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    SW Ohio, just outside Dayton
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    Quiet evenings, long walks on the beach, poetry, catching snowflakes on my tongue, a nice cup of tea next to the fire place......Yeah right i am a guy. I love fast cars, beer, and killing small furry animals with my muzzle loader.
  1. It followed me home

    Use a sheet of plywood. The wood will support the jack and make it much easier to roll the tranny under the car. I been working on trannies for about 15 years, 30 years "professional" mechanic. Which leads me too this. Recently we replaced two of or lifts at work. We took out the old in ground and replaced with above ground electric. I scored these today. They are the arms that would go under the car to raise them off the ground. A total of 8 of them. Here is 2, they are all the same. (the things on to the drum) I would guess at least 75# each. I still need a decent "anvil" and i am thinking one turned on its side would work well, what to do with the others, listen to the old lady gripe about them laying about.
  2. He is 8 yr old. Best dog i ever owned. Listens to every word i say and smart as all get out. Coco is a very pretty dog also.
  3. Question about lining.

    First thanks for the replies and my apologies. I forgot to hit that notify button at the bottom, so it took me some time to get back. Sundays are kind of busy for me. I am pretty active with my church so my time is taken. Sometimes i get an hour or 2 before Mass but thats about it. So onwards, Wayne, i shall look you up. Iron dragon, yup, looks like the way to go. Frosty, I did try and look up the MSDS and what i found was like i said almost identical. My real question was about the weight issue which i didnot find much in the threads. So i asked. Mikey, k28 brick. If i cant afford or get what i want i will keep that in mind. Tim, thanks. Very informative. Thomas, i have not been to a SOFA thing. their last one i could have eve possibly been able to attend was Jan. 3rd. Which right after the holidays was blown out. Their next one is the 14th, i am going to try but that night will be up to the old lady. 27th is looking good though. I am also trying to make the time to make one of their blacksmithing 101 classes. Finances are preventing that however. Thanks again for all the help guys.
  4. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    The box is just hard fire brick. Like i said i built it before i had any real knowledge on doing these things. It is a lining of just fireplace cement. Yep completely off mark. I just figured in my head at just under 400 Cu." but after i actually crunched the numbers it came out to 364.5. Ironically almost the same size of my engines. My welds, well i am kind of self conscious about my work. My profession demands attention to detail ,and i just really do not like showing a bad job when i know i can do much, much better. But sometimes i will just throw something together to help get a game plane together. Thanks for all the input and kind words of encouragement.
  5. Question about lining.

    So i need to build a proper gas forge. As anyone who has seen my other inquiry knows. I am about to get my lining and have a couple questions. First i was looking for the Kaowool and what i can find is Max-wool. There data says it is basically the same. Has anyone had experience with this stuff? Second, they offer 2 different styles. one is 6 PCF and the other 8 PCF, (PCF- pounds per cubic foot) both are rated the same. Which is better and why would i pay for the heavier one when the lighter does the same job? Basically other than weight what is the difference? I am not a rich man and i am about to shell out $100 bucks for a roll and just want to make sure i dont just throw away money.
  6. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    No idea how fast propane is burning. I have ran it about 3 hours total and from just the weight of carrying the tank in and out i would guess at least 3/4 left. Oh just a standard BBQ size tank. Also it has been in the upper 30's low 40's and i have had no freeze up. From what i know about running gas, i do not think it is running to fast. From my experience the faster it runs the faster you get freeze up. But i do not claim to be an expert on the subject. I need to invest in a gauge to let me know when i get low i guess. Frosty, ya made my day. Getting a thumbs up from you is a huge boost to my ego. No worries about spilling beer, i am a professional drinker. I tried to get pics with the burner installed and up to heat. From what i understand that all effects performance. I know it burns different in a vice on the bench than installed. It being winter the sunsets early and i have a day job so most of the time i am at the anvil at night right now. But today i did not have to work ad was able to get out at a decent time. so i got better pics. Just after lighting and just before coming to temp. Ad the burner itself. Again please dont pick on my box or my welds, not a good representation of my work.
  7. Great thread, yall should take this on the road. I laughed till i cried with yall and the blood and urine quench thing.
  8. Thoughts, critiques, and the like

    Ok first please do not pick on my box. It is what i had on hand to make it. Ok, it is something i was trying a while back ago when i was not so much informed. What i am looking for is burner critique. So, it is basically a Reil design. 3/4" tube 8' long with a flared end (can not remeber length, it is what his design said) The flare is how he suggested 1/8" wider that i did with a torch and a tube. Heated red hot and used a circular motion to spread. My only difference is a reducer for the bell to the 3/4 pipe is hard to find and i had to use a piece between. And my jet is an adjustable valve with a .030" orifice. The jet is set approx. 1/16" below opening of bell. The brick is 1 1/4" thick, burner set approx. 1/8' into brick. The box is just 8 hard bricks stacked. About 400 cubic. 2 on top 2 on bottom and one on each side, then 1 on each end. Oh its at around 9 psi running after heat up. Took about 10 mins to heat those bricks to red. Tried a piece of 52100 and in 5 mins was able to move it like butter. All right, let me have it. How stupid am i? Where am i an idiot at? Give me your worst, my skin is thick i can take it. I tried to get pic of flame, but just way to bright to come out.
  9. I stuck the socket on it to show how i used it as a slide hammer. It was for removing the front pump out of a transmission. You do not need a lot of force just a few good taps. This is how my mind works though, adapt, improvise, and overcome.I did exagerate a bit more like 8 or maybe 10 inches longer. That is a head bolt from a Mazda i think.
  10. 12 bravo, combat engineer? My dad ,who is also retired Army, was a combat engineer in Vietnam. He retired as self propelled artillery though. The vice grips i use are kind of modified. Couple years ago i needed a slide hammer. I welded a 12 inch bolt with a 30mm socket over it onto the adjusting screw of an old pair of vice grips. i cut the head off the bolt to remove the socket and now have a set of vice grips that have 12 inches more reach. They actually work pretty nice. I can clamp them on and the extension stays cool enough to hold.
  11. Octopus

    "Elizabeth loves octopuses ( octopi?)" A little off subject but technically both are correct, and both are wrong. The octopus is a very solitary creature and is very, very rarely seen in a pair, much less a group. They are so rare that there is no word for octopus in the plural sense. Nice octopus though.
  12. I am new to this but it was to keep me occupied. After a couple deployments i came home with PTSD pretty bad, I served on an M1 tank if anyone cares. After a few years of drug abuse and alcoholism i finally got some help. My therapist suggested a hobby. It is not so much for my PTSD it is to keep me from going back to a life of debauchery. I used to be quite the accomplished artist and sculptor, however one of my injuries i lost a lot of finer motor skills in my hands. I can no longer do pen and ink drawings. So i am an auto tech by trade and i can use hand tools and the like. Then i was watching a series about a guy in KY that was a blacksmith. He smithed all sorts of things but did a lot of gun work. Then of course i have seen the forged in fire show. Then i learned just how simple building a forge is. I also grew up on a farm and my grandpa would use a forge in the barn to repair tools and the like. The first time i ever forged something was in high school where i made a cold chisel and a screwdriver in metal shop class. We also melted and poured metals and learned to weld. One thing led to another and now i hammer on metal. I do sometimes have to use vice grips to hold my pieces with sometimes because of my hands, but a hammer fits just fine.
  13. I am most likely not the first to ask this but a look through the forums even a google search with the iforgeiron tag did not get me an answer so here goes. I had a friend give me a bunch of 1/2 square bar stock. It is all zinc plated. Can i : A) just grind a couple .001s off to get to good steel.? B)use a chemical stripper? (I aint scared of using acids, been doing it a long time)(and if so any suggestions?) C) just take it to the scrap yard and get some decent steel in trade? Also sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, just seemed the most logical. actually the most logical is the section for zinc and coatings. I will relocate it
  14. Kolene

    (Thought i just had to high light the part i wanted to quote) 383, not a huge beast but a nice pass. It is however just a friday night hot rod. So a limited guarantee.
  15. Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Ausfire, that looks like beads on it. Really cool. Yes that is snow. Thats why i said finally able to get out. We had 2 weeks of single digits temps, and about 8 inches of snow. When finally got a little warmer got muddy. Now we are about 40 - 50 daily. I havent been able to heat the forge up in over a month.