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  1. #7976
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Very nice Dotmatriks, you are a true vehicular artist


    Had another gate repair in between regular work, someone had done a pigeon flyover repair on the frame and it didn't hold along with other issues..

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    Had to extend one of the rods 5 inches after I moved it, ground the ends a good 45 degrees on each end and filled it up... no grinding needed
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    Also reoriented the right two diagonal bracing rods to opposite corners for a proper truss configuration.
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    All finished and ready for action
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  2. #7977
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dotmatriks View Post
    Did some sheetmetal repair on the Caddy. The roof was rusted through and as usual, was badly repaired before. So, I cut out the junk and made a new patch.

    Beautiful work; my experience lies in old rusty commercial fishing boats.
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    Do you really know all of the work that goes into getting that fish onto your plate?

  3. #7978
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    I put in a beam yesterday, W10x26 up in the attic of a restaurant, to support a cell antenna mast, it was quite a job getting it up unto place, had to use carts to roll in and then add shims underneath until it was close

  4. #7979
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    That is about as screwed up as the 4" screw pipe we had to run in a finished ceiling with employees below. It was 230', during work hours. The phone companies used to be real picky, now they're worse. the pipe was to run 1- 12 strand fiber about 1' diameter from the corner of the building to the telecom closet on the 3rd floor.
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  5. #7980
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    My wife has been after me to put up our house number at the far end of our long driveway. Puttering around today I ended up with this. It's 1/4" chain and numbers are 8" high.

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    gg
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  6. #7981
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    That's cool
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  7. #7982
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Old dog, new trick. Teaching myself to tig root on 5" pipe


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  8. #7983
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    Very nice Dotmatriks, you are a true vehicular artist


    Had another gate repair in between regular work, someone had done a pigeon flyover repair on the frame and it didn't hold along with other issues..

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    Had to extend one of the rods 5 inches after I moved it, ground the ends a good 45 degrees on each end and filled it up... no grinding needed
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    Also reoriented the right two diagonal bracing rods to opposite corners for a proper truss configuration.
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    All finished and ready for action
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    That wouldn't happen to be the lot of a tool manufacturer in Bham, would it be? Might be a total wild guess, but it looks familiar.
    Do you really know all of the work that goes into getting that fish onto your plate?

  9. #7984
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Nah... but I'm sure it probably look similar, we do work for lots of these complexes and they all have some similar looks this one is in the sumner valley

  10. #7985
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by smilindave View Post
    That is about as screwed up as the 4" screw pipe we had to run in a finished ceiling with employees below. It was 230', during work hours. The phone companies used to be real picky, now they're worse. the pipe was to run 1- 12 strand fiber about 1' diameter from the corner of the building to the telecom closet on the 3rd floor.
    Regards
    Dave
    Yeah they really over build their stuff, I had to build a canopy to protect some electrical equipment for another cell antenna and they designed it with 4x4x1/4 tubing, and 8"channel to support 1.5" corrugated roofing, it was insane for what it was.

  11. #7986
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    I had ice from a tower go thru the windshield of my service truck at the time, it would have killed me. A 4" chunk of ice destroyed the drivers seat. I have no idea how far it fell. That is the reason for the roof. I have no idea why that large of a support was needed, but I am sure it paid well.
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  12. #7987
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    When I worked for Ma Bell (AT&T 1970s) there was a lot of overbuilding. It made no sense until you found that the common black telephone was built to last 75 years. It cost less to overbuild than it did to replace a phone every 35 years. They did not build things with the idea of replacing it when it was fully depreciated. They built them to last as long as possible.
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  13. #7988
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Phil I'd like to ship that cover over to Washington so I can use it to cover my smoker when cooking on nasty days

  14. #7989
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dotmatriks View Post
    Shaved the gas filler on a 55 chevy truck while the guys finished bagging it.

    Paper template


    Metal


    Bad fit up after I knocked down the inner flange. The radius let it open up. I didn’t want to make a new patch so it is gappy.

    Final. Customer wont pay for the time to metal finish it ]
    Dot,
    When you say they wont pay to metal finish, does thar mean you use Bondo to fill the gaps?

    How much more in time(hours) or money (% cost) would it cost to metal finish this?

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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by smilindave View Post
    I had ice from a tower go thru the windshield of my service truck at the time, it would have killed me. A 4" chunk of ice destroyed the drivers seat. I have no idea how far it fell. That is the reason for the roof. I have no idea why that large of a support was needed, but I am sure it paid well.
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    Yah, I work in the communications industry, we have dozens of 150-200' tall towers in our district. Every year at least one site get severe damage from ice fall. It looks over built till you see a 200# chunk of ice fall 200'. We had a car totaled at my primary work site 10 years ago, caved in the whole roof. This was in the middle or Portland Oregon, not one of our many remote mountain top sites that get hit much worse and more often.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    One winter day during the construction of the Great Falls Malt Plant the ice and snow load on the roof turned loose with out warning and came down and pretty much totaled 3 welding rigs. Drove the roofs of the cabs right down onto the seats. Luckily no one was in them (or near them) at the time. It was a serious wake up call to every one on site about a danger no one had really thought about yet. We ended up quickly building some protective structures above every man door to the place just so no one would get taken out just going in or out of the building.

    This place was designed and the construction over seen by people from South Africa. Oh man these people had no idea what they were getting into with a Montana Winter. They learned some real expensive lessons the first winter they tried to operate this place.

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  17. #7992
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    Down and dirty project that I did in about 4 hrs. Made from scrap. Tow bar for a vehicle I brought at auction and need to tow 15 miles to home. Has to be out of auction yard tomorrow and local towing companies could not do it till Thursday. Brackets will bolt directly to the vehicle's bumper mounting holes. Main tube is an old hydraulic cylinder. More tomorrow once I get it all hitched up.
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  18. #7993
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Looks like a U-Haul tongue.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    The old one I cut of my boat trailer. This style will work for 1 7/8 or 2 inch according to the info on the hitch itself.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Quote Originally Posted by HT2-4956 View Post
    One winter day during the construction of the Great Falls Malt Plant the ice and snow load on the roof turned loose with out warning and came down and pretty much totaled 3 welding rigs. Drove the roofs of the cabs right down onto the seats. Luckily no one was in them (or near them) at the time. It was a serious wake up call to every one on site about a danger no one had really thought about yet. We ended up quickly building some protective structures above every man door to the place just so no one would get taken out just going in or out of the building.

    This place was designed and the construction over seen by people from South Africa. Oh man these people had no idea what they were getting into with a Montana Winter. They learned some real expensive lessons the first winter they tried to operate this place.

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    Florida Massachusetts, (somebody thought they were funny), elevation is high compared to the rest of a flat state. They get snow! A convenience store in a converted truck garage has a sheet metal roof, it is poorly insulated, maybe a 6:12 pitch, and a run of maybe 100 feet. I went there for a project in May one tear to find 7' of ice piled behind the building. Had to put off the job 'till July when the ice was then not gone, but most was.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Yes U-Haul has same tongues that will work on 1-7/8” and 2” balls.
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  22. #7997
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    I cut the legs down and added stem casters to my new to me welding table. The casters aren't installed exactly correct as I added a jam nut in addition to the nut on the base plate, but they won't be under much lateral load, if ever.










  23. #7998
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Nice job with the casters Bruiser

    Any more additions planned for the table? like a lower shelf maybe... I put one on my table and it sure is handy to store stuff I'll be needing now and then.




    One other thing I should tell you... I don't see any 'magswitch' products in your pic... kind of an unwritten rule around here but usually at least one pic should have the obligatory appearance of a magswitch...



    Nah, I'm just messin' with ya' but they are handy things for welding fab work

  24. #7999
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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Thanks! There will eventually be a lower shelf on it. Next is the hitch receiver for the vise, and then a 2"x2" angle on the long side of the table to hang clamps and the grinders.

    Oh, there's a mag switch thing in there.

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    Re: Show us what you welded today!

    Oh shoot!!!! I'm blind.. see them now

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