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    FWIW, old Delta Unisaw "bullet" motors had a...

    FWIW, old Delta Unisaw "bullet" motors had a similar spring. It was referred to as a necklace spring. There was a thread on the old woodworking machinery site about making a new spring. It...
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    The morning paper mentions 5,000 Boeing machinist...

    The morning paper mentions 5,000 Boeing machinist union members will lose their jobs. That doesn't mean they're all "real" machinists. Union membership covers many who don't actually run machines....
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    Are we still alive in Seattle? Check back in a...

    Are we still alive in Seattle? Check back in a year, we'll know more then.

    It rains all the time in Seattle, always has, always will. The big difference between back in the day and now is...
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    It's fairly easy to do.... in theory. In post...

    It's fairly easy to do.... in theory.

    In post #6 of this thread there's a link to another thread where I describe how to do it.

    Basically, it's hydroforming using incompressible urethane. ...
  5. When...? I see N95 types on Amazon, but...

    When...?

    I see N95 types on Amazon, but sales "prioritized" for frontline use.

    Regarding Amazon, my recent Prime "non-essential" purchases have gone from 2 day to 3 weeks. My wife's over...
  6. Yeah, we saw the alcohol/aloe formula online....

    Yeah, we saw the alcohol/aloe formula online. Sounded easy...............except all alcohol and aloe were sold out.
  7. Can you buy masks and sanitizers, etc in your area....?

    The State of Washington is about to re-open construction projects in the next week or so. Details will be coming. So far we know social distancing must be enforced, masks, hand sanitizers and...
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    The comments about the cost of our auto insurance...

    The comments about the cost of our auto insurance in Seattle are interesting. 8 year old Toyota Camry, no traffic violations or reasons for increased rates. Must be the heavy traffic nightmare in...
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    Got an unexpected check yesterday, did you?

    Big surprise, a check came in yesterday's mail. Maybe we'll all get something from the pandemic?

    $481, from State Farm Insurance. A rate adjustment on our vehicle insurance. Not totally...
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    There are a couple opportunities I see...

    There are a couple opportunities I see enterprising companies have grabbed....

    The most noticeable are the Plexiglas shields between the customers and cashiers at quite a number of Seattle area...
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    Whatever works for you. YouTube...

    Whatever works for you.

    YouTube
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    To me "hand screw machine work" would be jobs...

    To me "hand screw machine work" would be jobs that could be run on an automatic screw machine, but the quantity is small enough to not be profitable to set up the automatic.

    B&S made machines they...
  13. As Sim said "find any angle to get yourself in"....

    As Sim said "find any angle to get yourself in".

    I agree 100%.

    A couple times I did it. One was a company that made control cable assemblies for aircraft, etc. My "in" was the founder was my...
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    I live in the land of early retirements,...

    I live in the land of early retirements, Microsoft country. A good many of them are wannabe machinists. The recent conversations on a private chat forum have mostly been related to how to help with...
  15. In Seattle we're in Ventec's backyard so maybe we...

    In Seattle we're in Ventec's backyard so maybe we get more info on the GM deal than the rest of the country.

    It urns out there is one critical part on their ventilator that is only made in India. ...
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    The Seattle Times (our daily paper) yesterday...

    The Seattle Times (our daily paper) yesterday reported the Gates Foundation has granted $9 million to University of Washington virology researchers to investigate Chloroquine as a cure. As usual...
  17. Whether he understands or not, GM yesterday...

    Whether he understands or not, GM yesterday stated they've lined up suppliers for some 700 pats needed for the ventilator "assembly".
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    How do you suppose Trump branded hotels and golf...

    How do you suppose Trump branded hotels and golf courses are holding to the virus?
  19. According to news reports things are only going...

    According to news reports things are only going to get much worse for the Texas oil businesses. The Saudis and Russians are dropping prices to destroy the USA's oil.
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    Silva, go for it. And don't be dragged down by...

    Silva, go for it. And don't be dragged down by the naysayers.

    One year of experience is plenty. I started never having worked in a machine shop at all. I was an engineer in the front office of a...
  21. I've shown potential customers samples of the...

    I've shown potential customers samples of the work we did in my shop. Pretty much a similar situation with a guy bringing samples of his work to show me.

    As others have said, I would expect him...
  22. The issue here is that many foreigners come from...

    The issue here is that many foreigners come from areas where aggressive bargaining is the norm. It's a fact of life for them, they bargain for everything.

    Keeping the door locked is about the...
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    This one got me in trouble. Prototyped a tiny...

    This one got me in trouble.

    Prototyped a tiny electrical stand off, 3/16" hex stainless male 4-40 one end, the other 4-40 female. Corners on the hex had little spurs to bite into traces on their...
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    Boeing and Seattle....

    Seattle was a Boeing town for as long as I can remember. If Boeing coughed the greater Seattle area got pneumonia. If what's happening with Boeing right now happened thirty, forty years ago we'd...
  25. Sure, definitely I'd use it. Thanks for the...

    Sure, definitely I'd use it. Thanks for the offer.

    Python/flask...????? I never got beyond programming in Visual Basic. VB was a natural for me being so similar to Fortran and assembler used...
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