Top ten gorilla welds I've seen

On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:56:23 -0600, the infamous "SteveB" scrawled the following:

No, they don't . That's a cartoon sound.

I finally waited up one night so I could find out what was making that noise. When I heard it, I laughed out loud.

They sure made a lot of noise at 4am on a shake roof in LoCal. We had them on our roof in the middle of the night in Vista. They'd run up one side and glide down the other, skipping 10'. Very unnerving. I believe that they thought it was their jogging track or something. I never saw them catch and/or eat something from the roof, so it must have been either exercise or entertainment to them. They're cool birds. I like their machine gun sound (infrequent) but never heard them cuckoo in the couple years I paid attention to them.

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Larry Jaques
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I do hope that Wiley is getting all he needs from the latest ACME catalog.

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Im missing a quadrant of heavy weapons from one of the secure I suspect he has gotten tired of Acme products and is going for something a bit more direct.


"Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimum food or water,in austere conditions, day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon. He doesn't worry about what workout to do--- his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him. The True Believer doesn't care 'how hard it is'; he knows he either wins or he dies. He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home. He knows only the 'Cause.' Now, who wants to quit?"

NCOIC of the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course in a welcome speech to new SF candidates

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Gunner Asch

No. Car batteries (3 in series) make much better welds than that.

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Bob F

My father used to have a device that held carbon rods that you strike an arc with and fed filler rods into (he used it with car batteries)

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F Murtz

Called "Carbon Arc Welding", and one of the ugliest processes ever.

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Ernie Leimkuhler

I seem to remember seeing them in circa. 1950 (mid years) Popular Mechanics for sale in the back. Reminded me of carbon arc lamps. Likely the idea source.

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Martin H. Eastburn

I recall a time when Dad used two carbon rods from "D" cells and a set of jumper cables (hooked to a car battery) to produce enough heat to re-solder a wire on a generator/starter commutator . Saved our weekend of skiing behind Uncle Bill's boat ...

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Terry Coombs

In an auto rebuild shop during WW2 we used a single carbon with a handle. Connected the commutator to the battery with a strap and touched the carbon to the each bar near the wire to heat. The starter armatures were otherwise very hard to solder, because of the heavy conductors. I suspect that works better on 6V than on 12V as there was plenty of heat on 6V.

Don Young

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Don Young

My dad described a similar setup he used for rebuilding batteries in the starter and battery shop he worked in just out of high school, soldering the cell connecting straps. I suspect that if you tried it on anything modern-made, it'd fall apart, last starter I worked on looked like the commutator had an injection-molded insulator, not mica with chevron washers, and all the connections were crimped/punched, not soldered.


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That makes the old 'Solid Ox' welds look good.

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Michael A. Terrell

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