Twenty-two years ago

In 1990, I owned a welding company. A homeowner's association called me to
weld some lock boxes on their tennis courts. It was a good profitable job.
Yesterday, I returned to that property to do a HOA analysis, and wanted to
see if my boxes were still there, and wondered what my welding looked like
after twenty-two years of exposure, and what I looked like as a welder
twenty-two years ago. All the boxes were typical of this one, at least my
part of the weld. It was 6011, stinger negative, 3/32" run vertical
The second weld was by someone who sealed the gate.
It is nice to look back. Some of my gates and artwork is still visible in
Las Vegas, and my work will be visible at Hoover Dam for many more years.
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Steve B
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Hanging in there!
I know what you mean.
I've put up letters over cemeteries, one church (Cowboy Country type) And my neatest ones are those at the Zoo. On the gate to the new education building - A large Happy Hippo (their first reason for the zoo) and a toothy alligator to remind the kids that there are live and watching gators in the lake behind the building.
I need to get some pictures for my show and tell book. Design shows isn't enough some times.
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Martin Eastburn
Heh. I found some pics going back half a century. One of them was a 120 volt buzz box welder that I built using some reclaimed laminations from a pole transformer and coils from a 1920 Dodge (??) starter/generator. It actually worked. Had the same problems all the current 120 volt welders have: no power and overheated rapidly. Had to rewind one coil after smoking the original.
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No idea where the plans came from, if any. I got the coils from an old Finnish bachelor that lived down the road from me that introduced me to the world of "mechanical stuff". I'm sill in awe.(And the Red Green show should pay his estate royalties!) He had a 40' x80' pole barn made from salvaged boiler tube from the 4-8-8-4 Mallet steam engines. I counted 115 motor bikes/frames in his shop. His BIG lathe was 3x12 (as in FEET). A set of Ardun heads for Ford flathead engines. A couple of steam traction engines. A really SERIOUS kick butt hill climb motorcycle. Several Stanly steamer engines. And on and on.
I try to pass on his legacy to the students at school. They have no clue.
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The LeJay was a do it yourself manual. What brought it to mind was the use of Dodge starter field coils for the windings. If you could not, as you did, use recycled laminations they would sell you some. The manual had all kinds of projects repurposing mostly auto parts. It was from the depression, when people had more time than money. I still have one somewhere. If you are interested I possibly send you a copy of the article.
Chuck P
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I went searching, my google foo is doing fine. It's plan #50 from the LeJay manual. Looks like it is available new from Amazon (Lidsey reprint) plus several download sites.
I need to look over the slow speed generator winding info more closely. Looks like they are bumping up the pole count to allow slower speed operation.
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