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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy View Post
    I've been doing some plumbing projects too today, but holy cow nothing like that.

    Looks like a big project that's going into, what's it for?
    You sure do get dog's breakfast of projects coming through the door, must help to keep the interest level up.
    It's another water distribution manifold for a sand and gravel wash plant.The area around me is home to about 80 sand and gravel mines as we have deposits that run very deep that stretch for many miles.All wet mining with suction and cutterhead dredges.It's been mined here for the last 80 or so years,mostly for concrete production,but in the last ten we have also become a major producer of Fracking proppants-

    https://info.drillinginfo.com/blog/p...ld-innovation/

    There are several API approved types being produced here with two of the main players producing $120m/year each
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    There was just recently an article in the news feed about literally running out of sand. Apparently we use huge amounts of it, and there is a concern about running out..."peak sand". Price seems to be going up pretty fast.
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    Thanks for the lesson on proppant, very interesting.
    Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
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    Thanks wierdscience. Always something new to learn on here.
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    Received an import WNMG holder and some lovely looking alu-profile inserts. Thanks for the recommendation guys.

    Had to mill down the 16x16mm shank to about 14x12mm to get it to fit the QCTP holder. Seemed to be harder than mild as I had a hard time milling it (lack of rigidity mainly).

    Thought I might as well have another go with the cold blue (Casey Birchwood Super Blue to be specific) as this might be a 'better' steel than the EN1 or EN3 I'd previously tried. Dunked it and was really happy with how black it went....and then it washed straight off again. This is after at least the 30 secs they recommend before rinse, wire wool and repeat. Three or four cycles and it's merely dulled. Not only that but the bits that were still black from the factory no longer are. I must have the only cold un-blueing solution!

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    Posted this today. My step daughter asked for a rack to store here decorative wine stoppers so I made it and sent it to her. https://youtu.be/uNUp1PL5HSM


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    Quote Originally Posted by J Tiers View Post
    There was just recently an article in the news feed about literally running out of sand. Apparently we use huge amounts of it, and there is a concern about running out..."peak sand". Price seems to be going up pretty fast.
    Sounds like price fixing BS. There's a sand box 150 miles wide and 300 miles long from here to the Gulf. It's at least 6-12' deep up this far from the Gulf. I'm thinking the miners don't want to pay for new areas. The "FRACKERS" down here recycle almost 80% of the materials used so don't blame us.

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    Different kind of sand apparently. Desert/beach sand is no good for building with as it's too round. Like tiny little rocks in a rock polisher getting their edges knocked off from the tumbling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Tiers View Post
    There was just recently an article in the news feed about literally running out of sand. Apparently we use huge amounts of it, and there is a concern about running out..."peak sand". Price seems to be going up pretty fast.
    Yes,but it's mainly a transportation issue.Lots of places have huge reserves of sand that is the prefered mineral and type.But those places are far away from the markets that need it.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    Different kind of sand apparently. Desert/beach sand is no good for building with as it's too round. Like tiny little rocks in a rock polisher getting their edges knocked off from the tumbling.
    Yep, different types of sand for various purposes. Cannot use the wrong type or the concrete will not be to spec. I understand fracking uses different types than concrete, etc, etc. It is the specialty stuff that is in shorter supply.
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