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I Forge Iron


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  1. For some reason, the keyboard on my office computer keeps typing “tt” on a single stroke of the “t” key.
  2. The “Demon Core”, I think you mean.
  3. If you go to the upper right hand corner and click on the ellipsis (three little dots), it gives you the option to report a comment or post to the moderators. You can always report your own post to ask for it to be deleted.
  4. Not Lincoln: Plato. The even-less-frequently read third section of the Allegory of the Cave.
  5. Considering that Clint hasn't been back to the forum since October of 2020, I'm not particularly sanguine about getting a reply.
  6. The Dunning-Kruger effect = the homeopathy theory of knowledge.
  7. Total misunderstanding of using cuttlefish ink as a quenchant.
  8. Note that there's a cut between the powder and the quench. If Thomas is correct about the case-hardening-with-sugar hypothesis (which would be, let's face it, pretty sweet), I'm guessing that there's some amount of time (and possibly multiple heats) not shown in which the tool could be absorbing carbon from the powder.
  9. That channel is still operating. Thompson had brought on a couple of co-hosts before his death (in a paramotoring crash), and after his widow inherited ownership of the channel, a few more hosts were added as well. I have no idea what the quality of videos is these days, though.
  10. I've got no beef with experimental archaeology. The problem is (a) when the experimenters don't do their research first and set up experimental conditions that don't match the original situation and (b) when the experimenters don't reevaluate their setup when the experiment doesn't work. There's another video making the rounds that shows someone "testing" a naval cannon by firing it at a "ship hull" that's little more than a stud wall with 1" boards nailed on the outside. Spectacular results, to be sure, but not exactly applicable to, say, the multi-layer live oak planking of the USS Cons
  11. Linda further comments on about whether iron sulfate or chelated iron are effective treatments: One thing I should say about Linda (having interacted with her for about ten years now) is that she is very much a hands-off person when it comes to soil amendments, fertilizers, etc. Her general rule is, "Unless a test shows a deficiency, don't add anything!" She also likes to point out that there's no such thing as anything that's universally "good for" plants -- even excesses of composted organic matter can be washed out of the soil, with that runoff contaminating waterways and caus
  12. The problem with adding material to clay soil (such as sand or whatever) is that you're basically making adobe. A much more effective way to improve clay soil is by encouraging the natural processes that build good soil in the first place: slow-decaying organic material added on top (wood chip or straw mulch), minimal disturbance of the soil (which tends to clump the clay particles together, so no double-digging and minimize tilling as much as possible), don't block moisture exchange (no cardboard or plastic mulch), and so on. True, but iron is taken up by plants as ions, not as oxides.
  13. I suspect that the strong bonding between the Fe and the O would still be a problem, but I've submitted this question on a (strictly evidence-based) soil science FB group I belong to; I'll keep you posted on any replies.
  14. Sin, the Lorain County Airport is just on the outskirts of town, so that's very convenient. Too much cast iron might throw off the weight of the plane, though. Thomas, yes, I did. Fortunately, I made enough on my tailgate sales to cover the fine.
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