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Old 08-19-2013, 04:14 AM   #2431
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All information is helpfull :) My previous examples are the result of learning how to weld thin sheet metal, 0.8 to 1 mm. I've been laying welds on old (cleaned) 2 and 3 mm metal and that's a lot easier. With the basic setting of wire speed on three and adjusting the current to the thickness (the company I bought it from stated for this machine: wire speed on 3, current on 1 for 1mm, 2 for 2mm, and so on as a starting point) i get reasonable results. A friend who welds heavy stuff gives me some tips ('move faster', 'more gas' as the most frequent ones), so I'm slowly getting there.

Ah well, it's something you have to do a lot and develop a feeling for it. Like most arts :)
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:19 AM   #2432
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One other mistake: way to close with my face at the place I'm welding. A bit of thinking 'damn this is dark' so I move closer with the result that I only see the weld puddle. I've been laying down great welds about 1/8 of an inch from the place I wanted it to be. Or with a nice curve so I move away from the right spot :). Moving back with my face, I realised I could not only see the weld puddle a lot better, so I could control it (sort of) better, but also the surroundings.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:07 AM   #2433
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One other mistake: way to close with my face at the place I'm welding. A bit of thinking 'damn this is dark' so I move closer with the result that I only see the weld puddle. I've been laying down great welds about 1/8 of an inch from the place I wanted it to be. Or with a nice curve so I move away from the right spot :). Moving back with my face, I realised I could not only see the weld puddle a lot better, so I could control it (sort of) better, but also the surroundings.

Sounds like you're already getting the hang of it. There are a lot of variables like travel speed, stickout length, hand angle, pushing or pulling the weld, etc, etc. Also, the way you hold your tongue.

It sounds as though you have manual control of your gas flow at the trigger. If so, another good trick is to go half trigger before you start welding to have about half a second of preflow, perform your weld, then pause again at half trigger for postflow for two seconds or so. That will give you very nice results and doesn't take long to get the hang of.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:17 AM   #2434
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Got my Eastwood mig 175 with spool gun today ! Took a welding class a couple years ago and am finally getting to do it. Mostly hobby welding but I'm sure I'll do stuff for friends. First issue which I knew about beforehand is my 220 outlet is a 15 A config I think (even though its a 20a circuit. The Eastwood has a 50 A style plug, dang. Right now the outlet (in garage is being used for the compressor (one outlet). What would you do? Make an adapter? Change the compressor plug and outlet? Thanks, great thread 'still catching up.
Nice! Post up some progress shots once you get rolling!

Yep, what trasko said. Rough-in a 50A plug. You could possibly run your welder at a lower amperage, but it won't be able to perform to it's full thickness weld rating.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:20 AM   #2435
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Off topic, I know. Sorry. Here's a project I've been working on for way too long...





Love reading the updates in this thread- they remind me I'm sposed to be gettin this thing done. I need all the prodding I can get I guess...
Very nice work! The time you spent on those gusset plates was well worth it. They look awesome!

Not a hi-jack at all. I really enjoy seeing what you guys are working on. I think we give each other good ideas.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:32 AM   #2436
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I get a little more time to devote to smoker 2.0 after getting up from night shift. I gimped my back up last week by twisting while dragging a small MC lift and OH BOY! That hurt. It took about 3 minutes to stand up straight. No fun.

I ease back into my project and avoid all heavy lifting.




I source some AWESOME Tel-Tru 5" O.D. silicone filled gauges on ebay. I bought a few extra for the next project.

I lay out where I want the thermometers to go and drill with a 7/8" holesaw.



I cut a 1/2" N.P.T. pipe coupling in half to make 2 wells.





All welded with the MIG. The pivoting heads are nice, but they stick out a bit more than I hoped they would.



I cut a piece of 6" x 1/4" wall pipe to length to make the shrouds. I then cut the pipe in half lengthwise at an angle so that each side is equal. Now I use a scrap piece of 2"x4" to drag around the radius of the door to transfer a cut mark on the pipe.



Corners dressed up with a flap wheel. That will work!



Me so happy.


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Old 08-19-2013, 07:42 AM   #2437
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Thermometers protected with welding sleeves while I weld on some 5/16" U-bolts. They will be attachment points for aircraft cable that will then attach to a counterbalance weight. I hope, anyway. I think I can work something out.



I buy some stove handles on ebay. They are supposed to be stainless steel, but if they are, they must be a poor grade. I should not have been able to make this nice of a weld with argon and mild steel wire.

I bend 5/8" O.D. DOM in a back-to-back 90 for a handle. I have to trim a coil or two off each end of the spring handle to get it to slip over the DOM and around the bend.



Centered-up and fully welded in place.



Interior lid view.



She's coming right along...



Maybe more this evening if my back holds out. Just call me gimpy.

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:43 AM   #2438
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Please tell me that's actually getting painted on.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #2439
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Should have put the loops on 90 off so they looked like eyebrows.



Take a straight on shot and I bet the handle looks like a mouth!

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:49 AM   #2440
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It sounds as though you have manual control of your gas flow at the trigger. If so, another good trick is to go half trigger before you start welding to have about half a second of preflow, perform your weld, then pause again at half trigger for postflow for two seconds or so.
I try to do that. Sometimes i forget at the end. At the beginning I automatically start to do that.

Now I'l focus on how I keep my tongue. Biting it distracts a bit. I'm looking around for parts (barrel, pipes, bars) for a rocket heater for my garage. The small wood stove that's in there is nice for chilly evenings, but last winter I could hardly do anything in my garage because it was to damn cold. Learning stuff like welding is fun in you're really making something, although I think the highest costs will be in the flapwheels and cutting wheels for my grinder to remove fautly welds and dressing up ugly ones.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:33 PM   #2441
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Rube Goldberg would be proud of what I'm about to post next...

5/8" DOM bent and tacked in place. I don't know if this will work just yet, so I don't commit to a full weld.



Tabs made of 1 1/2" x 3/16" flat bar. 2" sheaves from the gantry self-lifting idea that didn't quite pan out.



It's ALIVE! It looks completely ridiculous. Perfect!



1/4" wire rope and all associated goodies from the no-go gantry project. A tractor suitcase weight provides extra muscle. I think it's 40lbs.





...sort of resembles a Bug-Eyed Sprite...










I can't help but laugh when I look at it. Perfect!


Now I can final weld the DOM now that I see it will work. Personal sanity day is almost over. Back to customer builds tomorrow, which is also a good thing!


...and nary a dead horse was saddled.

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Old 08-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #2442
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I soooo hope you are planning a cool custom
paint job for this one...
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:58 AM   #2443
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I soooo hope you are planning a cool custom
paint job for this one...

I don't think I will get too crazy on the paint. I'm thinking basic BBQ flat black and maybe use some One-Shot and pinstripe around the gauges and the doors with red and white like a traditional 50's era hot rod. I'm not even sure how the One-Shot will hold up to the heat.

Smoking at 225 shouldn't do any harm, but grilling with charcoal above 400 may ruin a fancy paintjob.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:23 AM   #2444
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yous gots options.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/spraypaintd...FUdo7AodRywACg
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:21 AM   #2445
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Very true.


I think I will keep it simple because I'm thinking I may sell it to fund smoker 3.0. Sickness? Yes.


Of course, I'll use it a few times first!
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