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    I finally got these installed and got some pictures. I tried to post these but the pictures came out sideways, no matter what I did with the picture. So I had to edit them and then they posted well.

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    Re: TIG On Aluminum Rails

    Really nice job. Railings look out of place on that particular house (style).

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    Nice William. What's with the ones with the brick pillar? Along the driveway?

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    Railings look out of place on that particular house (style).
    I think they look quite attractive and go well with the style.
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    Re: TIG On Aluminum Rails

    I think without some close up pics the title should just be "some railings I installed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneb55 View Post
    Nice William. What's with the ones with the brick pillar? Along the driveway?


    I think they look quite attractive and go well with the style.
    To me I always pictured something like that on an ultramodern style house with a lot of glass. to each his own but definitely nice workmanship regardless

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    Good job William. Looks like a white powder coat or is it just the time of day/light ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duaneb55 View Post
    Nice William. What's with the ones with the brick pillar? Along the driveway?


    I think they look quite attractive and go well with the style.
    Thank You.

    As a favor I sandblasted all of the existing steel and iron rails in front, and put some heavy duty primer and a coat of polyurethane white on them.
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    That is solid bar welded to the aluminum pipe, I preheat well, and get them very hot, I penetrate very deep. But I do not undercut the corners of the solid bars where they meet the weld. That takes some practice. You cannot care to much about evenness of the weld. You have to just make sure you do not leave it negative. That is honestly all I care about, other than a solid weld that can take serious abuse. Sometimes I have to bend the rail and beat each bar top and bottom to hold the shape I want, or undue the pull of the welds. I grind and sand them smooth so the weld has to be good. Pretty not so much in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Good job William. Looks like a white powder coat or is it just the time of day/light ?
    Yes you are correct Crystal White powder after a lot of grinding.

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    Re: TIG On Aluminum Rails

    Nice work on the rails, and thanks for taking the time to edit the pics so I don't have to view them sideways!

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    Looks real good!

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    That looks fantastic William. You got a talent for rail for sure.

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    idk if the railings match the house but definitely well done mac.
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    Thank you for the compliments guys. I do not know if anyone noticed but those rails are angled down well beyond the angle of the steps. At the top they are 4 plus inches above the stoop, and at the bottom they are less than an inch off the steps. But if you look at them they almost look as if they are angled upwards or not down enough. I came across this years ago when I made a set exactly correct and they looked like a guy wearing a pair of pants that were eight inches too short. It is some sort of optical illusion that you have to compensate for. It will save you a lot of head scratching and measuring, and explaining to the customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick View Post
    Thank you for the compliments guys. I do not know if anyone noticed but those rails are angled down well beyond the angle of the steps. At the top they are 4 plus inches above the stoop, and at the bottom they are less than an inch off the steps. But if you look at them they almost look as if they are angled upwards or not down enough. I came across this years ago when I made a set exactly correct and they looked like a guy wearing a pair of pants that were eight inches too short. It is some sort of optical illusion that you have to compensate for. It will save you a lot of head scratching and measuring, and explaining to the customer.

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    Very, very nice work. As total newbie and welding just for beer money, can I assume work like yours goes for upwards of $200 per hour, or more??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by fps View Post
    Very, very nice work. As total newbie and welding just for beer money, can I assume work like yours goes for upwards of $200 per hour, or more??????

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    Here it is at the wedding.



    There were little wooden hearts on that table next to the heart. Everyone signed a heart and placed it into the big heart.

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