Y2K Compliant Anvil

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Some time ago, a forum poster asked about finding an anvil. I recommended "Harbor Freight." Since HF is a heavy importer from China, some of the hand tools are subpar (at least in my book.) An anvil, however, is pretty tough to botch. Lo and behold, in the latest sales catalog, a 55# anvil is on sale for $39.99. It's part number 00806-1STA and the HF number is 1-800-423-2567.

Now, who the heck wanted an anvil?


-- Mr. Decker (kcdecker@worldnet.att.net), July 15, 1999


You can also get a cheap ($20) barrel pump from HF to pump fuel from barrels. Works fine. (You do have to sort of "interpret" the instructions that come for assembling, as they are in "Pigeon" english, so to speak.)

-- Jack (jsprat@eld.net), July 15, 1999.

Not to take things too seriously, but Sir Decker - I'd recommend at least getting a NAFTA-built anvil, or water pump.

OT - I DID see a NON-RECHARGEABLE, NON-REPLACEABLE battery-powered small flashlight at Walmart that was prominently label "Y2K" - others (different brand!) in the battery shelf.

Talk about marketing hype - a one-time flashlight that is supposedly year 2000 compliant. Both fail the technically correct, politically correct, and legally correct rules.

-- Robert A Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), July 15, 1999.

Good anvils are made of steel or wrought iron. The Harbor Fright jobs are of cast iron. Hit it hard enough and it will crack.

But Jack is right. The El Cheapo pump works fine.

-- dave (wootendave@hotmail.com), July 15, 1999.

I already have an anvil and just got a hand crank forge blower last month. As a good friend of mine who is a blacksmith says, one can make most any tool out of a junk car. Maybe in six months there will be a couple of junk cars in every driveway.

-- Chicken Farmer (Home@grown.chickens), July 15, 1999.

if y2k is over a 8. does everyone learn a new trade? i mean like the survivor,s.

-- 1 & only. (dogs@zianet.com), July 15, 1999.

Mr. Decker,

I have read in previous posts that you are not interested in posting to the TB2000 Prep forum, but your current post seems ideal for that arena. Why not give it at try?

Dr. Spindoc'

-- Spindoc' (spindoc_99_2000@yahoo.com), July 15, 1999.

It's well known that Docs' handwriting is unreadable, but did you know that it's because they are covering up the fact that they can't spell? That last sentence (of course) should read "why not give it a try?"

-- Spindoc' (spindoc_99_2000@yahoo.com), July 16, 1999.

Hmmm.... I'm just think how hard you might have to whack a 55 lb. anvil to break it. Of course, my father use to say I could break an anvil with a rubber hammer....

Spin, thanks for the kind thought, but I'm really not interested in preparations. (Nor are the pessimists interested in having me crash the party!) I just remembered some person was having trouble tracking down an anvil. Despite the posts here, I don't think we'll be seeing a surge of blacksmiths next spring. Beside, if you are a Y2K "homesteader," you need a forge, bellows, hammer and tongs, coal, etc. I'll vote for a nice oxyacetylene torch.


-- Mr. Decker (kcdecker@worldnet.att.net), July 16, 1999.

Mr Decker, This is OT but what's the best way to short index funds? Does somebody sell Puts?

-- Carlos (riffraff1@cybertime.net), July 16, 1999.

I'm turning in, but I'll give you my usual advice. 1) have money you can afford to lose; 2) have a good broker; 3) have b*lls the size of churchbells. If you want details, I can weigh in tomorrow.


-- Mr. Decker (kcdecker@worldnet.att.net), July 16, 1999.

Mr. Decker,

you wrote:

"Despite the posts here, I don't think we'll be seeing a surge of blacksmiths next spring. Beside, if you are a Y2K "homesteader," you need a forge, bellows, hammer and tongs, coal, etc. I'll vote for a nice oxyacetylene torch."

Nope, sorry, I'm not a homesteader, just a 'burb-er who is trying to be as self-sufficient as I can be, if things are worse than the powers-that-be predict. I have reason to believe things WILL be worse. My email has always been real. But you'd have to give me a reason to trust your judgement before you could expect a reply.

I already make most of my family's furniture, and that includes making/adapting things like hinges, fixtures, and such. And yes, I use an oxyacetylene torch when I need to bend metal. But that still requires an anvil. And the knowledge of how to acquire and use one. What's the harm in helping people to be self-sufficient?

Neither of us are Nostrodomus (sp). If you are so confident that nothing will go wrong, well then I salute your confidence, but I don't share it. Nor am I willing to risk the well-being of my family on the chance that YOU may be wrong. From my prospective, nothing is lost, and much is gained.

-- Spindoc' (spindoc_99_2000@yahoo.com), July 16, 1999.

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