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    Today, 02:15 AM
    Don't remove the impeller. Put the whole thing in a press and bend it straight. You can probably see the markings from the impact which bent it in...
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    Today, 01:15 AM
    darryl replied to a thread 3D metal printing in General
    I would look at anything Dan Gelbart has to say. Very interesting guy, and very well founded in his field- which covers a wide area.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    I have the 3 in 1 machine, and I find it almost useless. I have 4 other purpose-built benders that handle either thicker stock, or make tighter...
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    09-16-2019, 12:51 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Welding Positioner help. in General
    Personally, I would put the contact area above the bearings. Even if you insulate the shaft from the bearing ID, the current flowing through the...
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    09-16-2019, 12:27 AM
    One we had at work used a 110 vac winch to haul a cage up to a second floor. It was self-holding but slow. Twice the magnets in the motors came...
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    09-14-2019, 06:43 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Litchtenburg figures,neat! in General
    I saw the video where they launched the end of a roll of wire into the air- with the subsequent lightning strike, etc. Pretty cool. Often wondered if...
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    09-13-2019, 11:06 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Removing rust in General
    After all this derusting of tools, an immediate application of a protective coating is desired. I'm reminded of something we used to put on our hands...
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    09-13-2019, 10:35 PM
    There's probably a few generalities that would more or less cover it. One is that the pilot drill size should be about the same diameter as the web...
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    09-12-2019, 08:29 PM
    Today I made some hold-downs to spring-load power transistors to a heat sink. These are stainless steel strips, just over an inch long and 1/2 inch...
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    09-08-2019, 04:59 PM
    darryl replied to a thread lathe levelling problems. in General
    I agree that vibration and levelling are mostly unrelated. I think you need to determine what is causing the vibration and treat that as a separate...
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    09-06-2019, 05:15 PM
    Find yourself a 1/2 inch router that you can use for the spindle and bearings. I see them from time to time with burnt armatures, etc. You don't need...
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    09-04-2019, 11:36 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Restoring 13x40 Lathe. in General
    You could try never dull on a seldom used area. It should just clean things up without removing more than a dusting of material. I would expect...
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    09-04-2019, 05:29 PM
    Let us know when you find out :) A motor like that requires the fan for cooling, so if you slow it too much it won't get enough. You can still use...
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    09-02-2019, 10:14 PM
    darryl started a thread unexpected gooseneck in General
    Got around my need for gooseneck tubing, but during the process of looking for it I ended up buying a few Snake Lights, a Black and Dekker product....
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    09-01-2019, 04:29 AM
    I like the idea of the safety sleeve. If you could possibly use the idea of stacked glass 'washers' placed around the cylinder it might look pretty...
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    09-01-2019, 04:25 AM
    darryl replied to a thread O.T. Fluke Meter Leads. in General
    What Ringo said is very true. I like to see banana plugs with multiple points of contact, and spring clips with both pieces of the clip connected to...
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    08-30-2019, 04:21 AM
    darryl replied to a thread O/T: Engine Oil changes? in General
    Years ago my boss bought a Corolla. All the kids drove it at one time or another, and nobody every changed the oil. At 7 years old it seized up on...
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    08-30-2019, 04:06 AM
    I've always thought that a bottle jack would commonly use pressures up to 10,000 psi or so. Maybe I'm wrong, but if I do the math using the diameter...
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    08-27-2019, 03:14 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Kinda OT - variac problem in General
    Starter motor brushes will have very low resistance, which in this case means more of a direct short between windings. The whole idea of the layered...
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    08-26-2019, 02:22 AM
    Don't recall just now what it is called- there was something that looked like green pudding that worked quite well on stainless.
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    08-26-2019, 02:14 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Kinda OT - variac problem in General
    I used vacuum cleaner brushes. Lots of meat there usually, and I did break some pieces so the longer brush gave me enough to work with.
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    08-25-2019, 09:57 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Kinda OT - variac problem in General
    Carbon brushes designed for high current, low voltage motors often look to have some copper content. I'd expect these to be a little more work to...
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    08-25-2019, 03:10 PM
    My lathe, which is an 8 x 18, has the flats and one V on the headstock. The V does not touch down on the V way, so it is not aligned by it- there are...
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    08-24-2019, 11:18 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Kinda OT - variac problem in General
    The problem is real. I've had my fun with that. When making the 'pancake' brush from multiple shims of brush material, you do have to consider also...
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    08-21-2019, 11:46 PM
    This just came to mind, so take for what it is- my immediate reaction to a current thought. I think you could take length of 2 inch square tubing...
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    08-21-2019, 01:09 PM
    darryl replied to a thread O.T. Fluke Meter Leads. in General
    Banana plug on one end, whatever you want on the other. I make my own leads using what they call heater cord- rubber covered wire that's commonly...
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    08-15-2019, 07:44 PM
    darryl replied to a thread wide format printer in General
    HP is one of the makers that I despise for clogging the product you buy from them with their own 'controls'. After having a bad experience with this,...
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    08-14-2019, 11:12 PM
    darryl started a thread wide format printer in General
    Been making some braces and brackets from flat bar lately, got it all painted up now. That's the only metalworking content in this post. What I'm...
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    08-13-2019, 06:38 PM
    darryl started a thread goose neck in General
    I need to hang a couple lights from an overhead bar, and be able to move them about to some extent. They need to hang about 30 inches lower than the...
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    08-13-2019, 01:24 AM
    darryl replied to a thread More boring tooling... in General
    What I would do with that now is remove the insert and give everything a good clean. Then coat the insert with an anti-friction spray like Top-Cote....
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