Steel; A Manual For Steel Users

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Metcalf

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Excerpt: ...and the fifteen thousand pounds of molten pig iron. Through closing eyes I watched the charging-machine thrust in the spout. That long finger lifted the clay thing from its Pg 76 resting-place on the big saw-horses between furnaces. Then, moving on the rails, the machine adjusted itself in front of number two door, and shoved the spout in with a jar. I stood lazily watching the pouring of the molten steel. Fred motioned slowly with his hands, with "Up a little, whoop!" as the stream flowed very cleanly into the spout and furnace. Then came the noise of lifting, that characteristic crane grind, with a rising inflection as it gained speed and moved off. "Pretty soon tapping, after tapping back-wall, front-wall, the spout, morning," I meditated. "Well, how in hell are you?" It was Al, the pit boss. "Fine!" I said as loudly as I could; and went and sat down at once. My chin hit my chest. I stopped thinking, but didn't go to sleep. "Test!" yelled Fred. We tested three times, and then tapped. There were two ladles, with four piles of manganese, to shovel in. A third-helper from Number 4, a short stocky Italian, shoveled with me. The ladle swung slightly closer to the gallery than usual, and sent up a bit more gas and sparks. We put out little fires on our clothes six or seven times. After the first ladle, the Italian put back the sheet iron over the red-hot spout, and after the second ladle, I put it on. We rested between ladles, in a little breeze that came through between furnaces. "What you think of this job?" he asked. "Pretty bad," I said, "but pretty good money." He looked up, and the veins swelled on his forehead. Pg 77 His cheeks were inflamed, and his eyes showed the effects of the twenty hours of continuous labor. "To hell with the money!" he said, with quiet passion; "no can live." The words sank into my memory for all time. The back-wall was, I think, no hotter than usual, but men's nerves made them mind things they would have smirked at the...

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Excerpt: ...and the fifteen thousand pounds of molten pig iron. Through closing eyes I watched the charging-machine thrust in the spout. That long finger lifted the clay thing from its Pg 76 resting-place on the big saw-horses between furnaces. Then, moving on the rails, the machine adjusted itself in front of number two door, and shov...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217880460

ISBN - 13:9780217880466

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