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August 8, 2018, 11:46 pm

Well, the weekend before last I got desperate and had my wife pick up the Vulcan Welding Hood. It works pretty good. In the intervening time Lincoln decided to send me a brand new Viking weldin... Read more »

Two welders working on same structure.


August 5, 2018, 3:53 pm

I seem to recall having seen two or more welders working on the same structure at the same time. Was that for real? Is that OK and normal? If its ok, could I run different welders of different s... Read more »

Stupid Flippy Back on Head Gear


August 4, 2018, 1:52 am

Ok, who like the stupid flippy back section on the newer welding helmet headgear. I didn't like it at all on the Vulcan Helmet when I first got it last weekend, but my son commented on it. He s... Read more »

Anti Spatter, Paint, Other ?


July 31, 2018, 8:44 pm

Ok, now that I have the frame for my welding table built I've actually done a couple small projects on it and done some test/practice welding I've run up against a small issue. What the best way... Read more »

What's a good height for a static welding table


July 21, 2018, 9:09 pm

I've got to weld up some gates and I am getting tired of welding on the ground. I was thinking about welding up a simple 4x8 (+/-) welding table out of tube and I was wondering what would be a g... Read more »

Welding helmets and crappy welds


July 10, 2018, 10:50 pm

one post . welding them with some Invar 42 bare rod . Tried some 312 SS but it was too close to the melting temp of the rods ,and I just ain't that good a welder . The nickel/iron rod works a lo... Read more »

Specification SSPC 20 Level-1 & Level-2


July 7, 2018, 6:29 am

Dear Sir, can any one provide me the Specification for SSPC 20 Level-1 & Level-2. Regards Santosh Read more »

My Autodark is Broken


July 1, 2018, 3:31 pm

My favorite autodark welding hood was my first one. An el cheapo Harbor Freight a buddy gave me as a gift for fixing his boat trailer for him many years ago. I loved it. Seemed I could dial it... Read more »

I thought you might chuckle while reading this


June 27, 2018, 8:02 pm

where I took another semester of ornamental welding. I like making stuff (s hit) for the yard. I'm building a 16' lifeguard stand now. I'm about a hal f-mile from the lake so I figure I'll just st... Read more »

Welding tungsten to stainless


June 20, 2018, 11:33 am

some tooling . SAhe needs some mandrels made that are a piece of tungsten rod welded/brazed to a stainless steel handle . The join is not subject to the full heat of molten glass . Am I right in ... Read more »

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large diameter pipe miter

rating: 5

Does anyone know where I can get a miter template for joining two pieces of 8.5 OD pipe at 90 degrees. I need the same for 6.5 OD as well. Perhaps there is a program........ or someone has a tried an... Read more »

PowCon 300ST part identification

rating: 5

Greetings, I recently purchased a used non-functional PowCon 300ST tig unit. Initial inspection has shown RV1(part # 902011-003) to be blown. All that was left of it was two legs sticking out of ... Read more »

Thermal Arc wire feed machines

rating: 5

I have seen a number of people post good things about Thermal Arc's inverter TIG machines, how are their wire feed machines? I was looking at their Fabricator 180 for about $625. Thanks, Bob Read more »

TIG welding molybdenum ??

rating: 5

I know I should learn to walk first, but can one TIG weld molybdenum components with conventional equipment ? Steve Read more »

does aluminum spool wire have a "shelf-life"?

rating: 5

I was wondering...going to start a project and the aluminum wire in my spoolgun is a couple years old. Should I replace it? Nok Read more »

Gauge fittings, pipe dope, teflon tape or bare?

rating: 5

I got me a flow guage(meter type and not floating ball). The fittings that came with the gauge are barbed type for 1/4 hose. I have to different sized hoses and connector so I had to make an adaptor ... Read more »

Lincoln tombstone for TIG

rating: 5

Has anybody used a Lincoln 225 ac/dc welder for TIG? Lincoln has/had a kit to convert the machine to a rudementary scratch start tig unit. It included the torch, hose, cable, regulator and flowmeter,... Read more »

clarke "hot shot" or miller 210 for alum mig.

rating: 5

Hey all, We have a bunch of novices who need to do some aluminum fab. Most of the stock will be 1/8 wall sq tube and 1/8-1/4 bar stock used to construct 20'x10 trusses. Will we be totally frustrated... Read more »

Lincoln w/Perkins diesel

rating: 5

I'm considering purchasing a diesel welder/generator. I currently have a 3600 rpm gasoline welder/generator, but for various reasons would prefer an 1800 rpm diesel at this point. Welder is describ... Read more »

why plasma welder tip doesn't melt?

rating: 5

I just saw this tool on a TV program and am fascinated. What is the tip of the plasma welder made of, why doesn't it melt? If water is sufficient to cool the tip, wouldn't it also cool the metal bei... Read more »

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