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  • Sometimes it's silly small stuff

    That gets the "attaboys" from the others in the house......

    Fix for the good pair of bypass pruners that didn't have a lock lever anymore....





    Shop work doesn't have to be something sexy for a hotrod etc to be useful and appreciated locally......
    1601

    Keep eye on ball.
    Hashim Khan

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    Yep, I get more parole points for the little stuff. Nice job.
    Jim, By the river enjoying life...

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    • #3
      Wednesday's project was a new hub for the squirrel cage blower for the clothes drier.
      Jim H.

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      • #4
        That is funny, I fixed the burner selenoid on the dryer today. Must be dryer week.
        Jim, By the river enjoying life...

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        • #5
          Must be dryer week- I used mine today. Both of them, actually. One looks suspiciously like a microwave oven. Hmm.
          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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          • #6
            Another I-don't-know-how-people-live-without-a-machine-shop-in-the-basement episodes:

            Sunday afternoon I was getting my Cub Cadet lawn tractor fixed up for the season. When I started cleaning the corrosion off the battery terminals, the ring lug on the positive lead snapped off. No hope of buying a new one on Sunday afternoon...so I made one.
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            • #7
              It's "getting-ready-for-yard-work-week" around here.

              I have an idea that I haven't tried before. I was thinking of sharpening up the mower blades on the push mower and the yard tractor and then case hardening the edges. Anybody tried that? It should make them last longer.
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              • #8
                consider this evan

                There is hard face welding rod that will put a durable edge on stuff. A friend used it on his bush hog and was pleased its performance.. All you do is weld it on the edge then sharpen the new edge,, also have seen it done to on rototillers also.
                scariest thing to hear " I am from the government and i am here to help"

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                • #9
                  Somewhere I read or hear of welding a bead on the cutting edge of a lawnmower blade and then grinding it to sharpness. Never tried it so I don't know if it would work.

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                  • #10
                    I'm going to try case hardening them. It's really easy, just heat with torch, apply case hardening powder and quench.
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                    • #11
                      Messing with a lawnmower blade is a bad idea, my brother in law had one break bounce off the ground , hit his shin and he got 50 stitches.

                      I can go buy a new blade for $16 and be safe.

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                      • #12
                        "...doesn't have to be something sexy...." Yet you managed to make that about as sexy as it could be.

                        Evan,
                        You can sharpen lawnmower blades? Will you be able to keep your edge when you heat it for case hardening? Let us know how it goes. I'd like to try it too. If you do decide to try hardfacing rod, I think you should go with one designed for impact, not abrasion. A push mower isn't a brush hog as your ankles are much closer to the path of any object flung from the blade -- like a piece of brittle hardface rod.

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                        • #13
                          Messing with a lawnmower blade is a bad idea, my brother in law had one break bounce off the ground , hit his shin and he got 50 stitches.

                          I can go buy a new blade for $16 and be safe.
                          You will quickly lose enthusiam for that idea around my place. I have to mow about two to three acres of "lawn" which is really just close cut weeds and alfalfa etc. to keep the fire hazard down. If I bought a new blade every time it bit the dirt I would be poor (er) very soon.

                          Even if heating the edge to case hardening temp rounds it off a bit a quick touch on the grinder afterward will put it back. The nice thing about case hardening is that it only penetrates the top .005 to .010" leaving the rest of the metal still ductile.
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                          • #14
                            I think Mower blades are soft and plyable on purpose. How big would a chip have to be to hurt some one if you hit a rock? I know you will be on top of the mower and out of the path of the flying metal but what about the rest of the world?

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                            • #15
                              Our dryer did the screech and humm this weekend. Figured it was the rollers (again) and would have to make new bushings for the cheapo plastic parts. Ha ha - lathe time! But noooo.... Just a stupid plastic bracket broke that could be easily fixed with some copper wire. Some days are just no fun.

                              Did earn some brownie points from the Mrs. though.
                              Tom

                              Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it!

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