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    Being soaking wet outside I decided to do one PITA shop repair/mod and one Backburner customer part.

    The first is a flyweight for the brake on a casket lowering hoist.Extreme right is the damaged old weight,center the one good weight that was left and on the left we have a plaster mould of the good one.

    The nould was just a section of tubing tacked to a plate with an old roller chain leaf for a support to hang the good weight from while the plaster dried.I sped up the drying process with a couple hours in the heat treat furnace set on 250F.

    Once the plaster was set,a couple good taps with a screwdriver handle and the original popped out leaving a good cavity for the new pour.Clamped in the old weight stem,re-melted the old weight along with an old battery terminal and poured.The new weight shrank predictably and popped right out.Some cleanup with a file and all is well.
    Last edited by wierdscience; 12-08-2009, 08:36 PM.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    Nice job Darrin.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."


    • #3
      Second is the PITA fix I have been planning,but didn't have time for.

      2hp Taiwan B-port clone,as typical no good surface to pull on when sliding the motor forward or back to change speeds.Capacitor can was always handy,but always working loose as a result.

      So I rolled up a ring from 1 x 3/16" flat stock,welded on a couple chain links for a hinge and added a handle and two bosses for the drawbolt.

      Here it is installed,makes life easier already.

      I just need one more tool,just one!


      • #4
        Cool, I'll remember that chain link hinge. . .

        Frank Ford


        • #5
          What Frank said, I really like that chain link thing

          I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.
          Oregon Coast


          • #6
            Chain link hinge is genius.

            I like the lead mold, too.


            • #7
              +4 on the hinge ... I've got about 8' of 40 (or was it 60?) chain from a combine that I couldn't let myself throw away, despite being junk. Now I've got a use for it ... a whole bunch of hinges ...


              • #8
                Drop Dead Gorgeous!



                • #9
                  Another vote for the coolness of the chain link hinge!


                  • #10
                    Thanks guys,guess you can tell I didn't grow up in the city

                    Heck I should probably do a post on just all the incarnations of roller chain hinges
                    I just need one more tool,just one!


                    • #11
                      Great ideas and great execution.


                      • #12
                        Nice Hinge.

                        I want to know how the fly weight got to be in that condition. Who did they bury, anyway? The amazing 900 lb man?
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                        • #13
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                          Authorities are disturbed by hundreds of complaints of bicycle chain thefts. In some neighborhoods custom made racing bicycles are being left undamaged while their chains are being stolen. Expensive seats and handle bar mounted GPS units are being passed over for the chains. It is not sure what caused this senseless act of cowardice.

                          Nice fix in both cases. I have to ditto the chain idea the others mention!
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                          • #14
                            George-- you pain' attention? This seems like it might be a good one to go in your "from the web" section (I can't remember what it's really called). It fits the form....something ingenious that users can find on the web site, but simple enough that others can make it...and get a lot of use out of.

                            Nicely executed, Darrin...and as others have mentioned, the roller chain link hinge idea can apply to so many things.

                            Paul Carpenter
                            Mapleton, IL


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by wierdscience

                              Heck I should probably do a post on just all the incarnations of roller chain hinges
                              Please do...


                              grew up in the city