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  1. Oh it felt real good to beat them. They come to the yard sales and snatch things up real quick and resell it. One yard sale had 2 1/2 air impacts side by side, one was old school Snapon and one was Harbor Freight. Stupidly I asked how much for the HF and the lady says $5 and before I could ask how much for the Snapon the other guy asked and he got it for $5, later I found out he was a dealer when he came to my house to buy my old Okeefe and Merrit range.
  2. I lucked out on my A&H, it was a yard sale and the people let me in the night before. I bought the anvil for full asking price of $2.50/lb and a bunch of other stuff. Went back the following morning for more stuff and waited till the advertised 7:00 AM start time, when I walked in there were two guys looking for the anvil. It was easy to see they were dealers.
  3. I have an A & H, 149 lbs. I was able to date it with the serial number like Thomas says. It is a beautiful anvil and rings all over the face and the rebound is 90%. The heel is a bit thin and worriesome to some when using it for heavy work but I haven't heard of anyone breaking one yet. Mine is right at 100 years old.
  4. I've gone to many but will really miss Harold Hilborn, his were the best. You've probably seen us, myself, my son and my grandson have gone. Grandson in 1st pic me and him in 2nd pic. One time they put his picture in the monthly magazine
  5. Thanks RP, have you been to any of the Tucson open forge events?
  6. I have a chance to add to my collection, I have not yet seen it in person but the owner sent me this pic and is interested in trading it for some electrical work we are doing on his fix-up house. He said it weighs 125 lbs. I have Googled Mankel anvils and read some older threads on them and I see they are good anvils (with the exception of the stolen castings but I don't know when that was, or if there will be a date on this one). I also read that Mr Mankel was still around a few years ago and I might give him a call. In the condition shown with the stand what do you think, $300-$400?
  7. Thanks BillyO, the doc was a actually an orthopaedic specialist and I will ask him to expand more on his opinion of a tear being inconsequential compared to the joint problem. I am in my 5th week of PT and it it going slow but I think I am making progress, I do have a bit more motion but if I move a certain way the pain is still there. No one has said I won't be able to hammer anymore and in fact two weeks ago I did some light hammering at an open forge with my grandson and didn't suffer any ill effects. If I keep my arm low and close in there is no pain or weakness. I will see the doc again for a follow up an ask more questions.
  8. Update, The doc says I have bad arthritis in the joint and there is hardly any cushioning left in it. I asked if there was a tear and he said with the condition of the joint it wouldn't matter if there was a tear. He put me on Advil and physical therapy which starts this Thursday. He said if those don't work I am looking at a shoulder replacement if I want it fixed.
  9. Thanks to all, looks like I'll have to wait and see what the doc says.
  10. Have any of you had rotator cuff surgery? I had rotator cuff issues about 20 years ago and just did some therapy for it which helped, and I was able to carry on normally for all these years. Now however something has happened. I have all the symptoms of a tear and my right shoulder and arm have been hurting for about 5 weeks. 3 weeks ago I made an appointment which is next Friday but I am fearing the worst. At this point I cannot even think about swinging a hammer.
  11. There were pieces of meteorite being sold at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show last month, in fact I had a friend visiting from Denver that bought some of it. The "Tucson Ring Meteorite" is a great story although many of the facts are controversial.
  12. I took 3/4" black iron pipe and cut it into 8" lengths, then welded them to 1/8" X 2" wide flat stock, Drilled the flat stock and screwed them to the wall, 1 high and 1 low. I welded a chain to one end of each with an open loop on the opposite ends. So I have "compartments" about a foot wide each with chains to keep the stock from falling out, (think of the conduit racks or wood trim racks they have at the big box stores). This is where I keep all my long stock 12 feet and less (I have a 12 foot ceiling). For stock up to 24 feet I took angle iron and made 4' lengths suspended by 1' lengths all the way down the underside of a 30 foot long side porch I built onto the side of the house. The ledger is securely bolted into the house and the porch is post and beam For lumber I made a rack 8.5' X 8' and bolted it to the ceiling above where the garage door opens. It is only 7" deep but holds sheets on one side and dimensional lumber on the other.
  13. I just got this book and I am about 2/3 through it, I can highly recommend it. The author is an accomplished sheet metal worker and walks you through everything and shows how much can be done with just hand tools, although he covers machinery also. Best book I ever read on sheet metal shaping and forming.
  14. Absolutely go to the open forge events. Get yourself a hammer and bring a few pieces of scrap. As far as classes Pieh Tool has classes in Camp Verde, not sure if the have them at Scottsdale but Verde is not too far from you.