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  1. Hi All, New here and I could not find the proper thread as I am sure it has been fully discussed. So I do apologise for bringing this up... Again I am in the process of building my own forge (never hammered on steel before). I have a 2" pipe that is Galv. That I want to use for my burner intake (hardware store only had up to 1 1/4" in black steel. I have placed the pipe in vinegar for 48hrs so far. Over the first 24hrs there were lots of recations and you could see the zinc being stripped. Now though, there is no more reactions and no more foam on the top. I am assuming the pipe has been stripped but it still looks like it might have Galv. Still on it??? How do you know for sure? I have attached some images. The last is the pipe post vinegar 48hrs and scrubbed with a SS wire brush.
  2. There have been several discussions on the merits (or demerits) of simply using vinegar to remove rust from steel. I finally got around to shooting some before and after photos of VERY rusty horseshoes that I needed to de-rust to show how effective, simple and easy it is. I do this all the time; cleaned up 13 horseshoes this go-round. These had been laying around in the wet dirt for who-knows how long. I wire brushed the loose stuff off with my anvil wire brush, removed any nails then covered them with regular white vinegar in a plastic bucket. They soaked for a couple of days then I neutralized them with a weak baking soda solution, rinsed with water and dried. I buffed the shoes with the wire wheel on a bench grinder and they shine like a new silver dollar (wish those were still silver...).
  3. Hi All, I know there have been various discussions about scale in the past, I've had a look and they have been helpful. My problem is with the making of ladle bowls and the buildup of scale within the bowl. As the bowl takes shape (I hammer it into a home made former) the scale becomes harder and harder to remove by brush due to the shape of the bowl (can't get my brush in there). In the time take to forge the bowl, the scale builds up and becomes very hard (no doubt due to hammering). I've tried vinegar as apickle but I find it relatively slow and even after a couple days hasn't always loosened up the really hard embedded scale. I'd rather not use anything highly toxic, or particularly dangerous to handle. An thoughts? THanks!
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