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tube size slides over scaffold tube


October 10, 2019, 5:34 am

Hello Is there a standard tube size which can readily be ordered which fits accurately over a scaffold tube (here in UK - 48.3mm outside diameter)? The thought is to use scaffold tube offcuts to ... Read more »

Fast, Inexpensive, Strong Drawers

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October 4, 2019, 8:24 pm

This might be metalworking or wood working. I'm seriously thinking about removing the work benches from along the back wall in my shop and replacing them with a single continuous monolithic stee... Read more »

Leaking wood furnace, boiler plate


September 4, 2019, 4:04 pm

We have a outdoor wood furnace made on if 1/4 boiler plate. It has developed a leak along a weld a door. We are wondering what rod to use for welding?. Read more »

weld shrinkage


July 6, 2019, 6:59 pm

Would acetylene's larger heated zone make it better than stick to weld a tee joint in 1 square tubing that should be as square as possible? The shorter leg will be the upright that planks are cla... Read more »

prep butt angle iron inside access only 7018 rods


July 6, 2019, 6:42 am

Hi all What is the best prep and technique * butt weld angle iron (make extra length) * 10mm thk, 150x75 section (3/8 thk, 6x3) * access only from inside the angle ( L Read more »

Stainless Steel Hammer - (its welding related really)


July 2, 2019, 10:08 pm

I was thinking about forming aluminum and prepping joints for welding and it occurred to me that depending on the alloy its really easy to bring aluminum into position with a hammer. I recently ... Read more »

brazing/soldering pot metal (again)


June 22, 2019, 6:28 pm

I'm sure this has been covered a bunch of times already.... I fumbled my antique band saw getting it out if my truck. Of course it lan ded on the pully(wheel) and bent it to the point of cracking.... Read more »

ER70s2 vs ER70s6 for TIG


June 13, 2019, 1:33 am

I kind of had the impression that you used 70s6 for your run of the mill mild steel and 70s2 for things like 4130 tube. Recently watching some video on YouTube a fellow was showing off his skill... Read more »

Ship Anchor Chain Mailbox Post


May 23, 2019, 2:32 am

I always dreamed to have a mailbox made of welded ship anchor chain. I finally was able to obtain a good length (like 15ft) of real ship anchor chain with huge links (6 or 8 inches, I forgot). Boug... Read more »

dead welder


May 22, 2019, 6:44 pm

switch and the overheat breaker , not much else to go wrong in their but the control board . I've also checked the cord for continuity . Today while troubleshooting I plugged it in and turned it ... Read more »

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Pitted tungsten ?

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Guy I know has a small production shop , making small lot custom products . We were talking today about TIG welding , he was showing me the machine and settings and such . While looking at the... Read more »

Using Paintball Cylinder for MIG

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I've got a 40 cuf argon bottle with a cheap lincoln electric mig, which works nicely on aluminum, but leaves low penetration on steel. I want to make a mixing manifold for argon and co2, but I don't... Read more »

Lincoln "coffee grinder" DC stick welder

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A couple of years ago I posted an inquiry about an old Lincoln 3 phase R2D2 welder I bought on ebay. Specifically, I'm wondering whether anybody has ever managed to spin one of the things from some k... Read more »

Harbor Freight Portapower Sets - Are They Worth Buying?

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I am considering buying a portapower set for the home shop. I am used to the Enerpac products...good stuff. Are the Harbor Freight portapower set worth buying? They have both a 4 and 10 ton set avail... Read more »

Dockson torches?

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Does anyone know about Dockson brand torches? I have one from the '70s. Aluminum handle, the rest is brass. GTO(John) Read more »

Finger tip current control for Miller syncrowave

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Do I have to use the Miller control or are there others that I can use. It's an old Syncrowave 300. The old pot measures 1K ohm. Seems mine dies every few years and now they are over $200 to repla... Read more »

Fluxcore: 75/25 or CO2

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Rod: 20-25 years ago CO2 ruled the shops. Now, 75/25 has replaced CO2. Which would you say gives better penetration? Read more »

Pix of Aluminum weldment by MIG

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Anyone know of a site that has pictures of a weld by a MIG gun? Need to know what a good weld looks like so I can strive for that when my gun comes in. I know what a TIG aluminum weld looks like. Th... Read more »

Grizzly rebar

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I got a bunch of 3/4 rebar to use as the top level to my grizzly to separate rocks and gravel fed to it by a front end loader. It will be right at 4' x 8'. The pieces are U shaped, the legs being... Read more »

Slate for a welding table???

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How well would slate work for the surface of my welding table. I have a couple of 4' X 4' X 1 pieces I would like to try but I dont know how slate would react. If I cant use them for this I am going ... Read more »

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