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    07-19-2015, 01:01 AM
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    -As I recall, something similar happened in New Orleans during Katrina. New Orleans, famously, is slightly below sea level in spots, but city...
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    07-18-2015, 10:49 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Solar Towers in General
    -I'm sure I don't remember all the details, but it can be strongly argued that Fukushima was a demonstration of the safety of nuclear plants. After...
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    07-17-2015, 09:34 PM
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    -I agree, as long as the thing isn't so stripped-down it makes an East-German Trabant seem luxurious. :D -It's worth noting that, a hundred...
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    07-16-2015, 06:44 PM
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    -Hardly. It's simple practicality. The current, top-of-the-line cutting-edge EV is still not a practical primary vehicle for more than a very small...
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    07-16-2015, 12:16 AM
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    -That is in part because virtually all US reactors are, relatively speaking, ancient. As I recall, the most recent one in the US- that is, for...
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    07-16-2015, 12:07 AM
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    -Horsecrap. Please don't try to make everything black and white. The point is that there are a number of ways the EV still falls short of a...
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    07-15-2015, 10:48 PM
    I put one inside the cabinet of my Logan: I made an aluminum mount/splash-guard, in case any oil or gunk got flung off the belts or pulleys,...
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    07-15-2015, 01:43 AM
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    I'm sorry, but electrics will never replace more than a small fraction of automobiles. I will hedge that a bit by appending "for the foreseeable...
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    06-27-2015, 01:54 AM
    Well, if those guys will ship to the US, and for a decent price, whip me up a similar parts list and I'll place an order. Heck, they even take...
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    06-26-2015, 06:22 PM
    -As in micarta from the factory? Or "should be replaced with"? I seem to recall some reference to a plastic/micarta gear in the geartrain as a...
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    06-26-2015, 04:07 PM
    Another poster also suggested Maury Manufacturing. Haven't dealt with them, but looks like they have a decent selection. Doc.
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    06-26-2015, 03:06 PM
    I have no regular supplier for pulleys- the last time I bought a commercial V-belt pulley, I picked it up from a local bearing shop. Any dealer that...
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    06-25-2015, 10:53 PM
    -Just checked, and yep, they're both 44-tooth. Shaft center-to-center is 5.250" (133.3 mm) and the gears themselves are approximately 2.875" OD. (73...
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    06-25-2015, 07:01 PM
    -I've been thinking about this mod ever since it was first posted a while back. On my Sheldon, my most-used lathe, there's quite the 'ring' from the...
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    06-23-2015, 01:19 AM
    On my Springfield, the window shows running oil. The reservoir is actually down in the base casting, and pumped up to the headstock. The...
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    06-18-2015, 03:23 PM
    Anyone who has ever used soft jaws knows that part of the process is preloading the chuck before turning. For many setups, you can do this just by...
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    06-13-2015, 11:25 PM
    -Why not just put a few bolts through it? According to some people here, that should fix it up just fine. :D Doc.
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    06-13-2015, 11:24 PM
    -Personally, I love how anyone who follows conventional wisdom is referred to as a "sheep". Everyone here reflexively yells at anyone who leaves a...
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    06-13-2015, 02:25 PM
    -Of course we do. But we also use clean, usually new, uncracked metal. -Non sequitur. A new part is assumed to be, you know, new, which is...
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    06-13-2015, 01:42 AM
    -We already tried that. :D It was called the Tippmann C3, a pump-action propane-powered paintball gun. Supposedly could get 50,000 shots from a 16...
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    06-11-2015, 08:27 PM
    For a while I had a very nice Webley & Scott PCP- superbly accurate and could shoot half a day on a charge. I was almost disappointed there was...
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    06-11-2015, 03:48 PM
    The body is junk. Absolutely DO NOT USE! Keep the jaws and/or the scroll, and/or the backing plate, and offer those as parts. I know there's...
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    06-11-2015, 03:43 PM
    -Mental? Lewis & Clark took an Austrian-made Girardoni .46 caliber air rifle, a 20-shot repeater, on their famous expedition in the early 1800s. And...
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    06-11-2015, 03:33 PM
    Technically I'm more of a paintball guy. I know of PCP airguns, and have had and fiddled with a few, but I'm by no means an expert on them. That...
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    06-07-2015, 05:25 PM
    Yep, Googling around shows similar looking machines, Newbury is an injection molder brand, and armed with that info, looking at the CL ad pics, the...
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    06-07-2015, 05:11 PM
    Unknown. Ad in question. Says it works, weighs 12K. Not sure if I'm reading the tag right, looks like Newbury? Looks like some sort of specialized...
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    06-04-2015, 05:35 PM
    Another option is a product called POR-15. It's a common automotive anti-rust paint ("Paint Over Rust") but it cures very hard and durable, and is...
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    06-04-2015, 05:23 PM
    Some older machines, like many Nichols mills, have data plates suggesting things like "600W Grease", and have zerks, which naturally leads users to...
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    05-31-2015, 05:04 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread What a boner in General
    -That's "Forty rods to the hogshead". Since a rod is just 16-1/2 feet, and a hogshead is 63 gallons, Mr. Simpsons' car gets approximately 0.002 MPG....
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    05-27-2015, 03:10 PM
    Two local shops have shapers. One's a big (I'm assuming 24"?) Cincinnatti, but looked like it hadn't run in a while (as in a couple of years.) The...
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