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  1. CA_Bgrwldr

    Tools making tools...

    If you come across this issue again, try using a ratchet strap around the center of the tire, it will force the tire sidewall out towards the rim. This is how we reseat a blown bead on a 4wd trail rig that won't seat under the low volume onboard air systems we use.
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    Nomenclature ignorance.....

    The tables here might help https://www.bullmoosetube.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/HSS_Beam_Load_Tables.pdf
  3. CA_Bgrwldr

    Tools making tools...

    A couple of new creations. After being quoted $20/tire to have tires dismounted for my trailer project, and needing at least 8-12 done in total, I decided I could likely build my own bead breaker/tire remover. In the past I used a bottle jack under a drop hitch, which works fine when in the...
  4. CA_Bgrwldr

    Welding shop

    The one local shop that does walk-in, has been around for over 60yrs, everything including the land is paid for, their hourly rates for projects is $150, but they charge far by the piece for walk-in repairs, because they can afford too. When I have been in there buying material, I have heard...
  5. CA_Bgrwldr

    Settings for Chicago Electric

    As far as I can tell, with them and other low priced units, it is a hit and miss as to what you get in both ability and longevity due to the quality of electronics used at the time the unit you get was being assembled. You might get lucky and have no issue with it, like you have experienced with...
  6. CA_Bgrwldr

    Learning about welding - Curious about metal sources and accessory tools to make the job easier?

    Pretty much what California mentioned on grinders, the HF one will likely work well enough for now with you just getting started. For magnetic clamps, avoid the cheap ones, nothing more annoying then having them fall off during set-up due to their hold not being stronger than gravity. For an...
  7. CA_Bgrwldr

    Settings for Chicago Electric

    If $4-600 is your price range I wouldn't waste your money or time with any of the Chinese welders, you can get a the Hobart 100 Handler(flux only) or the Handler 125(MIG/flux), for between $3-400, and currently the 100 is on sale at cyberweld.com for $239. While I can't comment on the current...
  8. CA_Bgrwldr

    Settings for Chicago Electric

    While not having experience with the HF machine, based on what you have, you will want to use .030 wire, low setting, likely start on speed 5, and adjust the speed up/down from there. To keep from burning through the tube, start your butt weld on the on the solid side of the tube and bring it...
  9. CA_Bgrwldr

    How to build a rigid metal frame to resist twist?

    Nice work, when you posted, I thought you were just making a work table. With what you were going to use the table for, not making a metal frame, was the right choice, I think the metal would have looked out of place with the rough sawn lumber used.
  10. CA_Bgrwldr

    Wire welder

    With a wire welder, when heat & speed settings are correct for the thickness of the steel you are welding, you should hear a sizzle sound, like cooking bacon, however MIG will be more of a constant sizzle while Flux will be a little more erratic, especially with cheaper quality wire. For body...
  11. CA_Bgrwldr

    How to build a rigid metal frame to resist twist?

    What is the twist with both ends free, 1/2", 1"? With the relief cuts, do both ends still pull up 1/2", or just one end? Is it a gradual twist through the length of the boards or sharp? If it were me, I would glue the planks together making it a solid bench top, using 1" dowels along the...
  12. CA_Bgrwldr

    20' ATV/UTV Trailer

    Made some progress over the winter. Stake pocket with ramp mounts Rear with inset license plate and break/tail lights. Used the original trailer bumper to house the license plate/light and tale/break lights. I designed it to be removable, one to be able to easily access the license plate...
  13. CA_Bgrwldr

    Wood cart

    For what you had to work with, it turned out ok, more importantly it functions as you wanted it too. JD2 makes a hood product, a couple guts I know in the wheeling hobby had the Model 3. While you don't need the tip now that you have the bender, the key to preventing tube from collapsing when...
  14. CA_Bgrwldr

    Mig Welding 3/8 steel

    If it were me, I would bevel both sides of the plates, tack weld one side, flip it and weld up the seam using 4-6" stitch welds, flip it back over and weld up the first side.
  15. CA_Bgrwldr

    Winter weather anyone?

    My sister lives NW of Huston, her boss told them Friday they would be closed Monday due to the expected snow/icy roads, she said she thought she left that behind when she moved from NY.
  16. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    That is the problem with so many of them, especially those that seek politics having failed in their careers in the private sector. Whether or not Jefferson stated it, or some other Founder, or simply made up by someone else, the quote "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When...
  17. CA_Bgrwldr

    Removing rusty bolts

    In my area of CA, we get all 4 seasons, we just don't salt/brine our roads for ice, when we do, it just the bridges, so unlike those areas that do, whatever rust we get here is limited to just that caused from rain water, or a leaking battery. There are areas that are wanting to use salt over...
  18. CA_Bgrwldr

    ti-fighter

    Here is one done as a grill.
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    Removing rusty bolts

    Has to be the difference between CA rust and the rust you get.
  20. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    Yes, Prop 13 wasn't the best fix, but given local assessors treating property like money trees, and abusing their ability to do so, the people reacted, and Prop 13 was the result. Sure, to new buyers it seems unfair, but in reality it isn't, the older owners have been paying taxes much longer...
  21. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    When I was working as a journeyman carpenter in the late '80's/early '90's, retirees from SoCal were the whale clients, they usually had $3-400k cash to build their dream homes with, and most seemed determined to spend it all.
  22. CA_Bgrwldr

    Removing rusty bolts

    I have had good luck with them with rusted or crossed threaded nuts on automotive or trailer suspension components.
  23. CA_Bgrwldr

    ti-fighter

    Yep, rims work well, we use half of split rim for a portable campfire pit.
  24. CA_Bgrwldr

    Removing rusty bolts

    Would guess something like Lincoln's Port-a-Torch kit, I have the Bernzomatic Cutting/Welding/Brazing Torch Kit, and can rarely get the flame right. when I do, the heat just isn't there. If not looking at wanting to spend $300 on a mini oxy kit, you might consider trying just MAP gas...
  25. CA_Bgrwldr

    Penetrant

    Haven't tried the CRC stuff yet, have been using PB Blaster for years now, and have had pretty good luck with it freeing up rusty bolts.
  26. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    That is what I asked, but they want to be within 2 hours drive time, and plan to move to my area which would put them about an hours drive from the furthest grandkids, and bout the same time from the airport to fly to the east Coast to see the ones in Maryland. They have been planning for this...
  27. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    Yes, it keeps local governments from taxing you out of your home when you retire, and the Democrats have been trying to repeal or work around for the last 42yrs, and just tried to repeal the commercial part of it last fall, fortunately it failed, but I am sure they will go after it again in...
  28. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    That is why my Sister and Brother-in-law are moving from MN to CA this September when he retires. He grew up there, and after retiring from the Airforce in '94 returned, guess 27yrs later, the winters have gotten to him, especially after visiting Cali in December/January. Asked if they were...
  29. CA_Bgrwldr

    ti-fighter

    This one has a better design, but I think they are more for ambiance than a source of outdoor warmth.
  30. CA_Bgrwldr

    Got a new project

    Might consider something adjustable, similar to an adjustable drop hitch, using a section of tube w/the ball attached to a sleeve. Aligning the hitch should be easy enough by welding tab onto the top edge of the box, to line up with the trailer.
  31. CA_Bgrwldr

    Welding Trailer

    OK, a little more clear. What is the maximum table height? If you start with the frame being on the ground, or just an inch or two off of it when being used as a table, would you have enough clearance for tool boxes under the table, with the taller items like the bobcat located at either end...
  32. CA_Bgrwldr

    Welding Trailer

    Not sure I follow your plans, are you wanting to use the 8x10 trailer deck as a table on casters that you can move around the shop space, then be able to load tool boxes, welder/generator, comp, etc., to use as a portable welding/work station? It seems to me, due to the frame, decking, axle...
  33. CA_Bgrwldr

    20' ATV/UTV Trailer

    About 3.25" of clearance, which gives me about an 1" of clearance under full compression of the spring.
  34. CA_Bgrwldr

    20' ATV/UTV Trailer

    I originally picked up the frame and about 80' of 3"x2" angle iron f\or free about 8yrs ago with plans to turn it into a car hauler for project vehicles, however, when I looked into to wider axles for it, I was told that the 4" C channel frame rails were under the minimum recommended height of...
  35. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    The pressure switch on my air compressor failed Friday, so while waiting for a new one to arrive, I decided to service it, clean off 25yrs of oil soaked dirt, and finally get around to changing out the drain/release valve that was becoming a PITA to open and close anymore. Figured since it...
  36. CA_Bgrwldr

    Welding Table

    Should be fine, even when welding directly on it, the 1/4" plate should absorb most of the heat before it can be transferred to the wood below
  37. CA_Bgrwldr

    Rural VS City living

    Typical liberal idiocy of thinking in a vacuum, i.e., oil burns dirty, propane burns clean, therefore propane is a better, never mind how long propane needs to burn to produce the same result. It is the same here in CA, where they add a bunch of crap to the gas to make it burn cleaner, yet you...
  38. CA_Bgrwldr

    Rural VS City living

    Fortunately in over regulated Cali, a burn permit is the easiest thing to get, it can be done over your smart phone and is free. O the other hand, if you want to build a new home, you are looking at about $60k in permits, fees, and taxes.
  39. CA_Bgrwldr

    What flux core wires to keep on hand?

    That is my understanding as well, while it is spool, it is designed for brazing and soldering, not arc welding, and the claims otherwise are false. Like this add here Gasless Flux-Cored Mig Welding Wire Aluminum Magnesium Alloy ER5356, when you look up just ER5356, you come up with it being...
  40. CA_Bgrwldr

    Sheet metal cutting basics

    I didn't start with them, just acquired them over the last 16yrs or so. When I started fabricating, all I had was my skillsaw from my carpentry days and a bench grinder. I built many a plate bumpers, rock sliders, and gear racks for off road trucks with just those two tools, then picked up the...
  41. CA_Bgrwldr

    Sheet metal cutting basics

    Depends on the gauge. For up to 14 gauge, I preferred to use a shear or nibbler. For anything thicker, used to use a cut-off wheel for short sections, or my circular saw(worm gear skillsaw) for long sections, however, now I use my plasmas due to being quicker.
  42. CA_Bgrwldr

    Rural VS City living

    Living in over regulated CA, you need a permit for just about everything when it comes any property issues, and utility permits are the most expensive. In my area of CA, building new in CA, can set you back about $60k or more in permits and fees.
  43. CA_Bgrwldr

    New plasma cutter going back for warranty work

    You would think that the tech would have tested out the machine at all amp levels for each of the machine's processes, before calling you or sending it back.
  44. CA_Bgrwldr

    What are you doing today?

    I wish property clean-up was just for winter around here, between seasonal oak, live oak, redwood, and pine trees, yard clean-up is year round. I think so far this year, I have raked and hauled about 20 cubic yards worth to where I process it all into mulch with the endless supply of manure...
  45. CA_Bgrwldr

    Firewood rack

    If you use Idaho energy logs, there is little issue with waking up to a cold house. With 2 and a piece of oak, I can get about a 10-12 hour burn, with coals hot enough to ignite new logs when added. I went to them over using oak and pine about 25yrs ago, they burn cleaner with less ash. and...
  46. CA_Bgrwldr

    Need Welding Helmet Advice ....

    You can find Miller/Hobart, Lincoln, and other shade level 8-13 helmets on sake here starting out at about $70. https://store.cyberweld.com/ True color lenses block the harmful wave lengths of light allowing you a clearer view while welding, rather than the green look you get with traditional...
  47. CA_Bgrwldr

    Trailer spare tire mount

    The specs state an independent front, w/a Dana 44 rear axle.
  48. CA_Bgrwldr

    Harbor Freight MIG-180 Quick Repair

    Yah, for $25, it was worth t only The risk, and with 3yrs if use it has certainly paid off. For me with HF tools, I wont spend anything more than about $50 with their coupons, figure at that price if they are disposable, which has been my experience with those that I bought there or been given...
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    Harbor Freight MIG-180 Quick Repair

    The issue with the theoretical specs, is that the cheaper stuff is manufactured by the Chinese, and not just in China. Due to their lack of quality control in the components used by the Chinese owned manufacturing facilities, it is a crap shoot of what you get, which why some have no issues...
  50. CA_Bgrwldr

    Hitch cargo carrier

    It is my understanding that they are made from scrap steel, with most of it being from railroad tracks, which is high carbon, which is why they are not that friendly for metal work, i.e., a pain to drill holes through it and issues with failing welds or material around the weld. As far as my...
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