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  1. This one's easy. When the threat of having to move all that stuff to where you really don't have the room. A bunch of my "cool" stuff is going back to the scrap yard it came from for a penny on the pound.
  2. Thanks Glenn I will be ending my stuff out for heat treat in the beginning. I believe in tackling one part of the monster at a time. I've been around long enough to know that if I attack the whole process I get lost in the details and never accomplish anything. One step at a time.
  3. Makes sense to me. Thanks. I've done some reading (more than just this forum) but this is the first time I have read any mention of Grain Growth. Off to read more.
  4. I ordered some knife making steel and neglected to order the correct thickness of 1095. There is no room for forging so, unless I sandwich it between some softer steel then forge weld it, I am looking at stock removal as the only way to use this in a single steel knife. I am not looking to open up any stock removal vs. forging can of worms. Is there a structural/strength advantage, on a microscopic level brought about by forging that is not there with stock removal?
  5. My dad had a major stroke and heart attack 10 years ago. He was not supposed to walk again, talk again, use his hand, and not live that long. He walks, talks (the king of dad jokes), drives, constantly fiddles with fixing things and is plenty healthy. He was very touch and go there for a while. The doc suggested a therapist which he fought until mom put her foot down. He started getting rid of his photography equipment with a doom and gloom response to everything. Mom wasn't having it. Once he started going to the therapist and yes he was on antidepressants things started to improve dra
  6. My reasoning for not wearing a respirator was "It is just a little welding." It was a day of dumb decision making.
  7. How is everyone? From my brief reading it is good to see the curmudgeons are still healthy. Fired up the forge a few days ago to see if it still worked and all is well. Heated up some metal and hammered it flat. Man my arm is out of shape.
  8. Howdy folks. Been a while. The forge was put aside when life got super insane last august and has just now been dug back out. Which brings me to the reason I am writing this. I have a welding table that, until Monday, did not have wheels. I ordered casters and asked, when ordering, if they were galvanized. He said he did not think so because it was not in the description, but there were some that definitely were, that were the same cost. I distinctly remember telling him I did not want galvanized. When they came in they sure looked galvanized but the receipt did not say. I th
  9. Life has gotten all kinds of hurried and hectic. I haven't been near my forge for over a month. I finally got a few seconds to pop in do a little reading. So as I run off to put out yet another personal fire I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to a bunch of folk who have helped me quite a lot. Thank you. Once life calms down I will be back at it and back asking more questions.
  10. Thanks bigb You needed to stretch out a bit more though. The scrap goes further down and off the image to the left. How did you post that? The Track is off the image on the bottom, maybe half an inch in the piles.
  11. Page Steel's scrap yard. On my days off (if I get one during the week), much to the wife's chagrin, I go see what they got. Lots and lots of good stuff. Always something new to see. If I knew how I would post a google earth image of how large this place is.
  12. My condolences. This is a thought I can't even fathom.
  13. Interesting thing about that book. Before we were even married I was told to read it. I did. Turns out she didn't. An elderly friend of hers thought I needed to be tested and manipulated my then hot girl friend (now hot wife) into putting me to the test. 20 years later I still bring up stuff from the book with a sly smile on my face.
  14. That would be the story of my life. Been to check out two Anvils now and both gone before I got there. You would think they could call and say they sold it.
  15. Been rough but think I will survive. Guest bed sucks. Got a proper hug this morning and kiss good bye. So either we are good or I should really worry.
  16. As noted in another thread I have not had business phone service in over two weeks now. I've been fighting with the computer voice at AT&T with no luck, bought a VOIP phone and service that has a problem "they have never dealt with before" told to get a router and the router is not working because the internet is "unstable" but the internet provider says the internet is fine. I just got off the phone with the internet company right after the router company. she drove up to tell me something, I took it as a gripe and blew up. Part one of the apology was by text because she refused
  17. the magnets are in an aluminum housing. You pull up on a handle and the magnets lift off the bottom off the aluminum and everything comes off. I was surprise. No metal fuzzies. remained.
  18. I blew a forklift tire the other day on an unseen piece of metal. Thank goodness it was the rear. For those of you without forklifts, tires are not cheap. Especially the front ones. Then someone I had never seen before said they picked up a screw in the yard (2 acres of cement and storage buildings). Not being customers they had no business being on the property and had no reasonable explanation why they were on the lot. I regularly police the yard for screws as do others. Clearly I was missing stuff. I looked at large magnet sweepers for forklifts and they are expensive. So, off to H
  19. Don't apologize. Except for the burners being needing to be turned it looks good. How many cubic inches are you looking at when finished. I've had a headache since 3:00 am so maybe not seeing straight but do you need two burners?
  20. And it just keeps coming. I left town late Friday and headed for thinner air. I think better above 10,000 feet and even better above tree line. Went out taking pictures of the fall leaves and spent a couple hours very near treeline. I felt a little better and on the drive home Sunday I get a frantic call. The sewer is backing up. Thank goodness we have a very small bathroom with separate line to the city sewer so we could still relieve ourselves and take a shower. It is very hard to make a teenager, who has grown up with three bathrooms in the house, understand that he cannot hog the ba
  21. I read that. I hope it is true. On the other hand a know someone who was diagnosed very early and was totally blind in that eye in 3 years and now has it in the other eye. Maybe he did not do everything he was supposed to but he said he did. Another thing working against me is the fact that this is not hereditary for me, so something else caused it. My fingers are crossed and I can hope but right now I am not in the place to see the silver lining yet. Thanks SLAG
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