then same result. For me if I don't have a perfect plan then the perfect time to focus on it is while building the fire. I actually find that very therapeutic. Make the fire. Zone out on the plan. Prep the tools. Mentally walk through the steps. No big rush but when it's time be ready. Execute...
  10. Sorry Meadowgrove was the original pster agreed, BUt I have done that just for the the shop / forge therapy...
  11. C-1, I would say that if your time window to do work on a hot useful fire is small then you need to focus on learning how to get to a hot useful fire quickly. I have always thought that that is something that does not get enough attention on this site. Maybe there is a thread on that But I don't recall seeing it. But the flood has put me out of pocket for the most part for over a year.
  12. 15 minutes... Don't bother. Mostly. 30 Minutes... Don't bother unless you are just trying to put that final touch on something or if you are just interested in some sort of forge, fire therapy. Though if you are good at the fire and quick at the forge and hammer/anvil you can accomplish something. For me it takes a good 8-10 minutes minimum to get a a decent fire started and have it progress to what I would call a mature and hot plus well rounded fire that actually can heat well and quickly. And that would only be if I shut my coal forge down with a good amount of coke. And 8-10 minutes is actually pretty fast. Though I forge more for fun and therapy than productivity. Please note that I am a novice but I have also started my forge several times after work and did little it because of time and other issues. I have shut it down all too often shortly after it became a mature fire. That may also set me up for the next one...???? I flooded in the great 2016 flood in Southern Louisiana and have only recently got back to it and only in a small way.
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    my reaction the same. Like a knife.....
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    or the de-CAP-itater! I like the naming idea. My mind wonders on that. Cap-slinger. I guess I am thinking sword names like Lord of the Rings... But I realize you were sticking with the gun reference. In a six pack there would be relatively standard spacing. A double action opener could do 2 on one side, then 2 just opposite, then the 2 on the end. but who would drink all of that???
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    I think you might be able to find a spot you could wedge a cap in at and then open it. Maybe it's a puzzle bottle opener.... I like it. IT's a single shooter though. That's probably best.... I guess most bottle openers are. But that does bring up an interesting challenge! How bout for parties having a 6 pack bottle opener! Maybe we should start with a double barrel instead.
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    I like the simplicity of the rebar bottle opener!
  17. this just doesn't seem very practical...
  18. First off, I am a slow learner but once I get it I tend to get it as well or better than most. I also learn as I screw up long after training is complete. Since we can't post pics perhaps this is more important. This list will grow over time. They are in no particular order. 1. I learned I could do it too - Hole punch Example: punching a hole. I made a not so neat hole punch tool while he was here. He showed me to punch just like the slot punch video here. I did this three times after he left and have three nice slugs that came right out. This was using my not so neat hole punch. Easier than drilling particularly if the metal is wanting to harden on you. I wanted to show the pics of these slugs as they are beautiful! Now I know I can make my own punchs and use them to make holes that are easy and clean. 2. Have a specific Plan when you go to the Anvil After he left and I was trying to make some stuff. I was frustrated at making very little progress on my project. The more I hit it the more it got screwed up or just did not go anywhere. So now I will do the following. I will not go to the anvil from the forge unless I know how I am going to hold the metal and exactly what kind of hit I am going to make and where how to stand etc. This needs to be very specific! If I make only one good hit that moves me forward with the project then that is success. One good hit is better than 10 pointless whacks. If I can see three good hits then so be it. Eventually I will see the next ten hits clearly and not just bang at it. No more hitting fast just to make sure I get as many hits in before the metal cools. 3. I need to learn to use and make some more tools. We did some C Scrolls and banding. This was easy but is similar to #1. I could make many things from some simple tools using these technigues. Invest the time to make and learn the tools you need to do stuff. Then, make stuff! Sweet! 4. Be Precise first, speed will come in time. This is similar to #2. I was making a leaf and basically used the veining tool to fast and screwed it up. All I needed to do was take my time, Aim, hit precisely and make a good leaf vein. Don't get caught up in the whole "did it all in one heat" macho BS. You ain't gonna start there. 5. Forge/Fire Control I am going to be a bit vague on this one.... Get your fire above the metal and look for the "golden flame". The golden flame heats you up fast. Cranking on the blower at temps below this, conserving fuel and not having your heat above the metal is just wasting time. Brian teaches a lot about basic hammer technigues that I also learned about. However, I think I need to go through much of the above (2,4,5) to really say I have learned those basics. Anyway enough for now. More to come.
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    What I learned from 2 Days With Brian

    I don't think it was a new technigue but rather a basic. it was really just about having the metal totally surrounded by heat both top and bottom. I was at times laying the metal on top of the heat but not necessarily immersing the metal in heat all around. Or not getting enough fuel hot enough all around. The golden flame was something Brian mentioned and I think it means that you have good conditions for high heat without too much O2 but enough to make things heat fast. The golden flame was noticeable. also, I am very frugal. So I was cranking on the blower in a minimalist way rather than an effective way. It used to to take too long to get things hot. He was more telling me to make it very hot very fast rather than be frugal which wastes time and is frankly annoying.
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    What I learned from 2 Days With Brian

    was reading a newer bit about scrolling and was trying to find the Brian Brazeal Scrolling and Collaring thread that was so awesome. It appears it is too old and all the wonderful pics in sequence seem to no longer be available. This is a huge loss since it was so excellent. Then I cam across my favorite quote from IFI and here it is. Glenn is there any way to retrieve the pics from the thread I mentioned that Brian started? I also had a decent follow up to that where me and Andrea made several scrolled and collared trivets all with simple tooling and a good number of pics that Brian showed me. I still like the above quote. And if I am not mistaken the gentleman who made it passed some time back and was also a well respected member of the community. I never met him personally. Perhaps he was a bit of a curmudgeon as well? Which is fine with me!!
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    Blacksmithing Myths

    uh ohh!!!!!!!!!
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    can we agree to disagree?

    does anyone bother using brine these days?
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    Well, I Don't Know, Do You?

    stand it up. Put Christmas lights on it. What does the lettering at the left say?
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    RR Spike Fork

    what about PAM in a spray can?
  25. On there are a lot of old pics that appear to be in ~HD quality. You would need to hunt through them but I bet there would be some of interest mentioned above as well as just plain interesting.