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Old 07-12-2012, 07:36 AM   #141
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WELL DONE SIR, WELL DONE! The popup makes sense to me now, can't wait to see the finished project.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:04 PM   #142
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I got some more time in on the SKOOLIE pop up roof today.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #143
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Hey Trunt --- for some reason, I am reminded of something an old -timer friend who is a "real welder" told me a few years back. He said..."son...as welders go...you'd make one helluva mud-dauber". I'm still a work in progress.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:16 AM   #144
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Yea Tango-- I'm a mud dauber when it comes to ancient rusty sheet metal I'll just grind the edge a bit and bring out my Bondo and no one will be the wiser HA! I'm confident that the plug welds where the rivits used to be will hold the thing together--what say you? Jack
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I think our techniques are pretty similar Trunt. Just melt the suckers together and grind'em down. Maybe one day I'll figure it out. Till then, for sheetmetal I'll just stock up on flap wheels.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:08 AM   #146
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you can also use your butt weld clamps, square up the orig hole and weld without much warpage, or use the air punch after squaring up the orig hole and plug weld..

or careful tig work.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:43 PM   #147
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Way too much welding and grinding today. Somehow I forgot to blink before I started the arc and I have sunburned eyes to show for it.

My HF instant dark welding hood works just fine if I remember to blink for a second as I press the trigger. I know, you get what you pay for and I paid for sunburned eyes--not too bad, should be ok by AM

I did get the rest of the roof repair/smoothing done so I can start fabricating the pop up--OH BOY, too much fun!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #148
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the hf ones work almost as good as the $400 ones... and i think they are 40 bucks on sale right now...
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$400? Then they ought to be 10 times better--BLINK BLINK. The eyes seem to be ok today but I think I'll still give the welding a days rest
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I bought an adjustable auto darkening helmet by 3M Speedglass for about 150 bucks after reading that anything below 1/30,000th of a second was too much of a delay to prevent burning your retinas (they don't grow back if severely damaged). The Harbor Freight & such are a third or more slower to respond. Would prefer to avoid the whole blindness thing if I can.
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