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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...
  7. I'd like the Starrett, sending a PM.

    I'd like the Starrett, sending a PM.
  8. 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?
  10. 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....
  11. 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...
  18. 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...
  21. 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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    For what it's worth back in my college days...

    For what it's worth back in my college days (University of Michigan Engineering, graduated 2012) just about everything was curved by exam scores, most of the earlier stuff was curved to a C/C+ so if...
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    Seems to me that's fancy talk for "do better."...

    Seems to me that's fancy talk for "do better." Some specific examples: (non-comprehensive obviously, YMMV, etc.)

    - Pay attention to mistakes you make often, and build habits to mitigate the...
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    You mean like a sub-forum with a...

    You mean like a sub-forum with a Moderator-maintained (locked?) sticky thread for the simple list, and a place to put threads for more involved discussion about the members? I'd be for it.
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    I came here for the wrong kind of information....

    I came here for the wrong kind of information. You see, my morning eggs are starting to stick to my pan... :D
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