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    How is your compressor doing? The one you made...

    How is your compressor doing? The one you made years ago from an old refrigeration compressor.

    Richard
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    I have not cast stainless, but I have shaped a...

    I have not cast stainless, but I have shaped a lot of 300 series stainless sheet metal and bar stock in my sculpture studio. These shoes for instance:


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    My Hot Shot would melt my furnace if I really...

    My Hot Shot would melt my furnace if I really poured the air and oil to it.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=12053&d=1414330982

    I suspect that your lack of heat with...
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    You are going to need a lot more heat than that...

    You are going to need a lot more heat than that torch can deliver. Something on the magnitude of twenty times as much. A large oxy/acetylene torch would be my choice in an open furnace like that with...
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    Hey Metallab, Where is NL? You don't say. I...

    Hey Metallab,

    Where is NL? You don't say. I tell you to buy from Legend, but you could be in the Netherlands, Newfoundland, or Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

    Richard
  6. There are many, many proven alloys for casting...

    There are many, many proven alloys for casting that have stood the test of time. You can find the formulas in many places on the web. Why waste your time with unproven alloys? Unless of course you...
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    Crucibles are traditionally classified by the...

    Crucibles are traditionally classified by the pounds of aluminum they will hold. A #10 crucible will hold 10 pounds of aluminum.

    Stay away from that ebay stuff for foundry supplies. Go to Legend....
  8. Copper is the devil to cast. It oxidizes like...

    Copper is the devil to cast. It oxidizes like crazy. Everdur (a silicon bronze) is the best. Red brass (85 three 5) comes in second, along with tin bronze.

    If you put more than about 10% aluminum...
  9. Those castings are mostly red brass, which is a...

    Those castings are mostly red brass, which is a whole different breed of cat from yellow brass, the cheap decorative stuff. Red brass has only 5% zinc. It also has 5% tin. Yellow brass is much...
  10. Here is my tutorial on how to make a pyrometer. ...

    Here is my tutorial on how to make a pyrometer.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?11337-Original-Post-of-How-to-Make-and-Use-a-Pyrometer
  11. Using scrap like that is a crap shoot. Sometimes...

    Using scrap like that is a crap shoot. Sometimes it pours great; other times not so great.

    When I am making Everdur from copper wire, silicon, and manganese, I use a little borax in the middle of...
  12. Regarding surface finish. Pour temperature has an...

    Regarding surface finish. Pour temperature has an effect. About 2000 F is as much as plaster can stand. I heat my metal to 2150 F. I figure I lose 150 degrees by the time I pour it.

    Richard
  13. I made a lift-off kiln using a 55 gallon drum...

    I made a lift-off kiln using a 55 gallon drum wrapped with 2 inches of ceramic wool and covered with sheet metal.

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  14. I use a mix of one part plaster to two parts...

    I use a mix of one part plaster to two parts silica sand. Then I burn it out at between 1000 F and 1200 F. You must burn out plaster investment molds at at least 900 F to get the bound moisture out....
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    I misunderstood your statement and your intent. ...

    I misunderstood your statement and your intent.

    Richard
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    To tell someone Fuck you is an insult in anyone's...

    To tell someone Fuck you is an insult in anyone's book.

    EDIT: But then I just read this. I looked up "ya" in the thesaurus and it seems to be South African slang for yeah.

    ya

    interjection...
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    This is the only warning. No personal insults...

    This is the only warning. No personal insults will be tolerated.

    Richard
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    President Trump: He was a necessary evil. He was...

    President Trump: He was a necessary evil. He was the only person alive who could have beaten Hillary. She had it slam dunk until he came along. Hillary is totally owned by the big banks, big oil, and...
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    Yes. No blowing up is allowed on the forum. It's...

    Yes. No blowing up is allowed on the forum. It's okay to say what you want in the DW section, but no insults or personal attacks.

    Richard
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    Why not just use a galvanized steel garbage can...

    Why not just use a galvanized steel garbage can so you won't be pressed for space inside? I used a large size galv. bucket fifteen years ago and added a piece of sheet steel to extend it higher...
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    Russian meddling in US election

    I find the outrage expressed by Americans at the Russian efforts to sway the US election more than amusing; it's hypocritical. Look at the history of US meddling (and far worse) in the elections and...
  22. Thread: Grievances

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    Yet another reason I love living in Mexico. My...

    Yet another reason I love living in Mexico. My doctor comes to my house to consult with my wife and me and stays an hour or more (like they did in America back when I was a kid). It costs 40...
  23. Thread: Grievances

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    Jason---your list seemed to be complaints about...

    Jason---your list seemed to be complaints about ordinary life-----until I got down to the last one. Oh My God! How do you deal with such a thing? Perhaps there is an emergency beer delivery service...
  24. Thread: Grievances

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    Forum grievance #1: Posters who use...

    Forum grievance #1:
    Posters who use abbreviations, acronyms, buzz-words, and other short-cut slang instead of plain English that everyone can understand. For instance, POP. Not everyone knows what...
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    If you want a smelter, you are looking in the...

    If you want a smelter, you are looking in the wrong place. Lionel only sells metal melting furnace kits. Smelters are a different technology used to separate metals from ores.

    Richard
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