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Bryce Masuk

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    Langley bc canaaaaaaada
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    anything to do with metal
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  1. Figuring out how to cheap is an art, its like buying a used car. Some people have mastered it, Exxon moblie made a 8.8% profit last year Total revenue was 448 billion dollars, A business should never own anything that doesn't make it money, some are investments. If your paying to store things, spending your time organizing them ect (we all are). Hiring people won't help you if the work your doing doesn't earn a dime. It's pretty impossible to forsee everything, even if you do everything right your still going to lose money while working. Just do your best, make sure you ta
  2. 3d printers have a place in the future of forging Forging is an extremely efficient process in the right dies, even by hand if you have the setup. but it takes time to develop the process and the tooling, even for a small shop its an investment of time and money to make simple setup's a day is a day no matter which way you spend it. I have heard the cost of dies can be 30-40% of the cost of production of many products, obviously depends on what your making and the tolerances required. Sure they can model them on computers and try to come up with the right solution every time,
  3. I am surprised that no one has mentioned that in the late 70's early 80's 15-20 bucks was more than enough to fill your truck up with gas, go have dinner at a pub and drink beer. now the same thing is about $200 dollars... if you put your money in the bank and collect 2.5 percent interest on the money... its likely your actually losing money because inflation is higher than the interest rate.
  4. I have heard a blacksmith state that when he was educated about forge welding that a single faggot or lap welded area has approximately 7% of the shear strength of the original strength of the material. it could be completely wrong but it seems possible. Welding of any sort is typically not very strong in Shear strength in comparison to its Tensile strength. Many of the old British anvils have problem's with the faces cracking off after a 100 years of use. (Better call the manufacturer) Simply butting two giant faces up and forge welding the face on to a large anvil seems like it
  5. The horse thing reminds me of human's Typically people aren't all that smart myself included, we are intuitive though, usually our intuition is based upon our emotions which allows us to given the right circumstances to either do either incredible things or absolutely stupid things. I have a friend and his life mantra is " I know what I am doing isn't really the best way of doing things but I really don't care because I will just do them wrong for now and deal with the problems later" needless to say things don't usually work out all that well for him but its thoroughly entertain
  6. the Damascus looks pretty slick with that design.
  7. Sounds like a plan, Doesn't matter what you do, the more effort you put into thinking about it and making a plan the better it will turn out I think if you pick something and focus on one service or product you can produce really well which is in demand is a good bet. Say advertise railings or gates or whatever you want. maybe buy yourself a good name online with keywords if you can buy the top name related to your area "city"-railings.com" use google adwords if you don't mind spending money on it.... probley about $300 per month You need a good page it make it wort
  8. Building a business is no different than anything else I have discovered. the problem usually is that people aren't willing to put in the work to make it a reality "You always need to work to work" advertising is a hit and miss thing and it takes years to develop it to make it work, if you cant make it work its likely because you have done something wrong. everything is a process and it will take about 2 years to develop a really solid plan and tweek it to make it work you have to keep at it, as soon as you think you have a great plan and its working effectively you should be w
  9. Sounds like your hammer isn't really broken in I had troubles with mine for the first 6 months when I got it, It was doing all kinds of weird things, it wouldn't even hit the dies together at one point or it was very dangerous I took it apart a few times but truthfully it really needed hours and hours of running to smooth itself out. If I was you I would preheat the hammer and leave it running for about 8-10 hours a day for a month Over oil it a bit and just let it loosen up, Eventually its going to run a lot better overall, Your hammer is likely on the boarding line of being
  10. I started my own business about a year and half ago, its the most challenging thing I have ever done.. you have to get out there and spend money on advertising and marketing, take jobs and build clients, you have to work 24/7, everyday every hour your awake you need to plan and organize. organization is the key, which means you need employee's because you cant work and do it all and if you do you wont do it well, Running a one man shop is terrible if you are trying to run a business on industrial property, fully legitimately the government/ insurance rent costs more than
  11. anyone seen something like this for sale? I have a customer who would like the same thing if its available I would really like to buy some. making it isn't out of the question but its a secondary option here is the picture...
  12. A Concrete cut off is what they use to install them with a guide. a 70cc 2 stroke with a shop saw wheel on it basicly it will cut though one in 30 seconds or less and leave a clean cut
  13. I wish I could have went down for this but I have all our gear loaded for a railing we are doing on a island, we have to leave on monday and it wouldnt have been feasable to work all these hours and drive nearly 1000 kms and then pack up our gear and head off. maybe next time, I hope to go to the western states in august, If we keep getting as many jobs as we are now I many never get a vaccation lol
  14. Use the wrench.. if it doesnt work just hit it with a hammer
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