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#110588 04/02/21 07:38 AM
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G'day folks,

Here are a couple of useful gadgets I've made up over the years!

1. Parts washing trough

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This was made from an old home heating oil tank, using the original legs cut shorter. By cutting the tank on a slant [using a jigsaw with metal cutting blade], it has a built in 'splashback'. I actually got 2 troughs this size from that tank, and the hinged lid that's on this one too.

The drain is via a ball valve, screwed into the original threaded outlet fitting. I drain the dirty fluid into a homemade 'filter funnel'; just a cheapo paper vacuum cleaner bag liner, in a 2L plastic bottle with the bottom cut off. That filters the dirt out, and the clean fluid just goes back into the 20L tap drum visible in the pic.

As a bonus, the tank had about 50L of oil left in it when I scrounged it, and I had an Andersen industrial steam cleaner which used heating oil!

2. Aspirator Bottle

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

This one was inspired by a common item found in chemical laboratories. It has a lot of uses: extracting old fuel from OPE tanks as in the pic; vacuum bleeding vehicle brakes; sucking out old brake fluid from master cylinder reservoirs, are just a few of them...

Pick a thick-walled glass jar for this, so that it will withstand vacuum without imploding.


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Hi All

One of my jiggers

Always wanted an anvil but could never warrant spending the money they wanted, for the amount of times I would use it.

Scrap of railway line
2 cuts with a power hacksaw
5 min of welding

Total cost $3.00 in 1992

Plenty of different angles, curves etc for shaping.

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Originally Posted by mich
Hi All

One of my jiggers

Always wanted an anvil but could never warrant spending the money they wanted, for the amount of times I would use it.

Scrap of railway line
2 cuts with a power hacksaw
5 min of welding

Total cost $3.00 in 1992

Plenty of different angles, curves etc for shaping.

Yep; the traditional 'London Pattern' anvil, such as the example I have, has a lot of practical design experience behind it!

[Linked Image]

https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/83896/2.html


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G'day Gadge and mich,
I used to have foot long piece of track. Man they're heavy. I would hate to drop that on my foot!!


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Those sections of railroad rail do come in handy. I only got a 6 inch piece here that once was a door weight that I use a lot for straightening metal. I have never got around to buying myself an anvil yet.

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I wonder how handy a piece of grooved rail used for light rail vehicles would be?


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Hi MF,
Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
G'day Gadge and mich,
I used to have foot long piece of track. Man they're heavy. I would hate to drop that on my foot!!
Yep, the standard 'critical measurement' for conventional railway rails; is the weight in pounds, per yard of length.
Older branch lines in Vic were 50-70 lb/yd; mainlines could be up to 130 lb/yd rails.

It's all spelled out in most of the Vic Railways 'Track Charts' at this link! https://www.victorianrailways.net/grades/gradehome.html


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Hi Gadge,
I remember a news report covering floods showing a 44 class bullnose locomotive very slowly going over tracks suspended in the air from track bedding being washed away! Some were a few metres long from memory and visibly flexed but held. Can you imagine them allowing that these days?

I never knew there were different thicknesses of track itself for railways. I have seen thinner rail used for secondary uses in boat ramps and mine shafts but never knew the same rail network used varying grades of track.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Hi MF,
Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
Hi Gadge,
I remember a news report covering floods showing a 44 class bullnose locomotive very slowly going over tracks suspended in the air from track bedding being washed away! Some were a few metres long from memory and visibly flexed but held. Can you imagine them allowing that these days?
No way known! But things were very different back then - no mobile cranes, except for rail-mounted ones...

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I never knew there were different thicknesses of track itself for railways. I have seen thinner rail used for secondary uses in boat ramps and mine shafts but never knew the same rail network used varying grades of track.
Yep; here's a pic of a piece of 10 lb/yard rail, from one of the many 19th century abandoned gold mines, in the hills North of where I live.

[Linked Image]


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Wow Gadge I would love that. Several would be nice for my yard wink.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!

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