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2019 January 20

Sunday evening


Today it was around 30 F.  This evening the temperature dropped rather quickly.

11 degrees Fahrenheit and windy.  When I tried to sprinkle sand on the ice, most of the sand blew away before it reached the ground.  Cold nights like these make me want to go in the shop and do some blacksmithing or welding, though tonight I probably won't.

Snowy Branches

Kodak Ektachrome E100 (35mm)
Nov. 2018

Update:  Now it's 5 Fahrenheit.  The wind makes it a lot worse.  Tried to get some photos of the bright moon against the snow, but it's so bitter out there I can't even hold the tripod.  (Aluminum gets cold, fast.)  So the photos I did get were mostly blurred.

2019 January 16


Metal & Shop

New:  Welding Project:  Toolbox Holder from Angle Iron.  Built with 1 1/2" x 1/8" angle iron, welded together with 7014.

2019 January 11


Metal & Shop

Working on a simple build project, welded up with 7014 electrodes.  I don't think this article is going to have a lot of weld photos, because I can weld a lot better with 7018 / 7018 AC.  The electrodes with rutile-based fluxes (7014 and 6013) can easily get slag in the welds if you're not careful. 

A Lincoln AC-225 has 75 amps and 90 amps settings.  75 amps was making somewhat cold welds (sometimes);  90 amps was too much current.

More later, when I can get some photos together.

2019 January 8


Metal & Shop

New:  Seven Essential Arc Welding Tips.  Just some things I have learned while trying improve my welding skills.

By the way, sometimes when you are trying to weld square tubing, you'll be glad to get any coherent weld at all.  Although the weave shown above might not be perfect for some other situation, this is a lot better than burning holes through the steel.  Those edges sure melt easily, no matter what electrode you use.  (I might do an article on welding square tubing.)

2019 January 5-6



Looks like the new Kodak Ektachrome is available on Amazon now;  check this link.  This is not old-stock E100G;  it's newly-made E100.


New:  Nobsound NS-08e Hybrid Tube Amp.  You may have seen these low-cost headphone amps;  here's a quick review of one.

2019 January 1

Tuesday evening

New Year

Happy New Year!

Metal Shop

Kodak Ektachrome E100

This was photographed with the new Kodak Ektachrome.  I love this film. 

One of these days I'm hoping to get a piece of 1/8" or 3/16" plate, equal in size to that entire worktable top, for reasons that should be obvious in the photo.

Here's looking forward to a great 2019. 

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