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OT How to make your website mobile friendly

March 29, 2015, 10:17 am

I recently made a small presentation for regular people like myself, that explain what you need to do to convert your websites to be mobile friendly. You have to do it by April 21, or Google will ... Read more »

Drilling 316 Stainless

March 28, 2015, 8:43 pm

Howdy again, feller metal reckers. I have some 1/4-inch 316 SS thru-the-wall bulkhead tube fittings that I need to a 17/64 hole straight thru - just large enough for a 1/4-inch OD tube to slip... Read more »

What is it? (Amateur version POST02)

March 28, 2015, 11:01 am

Hi, I have about 20 tools and will be posting pictures of them. Let me make it clear that I'm no Rob. I do not know what many of these tools are or exactl y how they are used, so I may not provi... Read more »

1990 kodiac dump truck running terrible

March 28, 2015, 10:06 am

1990 kodiac dump truck running terrible 427 TBI did complete tune up plugs wire cap and rotor. will run smooth as long as i don't give it gas. the more i push the gas pedal the more it starts back... Read more »

Ping Garret Fulton

March 28, 2015, 12:03 am

Here's a parts link , might have another for you in a day or two . At one time I had a pile of catalogs and web links , kinda let them all slip away as I have most everything I need now - and m... Read more »

Nothing in the U.S. Constitution prohibits non citizens from voting

March 27, 2015, 2:35 pm

Nothing in the original Constitution itself - preamble plus Articles I-VII - says anything about who is allowed to vote. All amendments pertaining to voting declare only the criteria that Congre... Read more »

File sharpening..

March 26, 2015, 8:39 pm

Sure is quiet in here right now. Ever bitch about your favorite file getting hopelessly plugged up with something? This happened to my favorite six inch fine tooth file. Usually I have good luck... Read more »

Safe ss weld discoloration remover

March 26, 2015, 4:38 pm

The question of how to remove the oxide discoloration resulting from welding stainless comes up from time to time. Praxair has a new solution, said to be safe. I don't know anything about it but t... Read more »

Could these transformers have PCB oil?

March 26, 2015, 10:02 am

I am eyeing a couple of transformers that come up for auction today: http://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/ppl-auction/catalogue-id-bscpp10095/lot-3c9d8542-30c4-439c-8295-a45e01297e39 ... Read more »

Voter ID

March 25, 2015, 5:51 pm

Some people complain that the intent of voter ID is to prevent a class of people from voting. That claim is correct. The laws intend to prevent from voting a class of people known as those who ... Read more »

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Lincoln invertor Welder for sale CC/CV 350AMP

I wish I could use this, but I don't have 3 phase. I bought it thinking it was a plasma cutter and was buying it for a friend(it was listed that way on ebay,the guy was not a welder and he got it wit... Read more »


jigs and fixtures

I've finished reading Joe Martin's book, Tabletop Machining, and also The Mini Power Tool Handbook, by Taylor and Bullock. Now I'd like to read a book about how one designs jigs and fixtures in metal... Read more »


Battery Rebuilders: Primecell vs MTO?

After reading a number of on-line reviews, I was all set to send a 1.3 Ah 12V DeWalt drill battery pack off to MTO: http://mtobattery.com/store/page2.html when I saw the recent thread praising ... Read more »


Looking for miniature hex head bolts/cap screws

I'm looking for a source for stainless steel hex head bolts or cap screws in sizes down around 00-90 or M1 (1 mm). Small Parts stops at 0-80. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for your help! ... Read more »


Blast furnace parts, Natural gas, Kiln igniter

I am attempting to repair a gas-fired kiln that is used to fire the shell moulds at a bronze foundry. The fire clay nozzles cracked and caused heat to destroy the ignition transformers. The problem i... Read more »


Oak Signature Coolant

We have always run Valenites VNT 800 in our turning and machining centers and have real good results. ( tool life, sump life, etc. ) As far as price and being able to get it shipped to the shop for ... Read more »


The secret of a neat fillet weld?

Hi all, I've been using a stick welder for occasional hobby projects for about 9 years now (the welder is a Cytringan Bantam 180 amp oil-cooled unit). I've mastered butt welds and can achieve an ev... Read more »


Cobalt vs. Carbide End Mills

Hello, What are people's thoughts on carbide vs. M42 cobalt end mils for mild, 1030 and 41xx? I'm using a manual mill for light work - not high speed production CNC work. My mills are all end mills ... Read more »


3-D prototyping printer?

I remember seeing a web page describing a process that deposited (sprayed?) material (plastic?) to build up a CAD design so that in the end you have a 3-D prototype of your design. Basically, a CN... Read more »


klixon thermal protectors "scarcer than hens teeth", even HARDER ...

need one, can't find, no hits, dead ends, 'contact the distributor', inquiries sent, distributors don't reply, must want to sell 'only in multiples of hundreds or better', can find no 'these guys a... Read more »