Originally Posted by ducnut
You could've tacked things in place and, then, had a shop do the finish welds.
Sure, but...I am in wrong country for that
any kind of work like that is very expensive here and to be honest everyone using MIG welders "quick weld" which usually means shallow welds and not very strong. Ideally it should be done with TIG, but when I mention TIG here rare shops that do it getting that "builders spark" in their eyes accompanied by money-counting-gesture
Belgium is no more industrial it seems
If I'd be in US or UK I would not think twice and do it for sure.