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    Yuma, AZ 2nd hottest place in US behind Death Valley


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    Yuma, AZ 2nd hottest place in US behind Death Valley
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    11 years general contractor, 2 years welder
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    Plasma Art, hotrods, classic cars
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    Law enforcement 17 years

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  1. I have a 25 year old Grizzly lathe that has been worked hard. The motor fried and took some of the control relays with it. DOA... So now I need to wire a replacement motor with the ability to reverse the rotation by means of a transformer/contactor and switch. I've considered using two knife switches for KISS purposes. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx , Keith
  2. .I had a Norgren valve fail almost out of the out of the box..Got to say it..Run from Norgren Virtually no customer support. You can't rebuild them (no parts), Low CV They couldn't give me a replacement because they didn't have any at the factory and none at any of their distributors. Told me to wait till the next production run of that model. Didn't know when ! Contacted PARKER, outstanding customer service. Walked me through my application and they had parts on the shelf. # B834OOOXXA If you see green grease seeping out of the Parker valve, it's just assembly grease. This valve has been running 5 + years. Keith
  3. I have used and abused my grinder. Now I need to replace the tracking wheel..I see crowned tracking wheels Like I have now) and then I see tracking wheels that are tapered in one direction only. Any thoughts which is better? THX Keith
  4. The inside jaws have been installed on my lath for years and I've marked them to match the chuck. But today, I needed the outside jaws to hold a large piece. That's when I realized that those jaws were not match to the chuck. Spent a bit of time using the "hit and miss" method.....then shut off the lights and went inside. Even a fool knows his limits. So what is the secret, math formula for timing these jaws to meet in the middle..........THX, Keith
  5. When all else fails, try thermite. Let the good times roll....OK,seriously don't mess with this stuff. It can definitely cause serious questions you don't want to answer. I'm just saying......
  6. Last week, I went looking through my scrap pile and came up empty. So, I decided to scrap all the "unusable" pieces since I was going into town anyway to my steel supplier. I had 500# of steel and a little brass and bronze and copper scraps that I set aside. When I'm done, that little bit of brass/copper brought more than than all the steel. I figure that it paid for my gas and bought me lunch. Oh well, now I have room to start saving scrap again !
  7. About 15 years ago, I placed a large 2 speed exhaust fan in the wall about 5 feet above the ribbon burner forge which produce a lot of CO2. It doubles in use during the summer when it's 120 deg plus Naaw, its a dry heat. Least that's what they told me when I moved here.
  8. Yep, leaking internally. Guess I'll rebuild the compressor and relocate it behind the shop in the spring. That's what I appreciate about IFI. Folks willing to help/share.
  9. There is a 50+ foot run of 1/2" black pipe from the compressor to the shop with a second inline 80 gallon tank at the shop. The line is above ground. The set up leaks down and the compressor kicks in at night which is inconsiderate of my neighbors. I have "soaped" every part of the lines and compressor repeatedly and still can't find the leak. I've considered freon dye but have no idea what bad things that could cause. I fully realize that I could simply close the valve at the compressor but that would require my arthritic mind to remember to close said valve. It ain't going to happen. Any thoughts?
  10. We have Sonoran desert tortoises in our backyard.. The oldest is Festus, who is between 70-80 years old. Oddly enough, they are attracted to the vibration of the power hammer. Recently, I've watched hairline cracks form around the PH and now the cracks have widened. Turns out that these tortoises have burrowed more than eight feet under the shop's foundation, terminating directly under the hammer ! ! ! Come spring, I'll extract the tortoises, saw cut the floor and pour concrete until full.....Just weird enough to share with others LOL
  11. Yes, I forgot to post content. I could do better if I weren't dyslexic, bald and hearing impaired LOL This is my take on a 20 ton Carolina style press. The 1/4 thick angle iron rails spread when in use, so I used 1 inch square bar for spacers. The bottom platen took some tweaking to get plumb/square. I'm impressed by how much work I can get from one heat. This really adds to the versatility of a power hammer. Besides, the grand kids love to 'smush' coke cans !!
  12. Thanks for the link...I know that I tend to over think/over engineer things.....Just ask my wife...no that's not a good idea. One of the greatest resources is the folks on this forum who help out with info/ideas/resources.....Keith
  13. I've known the folks at the local steel supply for many years. I never buy in large quantity but I do buy frequently. And they give me their deepest discount....?cause they like me or because they like donuts ?". I mention that the flat dies in my hydraulic press are mild steel and they deform rather quickly. Sitting at his desk, he tells me to go to the first building, third rack, far end on the bottom is a 2 X 3 foot piece of A/R plate. Next to it is 30" of 2 1/4" round bar, Blanchard ground used for hydraulic piston shafts. You can have that too if I want it (cause it has some surface rust.) Amassing memory, because I can't remember what I had for lunch let alone where a certain piece of steel is in this huge warehouse. So if I cap the flat dies with the A/R, Can I mig weld it without effecting it? .....................
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