1. Thou shalt not weld on an unpurged tank
2. Thou shalt secure thy tanks
3. Thou shalt clean thy work carefully
4. Thou shalt place thy work in jigs
5. thou shalt not weld near flammable materials
6. thou shalt take great care of thy tools
7. thou shalt have good ventilation
8. thou shalt use goggles
9. thou shalt wear gloves
10. thou shalt ground thy work
My confession (and excuses/BS)...
#1 I don't purge - that's done for me when I get them refilled.
I could purge the hoses but the valves leak enough that it doesn't
matter anyway (though my new torch does hold the acetylene and I would
#2 secure? - just set the tank on the cart with the loose-fitting
lasso-chain. It ain't gonna fall from there.
#3 Cleaning - does paint count as cleaning? Bondo-cover?
#4 jiggs! - usually a pair of vice-grips or a magnet will do. Any
method of propping it together is good enough to get a bendable-tack.
Then a little heating/bending helps. But no matter what the warping
while welding is more sever than any jig will hold, - so keeping
something straight requires side-to-side time-share-welding and
possibly some post-weld heating/bending.
#5 weld near ... flammable materials - if a fire starts just take a
big breath and blow it out! What-r-ya-fraid-of? Big-bad-bondo?
Undercoat? Paint-fire? Baaaahhhhh shoooo - poof no problem.
#6 if the tool box fills with rain just dump the water out. When
leaves fill the box just blow them off w/ some oxygen or an
#7 ventilation - for what? Just take a big breath and do the job.
When you need another breath just blow the smoke away first so when you
inhale you get fresh air.
#8 goggles are goofy - a cool pair of #5 shades are all one needs.
Sure sometimes the glasses under the shades get pit-marks but by the
time those build up it's time for a new pair anyway (from rubbin em
on e old shirt).
#9 gloves - an occasionally burning reinforces intelligence (or
recognition of one's own stupidity)
#10 grounding - not with torches! In fact, if you don't keep your
work up off of the ground you get exploding pieces of the ground
OK so I'm a SINNER now what? I DO BELIEVE IN JESUS! and Thankfully
faith in Jesus brings forgiveness.
PS: Merry christmas and thanks to this NG for good reading!