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  1. Old Phone: 270366 New Phone: 270367 ...

    Old Phone:

    270366
    New Phone:

    270367

    Overall, I like the new one pretty well. I'm just bummed that I'm having a harder and harder time finding a phone that is geared towards being a...
  2. I used to have a Motorola phone and struggled...

    I used to have a Motorola phone and struggled with this constantly. I cleared it out periodically with a safety pin which I had cut the point off of. Got the middle pretty clean, but the metal would...
  3. Haggerty Metals in Plymouth lets you look around,...

    Haggerty Metals in Plymouth lets you look around, saw some gutted out machine bases there, but it was specialized stuff, never anything like mills or lathes.

    Not machinery related, but one nice...
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    When I say "hot" I don't mean "sear your meat...

    When I say "hot" I don't mean "sear your meat hot" but more like a "if I were showering in this water I'd turn it down" hot. Usually lines up pretty well with the end of a meal. Leave the pan on the...
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    I have an old old Lodge 10" pan (from the scrap...

    I have an old old Lodge 10" pan (from the scrap heap), and a Le Creuset 8" (from thrift shop) and both are significantly smoother than that one. The Le Creuset has a slight "orange peel" like...
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    Fact check: you can see the sky in China now. I...

    Fact check: you can see the sky in China now. I visited several cities and quite a few rubber manufacturing plants this time last year. There are particulate pollution meters with real-time numbers...
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    Freezing works better on Shore A materials, not...

    Freezing works better on Shore A materials, not shore D. I'd be worried about dropping below the glass transition temp on the harder Urethane if frozen. Then you'd have a brittle material on your...
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    Fixed that for you. Butter will scorch/burn...

    Fixed that for you. Butter will scorch/burn because of residual milk solids and/or moisture. Clarified butter will get the job done. Lard is of course the traditional fat for the job. Oils can be...
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    The fundamental difference is that the cast iron...

    The fundamental difference is that the cast iron is porous enough to hold oil within the pan itself. The process of establishing this condition is the "seasoning" referred to above, it involves heat...
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    That each ring is soldered together after being...

    That each ring is soldered together after being stitched into the mail. And since this is a labor intensive process, it is automated. Higher quality mail has the rings soldered together so that they...
  11. I'd like the Starrett, sending a PM.

    I'd like the Starrett, sending a PM.
  12. Don't forget to remove the volume of the rod from...

    Don't forget to remove the volume of the rod from your return stroke cycle time calculation! 80 seconds up is generally not 80 seconds down. But you have some "tool open time" where you are reloading...
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    You just need to put a hole in the center of the...

    You just need to put a hole in the center of the round bar?

    You have a mill, but the real question is: do you have a dial indicator?
  14. In my opinion, probably the best thing you can do...

    In my opinion, probably the best thing you can do is upgrade your wiper. Looks like your working environment is pretty harsh from the amount of clay (read: abrasive dust) present around the cylinder....
  15. Added emphasis to highlight this point. As an...

    Added emphasis to highlight this point. As an engineer in the automotive sector (working on mechanical design of electrical components) it boggled my mind just how much effort went into making the...
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    Take a look for any potential short circuits. I...

    Take a look for any potential short circuits. I had a relay in my truck get all clicky when my trailer wires decided to contact each other for a minute. Got it all sorted out with a new trailer...
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    Reminds me of an existentially tragic, yet...

    Reminds me of an existentially tragic, yet fascinatingly cool statement I once read: "You will never go to Mars, but McDonald's will"
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    Something tells me that bean counters who can't...

    Something tells me that bean counters who can't handle a bit of overhead aren't going to let a whole shop full of "fully functional" machinery go for scrap... Yes everything is "fully functional"...
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    The reason I was wondering about how many guys...

    The reason I was wondering about how many guys were involved was to bring up some alternate possibilities of ownership setups. With two equal-ish and one newer guy, it puts a wrench in the idea of...
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    That's the total, but we still don't know how...

    That's the total, but we still don't know how many other machinists there are involved here. How many as of the layoff, and how many are even remotely interested? I agree with most of the others here...
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    This sounds kinda like a bonehead bean-counter...

    This sounds kinda like a bonehead bean-counter move. Depending on the exact type of bonehead we're dealing with, it could be a good opportunity to keep going in a familiar setting, or a good...
  22. Hey, man, just let the air out of the tires. You...

    Hey, man, just let the air out of the tires. You said 40 psi on the asphault? Sounds a lot like the kinda pressure that's in them tires to me. Just drop it down some, and then you got low psi in the...
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    Steam engines are cool, but Stirling engines are...

    Steam engines are cool, but Stirling engines are cooler!

    Stirling engine - Wikipedia
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    Did both my pans this weekend. Everyone has their...

    Did both my pans this weekend. Everyone has their own opinion on the best way, but I can say that what worked for me was shortening applied with a paper towel to the pans (uncomfortably hot to the...
  25. A definitive way? Yes. You can hold it up to the...

    A definitive way? Yes. You can hold it up to the bench grinder for a few minutes. If your lungs fill with fluid and you need to be rushed to the hospital, then you can know for sure that it is BeCu....
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