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    1 Day Ago
    It has nothing to do with filing a chain but I did give some of the old crew a tip or two about it .A few of us can still slug down the beer like we were 19 years old again .The difference now is we don't get drunk like we were kids again .
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    1 Day Ago
    I could still do it if I had to which I don't .It's a lot simpler to call up Tom and have a 60 some foot Hi Ranger in a day or so if he isn't busy .I saved his azz more than once in the past ,he'll come through .:)
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    1 Day Ago
    I have put a pound or two of both 7018 plus nickel rod on the wood stove for a couple of hours before I use it .I've also cooked it in the oven for a tad .Most of it is already in a metal can or a sealed cardboard tube .Some I just burn it cold depending on what I need to weld . It's very seldom cast iron these days . Recently I had to replace the fridge in my garage because it wouldn't cool my beer any more which sucked .That one is at my shop where I will use it as kind of a rod oven with a light bulb .WTH it was free in a way depending on how you look at it .
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    2 Days Ago
    On a vert up or overhead it's all how you "walk " the bead .The flux might appear to drip but the base metal is not .You have to watch the base but again it's takes some time to learn that .On a vert you hold the corners a tad then fire through the center fast .Pretty much the same on an overhead .You can't "stitch" it like a fast freeze .
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    2 Days Ago
    6010 has been around for a long time but it's a DC reverse polarity rod .Doesn't work worth a hoot on a buzz box but 6011 will . In the last few years 7018 is made so it will run on AC but was at one time another DC reverse rod . The other "fast freeze " rods I can think of are 6012 and 6013 .The later 6013 has been termed "farmer rod " it does okay ,runs smooth but won't dig as deep as 10-or 11 .6012 has been suggested for rusty metal but to me it's just a general purpose rod . Specialty rod like 11016 ,11018 ,pure nickel the varies stainless steel stick rods most people will never have a use for so there's no sense even mentioning them . Iron powder 7014,7024,7028 are fast fill rods and take some power to run and other than 7014 would be of little use to anybody who doesn't have a big machine to run them .I do BTW .
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    2 Days Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I'm not sure if they ever figured that triangle out .About once every couple of months we made the 10 day "booze" run to Bermuda .Filled a torpedo tube full of hooch and hung a sign on it saying weapon loaded .The customs officials were not even allowed in that area .Snuck them out a fifth at a time in our ditty bags .:D
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    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I wasn't actually trained in navigation but being on subs I had to be aware of a lot of things but not really an expert .Several years ago my lady fair went on a cruise to the southern islands and then to the gulf .I tracked her location using AIS readings and plots using course and speed which are just trig .I could usually get her within 20-40 miles without getting right down to the nitty gritty with my figures . I think I could find England from NYC, Bermuda might be a chore .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Whatcha waiting on, drink up and clog for the MB!
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    3 Days Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Even 50 years ago with electronic navigation ,not navset or GPS because it wasn't invented yet .We would pop up at zero hour Zulu time and take a shot of the north star to calibrate where in the world we were .Thousands of years old ,still works just fine if you know how to figure it .Somehow those tough as nails Vikings managed to get their over sized canoes to the shores of North America .They were tough, certainly not stupid
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    3 Days Ago
    Kid, not the news any of us were wanting to hear and I know, especially you.
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    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    It's kind of like the song "Southern Cross" .It can't be even be talked about unless one had been there .I've seen it through a periscope ,never on the surface but I will some day because lady fair is bound and determined to take me on a cruise to Alaska .I've never sailed the seas on a surface craft .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The Monitor was just a low free board armored gun ship with a revolving two gun turret . It became a submarine once but it never surfaced again .The ones I served on always surfaced else I would not be typing this post .BTW I just got back from a reunion of the first one I served on in Charleston SC .Old farts but still as ornery ,just a little bit slower these days--it happens .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Got back from Charleston South Carolina Sunday evening about 11 PM .A tad over 12 hour drive .A reunion of the first submarine I was on ,bunch of old coots but still with a lot of orneriness left in them . So Monday put a few more parts on my old Oliver crawler that was brand new in 1954 .I was brand new in 1948 .The old dozer isn't that easy to find parts for but I manage to by hook or crook .It might last another 60 years for all I know .I might last another 20 but who is to say .Whatever ,it's been a hell of a party and it's not over yet .:thumbup:
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Say what 65 ,humbug .You just figure a different way to do it .:D
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Safe travels today!
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  • Al Smith's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I'd thought a spud gun might work using "jet line" .It will launch a potato far enough but the accuracy thing might not be too good .With a big enough expansion chamber on a two inch pipe those things will throw a spud 4-500 feet .Geeze would that put a lump on the old bean if you got hit by one .:O
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    1 Week Ago
    On that food stuff recently since the beef steak and big boys tomatoes have gotten some size it's fried green .I use the "Dolly Wood "recipe .Not being the bashful type I got it right from the cooks when Georgie Girl and I were in Dolly Wood a few years ago but it's on the internet now. BTW I have seen the "Whistle shop café " in the movie Green fried tomatoes .However it wasn't open then .
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    Al Smith replied to a thread Best rope puller in Gear Forum
    Being a simple man I do simple things .To me the solution would first be to get the bull rope in the tree .After that use a cable come-along using a beckey with a triple sliding hitch on the bull rope and a bowline to put the hook of the come along in . Any rigging is just an application of physics ,it's simple stuff if you don't complicate it .For that matter if you had enough snatch blocks you could pull that tree with a garden tractor .
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread saw gas deteriorating in Chainsaws!
    Much ado about gasoline .Much ado about the oil ratio .Much ado about the brand of saw .For some reason I've never had a problem running ethanol gas with 32 to 1 oil ratio using nearly every brand of oil one could imagine .Maybe I'm just lucky ?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Al Smith replied to a thread some old saws in Chainsaws!
    I have a good idea that every one of my saws ran at one time. Some may and some may not in the future .
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  • vharrison's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Well, finally a date!! Do you drive yourself or do they arrange transportation for you? Is it a day trip?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I look at my avatar picture and the big oak stump .A large tree on the eastern side of the country .A mere sapling compared to the west coast .
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