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  1. Interesting solution. That is surely one that has never been proposed before. Bolt a new face to the anvil. I suggest to use U bolts at each end of the new face so not to harm your grandfather's anvil. This way you can replace the face at will every few month or so to keep the face pristine and without blemish and the edges and corners sharp, a feature that is essential for good forging results. (Sarcasm off) When you start your blacksmithing course, tell the proposed solution to the class for them to have a good belly laugh at that company expense. Treasure your gran anvil and don't "do" anything to ti but work on it. It does not need to be brought back to life because it is not dead, unless the whole face is missing. A bit of a dip or even a lot is usually not an issue. I hope you understand that sharp edges and corners are not required for forging since the anvil is not a die but a surface to hammer on, and just like your hammer face, does not need to be flat nor be pristine or sharp. It is a common misconception particularly from machine shops. All the best with your forging course.
  2. Mm ... this thread should be called how not to clean an anvil. Anyway ... could be worse, could have taken it to a machine shop to mill flat.
  3. Glad to hear you could negotiate to do some of he work and the electrician to connect. That is the way to go for larger jobs. I did that when we installed 3 phase.
  4. That vice really hits the spot ... and with the right spelling too As for weight ... it should be 170 lb according to the PW catalogue, but will depend from manufacturer and age. The older the heavier. (Not necessarily the better) ... can I say betterer?
  5. You will have no problem selling your tools, the price factor is the only unknown. I noticed a small drop in prices in general comparing to a few years ago. i think the heat has come off the market as people start selling. I hope you get good money for them anyway.
  6. I looked up your regulators using google US and indeed they seem to have the overflow valve inbuilt in the regulator. However I don't know if you can use a regulator to run the burner, it may reduce the pressure too much.
  7. I just noticed the word wrought on the side, and sice PW is the one that crows about using wrought iron (to it's detriment) it is most likely a PW. It is a common brand, and a good workhorse that no one would turn away. What else do you have to sell?
  8. Rub all the places that seem to have letters or numbers with chalk. That will reveal a bit more. It looks like Peter Wright to me, but from those photos I am not sure. Price will depend from location. That would fetch 3000 + in Australia
  9. It's just a commercial name since 'mutatis mutandis' fulfills the same role as a fuse in an electric circuit. You may call it a "propane sudden loss of pressure valve" or less words to the same effect If your hose bursts the drop of pressure will shut the gas off at the bottle. Not sure what the legislation is in your corner of the woods, but here in our beautifully over regulated country we can not build DIY gas contraptions to use on either LPG or natural gas. They need to be approved and usually have a sort of badge or metal label hanging from them.
  10. Get the one you posted in the second picture and hang a spanner from a chain next to the bottles. if you can add two LPG fuses to the bottles, that would be a plus.
  11. Take the Hay Budden and the post vice without a doubt. Lately I believe the prices for anvils have started to soften a bit. Try $300 for the anvil and $80 for the post vice. Remember that if you are not ashamed at your own offer, your offer is too high Those prices are cheap for Australia.
  12. Well ... we got way more than we bargained for. Fires are all out ... It never rain but it pours.
  13. Wire wheel the lot including the base feet and under side. Oil it and use it. Patina ( read rust ) does not help forging. In my opinion only.
  14. Sure ... or you can walk around the anvil ... Just saying because chiselling a square hole in steel is not fun. You can ofcourse sleeve a hardy on a stump away from the anvil. Many different ways are possible. I must say that if I had an anvil with no hardy i wouldn't even consider drilling a hole. Better use of my time. However everything is possible to the determined man ... or woman
  15. Since I had no idea what chinking is ... sounds like something to do with shooting ... I looked it up and this is what I came up with I see now. (sort of) it's like caulking between the logs. The groove should keep the caulking in place (?) And what is it with the last sentence ... portland cement ? Hard to obtain when you are up a mountain and a few days ride from the nearest town. I thought that lime or mud would have been more the thing ... or tar. If the use of the mystery thing is to carve a groove along a log for purpose of sealing with ... whatever they used ... the fact that you need to swing it sideways, shouldn't be a problem. After all it is not like the groove needs to be perfectly straight. It should work on soft wood. Good luck using it on our timber. As for the argy bargy above ... may I say that it is the tone that makes the music, and also that the intentions of the author are irrelevant and only the potential effect words have on the reader are important. That is why when you write what you may think is funny or clever, you have to think that may be, just may be someone else is not in the mood for jokes and may be over sensitive to something due to personal issues or events. Yes, it is different from having a conversation because the body language is missing, and the words stay on the screen. Just saying.