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Re: Brass that isn't brass

Original poster: "Luc by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <ludev-at-videotron.ca>

Hi all,

For acorn nuts real brass is easy to recognize, it's more dull,
often you see mark from the turning tool and naturally they are
not attracted by magnet.


Luc Benard 

Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "albert hassick by way of Terry Fritz
<twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <uncadoc-at-juno-dot-com>
> Hi Pete, yah, it sounds like you got some brass plated 'pig metal'.
> Typically a diecast zinc/tinantimony compound that is useless for Tesla
> work.  The darn stuff pits and smokes and the 'brass coating' as you have
> already noted is just that, a very thin flash coat of brass, just enough
> to give some glitter. The 'brass' acorn nuts must have been the icing on
> the cake! One must really scout diligently to get proper brass materials
> in todays 'super home improvement and hardware store chains'.  Ah, what I
> would give for the creaky old oak floor tried and true hardware stores!
> They are all but gone.    Al.