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  • Originally posted by Bob Engelhardt View Post
    This deserves a topic of its own. With pictures!
    thank you, but it's not that big of a deal. Here are some pics. Warning, even by my standards it's a butt ugly light. That bit of scrap had been runover many times before I stopped to pic it up. Thankfully it's rather bright so you can't see how ugly it is



    camera doesn't do the light justice, it's really rather bright - the brightest one I've made so far for the garage. I'll be getting more of the Ledil Strada B2 optics to redo the other lights in there.


    Last edited by mattthemuppet; 04-11-2018, 12:53 AM.

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    • Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
      Yes indeed.

      With a sensitive level, though. it will be off-scale if the machine is out of level a hair. Or. really, about 0.04 of a hair... depending on the level.
      The sign on the scale says confusingly, 0.05 per meter if I understand the abbreviations correctly. Does that mean it'll be accurate to within 5/100ths of a millimeter over a meter or something? Doesn't tell me how much a graduation on the scale is though.

      It was extremely fiddly though just to get it to the right ballpark and it does indicate my lathe is twisted, but it's like there's no twist for about half the lathe bed, then it starts and gets worse until the end. I believe I need to slightly lower the front right leg.

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      • If it's metric it means that each division is 0.05mm per meter. In other words, if your lathe is exactly 1m long and exactly level then if you were to put a 0.05mm shim under one end, the bubble would move one division.

        Not sure if it's of help but everyone's been helping me with a similar problem on this thread

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        • While at the bowling alley today, it came to my attention that the bowling ramps used by the kids in the disabled program were broken. My "Friend" volunteered my welding skills to fix them.

          The ramp is made up of 1 inch chromed thinwall tube with a couple 3/8 rods to hold them 5 inches apart. The three parts I was given had a total of 6 welds. Every one of them had either broken loose or was exhibiting cracks. The rods were bent out of position and had to be bent back into shape.

          I TIG welded the two broken pieces back together, using a jig to maintain the alignment with the third part. I then went over all the cracks, building the weld up a bit more.

          This one was broken. The 3/8 rod was originally butted up against the tube and looked to be resistance welded. Now it's been welded on all sides to spread the stress.



          This is the end support. You can make out the crack if you look closely.


          All finished:
          At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and left over parts.

          Location: SF East Bay.

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          • You're a good man, danlb.
            Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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            • Finished up my machinist jacks. I used bolts as adjusters


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              • What did I do today? I got a colonoscopy ... yeah, I know, I'd rather be machining too.

                Anyway, all is well no polyps, no biopsies needed, "Come back in 5 years so we can soak your insurance company again." .... What are you gonna do, they literally got you by the ass. [:- (

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                • I had my first colonoscopy in 2001, when I was 52 years old, and they found several polyps, one of which was cancerous. It was caught very early, and the day after the 9/11 attacks, I had bowel resection surgery. I tell people I was repunctuated - my colon is now a semicolon. Follow-up colonoscopies have been clear, and I'm on a three-year schedule. My most recent one in October did find and remove a benign polyp. I choose to have the procedures done without sedation, so I can drive myself there and back home. The prep is the worst part of the ordeal. I also have upper GI endoscopies every couple of years to keep track of my Barrett's Esophagus, which was brought on by frequent GERD (heartburn), which is now under control with a proton pump inhibitor, 40 mg omeprazole daily. I was surprised to learn that the stomach does not need hydrochloric acid for normal digestion - it had evolved as a way to combat bacteria in spoiled foods that were often eaten in the early days of human existence.
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                  Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                  USA Maryland 21030

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                  • Originally posted by DATo View Post
                    What did I do today? I got a colonoscopy ... yeah, I know, I'd rather be machining too.

                    Anyway, all is well no polyps, no biopsies needed, "Come back in 5 years so we can soak your insurance company again." .... What are you gonna do, they literally got you by the ass. [:- (
                    Congratulations on getting the colonoscopy. Don't skip them. Without a colonoscopy I would either be wearing a colostomy bag or be dead by now from colon cancer. As it is I am healthy and on a 10 year schedule.

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                    • I was surprised to learn that the stomach does not need hydrochloric acid for normal digestion.
                      Where did you learn that? It seems to contradict everything published about how the digestion process works. Low stomach acid causes problems for all downstream organs. That's why it's not good to over use antacids.

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                      • PStechPaul and RMinMN

                        Glad to hear that all is well with you guys. You dodged a bullet. Keep getting the checkups though. They are well worth the inconvenience of the procedure. In my case they put me out but it wasn't as deep as normal surgery. The procedure took about 20 minutes and I came to feeling immediately awake, alert and totally refreshed. In fact, I asked the nurse if I could buy whatever they put me out with *LOL*. I did have to have a family member present to drive me home though - their rules not mine.

                        EDIT: It's a shame that everyone can't afford to have insurance. This procedure would have cost me about $3500 without insurance, and I don't know if that even includes the anesthesiologist's fees.
                        Last edited by DATo; 04-19-2018, 10:25 AM.

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                        • The sedative of choice is usually Propofol, or as Michael Jackson called it, "Milk of Amnesia". I need sedation for my endoscopy- I have a strong gag reflex. Sometimes I have been marginally aware of the procedure, and I recall trying to talk, but that's difficult with a tube in your esophagus.

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propofol
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                          Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                          USA Maryland 21030

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                          • Same here. Been re punctuated same as Paul
                            “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                            Lewis Grizzard

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                            • From office chair to hose reel!

                              I had an old office chair in my shop that the actual chair was worn out. Then this morning I had a vision! The five spoke base would make a good start on a water hose reel. So I built a hub with bearings and axle, made up some 12mm rod U's to actually hold the hose and I had a hose reel! I mounted it on a fence post beside the riding arena. Even the wife thought it was cool!

                              Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                              How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                              • Thanks for giving me an idea Black Forest.

                                I've got two 15kg reels of MIG wire (Titanium laced mild steel for dirty metal and Inconel 82 for gluing anything to anything else). My MIG set won't take 15kg reels and I've only got 1 500g reel that I wind wire on to and the little reel doesn't last very long between refills. Empty reels are hard to come by and I see no need to buy a 5kg reel of wire just to use wire I don't need to get a reel. I'd been thinking of making one with steel flanges and a rolled centre. Your pictures show that I don't need all that stuff, I can make a couple of reels a bit like your hose reel even without scrapping an office chair in the process.

                                So, again, thanks!

                                Mark
                                Last edited by Mark Rand; 04-19-2018, 04:14 PM.
                                Location- Rugby, Warwickshire. UK

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