Every time I'm in Austin, I enjoy driving around and looking at the unique signage of various local businesses, signs which are often works of art in steel, paint and neon or bulbs. Las Vegas, of course, has the most epic signage (and even a graveyard for signs of deceased businesses), and I've been impressed with many of the googie-styled artifacts while visiting LA. On the contrary, every time I'm in my hometown, I'm saddened by the way the custom steel signs of the past have given way to illuminated plastic rectangles. What other cities have large numbers of amazing, steel-fashioned, illuminated signs?
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]
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]
So I found this black leather messenger bag, and it meets my needs in just about every way...but I'm wondering whether I can find a better one in this vein for a similar price. [more inside]
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]
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]
I discolored a stainless steel pot lid. What can I do about it? [more inside]
Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
I want to know the minimum thickness for a steel bracket that attaches a table leg to a table top. [more inside]
What is the best company to contract for building a steel home? [more inside]
Tell me about your favorite indie rock songs that have steel drums. [more inside]
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]
My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
Lap steel lessons in the Ann Arbor area? [more inside]
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]
Source for stainless steel bracelet 'plaques' or blanks? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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!
Desperately need to find the pedal steel guitarists' prayer! Well, it's not really desperate, but would really like to.
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.
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.
LARPfilter - How to make a Damascus Steel style LARP sword [more inside]
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?
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?
Could we make better swords today? [more inside]
Why does stainless steel have such strange properties? [more inside]
What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
I need to buy a bunch of iron or steel discs (but not stainless steel). Having trouble finding them. [more inside]
Guitar filter: Will worn-out peg holes affect the intonation of a steel string acoustic guitar? If so, what should I do? [more inside]
Recommendations for Los Angeles: machine shop - metal work. [more inside]
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.
Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
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]
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]
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).
Looking for a quality Stress-Strain Diagram of Structural (Mild) Steel to use to study from. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find someone to cut a hole in the side of a steel metal locker? [more inside]
Steel gun parts custom-made in small batches? [more inside]
Is Penetrol a good coating for galvanized steel? [more inside]
Metal art/craft question - I need to scratch a design into a lot of cold rolled 22 gauge steel. [more inside]
Help me find a poem I read over 10 years ago and have hazy memories of! It's about termites that eat steel. [more inside]
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]
Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
Where in the DC area would I get a custom-shaped piece of stainless steel for a kitchen countertop? [more inside]
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