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« Reply #150 on: April 14, 2009, 05:59:29 am »

Upon yesterday's dawn my esteemed colleague, Proff. Tremens, and myself set out to plumb the depths of the Rose Bowl Flea Market.  We arrived bright and early, tin in our pockets and a gleam in our eyes.

Allow me to share what I have found, for it is quite exciting:
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2 Cane heads. While rather plebeian in design they were had for a mere half dollar.  One has a corked fitting, as is suitable for a flask cane.
Also from the same table and for the same price is that fabulous contraption of a tank.  At the junction of the tank to its pipe is stamped "D.R.G.M.  D.R.P.  Ausl. Patente"   The valve turns.    I do believe I've found the base for my first man portable STEAM CANNON!  Do look for it in the future. 

However, the true cream of the crop was had after sifting through a pile of odd bits at another vendor.  Behold!
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Is it not fabulous?  Unfortunately is is not intact.  The stem is lacking a narrow piece to connect with the bowl and the point of connection is cracked slightly.  The stem seems to be horn of some sort, it's bit has a fair amount of tooth chatter upon it.  I plan to have it restored as well as can be done to working condition and imbibe a vaporous concoction from it suitable for a madm...er, gentleman of my caliber.


While I have your attention, I'll quickly display some of the items that have found their way into my possession after several visits to the Apex Yard of Sun Valley and the Northrop Grumman Tech Fair.
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Ah Hah!  I have one as well my dear Proff. Tremens!  We shall settle our differences as tradition dictates! Wrenches at dawn!
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Rest assured that most of these items are finding new homes in my workshop.

Now I must bid you a fond farewell.
 



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« Reply #151 on: April 14, 2009, 09:37:47 am »

Some images of a valve I picked up at a local market (Tynemouth Station) one Sunday a few years ago.
(Beware - large images!)

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Best wishes,
Charis.


Nice find there

I do miss Tynemouth Station on a weekend - followed by a bag of chips and a swift one in the Turks Head
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« Reply #152 on: April 14, 2009, 06:02:02 pm »

Nice find there

I do miss Tynemouth Station on a weekend - followed by a bag of chips and a swift one in the Turks Head

Thank you. 

The nice chippy is still there, although sadly the chips aren't vegetarian friendly Sad  and I've never really been keen on the Turks Head Sad

My preferred follow on from the Market was a trip to the beach in King Edward's Bay or the Priory Smiley

Best wishes,
Charis.
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« Reply #153 on: April 14, 2009, 06:57:52 pm »

Beautiful example of an old vacuum tube there Lady Charis.  I have used similar devices in older laser based bar code readers.  They were used as amplifiers to boost incoming reflected laser light levels to a decodable signal.  I think the term was "photo multiplier tube" or PMT for short.  Hang on to that, because not long from now it will be a museum piece (if not already)  Grin.

Back to the subject, I found an old Underwood style typewriter at the local thrift store and am trying my best not to talk myself into buying it.  It would look good next to my grandmother's old sewing machine however  Wink.
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« Reply #154 on: April 14, 2009, 07:27:11 pm »

Beautiful example of an old vacuum tube there Lady Charis.  I have used similar devices in older laser based bar code readers.  They were used as amplifiers to boost incoming reflected laser light levels to a decodable signal.  I think the term was "photo multiplier tube" or PMT for short.  Hang on to that, because not long from now it will be a museum piece (if not already)  Grin.

Thank you.  I have every intention of keeping it for as long as...

I, too, have used photomultiplier tubes - they are great fun!  Sadly, those days are far behind me, and now the light sources of my current employ are LEDs.

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Back to the subject, I found an old Underwood style typewriter at the local thrift store and am trying my best not to talk myself into buying it.  It would look good next to my grandmother's old sewing machine however  Wink.

Smiley  You know you want to.... Wink

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Charis.
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« Reply #155 on: April 14, 2009, 08:25:27 pm »

I'm rather proud of this find. For only $3!
20mm ammunition case/box/can
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Not sure what I'm going to do with it, I'm open for suggestions. OH! and um.. there's a layer of a black oily substance on the inside of it.. any idea how it can be cleaned?
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« Reply #156 on: April 14, 2009, 08:49:50 pm »

I'm rather proud of this find. For only $3!
20mm ammunition case/box/can
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Not sure what I'm going to do with it, I'm open for suggestions. OH! and um.. there's a layer of a black oily substance on the inside of it.. any idea how it can be cleaned?
Automotive brake cleaner spray should make quick work of the oily gunk. I'm not sure what it would do to the paint though.
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« Reply #157 on: April 14, 2009, 10:26:26 pm »

I'm rather proud of this find. For only $3!
20mm ammunition case/box/can
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Not sure what I'm going to do with it, I'm open for suggestions. OH! and um.. there's a layer of a black oily substance on the inside of it.. any idea how it can be cleaned?


They make really good tool boxes as you can stack 3 or so trays (depending on how deep each tray is) inside one.  You could even find parts boxes pre-made to fit one.

As for cleaning it, just a roll of paper towels and a lot of scrubbing it dry.  This will not damage the finish and will leave a more authentic look to it.

Have fun!
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« Reply #158 on: April 15, 2009, 03:44:52 pm »

not exactly flea market.. although I'm sure there were flea's there... on the side of the road...

yes its my favorite time of the year again.. HARD RUBBISH... or the "UNBURNO" as my family calls it

and these are the treats i have found:
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and a couple of months back
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now before i get hate mail let me inform you that the guts of the typewriter are not that of the lower picture but that of a much newer much uglier, distant cousin!
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« Reply #159 on: April 15, 2009, 04:56:36 pm »

You are a very luck man, Captain Crunch (there is a phrase you don`t type very often!) I can already imagine the possibilities of those bits!
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« Reply #160 on: April 15, 2009, 09:20:18 pm »

Wheee! I love trash day. Someone threw out a perfectly good floor lamp; one of those stainless steel things with five lights on bendable arms. It was snapped off at the base, so thinking it would make a good table lamp, I unscrewed it and took the business end and as much cord as I could. Then I got to thinking -- one arm for a light, one for a fan, a couple for grabber/holder thingies, and another for a magnifier! Much more interesting than a silly table lamp.

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« Reply #161 on: April 19, 2009, 10:50:10 pm »

Went to the swap meet at Glendale Community College today, found the following treasures:

1) six brass curly-ques
 • actual use: for ornate electric lamps, to conceal wiring
 • new use: feet for a decorative box
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2) five ceramic knobs
  • actual use: ceramic knobs for drawers or cabinets
  • new use: ceramic knobs for devices
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3) working analog clock with pendulum
  • actual use: clock
  • new use: box will be a backpack, clock will be stripped for gears or otherwise repurposed
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4) antique brass fire extinguisher and wall holder (holder isn't pictured)
  • actual use: fire extinguisher
  • new use: either a display piece fire extinguisher, or a gas tank to supply a boiler
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« Reply #162 on: May 03, 2009, 05:18:16 pm »

a few finds at the Malvern Flea Market a couple weeks back.........

Gramophone
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It does work, although a little wonky on top! makes the dear lady singing on the 78 sound a little warbly! so will need to straighten that out at some point, also planning to add a little MP3 attachment internally at some stage...

Various Gauges
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Pewter Lamp Base (1935 lamp inscribed to a Dr F Wells from a Bible Society)
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Also a nicely hoarde of doilies and small crochet edged table coverings.

My dear lady companion managed to purchase some magnificent bloomers on the day Grin
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« Reply #163 on: May 03, 2009, 10:09:41 pm »

I am very VERY jealous of all your finds.

Alas, I have neither the funds nor the wondrous flea markets from which to purchase such fantastic items from!
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« Reply #164 on: May 06, 2009, 04:55:13 am »

Newest batch of things from the most recent Canton First Monday...

Various brass garden hose nozzles
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Clock windup key
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Rusted out shotgun receiver
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Jet 1 Ton Electric Hoist machinery label
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1950 Saturday Evening Post ad for Treasure Island
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Old catalog pages (Mid 1880s)
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1883 pulp novel story book (With a clank!)
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And here's a link to my Flickr with all of the photos of stuff I spotted at Canton. There's a bunch of
new items in there from this past trip of the stuff I liked but didn't buy...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8829589@N06/sets/72157616362091464/
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« Reply #165 on: May 09, 2009, 04:02:07 pm »

1883 pulp novel story book (With a clank!)
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You win!

I got all excited when I saw "Canton" until I realized that you meant Texas and not Ohio.  Sad

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« Reply #166 on: May 31, 2009, 09:54:43 pm »

i got a giant brass syringe looking thing. its actually used to inject meat with spices or some such thing. the needle is 4 inches long and it has the three holes for your fingers. it is absolutely incredible. ill upload pictures later tonite.
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« Reply #167 on: June 01, 2009, 02:09:31 am »

i got a giant brass syringe looking thing. its actually used to inject meat with spices or some such thing. the needle is 4 inches long and it has the three holes for your fingers. it is absolutely incredible. ill upload pictures later tonite.

Sounds juicy!  Roll Eyes Wink

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« Reply #168 on: June 01, 2009, 02:40:12 am »

While shopping a bit at random Thrift Stores, I did find quite a few clock parts and other rusty bits of fun. However, I decided that for the moment, only this bit of treasure is worthy of my camera.

Behold for I have found a steam-powered model of the DeathStar
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« Reply #169 on: June 01, 2009, 02:52:40 am »

While shopping a bit at random Thrift Stores, I did find quite a few clock parts and other rusty bits of fun. However, I decided that for the moment, only this bit of treasure is worthy of my camera.

Behold for I have found a steam-powered model of the DeathStar
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NO WAY! I remember that thing from my childhood! I had completely forgotten about it.. I remember it had these soldiers and aliens inside. Thanks for bringing back memories Grin
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« Reply #170 on: June 01, 2009, 02:59:59 am »

While shopping a bit at random Thrift Stores, I did find quite a few clock parts and other rusty bits of fun. However, I decided that for the moment, only this bit of treasure is worthy of my camera.

Behold for I have found a steam-powered model of the DeathStar
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NO WAY! I remember that thing from my childhood! I had completely forgotten about it.. I remember it had these soldiers and aliens inside. Thanks for bringing back memories Grin



I think they were called Battle Planets. I seem to remember my brother having something similar. This one, of course, has nothing inside but I am considering putting a small music box inside it that plays the Empires theme song or putting a small engine inside and drilling a hole through the top for a proper steam pipe.

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« Reply #171 on: June 01, 2009, 03:01:08 am »

While shopping a bit at random Thrift Stores, I did find quite a few clock parts and other rusty bits of fun. However, I decided that for the moment, only this bit of treasure is worthy of my camera.

Behold for I have found a steam-powered model of the DeathStar
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NO WAY! I remember that thing from my childhood! I had completely forgotten about it.. I remember it had these soldiers and aliens inside. Thanks for bringing back memories Grin


Unsurprisingly I had the exact same one Wink I still do somewhere, probably in a box in the attic.
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« Reply #172 on: June 01, 2009, 03:32:04 am »

I found one of these old style glass fuel filters in a Free box at a yard sale. Mine was quite crusty, but I cleaned it up and painted it brass with copper fittings. I already have plans for it, but want something mysterious in the glass.

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« Reply #173 on: June 01, 2009, 03:49:20 am »

Thank you sir. You have described the unit in quite detail. It does indeed have a battery of it's own marked Mallory M504 15 Volts. The eject button is as you described. One thing I find interesting is that next to the battery is a removable capacitor with contacts like the battery. It it marked nichicon 130mfd 22.5wv.

I will see if I can coerce my obstinate Kodak to get some better close ups.
I imagine that the bulbs are unobtainium by now.

john

I'm not sure of the specs offhand, but I think I have some bulbs like that tucked away in my collection of odds and ends
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« Reply #174 on: June 01, 2009, 09:47:32 pm »

I found a roughly 10 gallon, clear glass Acid Jar (a carboy), seems it's an industrial container rather than the similar brewer's version. And it cost £5 from a local charity shop.  Awesome.  Grin

It looks like this (but mine is clear and a bit bigger - need to find camera...)




I'm trying to think of a use - a fish tank would be interesting, but the narrow neck and opening would be a slight problem - unless I have very small fish...  Undecided

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