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Steve Sells

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  1. I have to disagree with that Frosty, its takes a lot of electricity to crack the bond between Hydrogen and Oxygen and as physics states about the conservation of energy, there is no free ride, it takes more electrical power to crack it than you get from re burning hydrogen. so its neither free nor cheap
  2. Where you have more than 2 tool arms needing a place to live I dont waste time retooling the arms, I have them mounted and I change out the arm as one assembly/ Its faster switching back and forth that way I am set up with arms for the 10 inch contact, 3 inch contact and slack belt combo arm, small wheel arm, 44 radius platter. That's 4 arms currently and since only one can be used at a time I have to put the other three arms somewhere when they are not being used. If this doesn;t make sense to you, then I am not sure I understand your question Mine mount on the wall of my sh
  3. why do you think a little Chrome in an alloy help to prevent corrosion? its Chrome oxides formed by FREE chrome in the matrix that make SS be stainless, The 1% chrome or so in alloys like 5160 and 4140 wont matter
  4. no clue, back lighting an object make it hard to see
  5. welding to the solid side has better leverage than the movable side
  6. normally when melting a metal you want to reach a higher temp than the melting point to allow for the times it takes to move it from the heat to the pouring mold, Your question tells me you have not cast metals before, copper isnt the best starting point, try Aluminum first to learn the ropes them move to other metals
  7. I use 8 through 44 inch depending on the style. The 44 inch radius is a water cooled platen I have, great for straight razors
  8. 4 inch is more viking fuller than hollow grind, and I cant imagine using a hard metal contact wheel
  9. no, sometimes you have to cough up the cash to get the tools to do the job, I didnt spend my money on a Bader B3 for fun
  10. I switched to using a 2# hammer to type, KBs last much longer this way
  11. its a delta there is no such thing as delta wye, and it should be 240 volts for the high leg
  12. Iron needs to have more than 0.3 to noticeably harden, that isnt going to happen from the heating and carbon monoxide reduction of iron oxide, as you put it Iron plus carbon equals steel. its either iron or its steel
  13. NO but you came close here : Folks. Iron is as strong as bronze. But iron that has been quenched and then tempered, is much stronger than bronze. Ausstinite forms when carbon is trapped in the iron matrix, If no carbon, then no hardening
  14. Quenched iron is the same as non quenched iron, quenching does nothing to iron and tempering has no effect on iron either
  15. It isnt that hard to make it, there are directions on IFI on how to
  16. Dont forget iron by itself was not more usable than bronze, it was not until steel was created that anyone had a good use for iron, Raw iron is too soft for most uses and then there is the problem of rusting...
  17. I got my eyes examined in October and paid them $450 for exam and new safety glasses, I am still waiting for them, and I have delt with this place for 25 years,CV19 is slowing everything down
  18. its not your phone LAF its a terrible photo
  19. I built an array out of 3/4 and 1 inch square pipe ended up looking like a large drill index
  20. you want to pay for shipping from NJ too? lol must be hard up for an anvil look for his post in tailgating
  21. When I started to build my new shop 13 or so years ago, I had already established a relationship with the local code inspector to prevent surprises with fire codes and such. But I found out the hard way he retired before I finished, when the new guy showed up for the final inspection. I was scared, but the first words out of his mouth were, Wow a side draft forge.... it turned out he was an apprentice smith when younger. so he understood what was a fire risk and what was not, It passed just fine.
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