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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by OPUS FERRO View Post

    Munkul





    Always good work ^ ^ ^

    This - is a clinical not critical - question . . .

    Why dip when welding steel - vs - running stringers.
    I understand the necessity with Aluminum . . .

    I ran stick and wire professionally for fifteen years, before
    'self taught' TIG - so I'm stringer trained, it comes easy.

    I consider dipping akin to MIG like TIG, and generally not
    necessary . . .

    I do: non-spec. welding on Steel, SS, and Bronze for looks,
    and dipping seems extraneous labor -

    What am I technically missing - by not dipping . . . ?

    Thax >


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    I might be able to take a crack at an explanation?

    I don't "lay wire" very often as I like to see the penetration take place.
    The other reason I dip is as a meter for how much I'm filling. The amount I push into the puddle is sort of "automatically" measured by my brain pan and is repeated (with some +/-) on each dip based on what I see as I go.

    I don't like the method of leaving it in the puddle and pushing a little in as needed, feels unnatural to me. Probably a left over brain spark from when I learned to oxy/acetylene weld (back in 1986).

    Although, if I ever welded the same thing over and over I'd likely figure out what amperage would allow a lay wire technique with a larger filler rod and use it for increased speed.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    For me, oxy/acetylene welding was first on Jeep bodies. The double rolled shape at the top edge of the side panels was hardest to reproduce without tooling. Coincidentally, this was the only portion of a Vermont Jeep body not usually consumed by rust.

    New side panels were easy enough to cut with sabre saw. The roll at the rear corners was a challenge for those of us who didn't live next door to Edgar Olsen.

    I would cut sides 1/16 taller than they needed to be. Sneaking up following the weld with the smallest tip, I could flow that extra sheet to form the weld. Filler was only needed when those unexplained "failure to flow" moments opened a keyhole. There, it needed more grinding.

    In my opinion, TIG is a more sterile process. Materials are paint, grease & rust free. Usually, I wire brush then clean with acetone or Non chlorinated brake clean.
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Looks impressive but truth be told everything is in the M section for miscellaneous.
    I'll bet good money there's a card catalog by the door just like the library. Need some 1/8 7018 welding rods... "Lemme just check the catalog. Oh, why yes, they are on Shelf D1!!"

    And not an ounce of dirt or a single cobweb in sight -- even in the very back of the shelves were surely us mere mortals wouldn't be reaching with the broom!


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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by OPUS FERRO View Post

    Munkul





    Always good work ^ ^ ^

    This - is a clinical not critical - question . . .

    Why dip when welding steel - vs - running stringers.
    I understand the necessity with Aluminum . . .

    I ran stick and wire professionally for fifteen years, before
    'self taught' TIG - so I'm stringer trained, it comes easy.

    I consider dipping akin to MIG like TIG, and generally not
    necessary . . .

    I do: non-spec. welding on Steel, SS, and Bronze for looks,
    and dipping seems extraneous labor -

    What am I technically missing - by not dipping . . . ?

    Thax >


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    Good question. Actually, I've been using lay wire technique with a low speed pulse.
    The customer specified TIG but also a critical dimension and minimal distortion, which on 3mm s/s box section is quite difficult. Full penetration is unnecessary so i balance heat input with speed, and preset on the table. I've done plenty on plain DC and it's fine but it puts more heat in. The pulse helps, and the customer likes it.
    I have many hundreds of trestle legs like these to make for a can manufacturing line, and it's good money, although boring.

    These have been coming out perfect within 2mm critical mostly.
    Tbh I still remember you pulling me up on big ugly start-stops about a year ago, and it's never left me. It made me try harder to get it right
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    Re: Show us what you welded today


    Rollout wheel project.


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    Re: Show us what you welded today


    Munkul


    Quote Originally Posted by Munkul View Post
    Tbh I still remember you pulling me up on big ugly start-stops
    about a year ago, and it's never left me. It made me try harder
    to get it right
    Thx for the positive feed-back . . .


    Opus

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    Quote Originally Posted by sr guy View Post
    Rollout wheel project.
    More pics - and an explanation Pls . . .


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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by OPUS FERRO View Post

    sr guy




    More pics - and an explanation Pls . . .


    Opus

    I will be putting a chuck on the end to hold pipe its adjustable 180 degrees with fine adjustment. Fits in standard receiver hitch. They are used to weld pipe by rolling as your weld.


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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Here’s a couple of items I drew and cut out with my plasma table. Never like to waste metal so I cut out these dice and did a little TIG practice.

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    Ah yes the smell of plasma cut metal in the morning
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    I was able to put my very limited welding "skills" to use for work this past week. The storm that passed through Lake Charles, LA week before last knocked out power to some of our equipment on the I-210 bridge so we needed to quickly get some solar panels up there to continue to power it. We didn't have the time for our normal shop to fabricate the mounts out of aluminum we normally use so I volunteered to put something together to hold 2 solar panels on the side of the bridge ASAP. This sensor monitors the "air gap" between the low steel on the bridge and the water surface so large ships know how much clearance they have.

    All we had access to was some 3/16" plate and some schedule 40 pipe so I built this. The solar panels are mounted on adjustable brackets that then mount to the pipes using U-bolts. The plate itself will be mounted to the concrete bridge railing with some 1/2" stainless studs drilled into the concrete filled with epoxy. It's definitely heavier than our standard aluminum mounts but not too bad. Ended up around 45 lbs. I painted it with Rustoleum "aluminum" color so at least it looks light..
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Had to do some more railing repair and 'toughening' at one of the local airports warehouses this morning...

    Added a bunch of these tiebacks to the railing sides without any 90's on them .
    Using .030 fluxcore -11 wire on my miller 211 running from the 17.5KW through a 50 foot 12 gauge 120vac cord... power 5 wfs~40
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    For the angles I just used my little milwaukee metalcutting saw to zip off 1.5 inch wide pieces of 2X2x.125 iron.
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    Did a bunch more miscellaneous welding here n there on the railing also but forgot to snap any pics at the time

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    Tensegrity table made from 2 x 3 11 gauge tubing. Tension beams are 1/4”. Beams bend a little if I stand on the table so might have to make them out of 3/8 plate. Have a couple of ideas for the top, either a a Gadsden flag snake, a snake wrapped around an AR15 or a flaming skull inside the HD logo shield. TIG welded everything mainly because I enjoy it and I definitely need the practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluCllrPlt View Post
    Tensegrity table made from 2 x 3 11 gauge tubing. Tension beams are 1/4. Beams bend a little if I stand on the table so might have to make them out of 3/8 plate. Have a couple of ideas for the top, either a a Gadsden flag snake, a snake wrapped around an AR15 or a flaming skull inside the HD logo shield. TIG welded everything mainly because I enjoy it and I definitely need the practice.

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    Cool. I like it!
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by BluCllrPlt View Post
    Tensegrity table made from 2 x 3 11 gauge tubing. Tension beams are 1/4. Beams bend a little if I stand on the table so might have to make them out of 3/8 plate. Have a couple of ideas for the top, either a a Gadsden flag snake, a snake wrapped around an AR15 or a flaming skull inside the HD logo shield. TIG welded everything mainly because I enjoy it and I definitely need the practice.

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    I really want to build something like that might add my own 'twist' to it

    For today's second job I got the railing fixed that didn't have time for yesterday.... when it was NOT raining...
    First thing was to cut out the bad/bent parts
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    Then get the attachment points welded back in with a bit more reinforcement and put some structural quick patch concrete on it -- had to 'make' some forms to support the quick patch using some floor cuts I had from a job this morning, I cut up a piece of industrial flooring for 'mold release' and shims And wouldn't you know it... the second I get the welder powered up... it starts raining
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    Then get the vertical placed in.
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    And put the rest of the main railing structure in.
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    Voila!!!! all done with less than 8 buzzes form the DC wirefeed AC would have been shocking to say the least!!! I guess it's time the start keeping the popup tent in the truck again Because it's bad enough welding in the rain... but trying to place concrete is a real biotch!!!
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    A new 'workhorse' showed up in the stables today!!!

    It's gonna get some 'accessories' welded to it soon pics will be forthcoming

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I really want to build something like that might add my own 'twist' to it

    For today's second job I got the railing fixed that didn't have time for yesterday.... when it was NOT raining...
    First thing was to cut out the bad/bent parts
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    Then get the attachment points welded back in with a bit more reinforcement and put some structural quick patch concrete on it -- had to 'make' some forms to support the quick patch using some floor cuts I had from a job this morning, I cut up a piece of industrial flooring for 'mold release' and shims And wouldn't you know it... the second I get the welder powered up... it starts raining
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    Then get the vertical placed in.
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    And put the rest of the main railing structure in.
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    Voila!!!! all done with less than 8 buzzes form the DC wirefeed AC would have been shocking to say the least!!! I guess it's time the start keeping the popup tent in the truck again Because it's bad enough welding in the rain... but trying to place concrete is a real biotch!!!
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    Nice repair. So you saved the balusters, bottom rail and return. Pretty impressive. With as many as you do, do you keep extra rail or have any prefabed around. I seem to recall you saying you have some tread? Do they send you photos or do you make a site visit or just show up prepared to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    Nice repair. So you saved the balusters, bottom rail and return. Pretty impressive. With as many as you do, do you keep extra rail or have any prefabed around. I seem to recall you saying you have some tread? Do they send you photos or do you make a site visit or just show up prepared to work.
    Thanks, usually they will send a pic or two... but they're kind of useless other than to show sort of the extent of damage... it works best if I show up and look at the job ahead of time then i can actually see and measure what I will need... because when 'they' build these railings they'll use just about any combination of materials imaginable
    Yes, I was able to save the lower and balusters... mainly because I was running late and fabbing all new would have probably doubled the time... although would have looked better
    I do have a *lot* of 'cheats' that I've figured out through the years which helps speed things along for a one guy crew

    This is the first rail(that I can remember) that used a 1-1/2 X 1/2 C-channel on the bottom..most of the others use a 1 inch or 3/4 c-channel down there when the top rail is 1-1/2.. and this one used 1/2 sqr balusters a lot of other use 5/8ths some use 3/4's

    I have a couple concrete treads left that are repairable but the local guys that used to make them quit... so they are getting scarce!!! I try to save them when we have a demo job that involves removing a set of stairs. A lot of the warehouses are moving to prefab aluminum units for the fire exits and roof access ladders which is a good thing because ever since the advent of everyone using the 'ice melt' a few years ago the concrete is just disintegrating left and right

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    Just looked at the times on the pics... I cut the bent railing out at 11:42 and did the last weld and paint at 3:00 so it took me a bit over 3 hours.. in the rain and another 30 minutes to pack the truck and get out of there not too bad for also having to do 4 good sized concrete patches on the steps and landing... in the rain

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    Hi ronsi, what's the Hudson sprayer used for? Concrete sealer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I really want to build something like that might add my own 'twist' to it
    If you want to have a personalized design of your business logo as the top send me your ideas and I’ll see if I can draw something up and save it to a .dxf format so someone local to you can cut it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    A new 'workhorse' showed up in the stables today!!!

    It's gonna get some 'accessories' welded to it soon pics will be forthcoming

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    Ooh. Nice. The Kubota/NH dealer left one here for a few days to demo about 20 years ago. It was awesome and ran circles around our JD Gators but I was too cheap to switch over.





    Just gave this 2001 Gator a full service and waiting for new shocks. Will put it up for sale soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I really want to build something like that might add my own 'twist' to it
    ]

    Maybe a couple of used augers. Ive seen cheapo/wimpy electric post hole diggers brand new for under $100.

    Or you can send Sid up to twist smaller stock .....
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    Re: Show us what you welded today

    Quote Originally Posted by BluCllrPlt View Post
    If you want to have a personalized design of your business logo as the top send me your ideas and I’ll see if I can draw something up and save it to a .dxf format so someone local to you can cut it out.
    Thanks for the offer

    I actually have plenty of cad programs I draw stuff in and a couple plasma tables and a couple small lasers cutters... etc... just hard to find the time to do fun personal stuff these days I was thinking more along the lines of a more twisted support system Sid can help with that one!!! If I even can get him back from up north... he seems to think the Canadians are more hospitable than me

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    : Sid can help with that one!!! If I even can get him back from up north... he seems to think the Canadians are more hospitable than me
    We dont water down our beer....
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