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    Slightly OT: Has the specification for wire gauge changed?

    I beg to differ. It was not a "silly" post at all. Both cables are marked #12. After nearly forty years in the trade, I can at least tell when something is bigger then something else. I only mention this because it seems like it was implied that I am some kind of retard for not measuring the...
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    Slightly OT: Has the specification for wire gauge changed?

    I had to move a compressor this week which is wired from the shop with #12 UF cable. I bought a roll of #12 UF cable to extend the wiring to the new location. The existing wire was buried probably thirty years or so ago. The new wire is absolutely smaller then the older #12. I even double...
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    Simple cart axle size question

    My wood planer vs axle diameter spreadsheet says 5/8".
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    Painting grooves onto Drills

    Down here in the south we call that a shit storm. The way you describe the process I can't think of anything that will speed things up without building some sort of dedicated (think expensive) piece of machinery. I hope that when the job was bid that the time and expense of this operation was...
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    Flat spindle noses

    My neighbor has a flat nosed dog if that will help. Looks like it has been chasing parked cars.
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    Name for Round Head Rivet Finishing tool?

    I needed to polish some rivets on an ornamental structure a few years back and this is the way I did it. Took a 4" piece of 1/2" maple dowel and chucked it up. Dimpled the end with a 3/8" drill. Held the dowel in a hand drill and dipped the dimpled end into a slurry of fine valve grinding...
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    Can I make a usable lathe tool from D2?

    D2 is a decent grade of tool steel. Something like 1.5% carbon if my memory serves me. 12L14 is very forgiving as well. Not sure how it will hold up in the SS however. Might be fine.
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    Deburring AND OR Edge breaking.....same thing?

    This is just my opinion because I don't know the technical difference. Someone will probably chime in. To me deburring is just to get rid of a burr left over from some operation. I would consider just a hand deburring tool to be used here. In my opinion, edge breaking is a bit more aggressive...
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    Ot- motorized drain augers and glove use/best options for getting roots out of drain.

    I am surprised that a water jet that would be appropriate for sending down a sewer line would cut through roots. I would think you would simply end up with some very clean rots, but I guess if it works then great. I know some folks around here that still use an old method for keeping roots out...
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    ot 1940 monarch promo film

    Thanks very much for posting that. I love my Monarch and found it very interesting to see how the old girl was made. One thing I saw at 5:50 and 8:40 was a set of bellows for blowing stuff off. Very interesting. At first I thought it was to provide oil free air in that laboratory setting but...
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    Pin spanner holes

    I must have tern or twelve devices that require pin spanners and none are the same. I don't think there is a standard.
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    what tool do I need to remove pins in a connector?

    Make very sure that when you put the pins back in (either new or reused) that they firmly click into place. I have seen a lot of instances on Molex connectors where the pins where not pushed in completely when the plug was assembled. Troubleshooting this problem can be difficult because if you...
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    Loud stepper resonance cure?

    Loosen the panel slightly, fill the space with Great Stuff expanding foam and tighten the screws. Also, a good coating of Skippy peanut butter works wonders for sound dampening.
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    Anti Chip Mat?? (For in front of the mill)

    At one place I worked the maintenance crew that came in at night would put down a "sticky" mat and change it every evening. Definitely kept most of the chips out of the carpeted office space. You see these mats at the entrance of most "clean" rooms.
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    Electroplating an air tank?

    What about this magic crud? Amazon.com: KBS Coatings 5300 Gold Standard Tank Sealer - 1 Pint : Automotive
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    What oil for floor jack?

    Have you guys tried the precooked bacon? It does not need to be refrigerated and is damned good. Great for camping.
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    Shop First Aid Supplies

    I think first aid kits should contain a roll of electrical tape. A wad of something and some tape can stop some pretty serious bleeding. Makes a pretty good tourniquet too. The VA keeps sending me Narcan so I have put some of that in the first aid kit in my truck. You never know these days. 52...
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    threads after tumbling

    What media are you using? Wouldn't take much to slightly bugger a 4-40 thread in AL.
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    A question about the new ratcheting flex head box wrenches

    About eight years ago my wife gave me these for Christmas. I gave her an air fryer. I won. These have been the finest wrenches I have ever used. I can grab the metric or English set and know I have got a wrench to fit something. They are very high quality and have stood up to some pretty heavy...