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Hazmat fees when buying supplies

September 27, 2016, 1:02 pm

Any way around these stupid fees? I got a $5.00 fee on some TIG welding rod. Cut me a break, it's just copper plated steel. Do online suppliers pull this crap? Maybe if I threaten to buy all my... Read more »

Is it a SCAM? How?

September 26, 2016, 10:38 pm

I bought an inexpensive air dryer off of Ebay recently. Well a few weeks ago. Its billed as NIB. A refirgeration style Harbor Freight model. The price was right anyway. Figured if it turned ... Read more »

fake air compressor aftercooler?

September 26, 2016, 9:48 pm

I broke the aftercooler off of my air compressor the other day. It's a 20c fm import aluminum pump with a cast iron jug. While contemplating fixes I thought about the usefulness of this aftercoo... Read more »

Curt is a COWARD

September 26, 2016, 7:32 pm

That worthless City of Portland, internet abusing, gutless little pantywaist wussed out - AGAIN! Here is is dummy, be there or be know forever as a GUTLESS PUSSY: https://www.yelp.com/biz/jolly-k... Read more »

not really OT: Looking for mobile work station for factory floor

September 26, 2016, 4:30 pm

I seem to be spending an infinite amount of time as a controls consultant i n a busy metalworking factory. As of now, my tools & supplies are residing in various cardboard boxes, piled in the corn... Read more »

Your last DIY project

September 23, 2016, 9:00 pm

I want to know who thought this project can be a reearding experience. http://www.northwoodscasket.com/build-your-own-coffin/ -- Ed Huntress Read more »

WD-40 Advertisement

September 23, 2016, 8:23 pm

When WD-40 was ready to hit the market in 1958 one of the company's marketing kooks came up with an ad sign for it, which I doubt ever made it out the door. (No guarantee that this story is true.)... Read more »

Welding 4130

September 22, 2016, 1:56 pm

I mentioned a while ago that Fab Shop would be publishing an article about welding 4130 steel, written by a specialist at Hobart. It's in the current issue: http://magazine.fsmdirect.com/2016/sept... Read more »

AC switch in old Johnson Bandsaw.

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September 21, 2016, 1:43 pm

Hi all, we've got an old Johnson bandsaw https://www.dropbox.com/s/hqi6vnwjjoqsngk/Bandsaw.JPG?dl=0 There's a lever going to a switch that cuts off power once you hit the bottom of the piece... t... Read more »

Drudge Report vs. algebra.com

September 21, 2016, 1:19 am

Drudge report: 20 million visitors per month https://www.quantcast.com/p-e2qh6t-Out2Ug Algebra.Com: 3.0 million visitors per month https://www.quantcast.com/algebra.com Read more »

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Powdered metallurgy, how does it work? rating: 5

Hey guys, For some reason I've had a bug up my butt about powdered metals. (You know, thirst for useless knowledge as it applies to my job and life.) Would someone mind running me down the basics of... Read more »

Army issue 1942 model HK Smith-Drum Extension-Gap lathe with owner/parts ma... rating: 5

My boss had it in a storage shed. He was sold a small import lathe by a machinery company. The salesman told him you couldn't get parts or a belt for the old Smith-Drum. Anyway, I had vacations day... Read more »

Thread inserts for surface plate rating: 5

I need to add some 1/4-20 threaded, blind holes to a 4 thick granite surface plate, and I found a diamond core drill that will make the holes. What is the best type of thread insert to use for this... Read more »

South Bend 10 CL 370 RD lathe rating: 5

eBay: http://301url.com/SouthBend10 Read more »

Victor Super-Range, a good deal? rating: 5

Today I bought and dragged home a welding outfit and I want to know if I done good. I paid $300 for: 40cf c2h2 tank 200psi (missing knob, I used a wrench to test) 60cf O2 tank 2000psi sturdy hand tru... Read more »

Metal (vehicle) detector rating: 5

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As per my recent post on bullet proof camera (good ideas) I need to extend my detection perimeter on my farm gate. After considerable Google search It looks like I need a buried (invisible and pro... Read more »

Anything Stronger Than Loctite 271 Threadlocker? rating: 5

I need to permanently bond together threaded male and female 316 SS rods. I use Loctite 271 Threadlocker to do it but, for complicated reasons, it is not working out very well. Do you know of any o... Read more »

Allowance for Soldering rating: 5

I want to make a little brass dingus (a wheel pant mount, actually) and solder it onto 1/8 music wire. If I actually had that numbered drill set that I drool over, what size hole should I drill? W... Read more »

Can a small industrial demagnetizer erase a hard drive rating: 5

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I have a little industrial demagnetizer from a grinding shop. Can this thing erase contents of hard drives securely? Or the magnetic field is not string enough? I have a pile of old HDs awaiting dest... Read more »

Changing rotation on electric motor rating: 5

The three horse motor on my compressor died. I've had this big 5.5 hp Marathon for just such an occasion. It is 230v 1ph 215T frame (if that matters). I've downloaded Marathon's installation and oper... Read more »

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