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06-12-2017 08:06 PM
jovak When you have shitty C clamps and the little slide handles get all bent and shitty, cut them off and weld nuts to the end of the threaded rod. You can now tighten them with a wrench, or an impact. I center drilled my nuts on the lathe because they were 1/2in nuts.
05-16-2017 10:43 AM
billdacat
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Originally Posted by billdacat View Post
I have three sets of jack stands (6T,4t, and 3T) Does anyone have a novel idea for storing these pigs. I have a small garage and floor space is at a premium.

I tossed together a jack-stand tree. I can roll it around and get them out of my way. My garage is just to fucking small.
05-11-2017 07:45 AM
MT4Runner
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Originally Posted by billdacat View Post
I have three sets of jack stands (6T,4t, and 3T) Does anyone have a novel idea for storing these pigs. I have a small garage and floor space is at a premium.
Dad always hung his on the wall.
05-10-2017 10:23 AM
rockmup
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Originally Posted by mudtrux View Post
Great tip if it's true.
How many things did you try before you tried mustard? How a bout steak sauce or dandelion inner blood?

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Soapy water (like Dawn) works great.
05-10-2017 10:10 AM
ElkyRacer
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Originally Posted by mudtrux View Post
Great tip if it's true.
How many things did you try before you tried mustard? How a bout steak sauce or dandelion inner blood?

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Picked that up from an old electrician at work.

Same guy also showed us that Tabasco will clean up tarnished/corroded copper buss bar.
05-09-2017 03:08 PM
mudtrux
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Originally Posted by ElkyRacer View Post
If drilling through stainless, use mustard as a lubricant. We use it at work and have easily doubled the life of our drill bits and hole saws.
Great tip if it's true.
How many things did you try before you tried mustard? How a bout steak sauce or dandelion inner blood?

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Thanks
05-09-2017 08:29 AM
billdacat
Jack Stands Caddie?

I have three sets of jack stands (6T,4t, and 3T) Does anyone have a novel idea for storing these pigs. I have a small garage and floor space is at a premium.
05-09-2017 08:24 AM
billdacat
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Originally Posted by ElkyRacer View Post
If drilling through stainless, use mustard as a lubricant. We use it at work and have easily doubled the life of our drill bits and hole saws.
Pardon me; but do you have any Grey Poupon?

Cool tip.. I going to remember that.
04-01-2017 07:56 PM
ElkyRacer If drilling through stainless, use mustard as a lubricant. We use it at work and have easily doubled the life of our drill bits and hole saws.
03-30-2017 07:36 AM
xsponge For storing nut, bolts, screws, and nails I take a empty plastic oil can and cut the top off right where it starts to slope up towards the spout. They are rectangular and fit into a drawer or on a shelf etc. without all the lost space from a round container. Tip-clean the inside before use..

When taking out a bolt in a hard to reach place or starting a bolt in a hard to reach spot (Be careful not to crossthread) I put a small wadded up bit of Duct Tape or Masking Tape into the socket. It holds the bolt in the socket yet releases it once it is installed.
01-28-2017 09:57 PM
tracyb love my rivet fan! use it all the time
01-28-2017 09:24 PM
Moose2367
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Originally Posted by rocklobster87 View Post
Not sure how many people know about these, but they can be very useful for layout and for measuring in general anytime when ~1/20" precision is adequate.

It's an engineers tape measure and it's graduated in 0.01', 0.1' and 1.0'.

It breaks feet into base ten like the metric system and lets you make measurements that are easier to add/subtract/divide quickly and without error.

Attachment 2079889


For example: I wanted to space these slider supports out evenly over a 3.16' span.


Attachment 2079897

3.16' / 4 = 0.79'

0.79' x 1 = 0.79'
0.79' x 2 = 1.58'
0.79' x 3 = 2.37'
0.79' x 4 = 3.16'

make marks at 0', 0.79', 1.58', 2.37' and 3.16' and done.

much easier than doing math on fractions or converting back and forth between them and decimal equivalents.
Could always use a rivet fan too, spaces holes evenly over any distance.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=r...HdT_BG0QsAQIJA
01-12-2017 12:08 PM
cousin_z If you break a tap off in a blind hole, just get out your torch. The steel that the tap is made from has a high carbon content and will burn easily. Get it glowing good and bright and just bump the oxygen lever and the tap will disappear. You can also open the oxygen valve more than you normally do when adjusting your flame and let the oxidized flame eat away at the tap.
01-24-2016 04:56 PM
aosborne I used to drink a lot of beer just so I could use the boxes for templates.
I found that aluminum roof flashing works better. It can be cut with scissors, is oil, fire,water and mouse resistant and you can punch your centermarks in it. You may be able to plasma right around it if you make it smaller by half your plasma's tip. I tried to get overly fancy and use magnets to hold it just above the material, but that didn't work well.

A radius arm mount:

01-10-2016 10:20 AM
rocklobster87
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Originally Posted by Muckin_Slusher View Post
You know you could just go ahead and use the metric system for it's benefits instead of trying to make imperial untis perform like metric....
Thanks for your permission.

I too prefer the metric system, but in a world where materials are dimensioned in inches this seemed like a decent compromise. If i need to think in inches for tube and so forth I can use the inch side of the tape. For point to point measurements or measurements that need to be added/divided/subtracted I use the engineers scale.

I would actually like to find a tape that had feet, inches, and tenth (even 1/20") inches. I think that would be very useful for what we do because you could just measure everything: tube, plate etc to the 1/20". All common materials with inch dimensions would have useful decimal equivalents, (i.e. 1 3/4" tube = 1.75" tube) which were easier to manipulate.

I actually thought that's what this was when i ordered it but it's still somewhat useful.
01-10-2016 05:12 AM
Muckin_Slusher
Quote:
Originally Posted by rocklobster87 View Post
Not sure how many people know about these, but they can be very useful for layout and for measuring in general anytime when ~1/20" precision is adequate.

It's an engineers tape measure and it's graduated in 0.01', 0.1' and 1.0'.

It breaks feet into base ten like the metric system and lets you make measurements that are easier to add/subtract/divide quickly and without error.

Attachment 2079889


For example: I wanted to space these slider supports out evenly over a 3.16' span.


Attachment 2079897

3.16' / 4 = 0.79'

0.79' x 1 = 0.79'
0.79' x 2 = 1.58'
0.79' x 3 = 2.37'
0.79' x 4 = 3.16'

make marks at 0', 0.79', 1.58', 2.37' and 3.16' and done.

much easier than doing math on fractions or converting back and forth between them and decimal equivalents.
Those fawking things should have huge warning labels on them. You know you could just go ahead and use the metric system for it's benefits instead of trying to make imperial untis perform like metric....

I needed to order some spare trailer axles, so I grabbed a tape and crawled under my trailer. I knew the spring perch distance I thought I needed. Used the tape and came up with a number that didn't make sense. Remeasured, still didn't make sense. I went and got another tape to compare thinking the first one might have stretched or been damaged. All the foot marks lined up, but the "inches" didn't.

I seriously considered tossing that tape into my contractor buddies truck for the ensuing funny, but decided against it.

Edit: Mine only had the tenths on it, not a combo tape like you're shown.
01-10-2016 02:51 AM
rocklobster87 Not sure how many people know about these, but they can be very useful for layout and for measuring in general anytime when ~1/20" precision is adequate.

It's an engineers tape measure and it's graduated in 0.01', 0.1' and 1.0'.

It breaks feet into base ten like the metric system and lets you make measurements that are easier to add/subtract/divide quickly and without error.

Attachment 2079889


For example: I wanted to space these slider supports out evenly over a 3.16' span.


Attachment 2079897

3.16' / 4 = 0.79'

0.79' x 1 = 0.79'
0.79' x 2 = 1.58'
0.79' x 3 = 2.37'
0.79' x 4 = 3.16'

make marks at 0', 0.79', 1.58', 2.37' and 3.16' and done.

much easier than doing math on fractions or converting back and forth between them and decimal equivalents.
01-02-2016 10:40 AM
Usmc42
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12-28-2015 02:20 AM
RagTopTA
Air Tool Hanger

We have quite a few air tools in our little shop. They are always getting scattered all over the place. So I made a cheap functional hanger for them.
1" square tubing. Drilled 7/16" holes every 3" then added a 5/8" slot under each hole. Works great.

03-18-2015 07:08 PM
chuggins143 We have a small 110V Lincoln MIG on one of those HF carts. Nice and small for those little jobs you don't want to have to bust out the big welder for... To make life easier, I mounted a 4 gang outlet box on the side of the cart with a 6" plug on the end. Now I can use a regular extension cord (we have a HD 12ga one for this purpose) to feed the cart, the welder is plugged into the box and we have a place to plug in a grinder or whatever as well. Not ever going to be a problem since you'll never be welding and grinding simultaneously anyway!

C
03-18-2015 03:27 PM
Trwelds
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Originally Posted by Vinman View Post
Best garage I did recently was replace the 6' power cord on my Lincoln Mig Pak welder with a 25' RV extension cord (had to replace the male cord end).
I was going to simply make an extension cord but decided to just hardwire directly to the machine.
Every time I use the welder now I appreciate not having to be so close to the receptacle.
I like this and also would add that I like to have the same length of hose to a bottle on the wall. then use a cable wrap to keep it all in one. makes it much nicer to pull the machine around.
12-31-2014 02:47 PM
22george pretty cool
12-30-2014 06:38 AM
TheHardWay9 You guys ever see this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwv_XjWp1KA
10-29-2014 10:01 PM
Vinman Best garage I did recently was replace the 6' power cord on my Lincoln Mig Pak welder with a 25' RV extension cord (had to replace the male cord end).
I was going to simply make an extension cord but decided to just hardwire directly to the machine.
Every time I use the welder now I appreciate not having to be so close to the receptacle.
09-12-2014 12:59 AM
shiner2001 Break the ceramic off of and hollow out a spark plug, weld it to a male quick disconnect, slip on some 3/8" line and screw it in #1 so you can easily feel the compression stroke while you're laying on your back under the truck turning the engine over by hand.





Oh and obviously it only works when you paint it gold. (Made it easy to spot in the toolbox).
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