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What did you do in the shop today?

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I don't have the propane going through the acetylene regulator, just through the hose. The hose seems to be made of a similar material to the propane hose, but I don't know for sure. 

I disconnect the hose when not in use so I'm not real worried about it blowing the house up. I also shut off all gas valves before leaving the shop. 

Thanks for the warning though, you can't be too careful. 

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Ted, look up oxy fuel hose ratings.  There are types that are for acetylene only,  and others that are for both acetylene and propane.  Propane in the acetylene-only lines will degrade the hose- leading to leaks or ruptures.  I figured replacing my hoses was cheap insurance against catastrophe.

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Ted: If the hose isn't marked for propane it's NOT safe to use with propane. You need to discard the hose you used as propane is very chemically aggressive and does B-A-D things to rubber not rated. Just stopping doesn't stop the badness from progressing. I have no idea what the threshold is but welding trade schools were pretty adamant about one use for any length of time is 86 it time.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Thanks Frosty, I didn't realize that. Apparently there are 2 different ratings of hose: type R and type T. Type R  is the older stuff you mentioned, but type T is tolerant of a wider variety of gases, including propane. The rating isn't listed on my hose, so I'll assume it's the R type. I'll pick up some new hose.

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For one thing if the inside of the hose starts to degrade you can start getting "chunks of stuff" that will block up tips and hand pieces.

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Yeah, I read up on it and ordered some new hose today. For just heating steel, propane works really well with oxygen. Acetylene is almost too hot as I found out the hard way. Started melting things...

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Oxy-propane is great for cutting and using a rosebud for heating---MUCH cheaper than using acetylene!  Doesn't work for welding though.

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Ted, I believe he shows it in the sculpture threads... 'Roses 101' I think it was titled.  Looked like small bits welded to the stem, then ground/filed smooth.

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Correct HojPoj.  I take leftover cutoffs from the leaves and weld them on then grind them. 

I'm sure a better blacksmith could chisel them out of the parent stock. ;)

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Getting set up to fill/tig weld 3200 1/4" holes  in 400 aluminum panels that are 64" long and.050 thick for a Frank Lloyd Wright building I am working on. First I have to pop out and sand dents, machine plugs to fill holes, tig weld, sand welded areas and send off to anodizing. This project will take 10 months to complete.

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Sounds like a project that could make a person go crosseyed.

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Yes, and crossnuts to. Either I am crazy or a extremely stupid to take this on.

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Income is income. If I were in Northern Cal I'd offer to help. I wouldn't mind learning how to weld.

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Yes income is income. When I get finished I will post an update sharing everything that went into this project, from cost to profit.

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Couldn't forge today due to rain, but this beautiful thing came today. Unpacking was better than Christmas. 

This is what I call proper packaging

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Today I tried to move a 18" diameter log that was frozen upright to the ground. I was not successful, despite much effort.

I first "undermined" the log about 1" all the way around its perimeter, in hopes of reducing its contact area with the ground. I then had a 5' digging bar under it with a fulcrum about 3" out from the point of contact, and I was putting all my weight on the other end of the bar. The log remained stuck. Log - 1, me - 0.

Is there some technique for this sort of thing that might help? Or do I just have to wait until the ground thaws in the spring?

Thanks!

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Try fire. Build a fire and then shovel the coals around the log to thaw the ground around it.

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Mount your anvil to it and move on.

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Pnut, that idea did cross my mind, but I'd rather avoid charring the log if possible. I may try it if no other method is successful.

JHCC, This IS the stump I use to mount my anvil on. I need to move it to a inside a barn.

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