I was not keeping track of the consumables as I don't have to buy them. And
the argon, I removed the nut on the underside and with an allen wrench and
cranked that as far as I could, then opened the valve at the guage wide
open. You could literally hear it whistling through the cup. I had to turn
it back down a little as I was getting ice on the guage. As far as the
argon, I think I used in the neighborhood of 1 per weld. Up to the cap, I
used pretty much a normal setting, but the cap, I opened it up. I was using
1/8" for bead and went straight to 5/32" filler for the remainder. I use a
Weldcraft 17v as well. I recently purchased one with a flexhead with hose
and 50' argon hose for $40.00 on ebay and I like that for harder to get
areas where you may need a slightly different angle. There is alot I would
like to learn and do with it, but I don't have much chance anymore as I
don't work out of town much anymore and at the river there just isn't much
tigging to do.
So what's shaking in your part of the world? Keeping out of trouble? Yeh,
right, you're a welder, right.......haha
Keep yur stinger tight and yur rods hot. TTYL
"Pay peanuts.....expect monkeys."
I've been at a powerhouse expansion off and on this year and some of those
cats were using oxygen regulators and running 100psi of argon, you can't
read the guages due to the ice, and the outside of the hose frosts over.
They were going thru those big shiney argons, two welders per tank, in half
Up to the cap, I
Do you think the flex head would work for standard pipe welds? Or would it
move around as you walk? I'd like to get a flex head but I'm wondering if it
might have too much give.
There is alot I would
The summer was a little slow but things are picking up pretty good now. One
big job we had was put off about 8 weeks due to a good rainey season this
year but we are starting it around Tuesday. I've had quite a bit of
stainless lately. I hear they are going to drill 10,000 new wells in the
next year in the four corners area, I assume the activity level is way up in
IMO, torch cup walking works better with a flexi head. I'm NOT an expert,
but one of the guys at work who is good at this kind of thing, keeps a few
flexi heads spare in his toolbox, just in case the torch doesnt have one.
It can move around, but usually not past the point where it doesn't return
to the original set position.
I think it would work fine John, it depends on the amount of pressure you
exert on your cup while walking. You only need enough pressure to keep your
cup on the pipe, you don't need alot of pressure to do that.
Yes, things are picking up. ChevronTexaco has a $60 million budget this year
and the small bunch is right in there to get most of it.
Getting ready to start on more SpliTigators for the steam side real soon.
That will carry me over till end of the year. Always have little things to
do in between major jobs. Am looking to get into more tig work and less
Had to lay off for 4 days earlier in Oct. had a stent put in artery next to
my heart. Doctor made me promise to lay off a few days before going back to
work. So I think I will get out and do odd jobs and things around town that
doesn't require me to work 8-10 hour days anymore. Buying a MaxStar 200 DX
and will attempt to limit my jobs to using just that as a welding source. I
don't want to do oilfields, pipelines, etc anymore. Want to start going and
doing things again. You know the story, too busy making a living for the
family to enjoy things.
Take care TTYL
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