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Check with your local public works department. Sometimes a big infrastructure project will require replacing one or more manholes. 

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Probably best to talk with the public works department; or contact a manufacturer  of them.  This is something I would not suggest picking up at a scrapyard as they may very well be stolen property. I was thinking of how to find a round disk of heavy material to use as a flywheel on a screwpress.  Casting a steel Ag wheel in concrete also came to mine.  The flywheel on my Hopkins #2 is 42" across IIRC and is a cast iron toroid.

I'm taking a new student out to the local scrapyard tomorrow to try to locate an improvised anvil for him.

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1 hour ago, Michael said:

the flywheel

What about weightlifting plates. they can be found up to 100lbs a plate. they will most likely be cast.

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Take this with a huge grain of salt, but just recently was talking with someone I work with about a manhole cover he worked on. Said they were manufactured with something like portland in the metal? And can't really be drilled. He said he had to use cutting rods with the stick welder to burn a hole. Could be way wrong and I have no first hand knowledge. I'd be curious about any truth to that, or if it's false myself. 

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I’m not sure a man hole cover or weight lifting plates would be the best fit. I would think rotational inertia is what you want now just mass. Double the effective radius, quadruple the effect. Both items would have a relatively small radius, but heavy to work with. 

Michael’s design of a heavy ring with a large diameter looks very efficient to me.

 

David

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Das could he be thinking of torch cutting?  Torch cutting of cast iron doesn't work very well and adding some plain steel to the mix was an old "hack" to make it work a bit better.

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A kid i went to school with got his, well, you know, stuck in one of those little holes in a man hole cover. The fire department had to come get him out. 

Some one went through down town Dayton once and stole  bunch of manhole covers, imagine that surprise driving to work that morning. 

I think that scrapyards around here will not take them with out some sort of paper work showing ownership, kind of like scrapping a car you have to have the title. 

Das, those are some really cool jelly fish there. 

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Thanks Billy, just a couple pictures of the same one. 

Thomas, I'll have to ask him again and see. Then look to see what I can find out. Can't tell you how many times crazy stuff he said turns out to be correct but i have no clue on this one. We were talking about cutting rods he gave me a pack of when he talked about the manhole cover. 

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certainly not the prettiest but its mine and i spent all of $0.00 on it. 2hp tread mill motor with a cheapo scr set up.

the person i did the tomahawk for has it hung up now :) still havnt utilized this hammer eye drift although i have high hopes

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Forged out some oyster "knives" today, forged a few flint strikers from a file and cracked both in water, was 47 here today, heated small bowl of water with tongs, so I thought it wont be to great a shock...but it was.... win some ..lose some..lol

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On 11/8/2019 at 9:22 AM, Daswulf said:

Love the lamp idea, and the chime idea as well. Hmm. They have those touch-lamp switches. Wonder if that would work on one of these. 

Oooh, the touch lamp switch idea is PERFECT! When someone touches the, "DO NOT touch." jelly fish the, "I TOLD you not to touch!" neon sign lights up, maybe with recorded laughter like the Joker. A siren might be a bit over the top but maybe not.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Lol Frosty. That's all a bit much. Love the ideas but darn if it would be easy enough. Pm your addy and I'll send you one to make the prototype to send back. 

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You REALLY want a touch activated taser made by a brain damaged wise guy sent to you? It's tempting, darned tempting but I'm even worse at finishing projects now than I was before. I have to remain an idea guy. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Very nice. 

 I’m having some back trouble, so I just did a bit of machinery maintenance: put new tires on the horizontal bandsaw and added casters to the base of my grinder. 

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This’ll make it easier to set up and take down my shop, since I’ve exceeded how much space I can take up in the garage without moving things out of the way before forging. 

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Touch jelly fish---put a little off balance rotator in it so it shakes and the tendrils rattle...

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On 11/8/2019 at 12:09 PM, Michael said:

flywheel that will weigh about 200 pounds

Wow. That is a lot of flywheel.

Do you know the tonnage on those presses? My 5 ton has a 26" diameter wheel - never tried to lift it - time to wheel it under the steelyard and see what it weighs.

On 11/8/2019 at 7:52 AM, Daswulf said:

Finished up a jellyfish commission last night. 

Jellyfish Whisperer.

22 hours ago, alexandr said:

Finished another project. Bedroom furniture.

More Amazing work, alexandr.

Good work, All.

Robert Taylor

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Flywheel, saw one on an old John Deere hay baler Saturday at the scrapyard: (coke can for scale)

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Also anyone want to make a bell? (starting ether can for scale)

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The scrap yard charges US 20 cents a pound for either and I'd be happy to show you where they are at!

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Some day, I will visit that yard.

Hoping to meet you sooner than later:rolleyes:

Robert Taylor

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I just posted about Mr Powers scrapyard in another thread. I too will visit this magical place some day. Hopefully I will find my own here the industrial lands of SLC.

Downloaded and printed this out today. It can be found online in pdf form.

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I am under a self-imposed estate sale ban - I have yet to disposition the loot from 2017......

Need/want 5/16" wire rope?

Helped me to lay down about 3,000# of mulberry tree......

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Wow 671 - thanks for the heads-up.

Robert Taylor

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