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Most of the noise vacuums make is the impeller blades a carpet "box(?) around it makes a huge difference. The output isn't really very loud unless it's right next to the impeller which is why you can hear leaf blowers a block away you can SEE the impeller.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I think I might put some more fiberglass around the hole in the box that the exhaust pipe goes through; that's closest to the impeller, and I think it's letting more noise out.

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Yeah, it'll help. This kind of job is mostly chasing the bugs and stomping them till it's good enough. I bet you find a better blower before you get a shop vac quieted below the annoying as heck level.

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2 minutes ago, JHCC said:

A good pair of earplugs really helps, too.

I have noise canceling head phones and listen to my Kindle. Unfortunately I don't pay close enough attention to follow the story if I'm listening to an audio book and I don't have a long playlist. Still it's nice to have a shop that doesn't make your ears ring. 

Plugs or muffs, hearing protection is important PPE.

Frosty The Lucky.

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2 minutes ago, Frosty said:

Plugs or muffs, hearing protection is important PPE.

Frosty The Lucky.

A lesson which I learned the hard way, from not using it enough back in my cabinetmaking days. The hearing is still relatively normal, but the occasional tinnitus is annoying as [language inappropriate for IFI's overall target audience].

On the other hand, during one of the summers that I spent mucking a foot of compacted sheep manure out of a barn, the Iran-Contra hearings were on the radio. That was some appropriate listening material.

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35 minutes ago, beech said:

Yes.

 Dang it.....I got there about 12:30....I had been to Oden to pick up some coal. I saw a few younger guys working, it didn't even cross my feeble mind to ask about you. Sorry bout that........               Dave

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My hearing was damaged years before the tree did the nerve damage to my left ear. I grew up in a metal spinning shop, listen to rock and roll then spent 20 years standing behind a drill rig powered by a 353 Detroit Diesel. The drill would make your ears ring and I wore plugs and muffs. I had tinnitus when I was 20 and the tree really turned up the volume on the left side.

Hearing protection is a good thing, wish it was the norm when I was a kid. I almost never saw people wearing hearing protection even at the shooting range. Sissies don't you know.

Frosty The Lucky.

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When Iain's in the forge with me, I insist that he wear ear protection. Of course, the autism makes loud noises hard for him anyway, so it's not a particularly difficult sell.

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Today i made a peening die for my power hammer got a guy wants about 16 ' of 2''x1/2 flat bar peened for his stair rail for his new house so i don't think i want to hand peen that much lol.It works real good and doesn't hurt my wrist so im happy with it and no hammer elbow is always a good thing .

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2 minutes ago, bubba682 said:

Today i made a peening die for my power hammer got a guy wants about 16 ' of 2''x1/2 flat bar peened for his stair rail for his new house so i don't think i want to hand peen that much lol.It works real good and doesn't hurt my wrist so im happy with it and no hammer elbow is always a good thing .

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7 hours ago, Dave51B said:

 Dang it.....I got there about 12:30....I had been to Oden to pick up some coal. I saw a few younger guys working, it didn't even cross my feeble mind to ask about you. Sorry bout that........               Dave

I left about 12:00.

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On Sunday I finished the tongs for C-1 tool steel, he can post pics if he feels up to it. After I finished those he arrived and him and his brother and I had enough time to quickly forge a cupping tool. Was tons of fun! I had always wanted to do the team striking when upsetting the hardy tool! Great meeting you and your family C-1!

                                                                                                                   Littleblacksmith

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1 hour ago, C-1ToolSteel said:

Yeah, it was a blast! I will try to get pics soon!

...*we* had enough time to forge a cupping tool...:) ...and don't forget about the generous wood splitting I did for y'all!:P

That's what i said! The wood splitting that *we* did!:P

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Yesterday, a chile pepper and a curtain rod; both painted hunter green and a lot of a rasptlesnake done till I ran out of propane and found out all 3 tanks were dry.  Today went to work and bought a 4" post vise on my way home, on this side of the border!

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Here are some pics of the loot that I brought home from LBS's place. Mark made me some ridiculously awesome 1/2" bolt tongs! There's a pic of the cupping tool we made. I also bought the post vise which is just what I've been keeping one eye open for. Eventually, I will fix it up and make a portable stand to use it as a secondary vise. He also threw in a couple hammer eye punches and other odds and ends. THANK'S MARK!!!

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17 hours ago, C-1ToolSteel said:

Here are some pics of the loot that I brought home from LBS's place. Mark made me some ridiculously awesome 1/2" bolt tongs! There's a pic of the cupping tool we made. I also bought the post vise which is just what I've been keeping one eye open for. Eventually, I will fix it up and make a portable stand to use it as a secondary vise. He also threw in a couple hammer eye punches and other odds and ends. THANK'S MARK!!!

let me know how all of the tools work, I'd be interested. I miss that vice. Like you said, I think it may have been hand forged, but she's a beast! its not like I was going to do anything with it anytime soon, so I'm glad it got a new home! same with those hammer eye punches, would have never been used since I got 2 others that are much nicer forged; the ones I gave you were done with a hand hammer, and have never even been used in the year that I have had them since I made them.

                                                                                                                        Littleblacksmith

Thank you Das, that is very kind of you to say!

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