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Old 08-03-2015, 08:07 AM   #261
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:44 PM   #262
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I envy you all with the welding skills...would have made my conversion so much easier
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:48 PM   #263
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Despite what some folks seem to think, it isn't rocket science, and with a little practice almost anyone can learn basic welding.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:59 PM   #264
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I envy you all with the welding skills...would have made my conversion so much easier
Just think of it as extreme hot gluing. One of the guys I picked up a lot from when I was a teenager told me to envision bonding two ice blocks together with an icicle using some heat to melt the icicle onto the two blocks and allowing the water to refreeze. The whole thing rests on how much heat you have your machine set to. When set up right you don't have to get into a big hurry with anything 3/16" and thicker. Sheet metal however takes some practice. I once welded together a elderly woman's coat hanger in China with a stick welder. Now that, you have to get in a hurry on. I was welding paper thin metal for an aquaponics project that required us knock off the flux from one rod and use the arc from standard arc set up like a TIG torch and add filler with my other hand. That was tricky.
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Just think of it as extreme hot gluing. One of the guys I picked up a lot from when I was a teenager told me to envision bonding two ice blocks together with an icicle using some heat to melt the icicle onto the two blocks and allowing the water to refreeze. The whole thing rests on how much heat you have your machine set to. When set up right you don't have to get into a big hurry with anything 3/16" and thicker. Sheet metal however takes some practice. I once welded together a elderly woman's coat hanger in China with a stick welder. Now that, you have to get in a hurry on. I was welding paper thin metal for an aquaponics project that required us knock off the flux from one rod and use the arc from standard arc set up like a TIG torch and add filler with my other hand. That was tricky.
Wish I was that good!
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Far to many people think they know how to weld, but are just making a mess that will soon break.

I have a Hobart 210. I just switched it to solid core wire and gas a few days ago. Now I'm enjoying nice clean welds at home like I had at the welding shop.

I also have the Hobart 500I plasma cutter.

Both the welder and the plasma can use 120 volt or 240 volt.

The larger units only use 240. That's the only reason why I didn't buy bigger models.

You can never have a mig too big.

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Old 08-05-2015, 02:06 PM   #267
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and this classic "manual"...



Since the current title of my thread is so blah, could a mod or someone maybe change it to "Roll Your Own!"?? With a smiley! please!?
Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Much more of a historical document than a how-to manual, but it's my history, so it's a great read. - Dan
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Its quickly become the most popular coffee table book in my home.
Everyone gets a kick out of it...
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:17 PM   #269
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I have an old Library copy of that one but my fav is still.."Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels". I've had that one for probably 30+ years.
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Nice I love the old library books.
I'll look for that one, too.

Our local library still has an early 70's "peterson's vanning trends" book about the custom van scene... Makes me want a 70's tradesman with portholes.
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