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About Laynne

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    Rural Marion County, KS
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    Blacksmithing, Scottish heavy athletics

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  1. There is always something to learn on this forum. Thanks for the insight and the practical application. Laynne
  2. Maybe it is. In forty plus years as an aviation electrician I've not had any thing like it in my tool bag either military or civilian. In my experience aviation crimpers have a ratcheting mechanism so once you start the crimp there's no going back. It could predate me because there are fifty some odd years of aviation before I started. Laynne Just searched "vintage aviation crimpers" and there they are. So I learned something this morning. Laynne
  3. That is so wrong in so many ways it burns me up. I don't know what to say. "No good deed goes unpunished" etc, etc. Hoping and praying you get it worked out. Hopefully what they say about karma is visited on your antagonists.
  4. Abandoned storage units I remember used to have auctions. That must have gotten too expensive, now they contract to have them cleaned out. One of my coworkers and his son do that. He is on the alert for Blacksmithing equipment. He gets better than scrap and I make out. Laynne I ended up buying the PW anvil from him when he told me $350 for 147#er.
  5. If you are out my way (Kansas) contact me. I have a working buffalo Climax that is just collecting dust.
  6. I get my fire started with charcoal then feed it wood chunks. If/when I get behind I give it a scoop of charcoal. One less labor/time intensive process. As far as versatility, I haven't figured out anthracite yet. I need to dedicate a whole day using it. Deeper fire more air, same depth more air....
  7. Good for you. I had noticed a lack of posts on your part over the last week or so. Pre-employment stuff I'm sure. Laynne
  8. It's obvious that you have done your homework.
  9. Thanks Frosty, The heat shield isn't attached so it's completely removable if the wind is calm, doesn't happen often in Kansas. I can rotate it to have an eight inch gap to work longer pieces. The vise has 5 1/2 inch jaws with faint serrations, closes evenly. I think it is missing a thrust washer on the movable jaw. It took two weeks of soaking, tapping, and a little torch to get the screw freed up. Laynne
  10. Arkie, thanks for the input, the only time I had that happen was when I fired up with coal. It ran me out of the shed and it is 20x40 and 18 at the peak. I don't know the particulars of it but the smoke from charcoal must be lighter. Should it become a problem I will definitely get the flu up and out.
  11. It's in an open, to the South, implement shed. Once the smoke is is above my head, it's up and out. I'm going to put a deflector of some sort above it to keep the stray ember out of the rafters.
  12. Good job on the tongs. I made a couple of changes on the forge. First I went to 12 inch pipe and that helped and using a section of barrel to block off ambient air. It especially helps on windy days. The vise that followed me home turned out to be an Indian Chief, so I forged a spring and fabbed a mount for it. Forged my first horseshoe heart, I think it is easier to start with square stock. I will keep working on it.
  13. Thanks, I will pass it along. I always pull for Navy, even though my retirement is through the Army National Guard. My initial enlistment was Marines 1978.
  14. Congratulations passed along. I had to look up "Bravo Zulu".
  15. Time will tell. This old Jarhead now understands better why the CPOs are held in such high esteem.