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    Hello from American Samoa

    Hi, first post here as a new member, thanks for adding me to the forum. I am a retired/disabled US Army captain specializing in tank and automotive equipment maintenance; I also worked as an industrial and residential carpenter, gas and diesel mechanic/welder, shop manager, and light commercial diver and marine mechanic. I am building my house in American Samoa on my wife's family land, and will be setting up shop for blacksmithing, bladesmithing, light fabrication, and repairs. New shop is nearly ready for the roof, can't wait. Current welding equipment is an O/A setup, a Lincoln 140 MIG, ThermalArc plasma cutter, and I just purchased and am awaiting delivery of an Everlast PowerPro 256Si. Looking forward to continuing my eduction here and sharing as appropriate. Thanks!

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Welcome to the forum.... Post up some shop pictures when your done.

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Thank Yo u for Afa and Sika.

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Steve. welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Nice!

    Welcome

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Gorgeous!

    And, hey, please let us all know how you like that 256Si, as it's still fairly new in its digitally-controlled form, I think.

    Is all that ground property-tax free? Or, is it on the indigenous side of Somoa?
    Last edited by C. Livingstone; 10-05-2016 at 07:01 PM.

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

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Size:  78.5 KBIt does take a really long time to get anything done in American Samoa.......part of the problem is we are close to the Land Down Under

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    welcome, looks like the shop is progressing.

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Shimanek View Post
    ...It does take a really long time to get anything done in American Samoa.......part of the problem is we are close to the Land Down Under
    Yeah, it's slow going to stack block like that. Need helpers to hold them until the mortar sets up a bit.
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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    Now I know why I can't keep any help on the job.....

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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    My friend has or had a daughter over there, I believe. Marine biologist, I think.
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    Re: Hello from American Samoa

    New photo as of yesterday; just need to strip the forms off the side wall and begin skip sheeting the 2x4s to the roof rafters before the tin goes on.Name:  DSCN0004.jpg
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    Shop dimensions are 24 feet by 24 feet, 12 foot ceiling at front sloping down to about 10 feet in the rear. Roll up door is 8 feet wide by 9 feet 8 inches high.
    Last edited by Steve Shimanek; 10-22-2016 at 04:52 PM.

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