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Old 09-15-2020, 09:25 PM   #1
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My wife and I a preparing to take the skoolie plunge and we've decided on a roof raise. I can weld but I have a welder friend that is super worrisome and he is of the mind that you should NEVER use a 110v welder for anything. Do you guys think using a 110v welder will be adequate for roof raise kinda stuff?
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Your welder friend might not be aware of how a bus is constructed. All of the stuff you need to weld with a roof raise is relatively thin sheet metal (around 16 ga. or 1/16" thick, sometimes a bit thicker) for which a 110V welder is actually best-suited. The ribs (often called "hat channels" because of the material they're made out of) may look like beefier stuff, but they're formed from bent sheet metal.
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My wife and I a preparing to take the skoolie plunge and we've decided on a roof raise. I can weld but I have a welder friend that is super worrisome and he is of the mind that you should NEVER use a 110v welder for anything. Do you guys think using a 110v welder will be adequate for roof raise kinda stuff?
My whole roof raise was done with my Hobart 140. Why would you need more welder for 18-14ga?
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There is nothing wrong with a 110V welder. Even the cheapo-HF welder has it's place. What you have to be careful of is that you are not trying to weld things you shouldn't with a welder that isn't capable of what you are asking of it. As long as you get good penetration and come out with a cohesive weld, you will be fine. I used the cheap HF welder for a few years until my needs became more. Now I have one made by Miller, but with the no-name label. It was much cheaper.
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