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    Yesterday, 12:51 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Looking for a mini lathe in General
    It would be wise to consider the maximum diameter that the chuck will hold. If you're using 1.5 inch diameter material, an 8x lathe is probably a...
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    09-20-2018, 12:13 AM
    darryl replied to a thread What did you do today? in General
    Today I finished up all the painting on my led modules. Now I'm into installing the color filter discs and the lenses. One dozen completed and tested...
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    09-19-2018, 11:58 PM
    Hmm, I'm guessing that in any refined genset the rotor would be given an optimum position relative to the crank. I don't know if it would make a...
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    09-19-2018, 10:55 PM
    That's quite a place.
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    09-19-2018, 02:45 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Home generator on the cheap in General
    So you basically build a little boat that normally just houses the generator, fuel, and battery systems. It nests onto short supports in the yard,...
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    09-16-2018, 05:17 PM
    Most of my routing work is done in the climbing direction first, then the final pass in the normal direction. That minimizes tear-out, and leaves a...
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    09-16-2018, 04:44 PM
    darryl replied to a thread What did you do today? in General
    Yesterday and today- with the attaching of fins to my led modules mostly done, I set about painting them. Because the paint I'm using is way too...
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    09-14-2018, 04:28 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Home generator on the cheap in General
    fridge and freezer, some lights- I'd like to be able to run the electrics on the furnace too. That means the control box, the exhaust blower and the...
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    09-14-2018, 04:07 AM
    Our first installs were 15 ft dishes, then 12 ft, 10, 8, 7 footers, some even smaller working off the old C band sats. Probably put in 100-200...
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    09-14-2018, 03:00 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Speaking of ... things ... in General
    Take this for what it's worth, but I have always tried to keep up with what the limits of my particular vehicle are. I want to know how it's going to...
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    09-13-2018, 09:44 PM
    Happened to me once with a big old satellite dish. Hauled it to the site on the test trailer, put the legs down, did a rough 'eyeball' for initial...
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    09-13-2018, 09:01 PM
    darryl replied to a thread nixie tube in General
    This goes back in time for sure. This fellow sure does have a nicely equipped shop- with a lathe, even though it's a glass blowers lathe. He exhibits...
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    09-13-2018, 03:40 AM
    darryl started a thread nixie tube in General
    I thought this was a pretty interesting video- the art of making a nixie tube. It's almost 40 minutes long, but I watched it all the way through....
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    09-11-2018, 08:36 PM
    Cool project-
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    09-10-2018, 01:49 AM
    Just from the physical size of those caps, I don't think they'd have a voltage rating higher than 100. I'm sure you'll be fine with the replacements...
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    09-08-2018, 07:45 PM
    darryl replied to a thread lathe dial magnifier in General
    You probably don't need a lens as much as you need a linear magnifier. I'd look in a stationary store and find a ruler that has the center section as...
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    09-08-2018, 07:43 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Welding Supply Truck Crash! in General
    Reminds me of a time when my friend was working in a garage. One day a tank went over and smashed the valve off. The tank went around the room, then...
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    09-08-2018, 02:01 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Milling polycarbonate in General
    I wonder how regular coolant would affect the polycarb- you could set up a mister, and that would be useful for many materials. Air to blow chips...
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    09-07-2018, 05:17 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Heat sink grease in General
    From my recent experience, computer shops have thermal compound, usually both types- silver filled and regular zinc oxide. That's probably the...
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    09-04-2018, 12:02 AM
    Spent the last few days hiking around my 'backyard'. One a good 45 min climbing fairly steeply in many spots, very rocky- up to a nice lake, and...
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    08-31-2018, 07:22 PM
    I think you'd want to adjust your 'living' to stay within a fairly low average power requirement. As such a solar system could keep up, and your...
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    08-31-2018, 07:05 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Tool Post Drill Chuck in General
    I do a fair amount of drilling on the lathe. I usually put through a pilot hole, then follow with the desired size drill bit. With a pilot hole in...
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    08-30-2018, 01:40 AM
    You might try hockey tape. I've had pretty good luck with it for various uses. Another thing that comes to mind is prepping the area to be taped....
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    08-29-2018, 11:54 PM
    That was pretty cool- ya gotta watch both parts.
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    08-29-2018, 10:52 PM
    darryl replied to a thread uncommon wire size? in General
    So it does make some sense then. I tend to think of music wire as just rod and not wire. Thinking about it as wire, it stands to reason that the...
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    08-29-2018, 07:32 PM
    darryl started a thread uncommon wire size? in General
    I picked up some steel rods at a thrift store today. They are covered in a vinyl sleeve, have a sort of handle on one end and a swivel hook on the...
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    08-28-2018, 06:05 PM
    I have used virtually every room in my house as a workshop. Because of that, I decided several years ago that I would put a more or less full kit of...
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    08-27-2018, 05:07 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Jet 1024 lathe... revisited in General
    My 8x18 came with a 3/4 hp motor. It was fine- but was also a slower speed motor which I presume had more torque than the higher speed one would have.
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    08-26-2018, 07:40 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Jet 1024 lathe... revisited in General
    It's overly optimistic to assume that backlash 'should' be very low on these adjustment mechanisms- lead screws and so on. There are various ways...
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    08-26-2018, 06:42 PM
    darryl replied to a thread combining epoxy test in General
    A good rule of thumb is: "Never add anything to epoxy which has not been specifically recommended by the formulator." That may be a good rule of...
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