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  • Originally posted by Jon Heron View Post
    I turned a mandrel out of some stainless bar I had to draw a 1/2" NPT coupling into a keg so I could silver solder it in place thus turing the keg into a "keggle" I can now use to make 10 gallon batches of beer!



    Cheers,
    Jon
    Two questions for you:

    1. When will the beer be ready to drink?

    2. What's your address?

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    • Originally posted by RMinMN View Post
      Two questions for you:

      1. When will the beer be ready to drink?

      2. What's your address?


      You pick me up on the way?
      Andy

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      • Started on my mini pallet system. Here is my video.
        https://youtu.be/cd8Xbu6vkB4


        Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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        • Originally posted by RMinMN View Post
          Two questions for you:

          1. When will the beer be ready to drink?

          2. What's your address?
          I know the Oregon Coast is going to be a little out of you way, but just give me a few minutes heads up and I'll be ready to ride along. My new batch of beer should be ready by then. By the way, I made brew kettle out of a keg also, but I bought a bulkhead fitting to go through the keg wall. Found on Amazon.
          _____________________________________________

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

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          • Moved 3/4 ton of sand, buried welded wire to prevent rats from digging into a chicken pen, and then when on a rat killing spree. We'll see over the next fews days how successful I was.

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            • Originally posted by Jon Heron View Post
              I turned a mandrel out of some stainless bar I had to draw a 1/2" NPT coupling into a keg so I could silver solder it in place thus turing the keg into a "keggle" I can now use to make 10 gallon batches of beer!

              Cheers,
              Jon
              Beer is pretty much why machining was invented.

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              • Yesterday and today- with the attaching of fins to my led modules mostly done, I set about painting them. Because the paint I'm using is way too thick for a proper dip and drip dry, I had to dilute it. On the can is says maximum dilution 10%. After some experimentation I ended up diluting by a full 60%- that's over half being lacquer thinner, and the rest paint. It was still on the verge of not being thin enough. Today the modules are in the oven, baking away at 150F.
                I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                • I dug a trench along the front of my circa 1875 house. Foundation is granite slab on mortared rock. Some of the mortar must have failed because I am getting mice in the house. Little bastards have burrowed down and found a hole or two. So I dug 2 feet down and 1.5 feet wide along 40 feet of house. There's a front porch so half of that digging was on my knees and digging with a potting shovel under the porch. I found one burrow and a hole the size of a dime - took me all day to place 2 teaspoon fulls of new mortar in the right spot.

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                  • made some bushings for a benchtop centrifuge someone gave me a while back. Used to chew the ends off 15ml tubes, most likely because the tubes were a very loose fit and the tips were swinging into the centrifuge body. Took me a while as I annoyingly didn't have any tube the right size, so they had to be made out of solid. We'll see how they work tomorrow when I get time to play in the lab





                    also made a little "hat" for one of my alcohol burners, but I lost the pic for that. I have another one to do and I might annodise that one, just for kicks.

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                    • I made two Special coins by silver soldering halves of two different quarters together. They came out pretty well but I do need to dress the edges of one to put back the grooves.

                      The key learning was that the "special toothpaste" that my dentist gave me did a better job of removing the burned on flux than the soft-scrub that I was using. OY!
                      At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

                      Location: SF East Bay.

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                      • Originally posted by danlb View Post
                        I made two Special coins by silver soldering halves of two different quarters together. They came out pretty well but I do need to dress the edges of one to put back the grooves.

                        The key learning was that the "special toothpaste" that my dentist gave me did a better job of removing the burned on flux than the soft-scrub that I was using. OY!
                        i don't think i'd want to flip coins with you to decide things - how did you cut the quarters in half ?

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                        • Forgot the other thing...... killed a nest of "ground wasps" that had stung my wife.

                          FIL likes gasoline for that, but I found that waiting until dark, then soaking a wad of paper towel in roach killer, poking it down the hole, and plugging the hole over that with dirt worked very well. Did not want to do the gas... right next to the houe, and under a pine tree.... just did not seem to be a good idea....... I must not have enough of the "watch this" type "Bubba genes" in me.....

                          3 days now, and no action at the nest. Usually they dig out by morning if you just plug it.
                          1601

                          Keep eye on ball.
                          Hashim Khan

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                          • Did two things today. Woke up early and messed with my Atlas QC 10. Measured the wear on the compound since the gib settings and remaining looseness told me it was worn. Recut the dovetail on the compound base with an insert cutter I got from Shars a while back. All good on reassembly. The gib is as tight as I can do with small screwdriver and the motion is good via the lead screw over the whole range. Rocking looseness is gone.
                            Happy camper.

                            In the afternoon, I drove the 230 miles through the remains of Florence to take my mom back to her home in Chapel Hill and be ready for work in the morning. I had brought her to Asheville Thursday because she is ailing from Alzheimers and would not be able to deal with emergencies over the weekend. Slow drive obviously. Not much wind but torrential downpour around Greensboro. Rest of the rain was just contantly heavy. Looks like my home in Asheville will miss the brunt of it as it passes to the north. My wife is good with using the generator if needed. Bless her.
                            Bill Pendergrass
                            Rotec RM-1 w/Rusnok head
                            Atlas TH42 QC10

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                            • Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
                              Forgot the other thing...... killed a nest of "ground wasps" that had stung my wife.

                              FIL likes gasoline for that, but I found that waiting until dark, then soaking a wad of paper towel in roach killer, poking it down the hole, and plugging the hole over that with dirt worked very well. Did not want to do the gas... right next to the houe, and under a pine tree.... just did not seem to be a good idea....... I must not have enough of the "watch this" type "Bubba genes" in me.....

                              3 days now, and no action at the nest. Usually they dig out by morning if you just plug it.
                              The little pests must like the ladies. LOL
                              My wife while mowing our boulevard two years ago was stung about 30 times. I eliminated that nest at the time.
                              Last year no issues but she got hit again this year at a new location and received 15 stings. I sprayed Doktor Doom down that hole and they too are now history.
                              Fortunately my wife apparently has no allergic reaction to wasp stings, but unpleasant as heck nevertheless.

                              Both times she was mowing the lawn and left the running lawnmower to take the wrath of the wasps vengeance. Between the vibrations of the lawnmower and the CO2 from the exhaust they sure do perceive that mower as a threat. On each occasion I had one hell of a time getting my mower back from them.
                              Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                              Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                              Location: British Columbia

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                              • Originally posted by 01-7700 View Post
                                i don't think i'd want to flip coins with you to decide things - how did you cut the quarters in half ?
                                I made up some soft jaws for my lathe as a project. Basically big hunks of aluminum that bolt to the tops of the two piece jaws. The coins were a test. I bored a depression in the jaws the same size as the quarter but only 1/2 as deep as the quarter is thick. Then it was just a matter of facing the back of the quarter till it was level with the surface of the jaws. Of course there was a little pip in the center that had to be shaved off since I was too lazy to switch to a sharper pointed insert.

                                Why not? You'd win every time after the first. heads, heads, heads... Well, you would win until I slipped in the second coin. Tails!

                                Dan
                                At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

                                Location: SF East Bay.

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