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  1. I agree with Hillside Fab, there are times when I...

    I agree with Hillside Fab, there are times when I need to run the lathe backward, primarily threading with a die stock. I handle that easily with a reversing drum switch.

    Tom
  2. Need lengths of beams and cables. Need lengths...

    Need lengths of beams and cables. Need lengths to point of attachment of the vertical struts to the horizontal member.

    Tom
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    If it is a driven well, there should be no...

    If it is a driven well, there should be no problem in that there is or should be well casing down to rock. There should be a tightly sealed cap and a pitless adapter. A dug well is a different...
  4. You have all three phases at the incoming...

    You have all three phases at the incoming terminals to the disconnect and have lost a phase at the outgoing, is this correct? If so, simply check the voltage at each joint from top to bottom.

    Tom
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    That's where automation makes sense. Tom

    That's where automation makes sense.

    Tom
  6. Couple of questions. The white slab. Is that a...

    Couple of questions. The white slab. Is that a solid like a slab of concrete? You will need more information regarding the poles since in the lower ones there is a bending and compressive load and...
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    If you can afford it, that is the way to go. ...

    If you can afford it, that is the way to go. Next thing you know you will need to put the box back on the other machine.

    Tom
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    I don't think any of the parts fit the SB. The...

    I don't think any of the parts fit the SB. The casting with the keyed by is probably from a grinder, maybe a tool and cutter grinder. The other stuff???

    Tom
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    The relevance is that you keep trumpeting how...

    The relevance is that you keep trumpeting how great they devices are when in fact they are not suitable for the applications discussed here.

    Tom
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    Can a mercury contactor safely interrupt a...

    Can a mercury contactor safely interrupt a stalled rotor motor? Can they pass a U/L 508 test?

    Tom
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    The problem with reforming the contacts with a...

    The problem with reforming the contacts with a TIG is that if the contact is silver cad oxide, the silver will segregate from the cadmium oxide. Pure silver on pure silver makes for a WONDERFUL weld...
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    Too soon old, too late smart. Story of my life....

    Too soon old, too late smart. Story of my life.

    Tom
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    Whatever works. What I railed about was the...

    Whatever works. What I railed about was the sense less filing or sanding contacts because they looked dirty or black. If it takes doing what you did to make it work by all means do it. Sounds like...
  15. A full universal will allow you to do...

    A full universal will allow you to do differential dividing and allow the head to be coupled with a milling machine to do complex milling such as helical gears.

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    Tom
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    T5 and T8 are the two leads that are normally...

    T5 and T8 are the two leads that are normally interchanged for reversing.
    Tom
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    How well does the laser work on Porcereax? Tom

    How well does the laser work on Porcereax?

    Tom
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    The US standards are +- 10% of nominal. Not sure...

    The US standards are +- 10% of nominal. Not sure what the German's use. I take it there are no taps on the transformer to adjust. Therefore, the best solution is to use buck/boost transformers to...
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    You count machines? I count sheep. Tom

    You count machines? I count sheep.

    Tom
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    The immediate answer to your prototype question...

    The immediate answer to your prototype question is that the labor content of running a job is cheap. It's the setup that's costly. That's why there are quantity breaks. Second it takes a skilled...
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    Problem with that is that if there isn't a good...

    Problem with that is that if there isn't a good bond, you risk knocking the weld off.

    Tom
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    It would take two hits, but what about a "Z" form...

    It would take two hits, but what about a "Z" form die? Form one side, then the other.

    Tom
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    Roger, are you thinking of a one stage or two...

    Roger, are you thinking of a one stage or two stage die?

    Tom
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    Ask the customer if you can have a small gusset...

    Ask the customer if you can have a small gusset at each of the forms. That will help with spring back. Also a pilot hole in middle for controlling side-side movement.

    Tom
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    Follow what thermite says about the oil. ...

    Follow what thermite says about the oil. Aluminum is so aggressive that as soon as you clean it, it oxidizes. So, you either have to use a flux or work under a protective layer.

    Tom
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