1) Still can't see your website, and it's not from my end. Could you
cantact other customers served by your hosting company? I think that as
I'm not a customer I can't make the changes necessary for my country to
see your web site.
2) Do you want something cast in cast iron? I have a few friends in
America that cast metal in the backyard. Contact me off list if you
want to get the ball rolling.
I'm sorry for teasing you with things like this Charles.
Brian emailed me on Monday saying that his company (my isp) had put in a
trouble ticket on it. I thought I'd give it a week or so before
Thank you, Charles, but I am not interested in making one. Just lazy, I
guess. From my experience with casting metals, it would take a lot of
work to make and test the patterns for all the parts. Even if I had one
of those firepots to start with, casting that hollow "jar shaped" part
would be a real challenge. I'm not even sure of the exact size! As you
know, cast iron shrinks about 1/8" per foot, so the patterns would have
to be bigger than the original part. I have had some parts cast from an
original piece where that shrinkage doesn't matter, but even then,
getting the sprues (feeders and vents) right has become an issue.
One example of the difficulties is a bogie wheel that we make for an old
ATV machine called a Cushman Trackster (www.trackster.com). We (My
son, with me doing the "engineering") has several thousand dollars into
the patterns and we still have to machine more surfaces after casting
than we should.
By the way, I did plot the Australian visits to my website since
March of this year. The rate dropped considerably in October and
continues to trend downward. I sent this data to my ISP and got a
reply that it would help to bolster the "trouble ticket". It's a good
thing that you "blew the whistle" on this problem or I wouldn't have
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