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Forum: The Garage 02-28-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4,644
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Posted By dorkpunch
Huh. Home Depot apparently carries them,...

Huh. Home Depot apparently carries them, although out of stock?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/AHP-Alpha-TIG-200X-TIG-Stick-Welder-Alpha-TIG-200X/205350929

Wonder if he's swamped filling orders...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
It's just plain old steel. Lets say for the...

It's just plain old steel.

Lets say for the sake of argument, we aren't worried about weld strength, we just need lots and LOTS of practice running beads. Lets also say we don't trust the person...
Forum: The Garage 02-24-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Alright. Question for the collective: See this...

Alright. Question for the collective: See this piece of metal?

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-4G973ZM/0/L/IMG_7559-L.jpg

Anyone have any issues or see any problems with...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1,111
Views: 331,779
Posted By dorkpunch
February in Idaho. *sigh* ...

February in Idaho. *sigh*

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-5BWNQPp/0/L/IMG_7506-L.jpg

Wait, riding to work regularly in February, in IDAHO!? :clap
Forum: The Garage 02-20-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Double edged sword... Keep in mind I TEACH middle...

Double edged sword... Keep in mind I TEACH middle school metal shop. :deal It is definitely good for kids to learn basic skills no matter what they end up doing later on in life, but tracking a kid...
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
Nice! The transfer tape worked okay then?

Nice! The transfer tape worked okay then?
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
Wow, those are some shinny stickers! :norton

Wow, those are some shinny stickers! :norton
Forum: The Garage 02-16-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
Yup. I still have Dad's Fiero, although it will...

Yup. I still have Dad's Fiero, although it will probably be one of the cars in the back corner, and the Impala would be the "driver" by the door.

And yes, you can usually stack push mowers 3...
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2015, 10:03 PM
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Posted By dorkpunch
I've used Krylon for plastic on an old YZ125...

I've used Krylon for plastic on an old YZ125 tank. I didn't ever bubble (had the bike for a little over a year?) but it did scratch off a little on trees / branches... :norton
Forum: The Garage 02-15-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6,446
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Posted By dorkpunch
In all reality, it will probably look something...

In all reality, it will probably look something more like this, but not as clean... :lol3

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Old-House/i-ZmCm7qs/0/L/dorkpunch%20garage%203-L.jpg
...
Forum: The Garage 02-15-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6,446
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Posted By dorkpunch
Lift would be awesome but definitely not in the...

Lift would be awesome but definitely not in the cards anytime soon. I would probably get more use out of a gantry style crane...

As to the placement of the truck- I have a few "project"...
Forum: The Garage 02-15-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6,446
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Posted By dorkpunch
Alright guys, looking for a little organizational...

Alright guys, looking for a little organizational feedback. In a couple of months, if all goes according to plan, this will be the new dorkpunch garage:
...
Forum: The Garage 02-13-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Your link doesnt go to any welder, just the...

Your link doesnt go to any welder, just the northern tool website?

Looking at what they have, if you are refering to the $179 one, it wont do aluminum...

The next cheapest is the hobart at...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Pretty dang sweet. I'd LOVE to have a good fab...

Pretty dang sweet. I'd LOVE to have a good fab table like that.

Still practicing with the Alphatig. Getting better, but a long ways to go.
...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
I don't have a lot of anything thicker, but I've...

I don't have a lot of anything thicker, but I've got a 4'x10' sheet of this stuff. :deal Reason I'm practicing with it is because it's what I'm going to be using for my "project".
...
Forum: The Garage 02-12-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
This is what I'm talking about... 50% of the...

This is what I'm talking about... 50% of the things I read say use green for aluminum, 50% say either red or that it doesn't matter...

Like I said, I'm currently using red (1/16 as it turns out,...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
Whats still bugging me is the absolute lack of...

Whats still bugging me is the absolute lack of solid agreement on several parts of the process... Tungsten? ONLY USE GREEN. No, use any tungsten you want, but make sure its good and sharp. Wait,...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
Yup, watched several of his vids and the Mr. Tig...

Yup, watched several of his vids and the Mr. Tig vids as well. Theres some good info here too:

http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/tig-welder-settings.html
...
Forum: The Garage 02-11-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
So not really much to report. I've spent roughly...

So not really much to report. I've spent roughly 3 hours welding- and I'm guessing about half of that was actual weld time. LOTS of monkeying with settings and adjusting things and seeing what knob...
Forum: The Garage 02-10-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
Wow, glad I got mine when I did!

Wow, glad I got mine when I did!
Forum: The Garage 02-08-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Will do. I messed around with it a bit more on...

Will do. I messed around with it a bit more on Friday but not a whole lot more to add to my other thread as of yet.
Forum: The Garage 02-06-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
Well I hauled it in to school and set it up. ...

Well I hauled it in to school and set it up. Right off the bat I noticed this...

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-Mtf2cFw/0/L/IMG_7409-L.jpg

Plastic grating was cracked on...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
This worried me a little... ...

This worried me a little...

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-XX43bvb/0/L/IMG_7399-L.jpg

But everything looks okay.
...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By dorkpunch
Alphatig 200x Review.

Yeah, one of those "Cheap chinsy Chineese crap welders".

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71cbrnWCIbL._SX355_.jpg

I've been sort of looking to upgrade my wicked old Century 5-star welder...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4,644
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Posted By dorkpunch
AC, high freq start, you can adjust the thing 5...

AC, high freq start, you can adjust the thing 5 ways from Sunday- pulse, ac balance, etc etc. I've been looking for a TIG welder that can do all this for 2 years. Haven't been able to find ANYTHING...
Forum: The Garage 02-05-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Will do. :rolleyes ...

Will do. :rolleyes




http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-C5SVpmb/0/L/IMG_7414-L.jpg

:deal

Still experiminting with all of the settings. Goal is to be able to do thin...
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,094
Posted By dorkpunch
Dug the rest of the bits out of the box. Going...

Dug the rest of the bits out of the box. Going to drag it all into school tomorrow and try it out after classes. Will start a new thread with a review on it and lots of pics.
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,094
Posted By dorkpunch
Mine just showed up. ...

Mine just showed up.

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-wZgJtnZ/0/L/IMG_7400-L.jpg

FFAASSTT shipping- Ordered it late Friday night. Got a shipping notice late Monday, and...
Forum: The Garage 02-04-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
:deal ...

:deal

http://dorkpunch.smugmug.com/Other/Dugs-Junk-2015/i-wZgJtnZ/0/L/IMG_7400-L.jpg
Forum: The Garage 01-31-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
Awesome. I already ordered mine last night after...

Awesome. I already ordered mine last night after a lot of researching. I did get the 2015 model. Hoping it holds up well!
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
I'm 2 lbs away from pulling the 5 lb trigger on...

I'm 2 lbs away from pulling the 5 lb trigger on one this weekend. Still hoping something name brand / used pops up locally but if I can't find anything by Saturday I'm pretty sure that's the route...
Forum: The Garage 01-29-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
The "contamination" you are seeing is "slag"-...

The "contamination" you are seeing is "slag"- flux core welder. Hate that stuff, sticks to my hood and everything else and makes it darn hard to see what you're doing...

Free metal is a big deal....
Forum: The Garage 01-27-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Anyone have any first hand experience with these?...

Anyone have any first hand experience with these?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81LmZUx4GeL._SL1500_.jpg

They seem to get great reviews and the price is definitely decent...
...
Forum: The Garage 01-24-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
I haven't done this yet, but in my "new" shop we...

I haven't done this yet, but in my "new" shop we hopefully get to move into this summer I plan on buying a couple of sheets of concrete backer board to use as backstops from welding sparks and flying...
Forum: The Garage 01-22-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
More info on the welder? Sounds like exactly...

More info on the welder? Sounds like exactly what I need!
Forum: The Garage 01-05-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6,446
Views: 2,859,768
Posted By dorkpunch
That bike could use some stickers... :norton

That bike could use some stickers... :norton
Forum: The Garage 01-03-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
Good to know. I'm looking at it primarily to...

Good to know. I'm looking at it primarily to finish up a light gauge aluminum project- making my own aluminum gas tank for a cafe racer. I'll be doing 20g 5052 aluminum. My current welder only...
Forum: The Garage 01-02-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 638,011
Posted By dorkpunch
For what its worth, it helps a lot to practice...

For what its worth, it helps a lot to practice the rythm- dip, jump, dip, jump, dip, jump, with the welder OFF. I suck at welding, so I run a few "air beads" just to get the motion down- you can...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-27-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 665,771
Posted By dorkpunch
The piston is probably still fine. You may be...

The piston is probably still fine. You may be lucky and only need a new valve and some gaskets, but the bigger issue is why did the valve bend in the first place. Usually culprit it a loose or worn...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-27-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 665,771
Posted By dorkpunch
Yup, sounds bent. If you pull the head you will...

Yup, sounds bent. If you pull the head you will probably see a half moon shape ding in the carbon on top of the piston where the valve hit it...
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