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    Re: Stuck electrode in a "twister"

    Same here - they are my favorite style to use.
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    Re: Help with tig welding.

    Go to the miller website and download the free manual - it lists the proper settings for your dials.

    After reading that, ask specific questions on the ones that still are confusing.

    I agree...
  3. Re: Input for a multi process welder.

    They are interesting to run - I've had decent results on 1/8" material and thicker.

    Not tig welded pretty, but looks fine.
  4. Re: Input for a multi process welder.

    DC+ is for thin aluminum only.
    The tungsten can't handle the heat and not much is going into the part on DC+
    I've experimented with it. It works, but isn't as much fun as AC. :)
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    Re: Welded fence braces

    Pffftttt.....bahahaha! :)
  6. Re: Multiprocess or just get a better mig machine

    In my opinion, a 200 amp class mig like you are looking at will replace your need for stick.

    It has it's place, but if you don't want to stick weld, you really don't have to.

    Flux core, self...
  7. Re: homemade 3-point to 2" receiver adapter (drawbar-mounted)

    Nice job - I like it :)
  8. Re: Input for a multi process welder.

    Tweco Fabricator 211i
    I think it's a steal at $912

    Tweco Fabricator 211i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1004201
  9. Re: DC stick amperage needed for general farm repairs.

    My ESAB 161 is a very good one - it is just as good as my maxstar was.

    I only sold it to buy the ESAB because I had the stick only version of the Miller.

    Tweco makes very nice multi process...
  10. Re: DC stick amperage needed for general farm repairs.

    For random stick/tig welding I don't see any problems with 160 amp welders.
    They burn 1/8" rods very well.
  11. Re: 2" receiver welded into Deere 50d Mini-Excavator blade

    Looks very good - excellent idea :)
  12. Re: Shrinkage When Welding Tubing ???

    Yes, welding the circumference can make it shrink like that.

    I would likely just have drilled it back out and went with it ;)
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    Re: welders welders welders

    I love your bridge crane :D

    The 7018 arc on them is definitely outstanding. Taught one of my friends to stick weld with it and he loved it too.
    My Invertec v250-s is basically identical to it...
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    Re: welders welders welders

    It's statement like these that lead me to think you want arguments sometimes? :confused3:
    More than one person has stated that welding at the upper limit of a machine (in the 20%) range has caused...
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    Re: welders welders welders

    I find the study pretty interesting and I re-read it sometimes to make sure I'm not falling into the wrong group :)



    That sig line is there to remind me to be very certain of what I think I...
  16. Re: HOW DOES AC WELDING DIFFER FROM DC WELDING

    Yep :D

    http://youtu.be/CW7I-ymfINU
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    Re: welders welders welders

    I often think those type of questions boil down to the "Dunning-Kruger effect."
    It is an interesting bit of reading that reminds me to evaluate where I fall on that scale.
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    Re: Magnesium tank with hole in it

    I did a chainsaw case couple years ago. It is not as easy as aluminum - but it does weld.

    One main difference, with aluminum the tungsten can dunk and be contaminated very easily - but with...
  19. Re: HOW DOES AC WELDING DIFFER FROM DC WELDING

    I've heard the same - could be due to wicked arc blow running the big rods?
  20. Re: HOW DOES AC WELDING DIFFER FROM DC WELDING

    My favorite video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW7I-ymfINU

    I don't mind AC stick welding, 7014 works very well with it.
  21. Re: Not another set of home-brew tire chains...

    Very cool - love stuff like this :)
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    Re: welders welders welders

    Completely agree - good analogies. I switch to a 17 tig torch for little stuff instead of a 26.

    I have a 120v mig on the shelf that rarely ever gets used anymore. Turns out switching back to it...
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    Re: welders welders welders

    +1
    Well stated.
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    Re: welders welders welders

    I've listed this before I think. But I've shut down or broken machines due to duty cycle several times.
    I am not patient once items are fit and tacked - time to work and the welding machine needs to...
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    Re: welders welders welders

    In my opinion the Tweco 211i is a bargain home machine.

    Mig/tig/stick and dual voltage for $941

    Tweco Fabricator 211i MIG/Stick/TIG Welder W1004201
  26. Re: Argon cylinder that won't be filled again

    Part of a hydro test is using water to pressurize the cylinder instead of air.

    When a cylinder splits with water, the pressure reduces very fast and no explosive decompression occurs like with air.
  27. Re: Argon cylinder that won't be filled again

    Yeah there could be a couple dollars of wiggle room ;)
  28. Re: Argon cylinder that won't be filled again

    Seems a little overpriced in its current condition ;)
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    Re: Can I use angle iron this way

    I would change that orientation to closing the open side of the angle iron - this would put more metal farther away from the nuetral center axis and greatly reduces angle iron's inherent twisting. I...
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    Re: Idealarc 250/250 tig arc

    My big Airco (my avatar) is actually made by miller and is a Miller 330 abp.

    It's a 900 lbs of awesome :)
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    Re: Advice on welding link repair

    No worries man, prep overall is great - take off the paint, grind a bevel, weld it up :)

    Easy stuff like this is excellent for learning in my opinion.
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    Re: Miller 211

    If they are like my millermatic 210, the door chart is for 230 volt input, but my power gives 247 volts - so I have to turn it down a little.

    It even says on the door panel that I may have to do...
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    Re: Idealarc 250/250 tig arc

    Since it's a tig 250/250 it has high frequency.

    That middle small toggle switch (of the three) is the HF selector.

    Up is "on" for aluminum.
    Middle is "off"
    Down is "start only" for...
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    Re: oxy acetylene refills or new?

    From what I've been told, our local Home Depot swaps out tanks without looking at them - they just go to Praxair and get inspected, stamped, put back out.
    (it's not real uncommon to find near 100...
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    Re: Everlast powerpro 164

    Thermal arc/Tweco and HTP are good units.

    But my favorites are big old transformer machines. Generally under $800 and sometimes under $400.

    The one in my avatar was $225 and is 900 lbs of...
  36. Re: So while I am waiting in my office - how to bend / mold copper

    Yep, that air hammer flow forming is my speed too - I use air tools for everything possible :D
  37. Re: So while I am waiting in my office - how to bend / mold copper

    If it's thin enough, how about this?

    Air hammer flow forming - it's pretty cool :)

    http://youtu.be/9K6c3_DMXjQ
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    Re: Miller maxstar 140 str

    ....did I mention that my maxstar is no longer in the shop and an ESAB 161 took it's place? :dance1:

    Although I only did it because I had the stick only miller, and replaced it with the stick/tig...
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    Re: Miller maxstar 140 str

    It's not just you - the maxstar 150 was designed that way - but runs 6011 just fine.
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    Re: Cutting Mixed Metals

    Don't let those awesome deals go by you - one of our local woodworkers bought a 3 phase converter so he could get the good stuff - works great :)

    My table saw is a 3 phase and I bought a $90 phase...
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    Re: Mixed Metals welding

    I've used regular solid copper electrical house wire as a filler rod (tig).

    I used it for color effect (multiple passes) and for electrical contact points on my "third hand" tool so there wouldn't...
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    Re: Best MIG for a $1000

    Very funny :)
    I also like cheap women :D
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    Re: Best MIG for a $1000

    I'm cheap, so I like it :)
    I do keep a small bottle of c25 around "in case I need it."

    For the spatter in the nozzel, nozzel dip works very well (apply after it's good and warmed up).
    Then a...
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    Re: Best MIG for a $1000

    Clay45 - if you want to save money on shielding gas for welding steel, get a used 20lb co2 tank.

    My latest fill was $21 and at 8.8 cu.ft per pound, that's equivalent to 176 cu.ft. of shielding gas...
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    Re: Will I Ever Master This?

    In my opinion yes it's backwards, determine the amps you want to weld with - then dial the wire speed to hit that mark (approximately).
    Adjust voltage to make it run right - much easier with one...
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    Re: Will I Ever Master This?

    Sounds like you need some guidance on proper setup and then just more practice.

    First some terminology:
    the wire feed speed (WFS) is your amperage - more wire needs more amps to burn it.
    The...
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    Re: Small, Portable Torch Sets

    ^^This - I like my oxy/propane setup :)

    It won't weld, but cuts and heats for cheap.
    Just need on oxygen bottle and a regular propane cylinder.
  48. Re: Bevelling Steel Pieces for Welding

    Stop using such a high quality camera - too much detail :laughing:

    Use a blurry cheap one like mine, take the pic from 2 feet away, and just call all the welds good ;)
  49. Re: Bevelling Steel Pieces for Welding

    +1, me too :)

    I look like a good welder when all my pieces fit excellent :D
  50. Re: Bevelling Steel Pieces for Welding

    Chop saw, band saw, plasma or torch are my choices - cutting the angle while cutting the piece to length.

    If the piece is already cut to length, I like to start torch or plasma on the cut edge...
  51. Re: Welding it "tight" (no weep hole)

    That's pretty interesting :)
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    Re: Box Blade Build

    That looks real good :)
  53. Re: Quickie log-drag, (paper-thin MIG weld)

    I don't know why I never thought about this - but I'm sure glad you did :D

    Thanks for posting :thumbsup:

    I'm constantly picking stuff up with chains that are too long and have to be wrapped to...
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    Re: Question about duty cycle

    I agree, Mig duty cycle chart for the multimatic 200.

    421596
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    Re: Question about duty cycle

    Haha! I've got a cousin that between drinking beer and talking, he's only good for about 10% duty cycle while working - a welder for him could be really small and underpowered - may never even get...
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    Re: Arc Welder Breaker

    If you check the data plate on the machine, it will likely say 50 amps.

    It's a good habit to check data plates on any machine you buy just to be sure you know what to feed it.

    Good luck with...
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    Re: Question about duty cycle

    Well, this has come up before - but 20% duty cycle at full power, rated at 100deg Fahrenheit, will improve with a lower ambient temp.

    With my brothers millermatic 130 we overheated it on a summer...
  58. Re: porosity - welding mild steel, 7018 rod

    Haha! Yeah I've seen his video - I like rods that let me nap while running them ;)
  59. Re: porosity - welding mild steel, 7018 rod

    If you want a "hero rod" try 7014 - almost run themselves and leave a smooooth finish :D
  60. Re: Compressor piping or hose Question

    Thanks Terry and Thomas - I put a note in the drawer where the crimping pliers are :)
  61. Re: Compressor piping or hose Question

    Ok thanks :)

    Couple of good hydraulic guys local who will probably have them then.
  62. Re: Compressor piping or hose Question

    Terry, I have that pliers for automotive cv boot clamps, where did you get your small clamps?

    Standard at parts stores?
  63. Re: Compressor piping or hose Question

    I use the heavy duty braided clear hose and barbed fittings.

    416041
  64. Re: Stick-welded today, and THOROUGHLY enjoyed it!

    Hey Sodo - After tig welding for a while, I always appreciate the simplicity of stick welding.

    There is something very pleasing about just letting my rod drag in the corner and a weld appearing...
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    Re: weld qa plate to bucket

    No big deal - fire up on a bunch of scrap plate and burn wire till you got it down :thumbsup:
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    Re: weld qa plate to bucket

    3/64" could just be a misprint for 5/64" :confused3:

    3/64" = .046875"

    Too close to .045" to be needed in their inventory in my opinion?

    I have no doubts about your welder having the power...
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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...
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    Re: Using oxygen tank on its side

    Yep, I like having the gauge :)
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    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...
  79. Re: Longevity Migweld 140 AWESOME MACHINE!!!

    That's like comparing apples and rocket ships....
  80. 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...
  84. 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 ;)
  85. 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
  86. 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 ***" :)
  87. 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:
  88. 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...:)
  97. 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 -...
  98. 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 ;)
  99. 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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