career as electrician?
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sup /diy/. milfag here, ive been planning on getting out at the end of my contract but dont know for sure what i want to do when i grow up.
ive been thinking about doing something like electrician, because electricity and electronics are hobbies of mine, and id rather do 1-2 years of trade school instead of 4+ years of college. i cant stand being in regular school so im pretty sure i wont do well, and im more of a hands on guy anyway.
any electricians care to chime in on how they like/dislike it? if the are happy with their career choice or not? tips, tricks, or anything else worth mentioning? thanks!
Public Shop Space
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I've recently gotten into a few projects that require the use of tools that I don't own, nor do I really have the proper space/safety equipment to set up (grinders, a welder, basic metalworking stuff). Would anyone here know if there is some sort of space that might have tools like this available for public renting/use? I've checked the local hackerspace (I live in Ottawa ,ON) but it caters mostly to electronics design rather than heavier stuff. I've also been using the machine shop at my university, but they're hesitant letting students use the welder and grinder, plus I'm working a 9 to 5 now, so I can't actually find time to use it. Buying the equipment to use myself is a no-go right now, as I've got no garage space, nor a lot of money .
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Alright metal workers, all of you know what a pain in the ass it is to remove one of these from a rusted auger shaft. It could fall right off in less than 5 minutes or you could fight it for hours on end. What is the most effective ways to remove a house bearing from a shaft? I've been tinkering with an idea of using flat bar with slots to insert chains, chains, hydraulic pump, and a plate to insert chains. The flat bar will slide behind the bearing when possible, the chains will be attached to both the flat bar and the plate,and the pump will be positioned between the shaft and plate. Essentially just keep pumping until that mother fucker pops the hell off and keep on going for your day.
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How to keep cast iron work tops rust free without much maintenance, and without imparting a greasy feel to it? I do a lot of /diy/ stuff on top of my table saw, it being the flattest and sturdiest surface I have. But even leaving a palm print on it tarnishes it.
Johnson paste wax - felt amazing to the touch, but barely any protection, tarnishing occurs within a few days and any moisture on the top would surely result in surface rust
WD-40/light penetrating oils - significantly improved protection, oily residue
I will not try a heavier oil or grease, because obviously despite being the best rust protectant, the surface has to be at least sort of clean to the touch. So basically, rust protection and 'feel' seem like inverse properties. Are there any substance that bucks this trend? Or perhaps, is there a good hard-coat that could be applied to bare cast iron to keep it dry to the touch, yet durable enough to work on and totally rust proofed?