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    Best way to buy/ship expensive item online from UK without getting scammed?

    I found an item in the $2K price range on Ebay. I was the 2nd highest bidder. Seller messaged me after the auction with a photo of his email said the buyer backed out. I think the story seems ok. He's willing to relist on Ebay but says that we need to wait till Ebay offers another promotion as...
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    Do auctionzip auactions hide your max bid like eBay?

    There's some lots coming for sale soon on auction zip that I am interested in but not willing to take a day off of work to watch all day. I would like to just put in my max bid and check my email that afternoon to see if I got the stuff. I know I have heard with bidspotter the auctioneers can...
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    OT Help needed troubleshooting Hot Water Heating System

    Anyone here with experience troubleshooting hot water heating systems? My house has a boiler in the basement. There's a circ pump that goes up to 2 zone valves. Off the zone valves the system splits into 2 separate loops one on each side of the house then it all returns to a common feed. The...
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    Accounting when selling a small product line

    I have been producing a little product as a side hobby. Typically I sell maybe $2-3,000 a year thru PayPal. I am thinking about doing a bigger run of my widgets, hoping to maybe able to clear $10,000 in revenue with the product if made in bigger quantities but I don't see it getting much more...
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    Recommendations on what to do with a 2Axis Prototrak Edge Knee Mill?

    I am not sure if this belongs under the CNC topic as a Prototrak mill is a lot less of a machine than what is typically discussed over there so if it needs to be moved moderators please do so. None the less the controller on the 2006 era 2Axis prototrak Edge controlled Bridgeport clone mill at...
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    Sudden shift in a 3Jaw chuck?

    I have a pretty new 3Jaw chuck it used to run true within 0.001" or so. I was doing some work with heavy chatter and next thing I know the chuck has about 0.025" runout on it. I indicated the OD of the chuck and that's true within 0.004" which from memory was about right to how I set it up...
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    Tips for adjusting spindle bearing preload on a lathe

    My Emco V13 (essentially a modern mid 1990's Austrian made gearhead lathe) chatters way too much when parting off parts so much that its scary. Lately it seems as though it's even chattering more often on normal cutting, maybe 0.050inches DOC in steel. It never seemed this bad in years past...
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    Small oil pump recommendations for horizontal bandsaw?

    I have a Johnson Model B I think it is horizontal bandsaw. It came with an oil lube system which original used a "Jabsco" flexible impeller. The impellers would last a few months and then at some point the vanes would fatigue and break and then I had to replace another one at $40-50 I think it...
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    Need help figuring out how to display these gauges

    It's a long shot here but I picked up these gauges at a flea market. I am in the process of cleaning and polishing them now but when done I want to mount them on a better board or something and make them look like they belong together. I have a collection of old gauges hanging in my livingroom...
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    Good deal on old boiler on Facebook Market

    Passing this along hopping someone can provide a good home. Not a whole lot of money but who knows how much work will be needed to get it in steam. Log into Facebook Sent from my SM-J737V using Tapatalk
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    Mold maintenance and date codes?

    Question for those in molding. A lot of plastic parts will show a little round month calendar with a pointer on them. I assume this is for noting when the mold was last serviced but it had me curious how are these things used in the real world? I would have thought dates mean very little in...
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    Reconditioning a valve seat in an old steam whistle

    I just picked up the following steam whistle the problem is it is missing the valve which is essentially a poppet that sits at the bottom of it and seats on the angled surface shown below. The seats didn't look to be in the best condition and they seem to have somewhat of a radius on them...
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    How to polish old steam gauge bezels

    I recently picked up this old gauge which I want to add to my wall of gauges and machine nameplates on my wall. The problem is how do I polish the bezels? In the past i have tried doing them on a buffing wheel but all too often when working the lower edge the wheel will grab on the bezel and...
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    US Steel Cancels $1.5Billion Expansion Thanks To Bidenomics

    Anyone see this story? Democrats Blamed After U.S. Steel Cancels $1.5B Project in Pennsylvania. You don't need to be a genius to foresee this happening when the USA jumps into the Paris accords that tax the crap out of US CO2 generation and allow China to emit at will would you expect anything...
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    Does Europe have a McMasterCarr equivalent where do Germans shop for supplies?

    I am working on a custom machine for the European market. Occasionally there is a need for a European part that they don't seem to sell over here. Right now the big one is IEC motor pump adapters. If I want a NEMA C-Face it's about $40 from McMaster. If I have to go from an ATEX IEC style motor...
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    Neat old Vertical boiler for sale cheap on Facebook Market

    Just passing this along maybe someone here can find a use for it rather than see it scrapped. Massive antique boiler make me an offer - Appliances - Guilford, Connecticut | Facebook Marketplace. If someone can capture and post photos here please do. I am on my phone which makes that harder to...
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    Need help finding special molding goo for measurement of recessed surface feature

    In the past I have used this two part molding compound where you mix it up like an epoxy but it doesn't stick to anything. I have this deep feature that I am trying to reverse engineer. I am looking for a paste that I can put into the feature and then pull the impression out of it to put onto...
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    Stories of visits to great manufacturing facilities

    I thought i would try to start a new thread here like the one on great hardware stores years back which generated lots of great reads where people could post about great manufacturing facilities that they have been thru over the course of their lives/careers. I have had the privilege of...
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    What makes vaccine glass so special and hard to come by?

    I was wondering if we have any glass experts out there in this site who could provide a better understanding of glass for me? A lot of articles out there seem to indicate that it could be more challenging to make billions of vaccine vials than it actually would be to actually make billions of...
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    Recommendations for facemasks that are safety glass compatible?

    New rules at work are masks must be worn at all times. They have handed out the surgical style ones but the damn things suck to wear with safety glasses. They fog up with every exhale as they seem to duct everything right up. Anyone have a good recommendation for masks that are comfortable...
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