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    Cms-content management system

    This can be used to create pages inside the forum. Anyone can to this once they understand how. I will give a example.

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    I am going to copy and paste a page from the old site and place it into a new reply box. From there I can move things around, highlight, check spelling and so on.

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    G&CICA CONVENTION AUCTIONS



    Auction Results 2013 2013 - Columbus Ohio
    Auction Results 2012 2012 - Renton, Washington
    Auction Results 2011 - Erie, Pennsylvania
    Auction Results 2010 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Auction Results 2009 - St. Louis, Missouri
    Auction Results 2008 - South Portland, Maine
    Auction Results 2007 - Plano, TX
    Auction Results 2006 - Santa Ana, California
    Auction Results 2005 - Charlotte, North Carolina
    Auction Results 2004 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Auction Results 2003 - Denver, Colorado
    Auction Results 2002 - Lafayette, Louisiana
    Auction Results 2001 - Erie, Pennsylvania

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    As you can see from this page http://www.gcica.org/auctions.html the hyperlinks did not copy over. So I will need to go back and manually enter into my post. Use the edit post button.

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    Randy many of the old pages are all in upper caps. These need to re-written in lower caps. You can do that right here.

    Here is one on packaging:

    MANY OF US HAVE RECEIVED ITEMS PURCHASED ON EBAY BROKEN ON ARRIVAL. THIS IS MOST DISAPPOINTING! FOLLOWING ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR PACKING CAST IRON OR GLASS FOR SHIPMENT:

    1. SELECT A BOX THAT HAS AT LEAST TWO INCHES OR MORE SPACE BETWEEN THE PIECE AND THE OUTSIDE WALLS OF THE BOX ON ALL SIDES. ALSO, MAKE SURE THE BOX IS A STURDY ONE, MADE OF CORRUGATED PAPER, AND NOT THIN CARDBOARD. SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE TWO INCHES ON A SIDE, PUT A PIECE OF STYROFOAM OR SUCH BETWEEN THE PIECE AND THE OUTSIDE WALL OF THE BOX.

    2. WRAP THE PIECE TO BE SHIPPED IN MATERIAL THAT WILL PROTECT IT. BUBBLE WRAP IS GOOD. IF THERE ARE MORE THAN ONE PIECE TO THE ITEM TO BE SHIPPED, I.E. A WAFFLE IRON OR SKILLET & LID, WRAP EACH PIECE INDIVIDUALLY AND BE SURE TO PUT AT LEAST TWO INCHES OF PACKING MATERIAL BETWEEN EACH PIECE. IT IS NICE FOR SMALLER PIECES TO BE DOUBLE BOXED---PUT THE PIECE IN A BOX THAT FITS IT AND THEN INTO A LARGER BOX WITH TWO INCHES AROUND ALL SIDES. PUT PACKING MATERIAL IN THAT TWO Inches ALL AROUND, TOP-BOTTOM AND SIDES.

    3. PACKING STYROFOAM PEANUTS ARE THE BEST MATERIAL TO USE TO PACK AROUND THE ITEM OR BETWEEN THE PIECES. SOMETIMES, USING A PIECE OF CORRUGATED BOX TO PLACE BETWEEN PIECES IS ADVISABLE, TOO.

    4. TAPING THE BOX ON ALL OPEN EDGES OF THE BOX IS MOST IMPORTANT. DO THIS ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM. ALSO, TAPE THE SIDE WHERE THE BOX IS PUT TOGETHER.

    5. SKILLET HANDLES ARE FREQUENTLY BROKEN OFF DURING SHIPMENT. WHEN THE SKILLET SHIFTS DURING ROUGH HANDLING, THE HANDLES GOES RIGHT THROUGH THE SIDE OF THE BOX AND HITS A HARD OBJECT AND BREAKS. PLEASE INSURE THAT THE HANDLE IS WRAPPED HEAVILY AND PLACE A THICK PIECE OF STYROFOAM OR SUCH BETWEEN THE HANDLE AND THE SIDE OF THE BOX. ONE SHIPPER MENTIONED HE COVERED THE HANDLE WITH PAPER AND THEN CUT A PIECE OF THIN WOOD TO BE A LITTLE LONGER THAN THE HANDLE AND THEN TAPED IT TO THE HANDLE. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO FACE THE HANDLE TOWARD A CORNER OF THE BOX AND NOT TO A SIDE.

    6. WRAPPING THE PIECE IN NEWSPAPER AND PUTTING IT INTO A BOX TO BOUNCE AROUND INSIDE THE BOX IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO. DEALING WITH CARRIERS FOR INSURANCE CLAIMS TAKES A LOT OF TIME, BUT THE WORSE PART IS THAT A MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF COLLECTIBLE CAST IRON OR ALUMINUM MAY BE PERMANENTLY DESTROYED. THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN BY JUST PLACING A SKILLET IN A BOX WITH A LOT OF NEWSPAPER SURROUNDING IT. THE SKILLET NEEDS WRAPPING AROUND IT SO IT CAN NOT JUST SLIDE AROUND IN THE BOX AND GET BUMPED DURING THE SHIPMENT. ALWAYS PROTECT THE HANDLES ON ITEMS BY WRAPPING THEM WELL.


    IF YOU ARE SELLING CAST IRON OR ALUMINUM COOKWARE, PLEASE DO TAKE TIME TO PACKAGE IT WELL SO THE COLLECTOR OR USER OF THE ITEM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. MOST ALL OF THEM ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR THE EXTRA WEIGHT DURING SHIPPING.

    One collector adds the disappointment of getting damaged goods through shipping: " I've noticed some shippers using those Styrofoam sheets or bricks when packing cast iron. I am referring to the Styrofoam often found when buying electronics (DVD players, computers, etc). Unfortunately, when shipping a heavy cast iron piece, this type of Styrofoam does not hold up well in transit. It turns to little Styrofoam beads. I recently received a cast iron roaster that rattled in the box like you wouldn't believe! There was no cushioning between the lid and roaster nor between the sides of the box and roaster because the Styrofoam had disintegrated. Once it crumbles, it no longer fills the same space the Styrofoam sheet did. I am sure the shipper was well-intention and just did not know that this stuff crumbles when the package is jostled. I've seen it happen so many times, I felt I should share this with folks that ship cast iron.

    ...and for those that ship (miniatures like) cast iron or aluminum pups, PLEASE use a box (and not a padded envelope). The shipping charges are comparable. The pups can take quite a beating in a padded envelope."

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    Cleaning Cast Iron Using the Lye Method and Self Cleaning Oven

    How do I clean cast iron? (This article is followed by an nontraditional method of cleaning using a self-cleaning oven--be sure to read the article by Jack Hinkle that follows this one).

    Cleaning Iron With Japanning by Tom Neitzel follows Jack Hinkle's article. All good information!

    Lye is the preferred chemical for cleaning cast iron. Lye such as Red Devil can be used to make a lye wash for larger projects or lye-based oven cleaner can be used on smaller jobs. It is becoming more difficult to locate lye in hardware or grocery stores in the toilet bowl cleaning section because of the increased use of this household product in illegal meth-making labs. So you may have to do a lot of searching to locate it now.

    Be advised however that during use, this lye wash is quite caustic and must be used with respect.

    Because of the violent chemical reaction that could occur, extreme caution must be exercised when mixing the lye wash. It is imperative the lye be added to the water not water poured onto the lye. Water poured onto lye can cause a violent chemical reaction and the wash could "boil-up" into your eyes or face.

    As a precautionary measure, a clean water source should be immediately available. If the solution feels "soapy", the solution is in good working condition, however, if the solution comes in contact with the eyes or skin, it must be washed off immediately. Always protect your eyes as the solution could cause permanent damage if contact is made with the eyes and not immediately washed out. Vinegar can also be used as a neutralizing agent.

    Always keep the solution away from children.

    It is probably best to always keep the container covered. This will prevent evaporation, minimize the chances of spills, and protect against foreign objects from falling into the vat.

    The lye wash can be used for more than one "batch" of cleaning.

    The following instructions must be used with caution and at your own risk.

    Lye Wash Method:

    Step 1
    Soak cast iron pieces in lye water. Mix 1 can of lye (i.e., Red Devil) with 4-5 gallons of water in a plastic or stainless steel container. Suspend pieces utilizing steel coat hangers or heavy wire.

    Step 2
    Remove pieces after soaking and rinse with hose and relatively high water pressure. If grease, paint, etc. does not wash away, try wiping with stainless steel scouring pad or brush. Repeat Step 1 as required.

    Step 3
    After piece(s) are dry, brush with fine steel brush on drill or wire wheel. Do not use a brass brush, as it will discolor the iron.

    Step 4
    Wipe piece(s) thoroughly.

    Step 5
    Apply mineral oil, generously, with small paintbrush--make sure to completely coat items. Let stand overnight.

    Step 6
    Wipe off excess oil with paper towel.

    Step 7
    Polish with soft cloth (flannel recommended). This step is very important to provide non-sticky cast iron.

    Rust conditions - If steps 1-3 do not remove rust, do the following:

    Step 8
    Soak pieces in solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water for maximum of 24 hours.

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    Great. You can even insert photos into that. Once it is the way you like it I can then publish it into a article.

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    You can also go back and highlight or make bold, large text your title or anything else.

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    You can also post and edit with the "Go Advance" button which will give you more choices and a larger viewing area. Also you have a preview.

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    2014 national convention

    2014 NATIONAL CONVENTION

    Winchester Virginia
    May 8th to May 11th

    Click Link for Registration Form

    CLICK HERE FOR 2014 CONVENTION REGISTRATION

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    Winchester Virginia is located in the Northern part of the State just a few miles from the West Virginia border. It is about 50 miles from Dulles Airport. The Motel is just a half block from Interstate 81 (exit 313), at its intersection with route 50. Of Course there is a lot to see in Washington D.C. for those who are so inclined. We would love to see you come and enjoy the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and its attractions.

    Among them are Shenandoah National Park, Civil War battlefields, the many Caverns, Bell Grove Plantation, and the scenic beauty of the mountains and country side.

    Winchester itself has many attractions including Old Town Winchester, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, The Patsy Cline Home and gravesite, Stonewall Jacksonís Quarters, the Old Court House Civil War Museum, and five Civil War Battlefield sites.

    There are many shopping malls, antique shops, and local restaurants to choose from. The Apple Blossom Festival is a 10 day celebration that will take place the week before our convention. Your Motel rates are good for as long as you wish to stay before or after our meeting. Come and enjoy our Valley and its entertainment and its friendly people. Our negotiated Room rate is $ 82.50 including all taxes, for your entire stay.

    Best Western Lee Jackson Inn and Conference Center
    711 Millwood Avenue, Winchester, Virginia 22601
    Phone (540) 662-4154

    Ask for the reservation rate for Griswold & C.I.C.A. Be Sure to Get the Convention Rate for your Entire Visit !!

    About the Convention May 8-11, 2014

    1. Activities will begin on Thursday afternoon with a visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. We will
    have a tour of the Museum and grounds and have wine with light snacks. Dinner will be on your own.

    2. The Host Committee has selected a nice commemorative to remind you of your visit.

    3. Seminars are being planned for the convention beginning with a presentation on Iron Making in the Valley during the 1800ís. Other seminars, show and tell, the auction and all other events are being organized. Please bring your rare and unusual pieces for the show and tell event. Prizes will be presented for the rarest and most unusual pieces. If you have a special area of collecting that you would like to share with Pictures of your fellow members, please contact Loyd or Nancy Earles at (540) 901-9017 to make arrangements. If you have a few choice items you would like to offer to the members at the Auction, register them early with David Lange on the forms provided in the winter newsletter.

    4. Guidelines, hours, and the itinerary of events will be published in upcoming newsletters after arrangements are finalized. Events and meals will be very close to the same format of past meetings.

    For more information contact:
    Lee Dieter, committee chairman
    (540) 984-3907
    lcdieter@shentel.net


    The Lee Jackson, Best Western Inn is located just off Route 81 at Exit 313 W, Winchester Virginia
    It is 50 miles from Dulles international Airport (the closest and handiest),
    You will need to provide your own transportation to Winchester from the Airport.
    The Rooms all include: TV, microwave, refrigerator, phone and free internet conection.
    Smoking and pet friendly rooms are available and must be requested with registration.
    Each room has only outside access and you may park at your room, if you are going to have iron in your room we would suggest that you reserve a ground floor room (there are two floors and no elevator).
    There is a large elevator at the conference center, 2nd Floor where all the main activities will take place.

    (540) 662-4154 Lee Jackson Motor Inn
    711 Millwood Pike
    Winchester, Virginia, 22601

    Check in is at 3:00pm and check out at 11:00 am
    Registrations will be accepted as long as rooms are available

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    DIXIE CHAPTER MEET-FALL 2013

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    FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
    was held at the home of Mary K. & Doug Guynn
    SEE PHOTOS ON PHOTO PAGE

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    HEARTLAND CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING IN OCTOBER

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    Great meeting was held on October 12 2013 in Ozark Missouri
    Hosted by Randy and Patty Young.
    Looks like everyone had a good time.
    See the Photo's on the photos page compliments of Bev and Tom Moran.
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    2013 Northeast Chapter--Summer Meeting

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    Members met on AUGUST 9-10 in Palmyra Maine. A Great meeting, good food, lots of cast iron, and a good time by all in attendance. We missed those who were unable to attend and
    look forward to seeing them at the National in Virginia.
    Check out the pictures for 2013 on the photo's page


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    WEST COAST CHAPTER -- 2013

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    Wonderfully completed--they had a great time--check out the WEST COAST pictures for 2013.

    FOR INFORMATION ( CLUB & NON-CLUB) ABOUT VINTAGE COOKWARE, KEEP CHECKING FACEBOOK.
    You will find a link to facebook on the home page of our club's web site, http://gcica.org

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    Okay this is ready to be published. It would then be placed under the appropriate link.

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    Now if you click on the tab "convention and chapter" then up coming events you can see the final product..

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    Writing these articles can be done in a closed topic so members don't see it until it is ready to publish. Also the author can work on it at their leisure.

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    Good--I see they now link.