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  1. Borntoolate

    School Project I'm Doing (Please respond)

    relevance today??? I have been blessed with 60+ year old house with PVC water line failure underneath it (Peer and Beam Construction, poor QC, PVC only pushed in about 1/8" into 1/2 SW fitting, totally just came apart!). I have decided to go back with pex piping. I purchased a tool that requires a good bit of "Squeeze" to set the collar that seals the pex against the fitting. My clearance under the house is about 12-14 inches. I must reach over several other pipe runs that travel willy nilly and my leverage is crap. Where I need to work seems to be the hub of all water lines under the house, yeah! I have been contemplating a tool that will allow me to easily pull the plier like handles together, on the pex collar. under my house, with minimal clearance, poor access due to stuff in the way and next to no leverage. So far.... So FAR! no black widows but I know that this is a favorite place for them. I have plastic down to keep me out of most of the mud and widows!!! Currently I am thinking a tee handle tool with a hole in the far end away from the tee handle. Add a rope through the hole and hook it to the ends on the tool handles. Then all I need is leverage to twist the tee handle, which I have. I expect I can even twist at a bit of an angle if I give enough length beyond the hole. I will make said tool by blacksmithing. I will make it to order, to be able to complete this job without over much cursing, under my house, in the mud, with the widows.... etc etc.... I could make it other ways but it would not be as fun or interesting. But if the tool fails to work I can easily modify it. Or maybe just call the plumber!!!!! Oh, it is the guest house and currently not in use or critical. So no big rush. Prolly get there this friday when I am off work. Now it's dark in morning and when coming home. All the other work is done which was a MAJOR PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Install two PEX runs and clamp!
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    Homemade Air Blower WIP

    or do it handcrank at least at first to see how it works. 1440 rpm, if it works, gonna blow your coal outa the firepot..... Possibly blades with it. Hand crank lets you put air when you need it too and at the right amount. u gonna be able to get that thing in there????
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    Snake tail video?

    I personally would need a pic of a final product or something. Not that I can help mind you... But just to understand what you are asking.
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    anyone doing this with their kids?

    Who says that kids are deprived of a childhood if they are trusted to operate heavy useful equipment, do a productive job, learn life skills and a work ethic? Most I have seen take huge pride in what they do. I don't think depriving kids of being useful is depriving them of a childhood. Letting them operate major destructive equipment via video games is a waste, at best. Child slavery is another thing. I don't think anyone is talking about that. And yes some kids won't fit a certain mold that you might want. I guess bottom line is I think kids nowadays are too coddled. But I bet all Grandpas have thought that since forever! As a kid I would love to drive a forklift! That would be awesome! Driving forklifts and tractors and doing really cool but effective things are part of why video games appeal. In a video game you are trusted with multimillion dollar equipment and lives. IF kids are coddled they are trusted with nothing. And I am not suggesting that Eric is telling us to coddle our kids. Just my two cents, respectfully.
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    Well I never knew that!

    Whoa.... Deep thoughts... uhhh Maybe... I am reading all this advice about how the internet is flawed... On the internet. I need my mommy... to take me to the library? And they have the internet at my library!
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    On Making Things

    What is in my head does not always come out my mouth. What comes out my fingers is probably more obscure. BUt at least I get a chance to edit it!
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    On Making Things

    Random thoughts... Everyone needs to try to remember when they were ignorant as all of us were at some point on all things. How best can we help the ignorant? Ignorance is not bad it is simply where we all start.Yes. The younger among us do not have the same experiences we did. This is always true since forever. The way people learned before and the way people learn now and the skills that young people come to the table with change over time. Our job is to figure out how to teach in the current reality.We no longer have to spend days doing research in the library. Many things can be found in seconds by a smart phone search. This is both good and bad. It is part of our current reality. It is unfortunate and awesome! I do have a library card and I use it. I think everyone should. I do have to say that the library these days is not the greatest place to learn much about blacksmithing. Though I did borrow a great DVD there! I love a good novel too. James Clavell is probably my FAVE.Yes. There are jerks. There have always been jerks. Some of us resemble that remark. Are you one of them... in your own way? LawnJockey mentioned arrogance. I see this at times on this site. In many cases it is deserved. In other words someone knows their stuff!!!! But arrogance and condescending to the ignorant does nothing to help anyone and sometimes just fills up space with useless words that help no one. Why bother typing it?Respectfully. My two cents.
  8. Add two more collars at the welds on the c-scrolls in bottom pic. Nice collar in the middle on bottom pic.
  9. "Are there No Prisons?" "Are there NO Workhouses!!!????" Repeat as required. "Humbug" to taste.
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    Stainless Steel

    I have a section of 347 that is basically about a 1/2" thick piece of 6 inch pipe. Started out as a rough cut ring... So far I have managed to make it straight and have squared it up a bit. But dang it is a workout! It will probably take so many heats with my hand hammer that it will probably be something other than what it is by the time I make anything much from it. I am not sure it is worth the effort!
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    quench bucket

    Mine can't rust. it's made of plastic. An old swimming pool DE filter housing. Works fine. I use the screw holes on the top flange to keep a few mild CS drifts. hmm. first post did not work as expected with pics
  12. Words mean something, they can also be interesting in how we use them. I am calling this a reverse S hook with swan head tips. Please provide pics and names as this post leads you. Hate to say it but this may be my first pic post with the new format. Hope it doesn't suck too bad. And the swan head tips are not so evident... maybe.. We'll see how it works. My intent is not to put tradition on it's head. But rather to unleash folks art in the form of a pic and allow them to express their personal descriptions of that art. My art is obviously simple and easy. Well I have said enough. I hope we can all get some cool ideas for our art and maybe some cool phraseology to got with it...
  13. Frosty, any IT changes make me nervous. But I jumped in the Win 10 pool a few days ago and waited for disaster. At first my monitor was all effed up and icons were huge and distorted and I could not see or do what I needed to fix it. After a couple reboots all seems well. it is a bit different but not too different at all so far. Take the leap, what the heck. And mine was free with the PC I just upgraded so that made it a bit easier as well.
  14. its blurry and probably small. Just upgraded to windows 10 and have no idea what I am doing. But to me the "tip" looks like a swan... That is the Finial ehh? Looks like snipping tool worked!
  15. I like my fingernails long. They were recently trimmed. Generally she is jealous of my nails. we have them for a reason. Why does everyone trim them down to a nub? Forget my feeble hook and nails. Let me see some pics of your stuff and the cool names for them!
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    Forging Sensitized 347 SS

    Thanks All. I should have had more confidence!
  17. Has anyone ever forged sensitized 347 stainless? If so is this an issue or not? I think this is primarily a polythionic acid issue but I am not sure...??? And if you are aware it is an issue is there a heat treat that may solve this problem such as a stabilize or solution anneal? Just looking for someone with practical hands on experience with this material in a sensitized condition... Maybe it will just crumble if not handled correctly...???? I kinda doubt it but if no one here knows for sure I will be finding out in the coming days/weeks.... Prior to that it would be good to start out with others learning and experience prior to my experimenting.... Before you ask how I know it is sensitized you can either just take it for granted (my preference) or... Because I know it has been in ~1000F service for many years and that we also have metalography of similar service 347 material that shows clear sensitization as determine by a metalurgist. This is potentially a heat treat question depending on the answer? But it may be a non issue so I placed it in general discussion.
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    Tension VS Compression bracing

    But we do have our moments...
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    Tension VS Compression bracing

    I generally get along better with folks that aren't engineers. Engineers can be: Too snooty sometimes. Other times not very practical. Sometimes have no experience using a tool or actually doing stuff other than calling on the phone for people to do stuff for them that they complain about not being correct. Want to talk about safety and call things out without ever actually having done what they wanna throw the safety card at!Anyway... I have a healthy disrespect for my profession.
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    Tension VS Compression bracing

    thanks Charles. I appreciate that!
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    Tension VS Compression bracing

    So don't think so much about compression on steel as bad. Steel is strong in compression otherwise hammers would not work very well. Ehh? Think more about buckling. Steel is fine in compression as long as it does not buckle. Once it begins to bow now we are in to bending which is buckling. The shape of steel and how the load is applied have a very great deal to do with how well it will handle compression. A round bar will begin to buckle under compression more easily than the same amount of metal shaped into an I beam shape or even a pipe or square tube. In engineering, which I are one, it is all about buckling. Diameter and the distance from the centroid of the material and the direction of force applied make all the difference. Cross braces that prevent buckling are a big help! That is a huge hint into compression and the prevention of buckling! I am sure people have real life examples of avoiding buckling with cross braces that can be applied here. Might be a balancing act but... My two cents...
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    Inconel 718

    718 is an inconel material
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    Aluminum oxide

    what is the hardness of woodpecker lips? anyone? anyone?
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    Steel Grade for "Grade 8 Bolt" ???

    I work at a refinery. We have a lot of bolts around that hold flanges together keeping stuff like gasoline, crude oil and a bunch of other stuff from leaking. Grade 8 bolts are stronger than 5. We don't specify bolting based on carbon content for blacksmithing tools... ;o). Bolting is usually more about strength and temperature and also corrosion. Higher temps usually mean stronger bolts or bolting that is less effected by temperature. Hot weak bolts that lose tension under application of temperature and pressure will leak at bolted pipe connections. That is bad. There is another thread here that talks about 718 material. We have a piping system that operates at 1000F and 3000 PSI. It has 718 bolts that have excellent hight temperature strength. grade 5s would be bad. grade 8s would be bad but not as bad as 5s. 718 is great! As for chemistry you can find that online all over the place as already mentioned. The other piece is that alloy bolts like stainless will elongate more with temperature than some other materials. Bolts that elongate too much when heated can be a problem. It is all about keeping the gasket in a flange compressed and holding pressure of the stuff in the pipe. And yes zinc or cadmium coating can be a problem at high temps due to liquid metal embrittlement. This is also a consideration in case there is a fire.