Yesterday my wife was working so I had to take my visiting sister-in-law to
the hair dresser. And then went on to the local scrap yard. There I pick
ed up a handful of swarf. Not any old swarf, but some stainless 316 swarf
that was lathe turnings about a foot long. Nice looking chips, tightly cur
led. I had shown my wife some earlier and she wanted more to use in decora
ting a Christmas tree next December. It will be one of the Christmas trees
at the Nemours Mansion. Such is married life.
But while surveying what was at the scrap yard, I saw an aluminum 20 lb CO2
Took a little effort to get to it, but I managed.
The stainless sward, the tank and a little hobby vise weighted 29 lbs. And
they charged me $30 for the lot. The price for aluminum is $1 / lb. So t
hey slightly overcharged me. But considering how often they have not charg
ed me anything for stuff, ZI think I am way ahead.
So I took the tank to the same welding supply supply whose name was on the
tank label. and paid $29 to exchange it for a full tank. $25 for the gas
and $4 hasmat fee. The tank I got was dark blue with some spray painted la
rge letters on it. So I painted it a nice green with a rattle can.
If I needed a CO2 tank, it would have been a major gloat. But I already ha
d one tank with my mig welder and another in the basement with a regulator
and short hose on it. The hose has a tire inflator adapter on it. I have
some plastic soda bottle with a tire stem in the cap. So I can make sparkl
So this tank may go to my son and his grand children.
Yes this in not really on topic, except for the part about using swarf for
5 years ago