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Old 08-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #251
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I'm reluctant to tell others what to do or how to do it--especially on this forum where there so many knowledeable folks but I detected a bit of concern on your part about that last weld and I thought I'd venture my two cents worth. If the bit you just welded in is just a space filler then I'd agree that you are good to go. If on the other hand it is somewhat structural I'd recommend grinding it out for a re-do. The material appears to be fairly thick (1/4" or more?) and would lend itself to being ground back at a 45 degree angle along the weld lines. This allows for better penetration of the weld and is especially important if the material can't be welded from both sides. Jack
I agree and it is structural, but only 14 ga. I plan to grind it and reweld when i can see what I'm doing. The right hand weld looks the way it does, because the first weld missed the gap. That weld looks good, it is the left weld I'm concered about. I don't think it penetrated the upright support enough.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #252
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I wonder how often people accidentally weld their clamp onto the work piece...

I just borrowed a cheap MIG welder from a friend to play with before taking the plunge and buying one for myself. I have pretty much no experience welding, so I'm really excited to learn!
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I agree and it is structural, but only 14 ga. I plan to grind it and reweld when i can see what I'm doing. The right hand weld looks the way it does, because the first weld missed the gap. That weld looks good, it is the left weld I'm concered about. I don't think it penetrated the upright support enough.
The left one looks a little to the right of the gap, but it could just be the pic.

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I wonder how often people accidentally weld their clamp onto the work piece...

I just borrowed a cheap MIG welder from a friend to play with before taking the plunge and buying one for myself. I have pretty much no experience welding, so I'm really excited to learn!
I have, lol...

Have fun!!
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:56 PM   #254
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I got item 3 done;
3) I want to make a jig for drilling the holes to rivet. That will make it easier to drill and make them all look consistent.

I decided to drill the holes first then paint. I used the piece of steel that used to trim around the side emergency door. I measured about six times to make sure I had everything in alignment. I can slide it on the end of the new skin, clamp and drill.



Now all my holes will be uniform.



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Bottom
Once I get this in place, it will be my guide to drill the under-lap? steel (the piece that goes under the overlap) and the u-channel.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:19 PM   #255
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Man what a hot day. I worked in direct sunlight in 92 degrees. The steel cooked me well done. I don't care if my new skin oil cans, I'm doing the rest in the shade.

I drilled, cleaned the oil off and primed the first three sheets. I decided to stop and install some to make sure my holes line up.



More screws to take out.



Then put on the adhesive.



Line up and start drilling some more.



Where the two pieces over lap I can not get the outside piece wedged under the gutter as far. But I can live with it.



Two down eight more to go. Working in the heat wore me down. Right after I got these done it started to rain. I should make faster progress tomorrow now that I have it worked out.
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the skinning is going well
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Uncle, the bus wins. It looks like my limit is two sheets a day. By the time I pre-drill the one side, clean and paint. Then remove the next set of screws, put on the adhesive, I'm tired. Getting the sheet in place with the hydraulic lift is the east part. Then while standing on a ladder with no purchase I have to drill 35 holes through and rivet. This 90 degree heat with 110% humidity wares you out.

Then I ran into this.



The steel around the emergency door. I need to remove this to put up my next sheet. After removing the rivets and beating the heck out of it, I realize it is riveted to the roof. 31 stink-en, sweaty, I'm not going to do today, rivets. This will have to wait for a nice cool day.

Oh, I forgot. I also have to weld in the supports.
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I feel for you. It is never hot or humid here--except for the last two days. 90 degrees, 90% humidity (I measured) inside the garage, inside the bus , welding. I love it when a plan comes together like that. Don't you? Jack
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