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  1. I never drank so much water and had a few beers too, we started early (6am) in the steel fabrication workshop due to every day in my first week back being over 40c,that was also the same last week on holidays too, I also put on average about 4-6hrs in my shed working on my forge after a hot work day, it gets tougher when we get older ( 56 ) but I have to say theirs no one in our workshop that works as hard as ive always done,I have a two litre bottle of cold water in my shed bar fridge that I refill daily ATM.as always it is great looking at all things from others prospective s cheers again Shabumi, Sly and all here.
  2. OK im tight when spending in many ways lol thats whats great being a boilermaker all my time to save $$$$$$ haha well here goes ive been very coy on how and about my air supply! I left my mobile at work yesterday and was going to post this yesterday, I bought and use a blower/vac, a cheap one,, I could of gone out and bought a valve but thought it still required an air release ie when doing the kindling etc. folks here may laugh but this works sweet as and cost me just my time and using my welder etc.
  3. G,day sly it,s like most things in life like Glenn said with more experiance you get more akin to doing things in a better productive safe order as explained by yourself too, I did a few months working between the two blast furnaces at BHP Whyalla Over 1460C and saw a few guys pass out,we was also working under the top roof bent over ( 5' roof height ) 6 stories up inbetween the two furnaces, we were aloud to walk down every 15 minutes a long gantry/walkway a small platform near the peak with a great view across the gulf. 4 decades as a boilermaker ive work on some very hot jobs too,got to say aswell I dont mind working my guts out too, im enjoying reading up on many posts ?topics here,I love learning from this great Forum, well lets say in a few short weeks ( for me) I have made a wicked coal forge already. cheers Sly
  4. Yes so true Marc1 ! Off topic I luv paying for these! These.oh ceramic is awesome for ripping off welds and flushing
  5. Yes so true Marc1 ! Off topic I luv paying for these! They take a lot of work
  6. I hear what your saying Marc1,but for the young it could save from a stuff up, at 23 I sunk a 9" disc at work in my knee, years later a 5" disc in my left forearm, but ive been in the trade since 78.
  7. Okay food for thought Marc1 appreciated too! my wife wants me to leave it as! lol I would sooner buy a few better ones like you mentioned,but ive made tools for work boiler making, their still in good use after 35 years, but im keen to start out modifying them if required at the time, You have hit the nail on the head now because good tools is what I need now thanks alot mate.
  8. I love my 9" most only come with soft start in OZZ anymore, plus now with a big clumsy D handle , not many engineering shops use them now, thats rubbish IMO, I don,t use it often now but cutting the 12 mm firebox plates is one example, ive got three 5" that get most use in my shed, I really wanted to praise a zip disk though ( 1mm cutting disc ) It is not often when I praise bang fer buck about many items I use, but after using a five inch grinder cutting quite a few 12 mm plates , I used 1 of these only to make the firebox reducer! Best Zip Disc out!
  9. Yes Frosty sometimes photos do more to bring a very dangerous topic up my friend!
  10. Thanks Frosty !! the price was right lol
  11. My mate just posted this, over forty years ive had the odd 9" explode,also 5" once with each causing me great pain,touch wood its been years since, I use what is tagged in OZZ Zip discs 125mm x1mm on a daily basis, luckily ive not been hit with them yet.
  12. I got these from the local Lions Sunday market here at Gawler South SA. I will mod the ends to be my practical,who could complain spending $20 for them.
  13. Oh yes that is true! cant beat a great steak ! and water with a nice cold beer to wash it down . Yes Glenn I like to have music playing every time im in my shed, (Make your time at the forge fun, and enjoy the ride.) pardon the pun ,heres one for that haha
  14. 1: yes very good! 2:Outstanding! 3: scarily in a way! 4: yes have a great adjustment with the air feed! Finished with that final touch on the front. Glenn ive been a boiley over forty years! Doing Pressure Vessel making, building mobile cranes designing quite a few jobs, worked with 8 massive propane heaters to straighten the rear of massive dump trucks,waste ind etc. but ive got to say so far in this new journey for me this Coal forge ! I am really impressed with how well it performs.
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