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  1. We talking pressure plate, trip wire or bouncing bettys Thomas? Gotta know what to pack!
  2. I am by no means advocating you make an armored bulldozer and demo out your town lol. I just thought it was a slightly relevant story that was a decent read. I feel you on the kids though. My front yard is only maybe 40ish feet deep and we live on a main road so I never let my kids go to the front yard without supervision and have grilled it into their heads that they are not allowed out front without us.
  3. Twisted, you ever heard of the case involving Marvin Heemeyer? Probably best known as the "killdozer" incident? Its not quite in the same faucet as your predicament, but its quite the story of what could happen when a man is pushed to the brink by unmoving local standards and such. It is a somewhat sad but interesting story to read about. Happened roughly around 2004 if my memory serves. Also show cases what a man with a lot of metal, concrete, a bull dozer and welding/fab skills can do when he has nothing left.
  4. I can sympathize with that Billy. I used to have the same problem where if I even slightly over-squeezed, my fingers would lock around the object and would hurt until I managed to unseize them and open back up. Since I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and shattered my right a year later, I swung to the opposite end where I have some days that I can barely keep a strong enough grip to keep a hold of my thermos of coffee in the morning. Will my fingers still seize on things if I squeeze to hard? I imagine they would, if I could actually squeeze that hard anymore. Getting old stinks, and I am only 31 Edit: George, I do have one of those triangular like torque openers at home because I straight up cant open things like pasta sauce anymore.
  5. My hands also haven't been in very good shape lately. I blame the bi-polar weather. I had to actually ask someone in my office yesterday to open my fresh bottle of water as I couldnt muster enough grip power to get the cap to break loose.
  6. I was planning on attending Quad-State on Saturday, but it may not be in the cards.
  7. Between the house problems, running out of propane, my grinder throwing another bearing and a slew of other problems, I haven't had the motivation to do much in the shop. Went out Sunday to tinker and ended up just shuffling things around until I sighed then went back inside. All projects I have attempted lately have failed either to lack of knowledge and knowhow, or lack of the proper tools (and knowledge to make them). Also have mostly run out of material to mess with as the only thing I have left is the garage door torsion spring that is too large to fit in my forge and with my angle grinder also being broken, no means of cutting it to make it smaller. All in all, it has been quite depressing.
  8. Beats the weather we have been having this last week! Its been too darn hot for mid September
  9. Hard to argue against techno/EBM when working with metal. A nice driving beat is always nice.
  10. When you start talking LTL, weight isn't typically an issue (unless your talking items that weight thousands and thousands of pounds each) as you are more charged per pallet space. Around here, I can ship a pallet of goods for roughly ~$150 per standard pallet size. The primary company my work uses (to my knowledge) is Estes Trucking, granted we might get a better rate. You could always check around your local area and see if there is a local trucking company with a terminal you can drop off to for items to be shipped (think UPS, but for semi's).
  11. I typically use either Ace or TSC for my refills. TSC does by the gallon and Ace does it by weight. Both of them let you stand there and watch/chat while they fill it up. My last refill ran me just shy of $40 if I remember correctly.
  12. I did find a post from I believe around '16 I was reading and one of the major hurdles of such a forge is one I figured would be, which is the low pressure of a homes NA system. Would require a blower setup and such. Much more advance than anything I would be willing to attempt. Ill stick to the annoyance of the occasional empty bottle lol.
  13. Went out to forge yesterday only to run out of gas as the forge was heating up . So sadly, no forging was had as I just lost motivation at that point. Also to update on my OTHER gas problem, had another contractor out Friday who thinks they can get me up and running again for a fraction of the cost from the other guy at just $3500. At this rate, I should look into a forge that can run on natural gas and just run the pipe out to it (are natural gas forges even a thing? )
  14. Gotcha Big. I am wanting to keep it above ground so it is accessible and maintainable. Where it would be on the house, it wouldn't be subject to damage unless a car hit the house which would get it if it were in the crawl space anyways. A lot of my houses problems have been from the systems simply being in parts of the houses crawl space that just isn't accessible. The house was not built with serviceability in mind with a ~16" crawl space that grades upwards as you go to the west and north side. The front of the house has a whopping 6" of space below the joist.
  15. Dragon head hooks? I want to see! Also I can fully believe that about the log being hard nearly like metal. My house's "spine" is a log that is roughly 2' wide. It is so hard that we were unable to drive nails or even put screws into it without using a heavy duty drill bit first.
  16. Could I run it myself? Probably. I would prefer the peace of mind knowing a licensed contractor that knew what they were doing did it though when it comes to a pressurized gas system. The main hurdle is my water heater, as if I try to re-gas it where it currently is, I will have to demo a wall and the floor in the bathroom I quite literally "just" finished remodeling to access the crawl space to run the pipe to it. I believe my best bet is to relocate the water heater next to the furnace for ease of re-gassing and refeed the water lines to it via PEX. I would just reroute the water lines at its current location to go into the ceiling and then across the room to hook it back up, both the incoming water feed and the outgoing hot/cold. Very minimal demo work, possible just a 4x4 hole or two in drywall and no crawl space work would need to be done. CSST pipe is what I believe he is referring to as well Fow. CSST is nice for short stents, but for this application, with it being run on the outside of the house and above ground, I believe local code states that it would have to be black iron for impact resistance. CSST is also more expensive I believe per foot than black iron.
  17. Got a quote to do repairs on the gas system and it ain't pretty. Cheapest option is to relocate the water heater to the other side of the house for ease of access to the gas system then run new water lines over to it using PEX pipe. That will run me nearly 13k and then it goes up from there. Are houses subject to lemon laws?
  18. I could believe it Thomas. I know having the pipe outside and exposed to the elements means it will likely degrade faster, but it will be out in the open and can be seen and maintained unlike the existing pipe in a crawl space that can be easily gotten to. Every few years I could just throw another fresh coat of paint on the pipe and it should last quite a long time.
  19. Ill take 2 hammers, 3 tongs, a drift and chisel please and thank you
  20. We aren't going to bother trying to repair them for that exact reason. The whole pipe system is old and crumbling, so there is no point in trying to piece it back together. Unfortunately, the majority of the run is in an inaccessible space within the crawl, so to avoid future problems as well as remedy installation problems, we are going too abandon the current pipe system and re-run new black iron pipe along the outside of the house to the two fixtures that will need a gas supply (furnace and heater upstairs). The one fixture that can't be reached by doing this (the water heater) is going to be replaced with an electric version and the gas line abandoned. The more systems I can remove from that darn crawl space, the better. Nearly half the house is unreachable due to either lack of space or obstructions preventing you from getting to it (such as the HVAC trunk line blocking access to half the house). Edit: I also will not be the one installing this. I don't mess with gas and would 100% hire a licensed plumber to do the work. Columbia Gas already confirmed that I could run the line along the outside of the house above ground as long as the pipe is iron and painted for identification.
  21. My main gas line under the house blew apart due to corrosion yesterday and flood the crawl space with a ton of natural gas. Was so bad, the crew working on the sidewalk out front thought they hit something and called the gas company. Thankfully they were there within 10 minutes and shut it off. My crawl space is also very well vented with solid air flow as it was clearing the gas fast enough to not let it build to explosive levels. On the plus side of all that, if that annoyance of a Raccoon was still under there, he probably isnt alive anymore.
  22. Was working on the chefs knife Saturday when my grinder broke again. The housing for the bearings melted from friction (I assume) and caused the wheel to become unbalanced and fling the belt across the shop again. My friend who designed and built the grinder said he is done with using 3D printed parts to contain the bearings and machined a solid steel housing for them this time. Told him I hope this is the last time I have to dodge a belt lol.
  23. SinDoc

    Chefs Knife

    I see I see. I will try to pick up some 30 minute epoxy this weekend. I believe my local Ace has Acraglass.
  24. SinDoc

    Chefs Knife

    That is what I had in mind if it still felt heavy when I was finished. Figured nothing a few holes in the tang couldn't fix. I have been reading up this morning on the best grind for a chefs knife and it does seem like the flat grind is the majority of what people say to use as it doesn't give a wondering cut. So far I am excited for how it is turning out. Hopefully I don't mess up the heat treat again. I really like the grind and look of the knife in this video. One quick question though, if I do manage to actually get to the point of doing scales, what epoxy would you guys recommend? I have heard good things about g/flex and Acraglass, but have also heard people mention JB Weld and Gorilla Glue Epoxy.
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