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  1. Robert, you mentioned that you sent the "S7" piece out to be tested...what did the testing show? I have never used S7 and would like to know if it may be a problem with getting truly air-hardening steel named "S7"
  2. I have noticed a trend lately, and I don't know if it's gonna be good or bad, but a large number of private practitioners, general MD's, specialists, private clinics, etc. have been abandoning their private practices and contracting with the 3 or 4 large regional hospitals in our area. It could be medical insurance coverage for them, or problems with their patients' medical insurance, costs associated with a private practice, job security with a large hospital, access to more facilities/programs, wider exposure, liability protection, job burnout, the list could go on.......
  3. When we moved to Arkansas, I told the wife that we needed to find a good doctor, one with grey hair and experience, so we didn't have to train one. Well, now it seems that the old, grey haired docs are retiring and now we have to train the new, young, less experienced ones......hmmmmm.
  4. Have you tried Google search??? Looks like pages of brass bells.....................
  5. An old friend of mine always said, "I would rather take a flogging with a wet rope than make a move"...now my motto.... I had been involved in many moves with my son and daughter, apts., dorms, houses, etc. The last one I participated in was a daughter's move from Eugene, OR to Arkansas. I told her "I don't do moves anymore, just supervise." I went up there to "supervise". She contracted PODS to load, move and deliver...greatest thing ever!!!! I helped her pack some of the last small stuff, some local movers put all the remaining furniture, boxes, etc. into the pod, slammed the doors and locked it up! It arrived to a storage facility near here in a few days (long haul)...I never touched another thing on that move!!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!
  6. Sub.... Rebar is rebar...often characterized as being the "sausage of steels". Rebar is best used in concrete. No, it won't help rebar by trying to carbonize it. Visit your local car repair shop, spring manufacturer/installer, scrap metal/recycle yard and get some real steel from car parts such as leaf and coil spring, suspension parts, etc. and give the rebar a rest. If you're needing a specific steel, there are some retailers who sell for specific uses such as blade work, etc. It DOES, however, make good tent stakes since the ribs make it a bit harder to pull out of the ground than smooth rod. Rebar is marginal when it comes to a "practice" steel. It varies quite a bit in composition, being a steel "sausage" and does not forge uniformly. Happy forging!
  7. Rebar is not a suitable type of steel for a crossbow. You would be better served using one of your aforementioned steels in your query. It would indeed be a CSPS using rebar. Happy forging!
  8. I'm with Frosty on that one...looks like a darned expensive flue pipe there. A wire from each corner of the roof to it would be the best insurance, "just in case". Mother Nature can throw one some pretty nasty curve balls.
  9. Frosty, seems like too much/many of the past family shops and businesses in the trades are disappearing. My dad had to have his cowboy boots custom made due to a high instep...that was some 50-60 yrs ago.... made by a Mexican family in W. TX that had been in business for decades. During a nostalgic moment the other day, I was curious to see if it had been kept up by his sons (on the business' name; "Ramirez and Sons"). Alas, the last son closed the shop a few years back...sad to see. I still remember the smells of the leathers in that shop.
  10. Frosty, I just googled the name, out of curiosity. The sidebar had a red banner that said, "Permanently Closed". Some links on the google page had several photos of the shop, however.
  11. Round rivets are most common in things that are meant to turn, i.e. tongs. Round rivets are used for fastening as well, some structural work, machinery, ornamental work, etc. The square rivets would be used where any movement would not be wanted such as joinery work. You would forge out the rivet stock in a square shape if you started with round stock, punch a properly aligned and sized hole with a square punch and rivet the pieces together. The rivet head could be shaped either square or round.
  12. Sadly, the "new" wars going on in the world have shoved the remembrances of Pearl Harbor out of the picture.
  13. Years ago, first starting, I needed a hot cut. I used a mason's chisel and sharpened the edge more. The 1" handle fit my hardie hole perfectly. Now, I have too many hot cuts!
  14. Kathy, you might try the Tool Talk forum...google it. They have a section (scroll down the list of topics) on farm implements and tools. The info there is mostly for commercially made tools, but one can still give it a look.
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