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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by KTM640Dakar, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. ABuck99

    ABuck99 0.0

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    Thank you, appreciate you chiming in. Yeah Im the only one that will ever be working in there and there wont be any other equipment (other than lighting and a fan) running on that subpanel at the same time- basically a hobby set up, I'm not doing professional/regular duty work. I figured I would remove the 6-50 receptacle and pull the breaker out if I ever moved- or at least label it 40A so new owner didn't think it was a 50A circuit.

    Thanks
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  2. JGNC

    JGNC Long timer

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    Picked this up a few days ago on CL. It wasn't what I was looking for but for the price I couldn't pass it up. I think I'll keep it forever now that I have it.
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    After a couple dozen electrodes here's where I'm at. This is 1/4" material with Lincoln 1/8" 7018 electrodes from Home Depot at 120 amps.

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    The top two beads I found myself in an awkward position with my face too close to the work. Is the bead width on the bottom one ok?
  3. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Yes the beads look good.
    David
  4. stormdog

    stormdog Long timer

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    Think dime wide and a nickel high for a bead
  5. Schnurbart

    Schnurbart Been here awhile

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    What's the back side look like? Dime width is pretty wide for an 1/8 rod.
  6. JGNC

    JGNC Long timer

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    Backside had a discoloration right where the weld is.
  7. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I thought the same but I think he's talking about the ripple spacing not width of weld.
  8. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    3 times the rod diameter. Max of 5/16” according to AWS

    David
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  9. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    FWIW I worked in telecom power for awhile and a coworker had a start battery blow up while servicing it, was not seriously hurt fortunately. Anyway after that all start batteries in my area were replaced with Optima Blue units (sometimes as many as 8 for a big diesel) as they are less prone to off gassing...they are pricey though.
    https://www.optimabatteries.com/en-us/support/battery-basics/battery-gas
  10. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Finally set the Miller 350P up for pulsed spray. First time trying it, what fun!! I'll be using pulsed spray MIG as much as possible from now on.

    1/4"

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    1/2"

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  11. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    Anyone using magnification in their helmet? I am thinking of getting a good helmet with 2x or 4x options.
  12. dbc

    dbc Adventurer

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    I use a 1.5x mag insert for tig welding, works great. The magnifiers are a separate part. they're rectangular pieces that slide into slots inside your helmet.

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  13. mb289

    mb289 2 Wheels Welding LLC Supporter

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    I use 2x mag plus my reading glasses.
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  14. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    I've tried them in an effort to save damage to my expensive glasses.
    It would also be nice to use safety glasses under my hood.
    I've had metal dug out of my eyes three times. Three times is three times too many.

    The problem that I have is that my eyes need very different corrections. What works for one eye makes the other a blur.
    I don't know if anyone makes custom cheater lenses, but I'd certainly give that a go if it were available.
  15. lkraus

    lkraus Long timer

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    You might try a Google search for "stick-on magnifiers". I use them in safety glasses, goggles and even have one on the edge of my helmet face shield to help read small text on my GPS. I have an assortment of cheap readers from +1.00 to +3.00, so I experimented before purchasing the stick-ons. My most-used readers are +2.00, but since the face shield is further from my eye, a +1.25 works better on the shield.

    Mine from Hydrotac work well, but next time I'll look for stick-ons intended for scuba diving masks as they usually are larger.
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  16. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    The cheater shown above is plastic - in your situation, I'd cut two different corrections in half and make a custom combination.
  17. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    One word. Progressive.


    Cheater does not work for me.

    David
  18. Just4Fun11

    Just4Fun11 Been here awhile

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    BA3F2D92-95F4-426A-970E-9251EF7F03C5.jpeg 09ED94FC-A423-424A-8B5B-410463D91174.jpeg I needed one of them too. Mom said I’d need glasses, before I needed them... darn her.

    My friends racing my old 91 cr250r out in the desert. She slammed the plastic shark fin into bits, but luckily missed the brake disc. I told her of possible disc damage, so we are making a homemade shark fin. Made the shark fin and gussets from 3/16” & 1/4” T6 aluminum plate. At her work the welder guy says he’s having trouble getting the dis-similar properties to flow together. My limited experience had me cleaning up the caliper carrier of any oil or grease then heating it up with a mapp gas torch to help expel anything below the surface (would have used the oven but chose not to piss off someone else!) , and grinding off the surface to get to the cleaner substrait below.
    Preheating the carrier would that help get the puddle flowing? Any suggestions?
  19. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    High probability that it isn't 6061. Give up sooner rather than later.
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  20. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    Ugh..welding some 1x2 .120 rectangle to an unknown thickness 1 1/2" round tube. Guessing it was .090 but I am blowing through it rather easy almost thinking it's .060. Using Lincoln AC stick welder and 3/32 7018 rod at 75amps welding vertical uphill and not going so good. My cheap (surprisingly decent) Vulcan rod blows through and my "colder" Lincoln rod blows through. The Vulcan really doesn't like to start below 75amp. I am also running a very tight arc

    I am pretty good at vert uphill but it has always been with similar thickness metals.

    Any advice? I am trying to focus the heat on the thicker side but still no dice.