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Help with metal strengths

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August 22, 2014, 5:07 pm

Can someone elaborate on Yield and tensile strength of metals and how they are measured? For instance, I'm searching McMaster Carr for various ideas and types of metals and question the strength ... Read more »

clockworks - plans, sources??

August 22, 2014, 3:55 pm

Greetings and Salutations The problem with not having money, is that you see things, and instead of buying them, you go home and try to figure out how to make one. In this case, it was a lamp w... Read more »

concrete setting time

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August 22, 2014, 12:59 pm

I just finished pouring footings... Turns out the only day the kid can help me with the slab is tommorrow P.M. or 48 hours after the footings. I surfed the web to verify this is enough cure time, ... Read more »

Source for sprockets?

August 22, 2014, 2:10 am

Hi all, I've searched around the net for sprockets for a project and am suffering a case of sticker shock for what seems to me should be a common product. We're making a home-brew 'tower clock'... Read more »

Source for Bridgeport Textron DRO readhead?

August 21, 2014, 8:51 pm

One of the original DRO readheads on my machine died, anyone have any sources for a replacement or a sub that will work? MikeB -- Email is valid Read more »

OT Working with Asphalt

August 21, 2014, 8:35 am

I have an asphalt driveway that has always looked horrible. It was put in w hen I built the house in 1998. It is uneven, has cracks, crators, etc. I have an aspalt batch plant 13 miles away where I... Read more »

Go to prison if you do not give your girlfriend enough money

August 20, 2014, 8:21 pm

Really shocking, but unsurprising, proposals from the gun hating British government. The proposal says, in effect and among other things, that if you do not give your girlfriend enough money, you ... Read more »

OT. Personal dilemma

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August 20, 2014, 4:51 pm

I dug myself a hole, now I want out. My mother died 2-1/2 years ago and left her house to myself and my sister. My sister was living there taking care of mom for about six months. Now sis and her ... Read more »

Pulling rails from the ground

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August 19, 2014, 10:03 pm

As I mentioned earlier, I purchased some old railroad rails on a private property. The rails are mounted on very old wooden ties. Due to age, in some areas, the ties sunk somewhat, such as ties a... Read more »

Cutting off Short Stock on the 4 x 6 HV Band Saw

August 19, 2014, 6:33 pm

I have several coffee cans of shorts that I just can't bring myself to to ss. I will need to live to be at least 150 to use them all up. But--- I R EALLY needed one yesterday. So I spent a lot of... Read more »

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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 »


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 »


Angle Iron/Aluminum

I am working on a project that will require me to create a ledge the turns down at a 90 degree angle. It has to be as resistant as possible to oxidation(ie:sweaty hands), and also as dark as possible... 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 »


Semi on topic LVDT

I had to troubleshoot one of these things today. For some that frequent this list it is something they likely have run into or wondered about, expecially if they work in manufacturing. LVDT Linear V... Read more »


Chinese mini-lathe factory pictures etc.

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If you are curious how chinese manufactures build the mini-lathes and mini-mills that are sold by grizzly and harbor frieght etc, here is a nice picture tour of a modern chinese manufacturing plant t... 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 »


Warping when Hardening and Tempering

Follow up to some previous inquiries I made recently and more questions. The tool is a 3/4 x 1/8 x 2 long piece of W-1 water hardening tool steel. It's bevelled along one of the long sides like a sh... 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 »


Interesting article on bringing manufacturing back to America

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-insourcing-boom/309166/1/ Thomas Mayor, a senior adviser with Booz & Company who specializes in manufacturing strategy, says that in indus... Read more »