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  1. J

    Shop in Garage

    The kids here all carry knives ......it enhances their edginess factor ....it also results in various dead teens.............but thats by the by.
  2. J

    Does smokeless burn faster IN A GUN than black powder?

    The join in the chamber would rule out black powder for me ......Id think there was no way you could get all the fouling out ,and rust would form in the joint ...........so Id be using smokeless ............a lot of old gun shooters use 4198,which is about all that can be had here now,with a...
  3. J

    Surface finish on Jones & Shipman and other tool holders of the 21st century.

    Most brilliant case colours I have ever seen are on a set of L.S.Starret toolmakers buttons with a steel base ,NOS from the 1930s ,and probably never opened until I got it.............case colours do fade ,and are not permanent .............which is something to note when you have a minty...
  4. J

    Shop in Garage

    I couldnt imagine anything harder to break into than making and selling knives (for a profit) ...........every man and his dog is either making knives or wanting to make knives,or dreaming about making knives..
  5. J

    Avoiding Sales Tax on Machine Purchase?

    yes,I heard that on the net......however ,if you consign via one of the outlaw freighters with a pickup and a skanky girlfriend covered in tatts ,then thats going to be exempt......and you might even get on one of the reality channels .
  6. J

    Searching for a steady rest

    Simple ...make one .........there is little to no precision needed in a 3 point steady ,and either repurpose one from a different lathe ,or make one............very large diameter steadies are nearly always shop made to suit.
  7. J

    Avoiding Sales Tax on Machine Purchase?

    Possible ,yes..Legal ?
  8. J

    Compressor pump-up time as indicator of pump condition

    I used to get real neat 12cfm two stage Pulford outfits from a govt dept...............they were part of a 'Die=Mark' uniform name tagging setups............the compessors would be run until they were full of water and sludged oil,the overloads would go off...and its a new compressor...
  9. J

    1x rivet gun repair

    Its a little tiddler ...I use a similar size one for the alloy rivets on truck brake linings .....just right to flatten them properly.........otherwise youd call it a chipping hammer ,or even a chisel ..........Uryu is a good brand ,their big impacts are second to none................some of...
  10. J

    Machining Superalloy Honeycomb

    Some years ago,the airforce here sold big radar dishes and mountings on trailer bases .........looked like solid cast aluminium.,tons of it ...........certain people went potty over it ,and got the shock of their lives when they tried to melt it ...it just went phut in a cloud of black smoke.
  11. J

    Shop in Garage

    Tangle with the council......You are guilty until proven guilty .......you may contest the penalty in court ...this is your right ..if you do so,the penalty will double...........council inspectors will make up laws to suit the situation.........if you challenge them ,they will turn double extra...
  12. J

    Shop in Garage

    Typically ,noise would be #1 ......smell of paint /chemicals .......cars parked in the street outside ..........IMHO ,cops will give warnings .......council inspectors do not ...they write penalties.
  13. J

    Compressor pump-up time as indicator of pump condition

    The head is very likely full of carbonized oil ......take it off and clean it out,and then check the valve seats and valves ....leaky valves = recirculated air = extreme heating.
  14. J

    Shop in Garage

    I always thought you were supposed to make knives with a forge ,anvil and hammer......silly me!
  15. J

    Hydraulic Cylinder Thread Repair

    Did the tilt ram seals on a Hough loader with a V1710 Cummins motor ......to get the nuts off the rods ,made up a spanner from an old cutting edge ,and turned it with a 20 ton excavator......sometime you can use one of the four stacker torque multipliers.
  16. J

    1x rivet gun repair

    The city council workers used to prize worn out jackhammers .....a worn hammer could be leaned up against a trench side and the trigger tied ,and it would hammer away without doing anything ........the workers could then play cards all day with the right noise coming from the trench.
  17. J

    Ongoing unrest in Russia

    Putin s been looking very smug lately ....maybe he knows sumthing I dont!.........he says he will roll his armies over NATO in three days.............Oddly enough though,Ukraine is taking a little longer.
  18. J

    Shop in Garage

    For sure consult the city ordinances first ......I f ya gonna break the law ,know what laws ya beakin ,and what it might cost...........guy down the back of me got pinged by the city council ,he's going on about "Penalty Points" ......he thinks they are some kind of kiddy sticker emoji...
  19. J

    Hydraulic Cylinder Thread Repair

    Yep,forget the weld ...turn down and rethread ...make a sleeve for the piston.
  20. J

    Hydraulic Cylinder Thread Repair

    Ah ,yes the nut come loose ,and sometimes speared by the rod .....making an unholy mess in the cylinder ...........something like this happened to a Cat D9H at Lees Earthmoving ......forgot to torque and loctite the nut .....Jim Lee fired everyone in the workshop ,20 guys ,on the spot...
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