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    Re: weld fill in for re-drill

    So drill out the other smaller holes to match - then thread them all the same size. :)
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    Re: weld fill in for re-drill

    In mild steel I have not had any problem just welding with mig or stick, and re-drilling.
    Stick has been with 6013 and 7014.

    Have not had to use my tig for it yet, but it uses essentially the...
  3. Re: Using oxygen tank on its side

    Yep, I like having the gauge :)
  4. Re: Using oxygen tank on its side

    Good memory - I added a fill valve on it so I could fill from the truck, but the vapor and liquid withdraw valves were both installed already from the factory (or I added the vapor one in the hole...
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    That ain't all he called you :D
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    You realize some books disagree with you right? ;)
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    It was referring to setting the machine voltage too low, or the wire feed speed too high.

    However, if you are correct, that on a constant voltage machine, the voltage does not actually stay...
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    Why did you post a pic describing what happens when a machine is set incorrectly, or the stickout is increased too far?

    My question was, why do you say shortening your stickout cools the puddle,...
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    Right ;)
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    Are you talking about running your engine drive with an Ln-25?
    I've not run one so I can't say what it does.

    I obviously agree with SMAW the arc voltage is adjusted by shortening/lengthening the...
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    Isn't that a short circuit mig page?

    I thought this was a flux core thread, which you know is a spray arc.
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    Re: How to choose flux core wire?

    You've made me curious, how does shortening the stickout, which generally increases the amps slightly, make a cooler arc?
    Arc length is set by the voltage, it's not supposed to change with stickout...
  13. Re: Longevity Migweld 140 AWESOME MACHINE!!!

    That's like comparing apples and rocket ships....
  14. Re: Longevity Migweld 140 AWESOME MACHINE!!!

    I sure understand it - I've used several small migs that really tested my patience (read pissed me off) due to overheating and/or tripping 20 amp breakers.

    Miller, Lincoln, re-badged Century -...
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    Re: Tig welding on the cheap.

    I suppose that depends on your definition of lighter metal?

    If I'm after looks along with a solid weld, nothing wrong with tig for heavy metal - just slower.

    I have a project coming up for a...
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    Re: Tig welding on the cheap.

    Yep, I've done it, but on DC+ (not DC-) but the tungsten heats up super fast, so an 1/8" tungsten will only let me weld about 1/16" thick aluminum without blowing up ;)

    Trying it on DC- was an...
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    Re: Tig welding on the cheap.

    Is your pic of DC- with Helium, or with AC and argon?

    I started out tig welding about 3-4 years ago with just the stinger clamped on the tig torch like Shield Arc's post #1.

    Then I bought a...
  18. Re: Idea for something round to cap a piece of 1 1/2" pipe with

    He just remembers the "adult channel" at the hotels that were all fuzzy unless you paid at the desk to turn them on ;)
  19. Re: Idea for something round to cap a piece of 1 1/2" pipe with

    Haha! My girlfriend wasn't even born until the 80's :D
  20. Re: Idea for something round to cap a piece of 1 1/2" pipe with

    I'm sure if you asked my relatives they would say it's natural ;) :laughing:

    "Rather be a smart *** than a dumb ***" :)
  21. Re: Idea for something round to cap a piece of 1 1/2" pipe with

    You're welcome guys - I like the "cool factor" of doing stuff like that :D

    Nice book Shield - I must have missed that one in the school library when I was 8 or so :dance1:
  22. Re: Idea for something round to cap a piece of 1 1/2" pipe with

    You can always bend the end in - orange peel style - it's what I would do :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT1W4NY3K_g
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    Re: Welding projects

    Must be why none of mine get painted :D
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    Re: I love you too honey

    Bwahahahahahahah!!!
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    Re: I love you too honey

    For each rambling story, or daily/weekly/monthly total? :D
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    Re: Landscape trailer advice wanted

    Yep, I've repaired snowmobile trailers built with tubing fully welded at the joints.

    But the screws go into the tubing, so they end up with plenty of water inside.
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    Re: Ahp Tig welder 200x

    Some guys on weldingweb have bought them.
    Good discussions on them.

    Here is one thread (I don't have one personally)
    Just bought an AHP AlphaTig 200x
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    Re: Etching welds.

    Ah, made with my level of patience in mind ;)
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    Re: Etching welds.

    Looks like that stuff works great! Very clear results.
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    Re: Etching welds.

    Don't invent cubic dollars....woman already spend flat ones fast enough man...:)
  31. Re: Massey Fergusons on the south pole.

    I'm taking my WD Allis Chalmers next, with the narrow front and trip loader too. :D haha!

    Of course I'll have to drive it backwards the whole way to keep the front from digging in a stopping me -...
  32. Re: Plugging a 240 mig into a generator

    Here you go: Mayberrys.com - 120 / 240 Volt Selector Switch Information

    Just get a more powerful, more expensive Honda and you're all set ;)
  33. Re: Plugging a 240 mig into a generator

    To add a little to this.
    Some 120/240 generators have a switch to go 120v only and provide full power, balanced across both banks of the generator.

    Unfortunately, mine do not have a switch of...
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    Re: I love you too honey

    Haha! That's awful :D

    Some people just don't have a sense of humor I guess :dance1:
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    Re: I love you too honey

    Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!
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    Re: I love you too honey

    I prefer to be proactive instead of reactive - I tell them they wouldn't get the "selectively deaf" so often if they would practice "selectively mute" once and a while :laughing:

    ...did I mention...
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    Re: Miller Multimatic 200

    "Welding till it sputters" is the reason I bought a larger machine as well. :)
    I bought a millermatic 210 mig about 10-12 years ago - an excellent upgrade.
    (Millermatic 212 is the modern version)
    ...
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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    I find that pictures are easier for passing along information than a lot of typing on my part - plus I like the funny ones and the ones with cute girls :D
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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    You're welcome guys :D

    My kids think that diagram is hilarious! LOL
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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    Here guys I'll help out with the smoke :D

    400128

    And a one-size-fits-all wiring diagram too...

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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    I had that problem too - then I needed two plugs so the plasma and welder could both run, then I needed a third for a second welder. I have two sons :D
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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    Mudstopper, here is my take.

    Welding manufacturers know how long a 20 amp breaker will allow a 25 amp pull (for example).

    So if the machine is rated at 20% duty cycle at the welding amps that...
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    Re: 110v welder and the 3/8 bend test

    Roadhunter and mudstopper

    When upgrading to a larger unit (I still have a little one too) I'm a fan of the full size models since they usually have a better duty cycle.

    My millermatic 210 is...
  44. Re: Vintage vs Modern welders -- advice for a novice.

    Nope, there are people who work on them and advise how to fix them too.
    Plus, if it died in a year you already got your money out of it and leads too.
  45. Re: Vintage vs Modern welders -- advice for a novice.

    Don't worry about the powcon being DC only. They weld very nice.

    My invertec v250-s tig/stick is DC only - it's only drawback is I can't tig aluminum with it.
    399713

    399712
  46. Re: Vintage vs Modern welders -- advice for a novice.

    "No brainer" is a drastic understatement at $100. :D

    I say start there and let your next question be about your second welder.
  47. Re: Grounding Rod For Portable Generators Necessary?

    To be code compliant the dirt has to be local.....only the bucket and generator can be portable :D
  48. Re: Grounding Rod For Portable Generators Necessary?

    Yep, he's got a two foot rod pushed into the dirt...must be grounded per OSHA :D :)
  49. Re: Grounding Rod For Portable Generators Necessary?

    Lots of info in this thread - but here is a guy who likely did not read any of it :D LOL
    (well, the grounding rod is in the dirt....)

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    Re: Forklift Stand Add-On

    I tend to use a little blast from the air blow gun on people as they are bent over trying to get a tiny nut and bolt started :D

    Or, if my dad is trying to tell my brother something, keep hitting...
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    Re: Forklift Stand Add-On

    It looks really nice - but I think too wide for my comfort - it will sway and twist too much for me when out on the edge.

    I'd say it looks plenty safe and well built though. :)
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    Re: why "low hydrogen"

    I'd say you did real good :D
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    Re: why "low hydrogen"

    A lot of people do this with the little refrigerators - the rod ovens sell really cheap used so you may end up wanting that instead.

    The 50lb rod oven I started using is 150 watts but has a...
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    Re: instant dark helmet specs

    If you usually use 6011 rods, a 125 amp machine will run 3/32" easily and 1/8" 6011 pretty good.
    Although for vertical down with 6011 I run the 1/8" rod at 125 amps so you're on the edge there.
    For...
  55. Re: seeking advice/insights on exhaust systen fabrication...

    Right, not as they are - you take a bend, cut it, rotate 180 degrees, now it's an offset pipe.

    Or two 45's, cut short and rotated to make the offset.
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    Re: instant dark helmet specs

    0.1ms = 1/10,000 = 0.0001 of a second

    0.05ms = 1/20,000 = 0.00005 of a second

    0.04ms 1/25,000 = 0.00004 of a second
  57. Re: seeking advice/insights on exhaust systen fabrication...

    Without your own bender, you are limited to buying pre-bent sections and adding your straight pieces as needed.

    People do it this way pretty often for custom builds of all kinds - often in...
  58. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    I tend to agree.
    When I used to drive semi trucks in the Air Force (sounds weird right) I picked up a large tilt-deck trailer from it's annual inspection in the maintenance yard.

    I did my...
  59. Re: How do I know what kind of welding rods to buy??

    Heck, the older I get, the more a good nap now-and-then is a very nice thing :D



    That's why I buy really old welders, they already know where to put the weld...
    ...then I chuck up a 7014,...
  60. Re: How do I know what kind of welding rods to buy??

    What brands of rods are they carrying?

    Like mentioned, 7014 is a good rod for general use - it also re-strikes very easy and runs well on AC as well.

    Run it hot, drag the flux on the plate, and...
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    Re: MIG questions

    Interesting, a 140 pound mig welder that puts out 140 amps at 60% duty cycle.
    Needs 30 amps 120v input to do it - which I think makes sense considering the duty cycle.

    Slightly overbuilt compared...
  62. Re: Quickie log-drag, (paper-thin MIG weld)

    Looks like that will get'er done :)

    Doesn't look OSHA approved, watch out for the black drone helicopters ;) lol
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    Re: MIG questions

    You're probably right - no wonder I keep looking at that pretty new Lincoln :laughing:

    Welders are like women, no matter how much you like the model you have, the new sleek models always look sooo...
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    Re: MIG questions

    It's an interesting machine - I'd love to test drive one :D

    Unfortunately I have more than enough machines already and would have to burn up a couple to need a new one.
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    Re: MIG questions

    Flux core is tough and dirty for sheet metal - definitely gas shielded is your friend :)
    Buy or lease here is dependent on bottle size.

    120volt machines are good starter units. Many people don't...
  66. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    Reminds me of my uncle, about 20 years ago he bought a trailer - then proceeded to smash it into about 15 mailboxes because it was wider than his little truck. :D :laughing:
  67. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    That's only partially true.... ;)
  68. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    "Read it on the internet - so it has to be true..." :laughing:
  69. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    He's from Rutland Vermont if that helps your story search.

    I like to use Snopes too - sometime interesting to just browse stories there. :)
  70. Re: Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    Unfortunately where I am, they just want receipts for materials so they know how much tax to charge.
    No inspection, no questions on who built it, nothing.
  71. Re: New Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210MP Inverter $999

    Well, I don't know the answer to that, but this is how they put it in the ad:
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  72. Sad reminder of the importance of welding

    Sad reminder of the importance of welding - this story is from a thread on WeldingWeb.
    The $3 lesson
  73. Re: New Lincoln Electric Power MIG 210MP Inverter $999

    My Miller Maxstar 150s inverter has power factor correction.
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    Re: Ironman Anyone

    That's easy - stop smiling at all the pretty girls that are wearing next to nothing in the summer :)

    ...on second thought, maybe not so easy :D
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    Re: Ironman Anyone

    Well.....they were European....

    I think my Harley qualifies as having vibrating air conditioned seats - and it's nice on a hot summer day :D
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    Re: Ironman Anyone

    Yep, sounds reasonable.
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    Re: Ironman Anyone

    I think new technology is cool - I just don't want it in my shop very much because I can't afford to fix it.

    My best welder is my 1963 Airco tig/stick - 900 lbs of awesome right there :D
    My mig...
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    Re: Ironman Anyone

    I think you'll really like the Ironman 230.
    My mig is a similar size Miller version - it's really great.

    I still like stick welding too, and tig, but that doesn't mean I don't like my mig -...
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    Re: Lincoln Model AC-225-s

    Those are good little basic welders.
    Not much to go wrong with them.
    http://www.lincolnelectric.com/assets/servicenavigator-public/lincoln3/imt237.pdf

    Should be pretty close for a manual - but...
  80. Re: My first Stick Welds Since 1981...

    Sounds like you're having fun - here's a video that might help you out.
    Stick Welding with an Old Clapped-Out Buzz Box - welding-tv.com | welding-tv.com

    I generally run 1/8" 6013 at 120-135 amps...
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    Re: Straight or swirls?

    I'll second going to weldingtipsandtricks.
    His video page is a little easier to find stuff welding-tv.com

    Here is a fairly recent one:
    MIG Welding Basics: Part 4 - welding-tv.com |...
  82. Re: Tricks to make you welds stronger

    Yep, and apparently it's longer than my estimate (or memory) on occasion ;)
  83. Re: Tricks to make you welds stronger

    ...followed by the clank of metal hitting the table as the glove gets slung off and hits the wall?
    At least that's how it goes with me ;)
  84. Re: Tricks to make you welds stronger

    Only a couple times? You're a lot quicker learner than me :laughing:
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    Re: what makes a good "arc?"

    I'll do that :)

    Any chance you used the maxstar 200? It is rated for 6010.
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    Re: Best Practice Rod

    I think you are thinking of 7018 for the hard slag on the end of the tip.
    I'm no beginner, but I rake it over a file before restarts - much easier :)

    7014 I just pinch the end of the rod with my...
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    Re: what makes a good "arc?"

    Yep, the Miller Maxstar 150s is one of them. Miller said it wasn't designed for 6010 and to use 6011 in its place.

    I tried some 6010 (red) with my maxstar - it did not like it - arc kept going...
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    Re: Best Practice Rod

    7014 is a good rod, it's common and not expensive.
    1/8" 7014 at 125-140 amps depending on how it runs on your machine (no two machines have a readout exactly the same).
    It is generally run touching...
  89. Re: Tricks to make you welds stronger

    Don't "ride the puddle" - make sure you are cutting into metal with the arc.

    This video shows what I mean very well:
    MIG Welding Basics: Part 4 - welding-tv.com | welding-tv.com
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    Re: what makes a good "arc?"

    I can say my lincoln invertec v250-s has a very good arc - noticeably better than something cheap.
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    Re: what makes a good "arc?"

    As far as DC, until a person uses a pure DC generator like an SA-200 or similar, I don't think the difference is as clear.

    A three phase rectified DC signal is about as close as a person would...
  92. Re: 120V MIG 3/8" coupon test results

    Scarey thing is, some people in other countries actually do pretty much exactly what you are describing.
    They only use one line, and earth ground - yikes!

    "The Atom Welding Machine" on youtube......
  93. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    Yeah...the new ones are one-hand portable - mine I have to put down my coffee to carry around ;)
  94. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    Yeah, mine is an older 225 lb transformer based machine.

    If it ever burns up I'll get one of the new fangled light little machines too :)
  95. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    Miller Spectrum 700 - and I did not remember correctly - 64 amps draw.
    I have it on a 70 amp breaker.
    74 amps is for 200 volt service

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    Only two settings on the old girl, high and low.
    ...
  96. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    Turn that sucker up and tig thick aluminum - electricity is cheap - crank it up and let it eat :laughing:
  97. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    100 amp worked fine for me, until I got the plasma.

    Plasma 70 amps
    Compressor 30 amps
    Lights 20 amps

    The math gets a little wonky adding those up to 100 :)

    And then there is my Airco, 60...
  98. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    400 amps would be excellent - then I wouldn't dim the lights in the house :D



    Too bad - I'm sure I can think of something for you to buy that needs power :laughing:
  99. Re: Installing 240V Service To Your Shop - Price Breakdowns...

    50 amp is the minimum circuit I'd put in for a welder.
    (Many people get bigger equipment later)

    I'm running 50, 60, and 70 amp circuits right now. :)

    I'd run a 100 amp too if I had a bigger...
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    Re: 120v MIG 3/8" coupon test results

    That's a nice machine :)
    I have the same power issue - only 100 amps to the shop.
    Plasma - 70 amps
    Lights - 20 amps
    Compressor - 30 amps
    I see an issue :D

    Fortunately the big Airco doesn't...
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