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Jack Evers

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    farrier, semi retired
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    former petroleum engineer - retired

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  1. Thanks, Charles. and John B and George M, there is a peg through the door to lift the latch from either side. Hard to see in the first pictures.
  2. Thanks, my dilemma there was to make the screws conspicuous or to blend in. You're probably right - a bit of black paint.
  3. I'm a farrier more than a blacksmith, but wondered what you might think of some recent door hardware i made.
  4. I'm a farrier more than a blacksmith. Most off my work is on my truck anvil at 85 pounds.I use a 100 and a 250 in the shop.
  5. I can see the use of tying it together, mine doesn't have that. How did I date mine? Found some empty Pepsi cans in it marked 50th anniversary 1923-1973. It was used then as an elk hunting camp.
  6. I have an original to be rebuilt. Has not been used since the 70's, The undercarrige, wheels and tire goway ba ck. I'll check when I get home, but it just has a hasp and a doorknob. I believe the two wheeled version was called a gypsey wagon and was towed behing freight wagons, was not used for sheep.I have a book, I'll reference .
  7. Some special high strength non API grades do get into the 4340 category, but how would you identify it in a used rod?. The API grades are low to medium carbon (35 points at best) I doubt that they would be much good for tools.
  8. Notthing to do with hammer weight, but some might be wondering about the odd (and not symetrical) shape to those shoes. In an Eagle eye contest, the contestant gets a look -typically 10 seconds - at a foot and makes the shoe to fit that particular foot. The foot wasn't symetrical. Looks like a left hind to me.
  9. As stated_physics and equations won't solve this, but the concentration has been on energy. Momentum (mass times velocity) is also conserved. Energy comes in several forms with deformational energy being a major one. For example, safety in cars,. In my youth, many decades ago, cars were built like tanks and in a collision the deformation was apt to be in deforming the occupants. Todays cars (race cars being an extreme example) are pretty flimsey, but in a collision the energy goes to deforming the car (parts fly everywhere) not the occupants and folks survive some pretty spectacular crashes. - The car damage can be fixed by throwing money at it - better than people damage. Most of you already know this, but if you want a shallow upset use a light high speed hammer, for a deep upset use a slow heavy hammer, or as Charles says trying to move a wall with a light fast hammer rrsults in deformation of the framing lumber. A sledge moves the wall.
  10. The forgeing contests at farrier meetings use 20 lb tanks in water baths in convention center venues under control of fire marshals, so I would say it's an OK practice.
  11. My line loss calculator gives 2.3 % at 15 amps. Not a problem, but as others have said, the wire between the breaker box and the outlet you'te using could be a bigger problem.
  12. Years ago I asked a stable owner where I kept horses if I could put in a treadmill - two hp motor. I said I'd pay extra for elecricity if he wanted. He said what will it use? I said about 20 cents an hour - probably use it a couple hours a week. He said don't worry about it. His next electric bill was a hundred or so higher than normal and he was on the warpath. Turned out the meter reader had just misread the meter. I think I've seen estimates that for a commercial shop, the power is one or two percent of a project cost.
  13. I did not make this knife and I know nothing about it. If it was heat treated or not. Some tenants left it in my rental house. I do however like the work and the shape. It is an HC spike, which I understand has less than 1/2 the carbon we might like. It is quite soft, a couple strokes with a rusty file put a pretty good edge on it, I refined it with a stone, took it to a barbeque where I cut the meat off a small well cooked chicken and it was dull - visible edge. I'm thinking of just an aggressive quench, like brine or even super quench. Would that make it a somewhat reasonable light duty knife ?
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