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    Awesome Welds... NOT!

    Hey Gang,

    I was having lunch yesterday about 5 km from the Iranian border, at a little place called Badra. The chowhall consisted of a tent, with steel frame that had been locally fabricated out of square tubing. I couldn't help but notice the extremely high quality of the welds. Well, I just happened to have my camera with me, so here's a treat for you. I have no idea who the "skilled craftsman" was, but figured he must have used the "close your eyes" technique. Enjoy...
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    Yuk!!
    Army training at its best..

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    I see that no matter where in the world you might be, pigeon poo still looks like poo.
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    Yup, that's crap and doesn't even count as a weld.

    More seriously, Hooah. Be safe.

    And as part of being safe, get those tents FIXED! You are under them, when the wind blows and they fall apart you will -really- be under them! Get maint to fix 'em. No welders around? Drill and bolt them together, use lots of bolts to spread the load across the tubing.

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    ummmmmmmmm what's wrong with 'em? lol

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    Wow!

    It is hard to do welds that bad!
    Maybe they did not tell the guy that he needs to use a welding rod and not just short the stinger to the work each time.
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    i can almost see the dimes in the second photo.

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    man 0 man
    he coulda at least painted it.. REAL THICK
    AIR welds (thats what it is air arc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zapster View Post
    Yuk!!
    Army training at its best..

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    That's not Army training, that's local national contract employee labor.

    Had the same issues when I was there. And in Korea. And in Albania. And...

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    I wonder how much Haliburton charged the American taxpayer for those fine welds?

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    Ya, where's the dime for scale ?

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    Re: Awesome Welds... NOT!

    What is wrong with them?
    They look the same as all my welds

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    Nice welds , in fact they look like some bird poo glue.

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    I think he just dropped his lead when he went to lunch, and that's what was there when he came back.

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    HOLY! I don't think I could TRY to make such but ugly welds even when I had never touched a welder. WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamus View Post
    That's not Army training, that's local national contract employee labor.

    Had the same issues when I was there. And in Korea. And in Albania. And...
    Like I said, I don't know for sure who the weldor was, but I'm pretty sure it was either local or third country national contractors. These guys are a hoot to watch. I've seen 'em weld (if you can call it that) with no hood or protective equipment at all. They just close their eyes and scratch around with the stinger a bit and call it done. When they get fancy, they'll wrap a rag around their face and wear some dark sunglasses.

    On top of that, after you've been here a while it becomes evident that this part of the world has never heard of a square, level, or plumb bob. Square, plumb and level are foriegn concepts here. Don't bother looking for a straight line either; you won't find one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonRise View Post
    Yup, that's crap and doesn't even count as a weld.

    More seriously, Hooah. Be safe.

    And as part of being safe, get those tents FIXED! You are under them, when the wind blows and they fall apart you will -really- be under them! Get maint to fix 'em. No welders around? Drill and bolt them together, use lots of bolts to spread the load across the tubing.
    I was just passin' through. I only stopped in for lunch at this place, which is manned by the Iraqi and Georgian Army with a small U.S. contingent.

    I travel around a lot though, and this type of "quality" construction is not unusual.
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    "When Welders Sneeze"

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    Last edited by Leadhead1911; 02-06-2008 at 08:20 AM. Reason: double post, oops

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    Has the look of unshielded (bare wire) stick. 'Anyone got a coat hanger? No, not plastic! A wire coat hanger!'

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    Re: Awesome Welds... NOT!

    So if we sent them a 6 year old with a case duct tape he could work his way up to head engineer in about 3 days.

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    Re: Awesome Welds... NOT!

    sad part is the guy who welded that probably makes 100 grand tax free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadhead1911 View Post
    Hey Gang,

    I was having lunch yesterday about 5 km from the Iranian border, at a little place called Badra. The chowhall consisted of a tent, with steel frame that had been locally fabricated out of square tubing. I couldn't help but notice the extremely high quality of the welds. Well, I just happened to have my camera with me, so here's a treat for you. I have no idea who the "skilled craftsman" was, but figured he must have used the "close your eyes" technique. Enjoy...
    In all photos i see dimes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintman View Post
    sad part is the guy who welded that probably makes 100 grand tax free
    I doubt that. These guys are pretty far down the food chain. In most cases they are well paid according to their economic standards, but there are multiple levels of bullsh*t above him. The american taxpayer probably pays 200,000 (or more) to the contractors for that one guy, while he's probably making 10 dollars per day. I have no idea what the actual numbers are, but I'm probably not too far off.
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    wow here in the states there always talking about big tax free dollars to go to iraq and mechanic,drive trucks,weld all kind of diffrent stuff i actually thought about looking into it

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