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  • NotI1 commented on Lextone's instructable The EDC Multi Purpose Wire Thingy2 years ago
    The EDC Multi Purpose Wire Thingy

    The brand name version of this product is called a "gear tie". And they are quite useful to have around. Good know how to make them. Thanks!l

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  • Ultimate Guide to Making a Cheap but Effective Aluminium Forge.

    I wouldn't be concerned with the moisture on the *outside* of the quickcrete. The *internal* moisture... the moisture that's necessary for any ceramic to cure, and gets trapped in airtight pockets INSIDE the concrete. like... in ALL ceramics... ever ( i think?) not sure that preheating is going to do anything about this...I had just bought a house, and the previous owner had a bunch of 2'x2'x2" pavers laying around. the pretty textured ones that you can buy at walmart, you know?They'd been sitting in the hot sun for a few days, 90 deg+ easy, and felt pretty dry. I use lump coal in my forge, because I think it burns hotter... when lump charcoal gets hot, and you blast too much air at it, it throws out showers and showers of sparks... I call them "Fire Bees" ....because the...

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    I wouldn't be concerned with the moisture on the *outside* of the quickcrete. The *internal* moisture... the moisture that's necessary for any ceramic to cure, and gets trapped in airtight pockets INSIDE the concrete. like... in ALL ceramics... ever ( i think?) not sure that preheating is going to do anything about this...I had just bought a house, and the previous owner had a bunch of 2'x2'x2" pavers laying around. the pretty textured ones that you can buy at walmart, you know?They'd been sitting in the hot sun for a few days, 90 deg+ easy, and felt pretty dry. I use lump coal in my forge, because I think it burns hotter... when lump charcoal gets hot, and you blast too much air at it, it throws out showers and showers of sparks... I call them "Fire Bees" ....because they sting you, and they're made of fire...anyways, I figure I'll just slap this 2'x2'x2" decorative paver on top of the forge, to contain the fire bees... everything was fine for the first few heats of the steel i was hammering, probably just shy of 2000degf. But the paver was getting too hot to handle, taking on and off the forge, even with welding gloves on. So I pulled it off and was walking it over to a spot off in some grass where I could put it down somewhere safe. just as I started to drop/toss it, the face, that was facing away from me exploded. Sounded JUST like my 9mm glock19 going off, Sent pieces of stone the size of quarters bouncing off my house something like 30 ft away... some of them had enough energy to bounce and shower back on me...albeit harmlessly". If this were to happen during an aluminum melt... it'd splash molten aluminum everywhere... google says aluminum melts at 1200degf or so... and that 9/10 doctors agree that 1200degf aluminum is harmful to the average guy's skin...:( I guess that's a long winded story either about how a paver saved me from a ninja armed with a 9mm, or how steam explosions are stupid, dangerous, and unpredictable....and stupid again. Cheers!

    YES! same...stupid...problem...solution:1/4" black steel pipe with an end cap. 1-1/2" OD i think? 'bout 4"-4.5" long.my brother-in-law throws boxes in a warehouse, and has on occasion moved empty industrial sized dumpsters 10ish feet across asphalt (we were at the beach and he REALLY wanted that parking space...)his strength is legendary in our circle of friends... I'm a shrimpy dude...he grabbed one end in a pipe wrench, I grabbed the endcap in another pipe wrench, and we pushed in opposite directions, with all our might...i got pushed around the room... it has never leaked, has never split, broken, or warped...has processed probably about a hundred melts over 3 years of abuse... it's got some nasty scale on the outside, and it sucks to clean... but we can still wre...

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    YES! same...stupid...problem...solution:1/4" black steel pipe with an end cap. 1-1/2" OD i think? 'bout 4"-4.5" long.my brother-in-law throws boxes in a warehouse, and has on occasion moved empty industrial sized dumpsters 10ish feet across asphalt (we were at the beach and he REALLY wanted that parking space...)his strength is legendary in our circle of friends... I'm a shrimpy dude...he grabbed one end in a pipe wrench, I grabbed the endcap in another pipe wrench, and we pushed in opposite directions, with all our might...i got pushed around the room... it has never leaked, has never split, broken, or warped...has processed probably about a hundred melts over 3 years of abuse... it's got some nasty scale on the outside, and it sucks to clean... but we can still wrench off the endcap, clean it, and the threads still meet back up when we put it back together. and we've had it glowing dull orange quite a few times!only real downside is that with so much steel, it really sucks a lot of heat... but it also holds a lot of heat when it DOES get hot, which is nice if you need to do a bunch of back-to-back melts.

    It's my choice to be compassionate... besides, they'll make such WONDERFUL bait during the zombie apocalypse!

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