Source for cool stuff

>From: sywang at whale_st.usm.edu (Shiao Y. Wang)
>Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 23:23:57 -0600 (CST)
>Subject: Valve for CO2>2. What is a good source for purchasing 
>solinoid valves? I'd appreciate specific model recommendations. 

I recently discovered a place called 
Surplus Center (PO Box 82209, Lincoln, NE 68501-2209   
800 488-3407). They have all kinds of hydraulic, mechanical and electric
There is an interesting selection of air and fluid handling devices (solenoid
valves, regulators, pumps, etc.). One thing that caught my eye was a
half-inch ball valve (brass w/ stainless ball and teflon seat) for $5.99. I
bought a vacuum pump from them, for my veneer press  (oops... wrong hobby).