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Yeah, humidity can sure play havoc with metal. I have a small shop and just use a window A/C unit. I put it together inside a shipping container. It's not considered a permanent structure so doesn't increase my property tax. I chose to use the electricity feed to the old farm house due to room constraints where the new house sits and since it's out of line of site and 300+ feet away, I wanted it secure.


that's the way it should be sheds and shipping containers should not be charged tax.


Here in NJ... the oil companies do not pay taxes for hundreds of acres of fuel tanks in Linden NJ.
Yet here where I am, because my shed is 10 x 14 (if I remember) they hit me hard for the shed.


I question the town, I said it's not a perm structure. They said as long as it's less than 80sq ft we won't charge you. After that we do. But if I had a fuel storage tank would I be ok? I hate the way  everything is so twisted, and an uneven playing field.


If you have a property and do $500 business (hay) you pay practically nothing for the land in taxes. So a l of people with bigger properties, you need a certain acerage , I think over 10. They have mansions, and they put a small patch together of hay fields. They buy from each other to show the $500. So if you have people with horses, they will sell the hay to each other to claim 95% of their land is farm land. When most of it is estate, and very small amount is farm.


great stuff.
Of course they claimed my basement (shop) was living space..


Now did you have to get me started.... I get on rants pretty easily. >:(
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Shop Construction (The actual building of your shop) / Re: My new shop
« Last post by jpigg55 on Today at 03:52:29 PM »
Yeah, humidity can sure play havoc with metal. I have a small shop and just use a window A/C unit. I put it together inside a shipping container. It's not considered a permanent structure so doesn't increase my property tax. I chose to use the electricity feed to the old farm house due to room constraints where the new house sits and since it's out of line of site and 300+ feet away, I wanted it secure.
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It's been brutally hot here lately, 35-40C in the shade. No, I don't normally keep even the house that cool. House is 25 during the day and 22 at night but it never gets there. I had the shop that cool.just to see if it can hit it in this heat. It did. I'll keep it at 26 when I'm not there and 24 when I'm working. The 26 is just to suck the humidity out, which there is plenty.

I registered the business because one client who I will be doing a lot.of work with soon will be paying with business cheques. I'll have to claim that. Registering was not necessary but I wanted to. Felt good to do. It is meaningless until I start pulling enough revenue to have to charge sales tax.
Lastly, Adasha is the first three letters of my boys name and the first three of mine. I couldn't come up with a name. That's what I went with.
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Shop Construction (The actual building of your shop) / Re: My new shop
« Last post by jpigg55 on Today at 10:13:15 AM »
Okay Shawn, a couple questions/observations.
22 C (71.6 F) ? No wonder you live in Canada. Even the A/C setting in my house doesn't get set below 74 F (23.3333 C)
Second, was wondering why you registered your shop as a business ? Is it required in Canada ? I know you're doing some custom jobs for people, but unless it's required or for tax purposes, I don't see the need unless you're doing a lot of business. Granted, I'm totally unfamiliar with Canadian tax code.
Lastly, "ADASHA" ? I'll bite, what's the meaning ? Last Name ? Wife's name ?
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General Shop discussions / Re: sink adapter
« Last post by savarin on Today at 08:15:29 AM »
This also meant I really should have cleaned the lathe up ages ago so it happened today.
From a total mess to cleaned and oiled in 3 hours.
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General Shop discussions / sink adapter
« Last post by savarin on Today at 08:13:24 AM »
I need a sink drain adapter to go from 40mm to 50mm.
They are available but I couldnt find one anywhere, the store thought they may be held up as they come from China.
Nothing for it but to make one.
I havnt used the lathe since before christmas so a good excuse I think.
All this because a stainless sink and drainer was $99 in Bunnings two months ago but $128 now.
They can get stuffed, so I found a porcelain sink with taps and fittings at the demolition yard for $30.
 I need to use a 50mm trap as I want to drain the washing machine using the little spigot on the side.
The 40mm basin traps dont have one of those hence the 40/50mm adapter.
Some glue, some turning odd bits to fit and voila.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: Ken Stokley
« Last post by Terrywerm on July 10, 2020, 10:47:01 PM »
Happy birthday, Chips.


Sorry to hear of your present situation, Ken.  Hang in there, I sincerely hope everything went well today. Will be looking forward to seeing you back here when you are able.


 :coffee2:
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Shop Construction (The actual building of your shop) / Re: My new shop
« Last post by Carpenter84 on July 10, 2020, 09:59:15 PM »
Some big developments today....

I HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!!!!

I'm a sweet cool 22c inside while it's 36 feels like 41 outside. Yeesh...
It's beautiful in here.

Also, got the mill reassembled. A bit disappointed I did t scrape it, but there's customers waiting for me to get running again.
I jacked the mill.up quite a bit higher than before. At 6'4" I got tired of leaning over at all my machines. I had the lathe up pretty high before, it's the same height now. I'll also jack the grinder when I pull myself to inspect the damage and rebuild it.
I need to weld some better supports tho, the big I-beams create a shimmy. The machine feels solid, but if you punch it, it wiggles. It's vibrating in the web of the beam feet. I could only imagine what a heavy cut would sound like if it found that frequency. I'm also going to rewire it again. I want a main switch to power the work lights, power feed, dro, and pump. So I can have one big plug, instead of like, 6 seperate cords and plugs.

Also since I registered my business, I figured I better add the name to the door. Not tooottally happy with my letter work, but it'll do for now...
Anyways, it's been a disgustingly hot week of stupid amounts of hard work... Going home to bed...
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GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: What Did You Do Today
« Last post by woodchucker on July 10, 2020, 10:34:24 AM »
Tap the part and Loctite in a piece of aluminum all-thread or a setscrew. I couldn't find (quick search) any aluminum all-thread, setscrews or studs. Maybe you can find a source. Anyway, it should be no problem to thread a length of aluminum rod yourself.

Cartoon is right.

Edit: Maybe your customer will accept using a stainless or alloy steel setscrew. They are easily available and, obviously, stronger.


That's a good solution, and you can easily make the rod you need out of aluminum.


Not sure why this thread didn't show up in my unread threads yesterday... I seem to be having a lot of problems with MG.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: What Did You Do Today
« Last post by chips and more on July 10, 2020, 09:45:23 AM »
A threading die as it is will not thread all the way to a shoulder. BUT, you can modify it so it can. Surface grind one side of the die down so that its threads are complete in form at the being of the face of the die. More like, make sure the first thread to cut has a nice full V. When you use the die, that first V tooth of the die will take a lot of cutting pressure, soooo dont muscle it.
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