I've been looking for interesting vintage-ish hardtail mountain bike frames, and found an ad on Craigslist for an aluminum MTB purportedly built by Colin Laing. Laing is known as a master steelworker who traditionally built beautifully-lugged track and road bikes in England and Arizona, so my hackles have been raised. It would certainly be a unique bike were it built by him. Would you be so well-informed as to confirm or deny the plausibility that this is a Neat Bike? [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Sep 4, 2014 -
Let's say you wanted to coat bones, on an industrial, mass production scale, in stainless steel, without damaging the bones underneath too much. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn
on Aug 20, 2014 -
My wife got a paella pan at a yard sale! Sweet. She is totally looking forward to using it to make seafood-less paella because she's allergic. How can we prep the pan for this? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow
on May 25, 2013 -
I play an Array Mbira
. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
posted by gray17
on Dec 28, 2012 -
I want to know the minimum thickness for a steel bracket that attaches a table leg to a table top. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla
on Aug 7, 2012 -
This is quite possibly the weirdest question I'll ever ask here: what is the best food safe lubricant/cleaner to replace WD40 in an industrial environment. [more inside]
posted by strixus
on Jun 10, 2012 -
My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
posted by 7segment
on May 11, 2012 -
In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Sep 18, 2011 -
Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Seen at a tag sale: A small steel block, maybe 4x2x2" with a bunch of identical size holes drilled through it in all three directions. Is this a tool or guide of some sort? [more inside]
posted by smackfu
on Jun 13, 2011 -
I have 40 6' lengths of 1/2" steel rod. Is it possible to sell this in nyc and get money worth the hassle of transporting the rods?
posted by edbles
on May 19, 2011 -
I want to make sculpture with repurposed sheet steel, say 10 to 20 gauge. Probably from old cars, which is on the thin end of that spectrum, but I'd like a little leeway. Tired of waiting for my friend's friend to loan me a plasma cutter, so I'm (gulp) shopping. Do I need the $1400 Powermax 30
or will I be satisfied with the RAMSOND CUT50DY on sale for $500
? The guy at the shop I called recommended the $1400 Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme
, which is about when I realized I'm in over my head. What about the $800 Hobart Airforce 500534 250ci
, which, unlike the others, includes a built in air compressor? I'm not rich, and this is not for heavy industrial use, but I'd very much like something that works and works well on 120v current. I may well be using this on the sidewalk in front of my apartment, so I'd like it to be relatively portable. Also I'd rather it didn't kill me or anyone else. Merci bien!
posted by jcrcarter
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Where can I find the pedal steel guitar player's prayer, an humorous, obscure poem only relevant to pedal steel guitarists? I am sure I've seen it on the web somewhere at some point in the not-too-distant past, but my google-fu has failed me.
posted by wsg
on Oct 5, 2010 -
Is there a good reason that we use (in the U.S.) porcelain toilets almost exclusively instead of another material, particularly stainless steel? Stainless steel is lighter than porcelain, isn't it? So I would think it would be cheaper to ship and easier to clean, making it a no-brainer green solution.
posted by pmed
on Oct 3, 2010 -
Can anyone offer suggestions on how to extend / enhance performance of Silicon Carbide Convolute Wheels? I am using a pedestal grinder to deburr stainless steel parts we've manufactured. I am using Klingspor 8" hard wheels. We just put a new wheel on & it didn't take very long for the wheel to get out of round/ deformed. It becomes difficult to hold the part to deburr it- shaking/ wobbling. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things?
posted by Mimidae
on Jul 1, 2010 -
I have several projects (furniture, doors) using steel.
Painting them does not interest me; I like rougher, more transparent finishes. In the past, I have used clear varnish to protect against rust.
Am looking for new ideas. Wax? Has anyone tried grinding and finishing?
posted by ebesan
on Jun 3, 2010 -
I am the proud new owner of an All-Clad 12" skillet. It's awesome. However, after a week—and four uses or so—my new pan has greasy-looking spots in the cooking surface that won't come off even when I scrub pretty vigorously. What is this? Is there anything I can do about it? Is it even a problem?
posted by sonic meat machine
on Mar 6, 2010 -
I'm looking to buy a silicon steel lamination core from a transformer. I frequently give presentations that discuss the design of these transformers and I'd like to have a sample to show the audience. Where can I buy this online? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Feb 25, 2010 -
Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Jan 31, 2010 -
Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk
on Jan 14, 2010 -
I need to buy a bunch of iron or steel discs (but not stainless steel). Having trouble finding them. [more inside]
posted by squarehead
on Jan 8, 2010 -
Guitar filter: Will worn-out peg holes affect the intonation of a steel string acoustic guitar? If so, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by davidriley
on Dec 26, 2009 -
Need a full new suite of kitchen appliances, would like some recommendations.
Got some prices on some Electrolux models today that looked great, but some quick research on the web doesn't leave me so confident.
Is this a case of the squeaky wheel complaining online and they're actually a solid product? Or should I be worried.
I'm looking for all stainless steel appliances: fridge with ice-maker, slide-in stove, dishwasher, and range-hood microwave. Specifically I'm looking for a large fridge and electric stove
I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.
posted by gfroese
on Oct 24, 2009 -
Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best
way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy
on Oct 20, 2009 -
Trying to be safer and heeding the advice of many, I threw out all my plastic water bottles and bought new stainless steel ones including this stainless steel cup
. On the cup (but not on the bottles), there was the California Proposition 65 warning that "This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." [more inside]
posted by pasici
on Sep 19, 2009 -
My lunchtime obsession has finally percolated onto Ask MeFi. The question that I ponder every day I have at my midday repast: Why are Slim-Fast shakes in steel cans rather than aluminium? [more inside]
posted by Fortran
on Aug 29, 2009 -
I have a stainless steel fridge and a toddler who is learning to walk. I want to mount a sheet of plexiglas over the bottom portion of the door to prevent it from getting dented. I would like this to look decent and be non-permanent so I can remove it when we eventually move. Any ideas on how I could do this? All I can think of is using some kind of tape, but I think that would sag after a while.
Bonus for suggestions on how to also stick stuff to the plexiglas so that I can post up my kid's artwork (the stainless steel is non-magnetic).
posted by kenliu
on Jul 25, 2009 -
Looking for a quality Stress-Strain Diagram of Structural (Mild) Steel to use to study from. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer
on Jul 3, 2009 -
I need help identifying a guitar. I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'm not even sure if it's a weird nylon string or a weird steel string acoustic. I took some pictures of it to help: one two three four
. [more inside]
posted by no1hatchling
on Jun 17, 2009 -
Metal art/craft question - I need to scratch a design into a lot of cold rolled 22 gauge steel. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1
on Aug 27, 2008 -
I need to write a twenty page paper about the economic and social situation of Coatesville, Pennsylvania
, a dying rust-belt steel town. Is there a Coatesville expert in the room? Someone who grew up there? Someone who spent time there or did business there? I need your expertise, or at the very least access to resources that might not be readily apparent to me. [more inside]
posted by deafmute
on Feb 10, 2008 -
Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
posted by Tube
on Jan 30, 2008 -
I want to buy a pedal steel guitar, and preferably I would like to buy one from Ed Naylor. I visited his shop in Portsmouth, Ohio, a few years ago and almost got one for US$500. His shop isn't there any more. Anyone know where I can find him? If not, anyone know where I can get a basic beginner's pedal steel guitar for under $1000?
posted by billtron
on Nov 11, 2007 -
Does anyone remember news of an anomalous event that occurred in the early 1970's, namely a family finding a large steel sphere in their backyard?
I remember encountering this news story many years ago, probably in Fate or Argosy magazine, and I suspect I may have read about it again in on of those Reader's Digest "Mystery" compilation volumes. [more inside]
posted by Tube
on Nov 5, 2007 -