Rookie wanna-be weldor starting to make some cool things!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kirkster70, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Beautiful!:deal

    Nice shots on that page!

    Jim :brow
  2. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    ^^^
    looks like that dude raided Pinterest.

    nice fire pit. Kirk, where do we place our orders?

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  3. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Good catch! The way I was taught was , "never saddle a dead horse".

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    http://www.safteng.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=862&Itemid=178

    Try his vendors thread, or PM. :D
  4. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    the first diagram looks like ADV salute. :lol3
  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Nice work, Dave!

    I wish I had a magical scrapyard where I live! They sure do have good "junk" there!

  6. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Thanks!

    I learn something new every day on ADV. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll know next time.

  7. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Beautiful pics!!!!! Thanks for sharing.


  8. paddlesat16

    paddlesat16 n00b

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    Awsome thread, you sir are a talented guy. Best of luck with your endeavours.:bow
  9. Laconic

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    I would have thought a rig like this would have gussets running at a 45 from the legs to the span...

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  10. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Nope - Spanco doesn't use them. This is how it comes from the factory.
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    Laconic Anodyne

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    Nice shop, BTW. That's how we do the mower deck maintenance here at work, too. Except we use the 5 ton bridge crane. :D
  12. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    OK Kirk. Here's the Spanco in action doing what I wanted to use it for.

    Rather then removing the deck to change blades, I just jacked up the whole front end. :D I did use a couple lift straps over the beam as a backup to the chain hoist. I'm still searching for some tube to make my extended reach "jack stands".

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    And I think I may have found the reason why my deck has been cutting unevenly.

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    One of these things is not like the other, eh?
  13. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    You know you're not supposed to mow rocks, right? :D

    Pretty fun new playtoy, huh? I had the kids lifting me off the ground the other day. I sat in a small choker hanging from the hook while my little girl laughed with delight as she ran me up and down. :lol3

    If I ever decide to upgrade to a 330 cubic foot argon tank (175lbs - ish) , I will use the gantry for that and save my back. It comes in handy all the time.
  14. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    That's why I wanted one - to save my back. Not just for the mower deck, though wrestling that think under the tractor is a pain in the back while maneuvering it under the tractor and laying on the ground reattaching the drive shaft.

    My investment in the gantry is much less than my medical deductible, and sooner than later I was going to be muscling some heavy piece of something and hurt something.

    Plus it's cool. :D
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    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    Bump
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  16. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    :rofl I'm still alive.


    Just busy over here, now!...

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=878499 :clap


    I still have a bunch of rookie welding projects lined up, but not much time to get 'em knocked out anymore. I guess I could have worse problems. :evil :D

    ...I still need to do that BBQ. I have a recently decomissioned 50gal water heater that would make a pretty cool chiminea (sp?) once I strip off all the insulation.

    There's only so many hours in a day, but maybe I should devote one day a week to rookie welding projects. It only seems right. Plus, you guys don't need to be bashful. Take the thread and run with it. :freaky
  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    This very much interests me. I would love to do something like that!:deal

    Jim :brow
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    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    I've seen some guys do it and I think it would be pretty neat-o torpedo. Just need to allocate time to do it!! :D
  19. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Nothing really exciting, but I upgrade the come-alongs on the gantry.

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    USA made Sheave blocks from Tractor Supply for $17 and change...

    ...and USA made come-alongs for around $30 from Lowe's. Hard to find USA made items at either place, so I was pretty happy with the find.


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    I just bought a 330 cubic foot argon cylinder this morning (lying horizontal in the truck bed) because I'm going through the 125 cubic foot tanks in a little over a week's time. This will cut down some of my running around and make refills less expensive.

    125 tank refill = $50.
    330 tank refill = $75.

    Yep, that will work. More for less is always a good thing.

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    I also whipped up some extensions for raising the beam an extra foot.

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    ...and then made a chain to hoist the 175lb cylinder by its cap.

    And then...nothing. Durn it! This happened a couple weeks ago when I was helping a friend with a repair. I push the button and nothing. 120V - check. ARGHHHHH! Oh well. I thought I would have a kewl photo of a massive tank dangling above the truck bed, but it was not to be. I have work to do, so I just slide the tank off the tailgate and roll it in the garage. Bummer.

    I need to give the hoist a thorough once over. Probably a loose connection somewhere.
  20. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    I certainly will once I get access to some cool welding gear! ( hint- hint;-)) we're getting close to our scheded man- date shop time aren't we?