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Fleamarket report: 1 ballpeen, 1 crosspeen hammer US$1 apiece, 4 soldering coppers $5, small rockbreaker digging rod $3

Yesterday I helped a fellow smith pick up a band saw from an old junk filled garage, and this is what followed me home, some letter and number punches, and some old tractor drags or something, not sur

I have a smallish spalling hammer I "converted" into a straight pein and the balance isn't good. the Face side is too heavy making it darned tiring to use. I have given thought to cutting the face sid

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Unfortunately the first couple of miles is along a narrow twisty hilly rural road with an irrigation canal and up to  40' drop off on one side and the other side has the hills coming to about 1-2 feet of the road---no berm on either side. Scary enought to drive my pickup along!  We always called the road "the drunk trap".

I've been closing out my rental casita down by the border---with wifi and hauling 6 years of stuff 200 miles  back to my overloaded house---without wifi. As soon as that was done and I had the job with a 2 week gap bdfore I started; I arranged to drive my Mother out to NW Arkansas to see if my Father's tombstone was installed correctly. Using my Aunt's wifi right now.  Hopefully I will be getting wifi at my central NM  house soon!  Heading back tomorrow; once again without managing to meet up with Iron Dragon; but we did have a 5  generation family dinner! (And eat at B&B BBQ which catered my wedding 35 years ago...)

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Met a jeweler the other day and today she brought me this! A few spikes that have the HC stamp and some with textured heads, A couple bolts and a washer to suit, what looks to be the end of a large leaf spring and a curious piece of metal with C 46 84 stamped. Also big congrats to Thomas Powers move!

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On 9/19/2019 at 5:24 PM, BillyBones said:

How much syrup does one get from 1320 taps? 

The quantity of syrup varies year to year, mostly depending on the number of freeze thaw cycles in a season. My best year was 456 gal of syrup when I had 1320 taps, which is only about .345 gal per tap (gpt). The gal/tap or pounds of syrup /tap are the best methods of comparing.

While I ran far fewer taps in 2018 and 2019, I averaged .52 gpt in '18 and .49 gpt in '19. By the way, a gal of syrup at proper density weighs slightly over 11#/gal.

I found that when I ran more taps I just collected the sap and rarely if ever walked the woods to fix leaks in the tubing, when I cut my taps to the 800 +/- I had this year or the 325 I had last year I took the time to walk the woods and fix leaks. That may be one of the bigger reasons my GPT rose significantly. By the way, I had kidney cancer is 208 and cut back so much because at first I didn't have a surgery date. Then when I got the date I only tapped around my sugarhouse and left a lease set idle. This year I'm well, and tapped 350 at my sugarhouse, then started tapping at the lease, 7 miles away. Then on Mar. 13 as I was drilling and tapping, about mid morning I noticed that each hole I drilled ran solid stream. I then decided to process the sap from both locations and return to tap the rest the next day. As it turned out, the sap ran like that for 9 days before I got to tap more, or instead of having about 800 taps I would have had about 950 taps.

At my age I have now decided I will let the lease go and just do the most taps I can from around my sugarhouse. I think I will have about 425-450 in 2020. At the lease I spoke to the land owner. He thinks he will start collecting the sap from there in 2021 but will haul the sap to me for processing. I can process far more taps than I can properly manage in the woods.

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I had the winning bid on a lot of pavement breaker points and related items at a local auction last week. All up cost was just under CDN$180 (or under $2 a piece)

The lot covered two standard (4 ft by 4 ft) pallets. Took me about ten minutes to hand load into my truck with help from one of the staff.

The shanks are a mix of 2 1/8 inch and 2 1/4 inch flat to flat hex.

There are 69 pyramid points, 13 with cut off ends, 9 chisel points, 5 wedges, 2 spade tips, a tamper, and what I believe to be a pipe or post driver. Also included were 3 pieces if pneumatic drill shaft, a 2 ft long (octagonal stock) chisel, 2 jack hammers, and 4 sections of air line.

The challenge now is coming up with a way to store this before the snow arrives. But I now certainly have enough high carbon stock to last me a long time.

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1 hour ago, Don Shears said:

There are 69 pyramid points, 13 with cut off ends, 9 chisel points, 5 wedges, 2 spade tips, a tamper, and what I believe to be a pipe or post driver. Also included were 3 pieces if pneumatic drill shaft, a 2 ft long (octagonal stock) chisel, 2 jack hammers, and 4 sections of air line.

Good Morning,

Talk to a local Contractor, make your money back and still have lots to play with. Typically Breaker Bits are 1050-1060, not "High Carbon Steel". No problem using water quench when Heat Treating. The drill rod is generally a poor choice for making Tools, makes poor Pry Bars, breaking when under a load.

Neil

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Mr. Neil,

When you allude to 'drill rod',  does that include star drills too?

Mr. D.S.

Would a spark test confirm that the bits are high carbon?

Mr. T.P.,

Would you please define CIS?

Thanks,

Also, congratulations on your new employment.

SLAG.

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13 hours ago, ThomasPowers said:

but we did have a 5  generation family dinner! (And eat at B&B BBQ which catered my wedding 35 years ago...)

Those are precious. I've been to one when I was very young. It was my great grandmother's dying wish that five generations gather at the old home place outside of Hazard  KY.   my oldest sister just had a son making the fifth generation. She flew in from Germany to attend. It's a dear memory from my childhood.

Pnut

P.S. congrats on the new job. 

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Swedefiddle (Neil), SLAG - I stand/sit corrected, not high carbon, but certainly enough to be hardened.  There's been plenty of discussion threads here on IFI about these.  Good for making hammers, struck and hardy tools.  Quite a few need re-pointing and I haven't done a spark test yet.  The idea of talking to a contractor has occurred to me, just haven't followed up. The pneumatic drill rods are cut-offs, of different lengths and flat to flat sizes. I will have to clean out the air/lube channels before doing any cutting/forging. I do not want any nasty surprises.

Thomas - congrat's on getting work closer to home. As a sidebar, at another auction I met up with another fellow (a retired geologist) with a disreputable red hat (sans horns!) 

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Champion no. 108 

I scored it off the online auction site. Total including shipping was $80. Everything turns smooth. I am a sucker for functional antiquity. Anyone familiar with the belt drive pulley? Seems a little small of a machine to need it hooked up.

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These followed me home yesterday. Went with my father- in law on a goat buy. Turned out the man had been a farrier. I asked if he had any shoes I could buy. He took me to his very stuffed shop and pointed to a place I could dig for them. There were probably more, but it's all I could get to. I asked how much, and he said oh, you can have'em, just make something nice out of'em. He said he has a couple of coal forges also. I told him if he was ever interested in selling to give me a call. So who knows?

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14 minutes ago, 671jungle said:

I scored it off the online auction site. Total including shipping was $80

That sounds like a good deal for a post drill. Looks to be in pretty good shape too. Have you figured out where you're going to mount it?

Pnut

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