Search results

Results 1 to 50 of 500
  1. G

    Bottle size for Tig ?

    Not to be sarcastic or anything, but many farmers where I grew up were pretty good welders. Many of us (me included) would work construction during the winter months for some extra income and some of us were certified pressure piping welders in stick and TIG welding. I practiced the same...
  2. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    Are you still using a spool gun? Those welds look like TIG welds
  3. G

    Harbor Freight Email 20% coupon, thru 10-17-2021

    I saw the same thing and really thought about replacing my HF Titanium 125 that just quit working. With my 20% discount it would be $169 before tax. But common sense finally prevailed. I havent uses my OmniPro 220 in months now so, why do I need two welders. I did like the 125 for its 11#...
  4. G

    SEEKING OPINION-LINCOLN 135 or MILLER 130?

    Spec wise, there is no difference in the machines. I would just weld with both and choose the one with the smoothest wire feed / best looking weld. Both brands are good. You might also consider which one has the closest dealer support for parts.
  5. G

    Welding helmet

    ou will pay more at a LWS but they will maybe let you try on what they have. Likely though, all they will have is premium brands like Miller and Hobart which will likely be in the $400 range. You can get a good helmet in auto-dark for around 25% of that cost if you shop on line.
  6. G

    Well I went and pulled the trigger

    Well they got you hooked now. I personally wouldnt buy a welder that requires proprietary components but I guess you are stuck with it now.
  7. G

    Cleaning up some mushrooms

    I think you got to the bottom of the problem. One thing you can do to help relieve that problem is to use a brazing rod and cap the tops of tools that get hammered on with a thick layer of brass to soften the blows so the heads dont mushroom or break. I have a center punch made from a piece...
  8. G

    1.25" to 2" hitch adapter

    A cleaner design would have been to just remove the 1.25 bar and weld it directly to the 2" receiver hitch. It would have used up a couple of cutoff wheels getting the plate weld removed, but then it would be much lighter. You could then install the 1.25 in the receiver, for measurement, tack...
  9. G

    made a tailgate hitch step for my truck

    That is a good idea for someone who climbs in their truck bed all the time, but I can count the times I have been in my bed on one hand. My hauling in the bed is done on the back 2' (gas cans and occasionally a flat tire and compressed gas bottles). I really only need my truck for towing my...
  10. G

    Tools making tools...

    Actually they were shipped strapped on top of each other and looked pretty good but the side walls were just too soft to stand out like they should. My TLB tires were/are so stiff walled that they dont even flex when they have no air in them unless I fill the FEL with dirt or something. They...
  11. G

    made a tailgate hitch step for my truck

    Looks like a real knee knocker. I suspect I would forget having it in place and ram my leg into right off the bat. I can sure see how that would be nice for getting in the bed. I think I would also need a hand rail to hold onto.
  12. G

    Conversation spam

    Thanks, I tried everything looking for a way to delete.
  13. G

    Copper jaw liners in Vise

    You can actually buy soft jaws for vises, just order by jaw width. They have "fingers" on each side to bend around the back of the jaw to hold them in place. They can be had with copper or brass base metal.
  14. G

    Tools making tools...

    A strap works fine on my lawnmower tires and I use it all the time, in fact, no other way to make it seat. But this big ATV tire from my Kubota RTV900 just didnt want to seat.
  15. G

    Tools making tools...

    Did that, one first then put two and sprayed with starting fluid. Didnt work. Even after stretching the sidewalls out overnite, nothing worked. The first one I tried after overnite stretching, spraying with a generous dosing of starting fluid with the air hose blowing it, got a good pop and...
  16. G

    Tools making tools...

    Another tire problem was getting my new ATV tires seated. The came off and new ones went on very easily. My tire shop couldnt get them to take air (he didnt have a bead blaster tank). I took them home, got some starting fluid on the way home and tried that, no success, all it would do is...
  17. G

    Tools making tools...

    I guess I need to update this. My front tire on my B26TLB started leaking at the rim and I found a lot of rust. I ordered 2 new tires since the tires are original (2009). I then took it to a local tire shop and they couldnt break the tire off the rim. Even after cutting thru the steel cords...
  18. G

    TIG welder - Information on a Linde DAL300HFGW

    Sorry , I dont know anything about that unit.
  19. G

    Troubleshooting Popping

    Not sure but V in welding equipment usually just signifies Valve. The O rings that you need are pretty generic for Victor torches. Internet should be your friend when looking for these.
  20. G

    TIG welder - Information on a Linde DAL300HFGW

    Your breaker should be sized to the smallest wire in the circuit. Check the wire sizes and use a breaker that will trip before the wiring overloads. These old welders have either a button to push or a switch (like a light switch but heavier) to throw. I seem to recall that some of the very...
  21. G

    Welding shop

    I dont believe even half of those shows on storage locker. Most folk dont put anything valuable in storage, only odd furniture and stuff that takes a lot of room. Even if they put something valuable, they pay the rent. I suppose there is the occasional guy that dies and has either no family...
  22. G

    Welding shop

    I do welding for my neighbors not to make a profit, mostly just to have something to do. I would do it for free but most working class of people would be offended if I didnt charge something. Friday night a neighbor who owns 2 chicken houses (for eggs not meat) came by at 8 PM needing an auger...
  23. G

    Tools making tools...

    I like the hand extension idea and have never thought of doing that, BUT I may do that now. I dont do a lot of weedeating now (I prefer to hire some teenagers to do that) but I do have the same problem with having to stoop so I do see a project in the future. As for tire bead breaker, it...
  24. G

    Welding shop

    I think the pay was around $5 per hour plus room and board. Great food out there on the drilling rigs.
  25. G

    Welding shop

    Some jobs are just not worth the time. About 50 years ago, I was working on a drilling rig (off shore) fabricating some flow tubes that had lots of rolling 45 degree offsets that I had just finished up on and the rig supt. needed some welding done on a brine tank. I had no rubber boots so had...
  26. G

    Welding shop

    Most of it went into repairing my and my neighbor's broken equipment free of charge. I only recall one guy giving me $100 for repairing his broken bush hog frame which was quite a chore. All that rod burning was on my Miller Ideal Arc 250 amp AC/DC machine. I started buying my shop equipment...
  27. G

    Lincoln Tombstone advice needed

    AC or AC/DC is your choice but I would opt for a model with infinitely variable amperage settings rather than the Lincoln click 15-20 amps at a change or the Forney pictured that you have to move the lead from step to step. Many times one setting is too cold and the next one up is too hot...
  28. G

    Welding cast aluminum

    I dont think anyone said it cant be welded, just that it will float out impurities just like in your photos with the porosity showing. Irrigation piping is no big deal if it leaks a bit but if you needed a pressure containment for something like oil or flammable liquids where you absolutely...
  29. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    My last project was welding up the FEL bucket on my B26. I just noticed that a hole had worn in the back of the bucket from back dragging with the back of the bucket. I used my Vulcan Omni-Pro 220 and welded up the hole. I then decided to reinforce the back corner edge, so I found some...
  30. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    Finally got my new steel target stand planted in the ground. I had some old 2" pipe someone had given me so I made a U frame to hang some steel targets that I built many years ago. I had mounted them on wood frame that had since rotted / got riddled with bullets and were falling down. I...
  31. G

    Settings for Chicago Electric

    The extended warranty wont be much at HF for a $200 machine.
  32. G

    Settings for Chicago Electric

    I didnt have good luck with the first Everlast multi process machine. The board went out after about 5 minutes of welding, cost me shipping charges to get it back to them and then they wanted to charge me to return it also. After much arguing the dropped that fee but when I got it back, it was...
  33. G

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

    I used to buy the HF grinders but now their prices are competitive with name brand (Dewalt) grinders if you get the 11 amp ones. I recently found some Dewalt 4.5" grinders at Atwoods on sale for $59 for the 11 amp ones so I now have 3 of the 4.5 " ones that are replacing my old HF ones that...
  34. G

    Practical road drag (Grader)

    Someone copied your design and is now selling them:)
  35. G

    Map-Propane tanks

    For the inside seats, I have rolled up emery cloth and sanded them down for repairing damaged seats with good success. I really dont understand how they could be rusted though since brass doesnt rust. It it is just corrosion, then some brass polish (Brssso) and and old Tee shirt might do the...
  36. G

    Welding cast aluminum

    What bpplayer 405 said. Easy to weld, just takes a lot of cleaning to float out the trash in the casting. Welding clean aluminum plate to it will help the process a lot compared to just welding cast to cast.
  37. G

    Troubleshooting Popping

    You need to replace the o-ring seals on the cutting head. That will fix the problem. Your LWS should have them but take your heart medicine first so you dont have a heart attack when they tell you the price of each O-ring.
  38. G

    Project - Modified a tractor implement to match the QuickHitch

    Good that you figured out a cheap way to modify it and keep it whole. I pretty much just gave away my back blades (2). I can do all I need with the FEL and dont have to hook up to any thing which is handy since the back hoe is always on the tractor.
  39. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    We usually hit drought conditions around August. One year it rained all of May then just a shower or 2 of less that .1" \ which barely wet the grass from June till October. Water bill was high but we kept the yard green but the pastures were all brown. Cattlemen were hauling hay from Texas to...
  40. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    I am in south central Arkansas and we have been getting lots of rain this year. This week it has rained every day and night for 5 days and still cloudy and misting rain (flood watch in effect) so the ground is saturated. I have been mowing the high spots between rain showers but the low...
  41. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    How often do you put 15 gallons of water around each tree? I would think they need that at least weekly or more frequently. I planted 6 new trees this year also. Havent needed to water them at all due to weekly rains (sometimes rain all week).
  42. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    Where I grew up there was an aluminum boat factory. They used the cheapest labor they could and welding them was the lowest quality welders around. They would train helpers as welders and $5 per hour was top pay. What I am getting at is that welding on thin aluminum is not rocket science and...
  43. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    How about a console on the right side to mount steering and other controls? Then a couple of pedestal seats. Then it would be like a BassTracker boat .
  44. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    Man, you could have bought a nice bass boat for what you have in that repair ;)
  45. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    Try using a bigger rod (3/32 or even 1/8) to soak up the heat a little better. That way you can run hotter to start and then use the rod to cool the puddle.
  46. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    Aluminum welding is much faster if you have a remote so you can hammer it to start then back off as it heats up and back way off at the end to keep the crater cracks from forming. You can do it with constant current but it takes a long time to get it hot enough to flow and you really have to...
  47. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    The first thing I would have to build is a boat rotator. to hold the boat on its side. No way could I bend over the gunnels or kneel inside to get all that welded. I can almost feel your pain for this project.
  48. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    A great retirement job would be one where you could do piecework at your own pace. Building custom widgets that you could contract for so much per piece and do as many or as few as you had time for. That would be a good retirement job assuming the contract rate was satisfactory so you could...
  49. G

    What are you doing today, spring time edition

    From the amount of post recently, it looks like everyone, myself included, have other things to do than do welding projects. This time of year, unless it is broken, it doesnt get worked on till fall. I just got finished mowing the 6 acre yard with the help of my son in law who is here...
  50. G

    Aluminum Jon Repair

    I know about repairing contaminated welds. I once spent 20 hours on Thanksgiving day repairing contaminated seal welds on threaded nickel pipe. Had to grind off all the weld, flush out the alkali salt contamination then reweld all because previous welders were too lazy to unscrew the pipe and...
Top