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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by 52 Ford View Post
    How long of a drive are you from Richmond? Just for reference. There are probably some big metal suppliers in Northern VA and I know there are in Richmond. Probably one in Chesterfield, too, since there's an industrial supplier out there (either McMaster or MSC - I forgot)

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    I used to get scrap metal from a local welding business in town, one the owner [Frank] of my LWS had helped its owner [Bob] set up years ago. Bob had a laser cutter which left a 10-12/1000" kerf in 1/2" stainless...and he made everything from computer equipment chassis to roller coaster cars. Unfortunately, during an economic bust, he didn't get paid for lots of work his shop had done, and went out of business. This area has few such shops left.

    Your area may still have similar businesses; if so, talking to the owner of one may bring a similar association to the one I had. Guessing that you may be near Harrisonburg, a quick (and 'dirty') search found the following first result [ignore the suppliers; check out at the real welding shops listed, or ask for names of some in your area]:

    https://www.yellowpages.com/harrison.../welding-shops

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalmelter2021 View Post
    I’ve got about 2/3rd a sheet of 3/16” plate, but was hoping to get some 3/8” or 1/2” plate. Last time I checked with my local steel supplier, [about 3 months ago] a 4x8 plate of 1/2” thick was over $700. I don’t have anything to lift that with anyway…the dealer would cut in half, but thats about it.
    I can sell you sliced 1/2" plate. What size/how many did you need? The pieces that I have are about 6" wide, about 4ft long.
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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    I can sell you sliced 1/2" plate. What size/how many did you need? The pieces that I have are about 6" wide, about 4ft long.
    How much for 3 of those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldiron2 View Post
    I used to get scrap metal from a local welding business in town, one the owner [Frank] of my LWS had helped its owner [Bob] set up years ago. Bob had a laser cutter which left a 10-12/1000" kerf in 1/2" stainless...and he made everything from computer equipment chassis to roller coaster cars. Unfortunately, during an economic bust, he didn't get paid for lots of work his shop had done, and went out of business. This area has few such shops left.

    Your area may still have similar businesses; if so, talking to the owner of one may bring a similar association to the one I had. Guessing that you may be near Harrisonburg, a quick (and 'dirty') search found the following first result [ignore the suppliers; check out at the real welding shops listed, or ask for names of some in your area]:

    https://www.yellowpages.com/harrison.../welding-shops

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    good guess…I’m a couple minutes ouside the city limits of the ‘burg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalmelter2021 View Post
    How much for 3 of those?
    I only have 2 of those 4ft long pieces. I can slice up coupons out of them is what I meant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    I only have 2 of those 4ft long pieces. I can slice up coupons out of them is what I meant.
    . I appreciate your offer. I think I will try to find some fall offs from a local welding company. I made a couple of calls, and one place sells their srap for about 50 cents a pound. It is only about 4 miles from me, that does a lot of fabrication for the poultry industry, [farms, plants,etc] . Thanks again for the offer!
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    i buy flat strap from the scrap pile of a local metal supplier then cut it my self with a metal chop saw. steel prices are rediculous even for scrap but theres nothing else you can do
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    Google "steel services" and your zip code to find a steel dealer. Explain what you're looking for and ask to buy drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 52 Ford View Post
    We kinda just did.

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    But now we know where he is and others have posted up local places to try
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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    Buy the code book new or used. Find the coupon sizes for the plate thickness and find a metal supplier to cut or shear to size, but make sure to ask for the test reports or cert of compliance. Then weld away.

    Compare pricing with these guys. http://www.weldtestcoupons.com/
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    General Steel used to have a scrap sale every few weeks on Fridays. I haven’t been in a while used to get good deals on smaller stuff
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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    use bedframes for my junk...

    easy to find... cuts okay...

    1/8

    use mig and tig these are cleaned for those processes

    arc... no cleaning needed


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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by xmmancharl View Post
    use bedframes for my junk...

    easy to find... cuts okay...

    1/8

    use mig and tig these are cleaned for those processes

    arc... no cleaning needed


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    You lose all credibility if you're welding bed frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    You lose all credibility if you're welding bed frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    You lose all credibility if you're welding bed frames.
    Apparently the new bed frames are actually decent. Guess since CoVid they've had a shortage of garbage steel, so they've had to start using REAL, ACTUAL mild steel.

    I still don't get how you can get steel as bad as what bed frames are made of. Like they have one of those giant steel shredders and they feed in anything ferrous, and dump the output straight into a crucible. Get it JUST hot enough to melt together (edit: but not mixed together) in an EAF or something, then pour it into whatever shape they start with to make angle iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 52 Ford View Post
    Apparently the new bed frames are actually decent. Guess since CoVid they've had a shortage of garbage steel, so they've had to start using REAL, ACTUAL mild steel.

    I still don't get how you can get steel as bad as what bed frames are made of. Like they have one of those giant steel shredders and they feed in anything ferrous, and dump the output straight into a crucible. Get it JUST hot enough to melt together (edit: but not mixed together) in an EAF or something, then pour it into whatever shape they start with to make angle iron.

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    I have used bed frames for miscellaneous projects over many decades, including racks and brackets, and haven't (ever?) found the steel to be "garbage", although it used to be high carbon so needed more care than mild steel would. Haven't worked with any recent frames though.

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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    Did you try buying from the school ? Is this class just for home hobby use ?

    Check with the local Union Ironworkers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship schools. Maybe consider getting an application from them and they'll pay you while you learn.



















































    Are you looking only for flat stock or pipe too ? Ask the school if they would sell you material.
















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    Classes start on August 10th. I will check into whether or not they would sell me some practice coupons.
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    Re: Welding Coupons to Purchase?

    The closest testing facility near me is :

    Welder Training & Testing Institute
    1144 N. Graham Street
    Allentown, PA 18109
    p: 800-223-9884
    email: wtti_store

    They sell coupons that are made from the right material, and have the numbers on them needed for testing, and documentation, if you need that. Easy enough to find the sizes, and angles, and make them yourself for practicing.


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    If you want to have the pieces tested, and documented , I believe they do that too.

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    I have to imagine they have a place within a hour of you that does something similar. Norfolk has a Navy, and Coast Guard base there. The last trailer I bought from Tractor supply was made in Virginia.

    The last time I stopped for gas in Virginia (on my way to VA hospital in Birmingham AL) :

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    My oldest daughter used to live in Woodstock for several years, not too far from Winchester. She lived in a cabin right on the seven bends just below the Woodstock tower. Really pretty views from the tower.
    Would love to vacation there, very quiet , looks like good fishing on the river.

    Bed frames are "Mystery Metal" , they can be any thing from folded cold rolled, to super high carbon steel. Hard to know by just looking. Save for small brackets, and non critical repairs only.

    good luck
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