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    02-20-2019, 10:33 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Shop heater help needed in General
    As others have said, insulation. You will smile later and the better you insulate the bigger will be your smile.
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    02-16-2019, 10:33 AM
    Over a year ago I bought some 4' LED bulbs from Lowes. They will run on line voltage or through the ballast. Why have a ballast when it isn't...
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    02-15-2019, 10:53 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Milling Vise Size? in General
    I have a Bridgeport that came with my Rockwell verticle mill. Sure it is big for the mill and heavy, but when I put on one of the smaller vises I...
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    02-14-2019, 11:32 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Swivel eye? in General
    If you use chain to lift you can probably rotate the lathe 180 deg. without needing a swivel hook.
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    02-13-2019, 11:36 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread YES!!!!!! in General
    I know they say not to do it but I have had insulation around the sides and top of my electric water heater for years and it does help and will no...
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    02-13-2019, 11:30 AM
    While not what you are looking for I have a Leatherman Micro, a key chain multi tool. Got it as a gift. Kinda laughed at it. But not anymore. I have...
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    02-13-2019, 11:24 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Lathe unloading in General
    jmm03 and bob308 are in agreement with my earlier post, keep it on the ground. A trailer with ramps or skids and runners on the lathe. Be careful...
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    02-12-2019, 12:09 PM
    "A..................... The real danger is that one day the kid in the fighter will get too close showing off and bump into the big plane." Or two...
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    02-12-2019, 11:54 AM
    I generally don't bother with the relief cut at the end of the thread. I disengage the half nuts at the proper time and by the time I get to backing...
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    02-12-2019, 11:32 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Lathe unloading in General
    If it is on a bench or stand I would consider not lifting it. On each end run a 4x4" or good 2x8" or some such 3-4' long under it front to back and...
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    02-11-2019, 10:40 AM
    Arcane, Yes, I use the serrations all the time when dealing with washers. If the washer is too thick for this I hold a flat piece of steel across...
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    02-11-2019, 10:31 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Hub Repair in General
    These kinds of repairs are what has helped keep farmers going. One of the best things you can do with a home shop.
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    02-11-2019, 10:21 AM
    I hope that this "incredible complexity" doesn't bite us when a ship is actually in a battle situation someday and is damaged and these automatic...
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    02-11-2019, 10:02 AM
    Agree with RichR, first picture looks like a 6 jaw. However the third is a 4 jaw. Anyway, a nice job and the finish looks very nice.
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    02-10-2019, 06:38 PM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread My new Devil Dog!! OT in General
    A real American. and she shot expert
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    02-10-2019, 01:15 PM
    I would say you would want a seal on the motor side of a bearing to keep grease out of the motor. And if you use a bearing with one seal or one seal...
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    02-07-2019, 06:30 PM
    I think they are special, pre-loaded, or assembled with precise parts to have about 0 play. I don't know though if they are an odd size though, you...
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    02-06-2019, 08:46 AM
    In my opinion people have lost touch with mechanical things and think and expect they can't or won't ever fail. Airplanes won't crash, the power...
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    02-04-2019, 10:09 AM
    One thing to do to the tool is to hand stone it with a smooth stone until the marks from the grinder are gone. You want to see it look smooth and...
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    02-03-2019, 10:45 AM
    I got mine to work, I don't remember if I made a new piston or modified the old one. Possibly I modified the old one as I think I remember having to...
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    02-02-2019, 09:43 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread H/V Band Saw Bearings in General
    If the bearings are still smooth feeling try and get some lube in them. "Sealed" bearings with a rubber looking seal can usually be lubed by...
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    02-01-2019, 11:16 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Delrin for Bushings ? in General
    Are the pins polished nice and smooth so they don't "file" the bushing as they turn? Does the bushing fit on the OD snug enough so the motion is on...
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    02-01-2019, 11:00 AM
    Would it be easier to cover them up? Few studs and sheets of plywood and they are gone. Might cost more but depending on what you get into and what...
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    01-30-2019, 06:04 PM
    I have to agree that it is nice to have a nice name brand tool, but it isn't always possible or necessary for those of us who have to look at the...
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    01-30-2019, 11:06 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Wife wants to move... in General
    " We both want/need a bigger house" RB211, Could you put put on an addition?
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    01-29-2019, 02:35 PM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread 1/4" Air Tubing in General
    Isn't using air going to be spongy as far as movement? Flow controls may help this. Look in McMaster for them. Install so the flow is controled ...
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    01-29-2019, 10:12 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread Wife wants to move... in General
    Arcane, I was going to say that but then decided not to. Was my first thought though. 3 Phase, Yeah New England is OK and I am in a fairly rural...
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    01-29-2019, 10:01 AM
    wdtom44 replied to a thread 1/4" Air Tubing in General
    "Push to connect" are so fast and easy I can't see messing with anything else that takes a bunch of small parts unless you have a special...
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    01-25-2019, 11:42 AM
    If you take the apron off to clean and inspect it looking for the problem be very careful not to bend the leadscrew or feed rod or with them waving...
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    01-25-2019, 11:24 AM
    Vacuums and air compressors need to be rated at cubic ft. per min. at a certain pressure. You can see the CFM ratiang for most air compressors, but...
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