2149 - A device for folding successive folds in a long band of pliable
material.... similar to the way Roman shades (window shades) are
successively folded. The dials - possibly for creating successively
larger (graduated) folds and/or multiple sections of different size
2152 - A tool for aligning offset or nonaligned holes, so plates can
be bolted together.... i.e., early steel frame construction.
In another life did some extensive R&D work involving adhesives
that would hold the hot top slabs in place during a pour long enough
to perform their function.
Field testing required being on the pouring platform during a pour,
no more than 10 ft from a stream of molten metal flowing from ladle to
Clothing req'd included steel toed safety shoes complete with
steel safety flap, fire retardant suit, hard hat and flip down purple
lens to be used when looking at molten metal.
Lost track of how many mills I was in; however, they were located
coast to cost.
Probably the most memorable test was in central Pennsylvania during
Got the wake up call at the motel about 3:00AM, telling us the heat
would be ready
to pour within the hour.
Out in that cold night air headed to the mill.
Got to the mill and then had to wait for the heat to come in within
Being on the pouring platform kept one side of you warm which was
better than nothing.
Most of the mills I visited have been closed and I moved on to other
being on a pouring platform during a pour was an experience I'll never
My guess is that it was used for timber marking. The butt of the log
would be stamped before the log was sent down the river. At the end of
the run, the logs would be separated using the owner's stamp as
2152: For some reason, I think of a screw plug for quickly sealing
holes in a metal ship's hull. Maybe something from the war to plug
below-the-waterline bullet holes or something.
2149: Maybe something to keep count of the number of bushels of
something (apples, etc) filled?
2151: A nice handmade lemon squeezer
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