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  1. Forged not cast too.

    Forged not cast too.
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    I am not sure what you mean by survival skills....

    I am not sure what you mean by survival skills. First time I got fired in 50 years. 6 years at last job, 12 years at the previous. 8 years in my own business, 12 in the electrical business. A couple...
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    I have started a business more than once. First...

    I have started a business more than once. First time in an industry which was so seasonal I couldn't get the cash flow to work and I lost about $450K. Then again with a partner that had plenty of...
  4. Sometimes you need to make small cuts with a...

    Sometimes you need to make small cuts with a handheld jigsaw. A saw with blade oscillation is absolutely necessary and works amazingly well.
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    I found a new job! Only a little less money for...

    I found a new job! Only a little less money for less hours, better health insurance, no travel, close to home, flexible hours, and the ride to and from home is opposite all the heavy traffic. They...
  6. Yep I bought a GEKA minicrop. I told the dealer...

    Yep I bought a GEKA minicrop. I told the dealer the only complaint was the rocking beam wears the punches oval so we replace punches a lot. He asked how many holes we were punching. About 12,000 a...
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    Looks a lot like a center finder doesn't it? If...

    Looks a lot like a center finder doesn't it? If it mounted from the top.
  8. I had an XLO converted to CNC by Spindle Wizard. ...

    I had an XLO converted to CNC by Spindle Wizard. Had the head apart to check things out when I first got and I will say it was much better constructed and stiffer than a Bridgeport.
  9. Some years ago Carter Wallace pharmaceutical...

    Some years ago Carter Wallace pharmaceutical bought Young's Rubber company in Trenton, NJ. Lots of people thought they were crazy. About 2 years later the AIDS crisis hit and they couldn't make...
  10. If you are going to cut aluminum with small...

    If you are going to cut aluminum with small cutters coolant really helps. A mist buster style coolant dispenser works great without a cloud of mist. I keep a container of Sodium Hydroxide/Potassium...
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    Im a Lucas and really good too. You can even ask...

    Im a Lucas and really good too. You can even ask my first wife. I contacted her on a lark after 42 years and the first thing she did was apologize for the way she treated ME! Four kids, five...
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    Id like a new job. Working my ass off with the...

    Id like a new job. Working my ass off with the FIRST robotics team right now but a paying job would be nice. Without a degree I have to list my extensive experience, which you cant have as a...
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    A little more to know. Peak limiting fuses can...

    A little more to know. Peak limiting fuses can open a circuit in less than half a cycle if the current rises to the peak limit rating. It may be 10,000 amps but it lasts for less than 1/120 second. A...
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    Had to drill for 1/2 tap thru 2 of pure copper....

    Had to drill for 1/2 tap thru 2 of pure copper. Found the flatten the hook trick in the book that came with the Atlas lathe my dad bought when I was 10. Been doing it that way on copper, plastics,...
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    Just a suggestion that works for us. A callout...

    Just a suggestion that works for us. A callout indicating that the pipe tap should be driven until just 6 full threads are left on the tap. This gives us just the right thread size on 1/8 to 2 pipe...
  16. A reduced shank will be stiffer than more flute...

    A reduced shank will be stiffer than more flute length so you might actually get more speed and a better finish.
  17. Sad but incredibly true. Just got fired because a...

    Sad but incredibly true. Just got fired because a worthless brown noser threw me under the bus and I lost it with the boss, not him.

    Now I am struggling to find a job because of my age and he is...
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    Back when I was an industrial electrician and...

    Back when I was an industrial electrician and about 20 years old I was troubleshooting a size 1 combination starter. I turned it on with the door open so I could test it and about 30 seconds later...
  19. For the past 6 years Ive worked from home a...

    For the past 6 years Ive worked from home a couple days a week and away from home a couple of days. When Im home I dress as if I am going to the office, which I do at home. I go out for lunch every...
  20. I had a 350mm SOCO cold saw that I added jaws on...

    I had a 350mm SOCO cold saw that I added jaws on top which allowed the 3-1/2 saw to cut 1/2 x 6 plate with no problem.
  21. Depending on the type of nut the preload to...

    Depending on the type of nut the preload to eliminate backlash may have been accomplished by loading with oversized balls. So you don't just buy stock size balls you get ones made to the right size. ...
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    One issue I can see with larger taps going slow...

    One issue I can see with larger taps going slow is that a VFD spindle with say a 6,000 rpm spindle tapping at 100 rpm is well into the speed reduction where the torque really falls off. So the...
  23. I'd put in exactly what the manufacturer says,...

    I'd put in exactly what the manufacturer says, strictly to make sure you don't have a problem. 4" may sound like a lot but it likely has to do with how much motion can be absorbed without crushing...
  24. Yep, That was my recommendation. Lower height...

    Yep,
    That was my recommendation. Lower height than the skates, all wheels tied together so one doesn't walk away, steering is much easier and you can use it for what it was intended moving pallets....
  25. Post on Home Shop Machinist Forum.

    Post on Home Shop Machinist Forum.
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