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Custom seals to keep debris out of linear bearings?


April 6, 2021, 8:41 pm

Plastic filament won't work for bearings here, because the bearings must move freely on rods even when twisting pressure is applied. My main problem is a dire need to make 8 mm bearing seals that ... Read more »

pock mark in cast iron skillet


April 4, 2021, 4:57 am

Got a I suspect new-ish Lodge cast iron skillet with a small void, maybe 1/16 in diamter. What's the laziest way to fill this in? I'm thinking about just peening in some soft steel wire or copper... Read more »

OT: Plastic Igus Drylin bearings can be cut?


March 30, 2021, 4:26 pm

In case anybody knows... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071RSDYW4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?psc=1&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER Can those be cut to make shorter? I would think so. It's polymer plastic or whatev... Read more »

building trailer axles


March 26, 2021, 2:18 pm

I am tring to replace old mobile home axle with mismatched barings. Looks like my best choice is to customer make them. What steel should be used for 6,000/7,000lb axles? Would 3 OD x 0.25 = 2.5 I... Read more »

Write Erase Boards


March 21, 2021, 4:45 pm

I have been using a write eras board behind me in my office to keep track of custom and stock jobs. The board is full so I decided to replace it with two separate boards with a magnetic backer t... Read more »

A [vertical] Plain of Jars


March 16, 2021, 7:51 pm

Somewhere I have seen a vertical rack of small jars suitable for screws, etc. It was in a catalog next to bins on shelves. But now I can't find them. Anybody seen same for sale? -- A host is ... Read more »

Flex seal durability?


March 14, 2021, 12:09 pm

Has anyone successfully used Flex Seal paste to make replacements for worn rubber parts? Yesterday I rebuilt an air-powered 1/2 x 12 belt sander whose rubber rollers had disintegrated. The large... Read more »

2 door cars safer


March 12, 2021, 5:33 pm

2 doors are safer as they are have stiffer frames as they don't have 2 extra doors that decrease the structural ridgitidy of the whole car, so the coupes would be stronger in a crash. Side-impact sa... Read more »

Troy-Bilt TB146 EC cultivator gas tank hoses


March 9, 2021, 6:30 pm

I sometimes think back to when I was a kid fooling around gas tanks and hoses, etc. I remember a mesh. And I remember removing it. That must have been a filter. Damn. Geez. Read more »

OT, engine coolant re-use


March 9, 2021, 1:14 am

Does anybody have experience with testing and re-using engine coolant? After a very long time I need to pull the radiator out of my Scout, get it fixed (leaky solder joints mostly) and refill. Th... Read more »

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Phase Converter

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I recently bought a milling machine with a 3hp motor. I purchased a 7.5 hp rotary phase converter and hooked it up to my mill. I have a 100 amp 220 service to my house. Unfortunity I have noticed ... Read more »

DoAll 1612-1

rating: 5

I am trying to find a owners manual or parts manual for this vintage machine. I need to replace a bearing and lost our assembly diagrams so I am not exactly sure how everything comes apart. Does an... Read more »

hyster forklift where is power steering tank

rating: 5

i have an old hyster with no model#s to go by. i have a seal leak in the steering box, and i cannot find where to add oil.. is it all tied into the hyd. tank? Read more »

Lagun Serial Number

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I am looking at a Lagun FT-2 milling machine, and I can't find a serial number. Where is it located? Jack Wills jack@isi.edu Read more »

dro for gorton 8 1/2d mill

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I have a 1956 model Gorton 8 1/2d vertical milling machine with a compound head , power feed and b and s #9 spindle taper and want to put a dro on it but am not familiar with aftermarket add ons or... Read more »

Calculating surface of wire mesh

rating: 5

Hi to all. Can someone explain me how to calculate the surface of 10x10cm -- 1mm thick wire mesh. Its something like this : http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/312792453/Copper_Mesh_Screen_02.jpg T... Read more »

$2 garage sale oxy-acetylene cutting torch

rating: 5

I finally dug out the $2 garage sale Craftsman (really Harris) oxy-acetylene cutting torch. It came with a cutting head of unknown size which I just cleaned out and #7 torch tip. It passes the s... Read more »

Clausing drill press followup

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I went ahead and grabbed the Clausing 15 drill press. It's an olive green 16VT-1 series one with the variable speed belt contraption, and goes from 500 to 4000 RPM as it's the fast version. Seria... Read more »

Reclaiming Harbor Freight milling Machine

rating: 5

Hi all, I picked up a Harbor Freight milling machine like this, except this one was in a building damaged by a hurricane. So it has some pretty heavy surface rust on a lot of it. Is there a... Read more »

More Bridgeport electrical advice required

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Okay, rewinding what I have is NOT ($$$) an option. From my previous post: There are 9 wires coming out of the motor, with metal number tags. 1,2 and 3 all separate, I assume went to the reverse swi... Read more »

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