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Why Should I Make a Budget?

April 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

You say you know where your money goes and you don?t need it all wr itten down to keep up with it? I issue you this challenge. Keep track of ev ery penny you spend for one month and I do mean every... Read more »


April 2, 2018, 5:47 pm

Boy do I feel stupid. Some years back my dad brought a bunch of gas bottles over to my shop. Mostly owner bottles from his hardware store after he closed down. One was an extra large acetylene ... Read more »

Harbor Freight Welding Hood

March 17, 2018, 8:16 pm

My first autodark was a cheap HF a buddy of mine gave me as a thank you for fixing his boat trailer for him. I never considered one before that. I was amazed at how much difference it made weld... Read more »

FLUX CORE - Offending Welding Snobs Everywhere

March 17, 2018, 7:24 pm

I've said it before, but if all you are doing is field welding hot rolled LOW-C steel there is really no need for anything else. Its not pretty (for me anyway), but it fuses good and you can wel... Read more »


February 13, 2018, 2:16 am

I have this same machine on the dc+ it needs to be on Mack sure current control is set on tig if you don?t have remote you Read more »

Old Miller TIG - Can I use my 212 (not autoset) As a Power Source

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January 3, 2018, 10:15 pm

My dad brought this by my shop yesterday evening. http://tacklemaker.info/gallery/1_03_01_18_3_13_45.jpeg Said I could use it indefinitely (that usually means he's never coming might be suitable ... Read more »

Spot welders?

December 15, 2017, 9:09 pm

--Hi gang. I'm looking to get my hands on a spot welder. 220v single phase power available and hope to get something I can put on a pestal (I'll make one) and use to tack stuff together, probably... Read more »

Welding Up a Tube Frame Table With Minimal Clam Shell Distortion

December 13, 2017, 6:07 pm

I want to weld up a modestly heavy steel table to build a 4x8(+) CNC router for sheet goods. I can of course take the attitide that sheets goods are mostly just cut through so as long as the spi... Read more »

Welder don?t work

November 30, 2017, 5:01 am

I have a linde Utiliy welder that I took on a trip to do a little job on the way I had to make a quick stop and the welder tipped over and now it don?t work I have checked everything I can think of a... Read more »

Lincoln Ranger won't weld.

November 20, 2017, 3:12 am

I have a Lincoln 8551 weld-power unit that welded fine last December. Started it to use two weeks ago and it won't strike an arc. Polished the armature and the brushes are in great shape, that about ... Read more »

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Sears AC/DC 240/160 Welder $300

rating: 5

Craftsman 240/160 amp AC/DC Stick Welder Lets you weld overhead and vertically on materials up to 1/4 in. thick. Use with welding rods 1/16 in. and up. 3 welding currents: regular AC, DC reverse po... Read more »

Miller Spectrum 500 plasma cutter. Good Buy?

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I recently came across a used one. I added new tips etc and a plug. Took the sides and top off and blew it out. Looked ok inside. All warning lighta still work. It was made in 1990. Well it sliced th... Read more »

Thermal Arc Pro-Wave vs. Arc Master?

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OK, so I apparanantly waited way too long to buy a Pro-Wave 185 on eBay ($1800) and now for some unknown reason the replacement welder (Arc-Master) is $2500. Didn't Thermal Arc know they had the AC/D... Read more »

oxygen butane cutting

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will an acetylene regulator work for butane oxygen cutting. I used butane a long time ago to cut metal but I don't remember if I used a acetylene regulator or just a butane regulator. I know I had to... Read more »

Itchy/red eyes after O/A brazing refrigeration pipe. POE oil? Long

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I am a refrigeration service tech and have been having itchy and red eyes off and on since the phase out of older refrigerants and usage of the newer ones with POE and Alkybenzine based oils (the ... Read more »

Help figuring out and dissasembling acetylene regulator

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Hi all I've been using a SureFire oxyacetylene torch set for some time (I'm a newbie, BTW). Lately the acetylene regulator developed a worsening creep. Took it to the shop, supposedly they dissasemb... Read more »

Optrel OSEvolution helmet?

rating: 5

Guy gave me one today. He said he tried it, hated it and stuck it on a shelf. It came with spare face plates, manuals etc etc. Pretty much near new. It seems to work ok, shrug Anyone know much about ... Read more »

Cutting with 6011 at 200 amps AC

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I finally got a chance to follow up on a thread from a week or two ago. The discussion was about using 6010 for cutting. Not having DC on my old monster, I wanted to see what would happen with 6011 a... Read more »

cellulosic "stick" & soaking rods in water

rating: 5

Hi everyone Hope you don't mind going around a fairly familiar topic again. I am likely to drop out of the newgroup activity but may demonstrate welding every now and again. So want to get my facts... Read more »

Need Brazing Rod Info

rating: 5

I don't braze often, but occasionally I come across some cracked cast iron or a copper pipe in the house needs to be fix (improved?). What's a good, all-around choice rod for brazing? On eBay, I've ... Read more »

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