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  1. One thing that really hurts the pocket book when...

    One thing that really hurts the pocket book when doing GTAW is the amount of gas and the cost of gas. GMAW is so much faster and so uses much less gas.
    Consider wire feed unless you intend to do...
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    Not uncommon. Worked with a guy who welded in a...

    Not uncommon. Worked with a guy who welded in a coal operation. He said that every time he struck up an arc near the conveyors he squinted by habit. The explosion would push open the pressure...
  3. Stray welding currents lead to all kinds of...

    Stray welding currents lead to all kinds of disasters. In one case our welder was going along doing flux core on a large weldment. He did not realize that the ground clamp had fallen off. He had...
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    My father started his business that was not...

    My father started his business that was not machine or mechanical in nature while surviving the Dirty Thirties. In the 1970's he had a heart attack and had to call it quits. The business sold for...
  5. I also use the stops. I did notice that most of...

    I also use the stops. I did notice that most of the stop fingers had fractured/snapped off on my machine. I had to make up steel fingers and braze them on the collars.
    At that point it worked...
  6. I have a similar problem in my 580. Since I am...

    I have a similar problem in my 580. Since I am the only one using it I have ignored it. On other clutch machines I have run there has always been a clear detent on the canter position but not with...
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    I had the benefit living next to an old...

    I had the benefit living next to an old foundryman who described the flu epedimic. All assemblies were closed. That included churches and movie houses. He told me that everyone went to work and...
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    Looks to me that the visible crack runs...

    Looks to me that the visible crack runs vertically from finger then runs a short distance diagonally. To me it looks like what I have seen in plate and rolled steel sections. In welding we call it...
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    42 wide would allow a 36 inch wide sheet cut at...

    42 wide would allow a 36 inch wide sheet cut at 31 degrees from my rough trig..... or would allow a 36 wide sheet to be rolled in a 42 inch wide rolls at 31 degrees.
    This kind of problem presented...
  10. The older the culture the worse this problem is. ...

    The older the culture the worse this problem is.
    It is here in North America but not as bad as Europe. When I was teaching high school in the 1970's I was visited by a retired teacher from...
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    Used alcohol in a spray bottle all the time for...

    Used alcohol in a spray bottle all the time for 6000 series extrusions and also 5000 series marine plate.... in a large shipyard. It did limit tooth pickup but not as well as saw wax. The problem...
  12. In my retirement I stumbled on a book describing...

    In my retirement I stumbled on a book describing the murder rates around the world. This husband wife team went over all the numbers looking for a common reason for murders. The classic accusations...
  13. I have been using a CPAP for about seven years...

    I have been using a CPAP for about seven years now. I used to have constant muscle ache like I had been weight training only it never went away. Three days into using the machine and the aches...
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    I found this idea of a plasma stream mysterious...

    I found this idea of a plasma stream mysterious until I remembered my aircraft maintenance training. Ignition systems on large radials was often pressurized so that the air in the distributor and...
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    I worked in a tank shop where they used DRY sand...

    I worked in a tank shop where they used DRY sand with great success bending for davits to hold flanges when unbolted. Filled pipe with one capped by welding a disc on the end. After filling and...
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    Getting side flashes as well as reflected light...

    Getting side flashes as well as reflected light is common in the trade. It is a matter of being careful and proactive. Some people never give it a thought. I have seen careless people with actual...
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    Oh to be young again....Big beams are fun,just...

    Oh to be young again....Big beams are fun,just measure more than twice when cutting. Welded wide range beams are much larger. I remember pushing over a bridge beam we were making into a logging...
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    I suggest you convert to metric. Do it in...

    I suggest you convert to metric. Do it in millimeters. You avoid fractions and decimals. so circumference is 48x12 = 576 add 5 for 581 convert to mm 581 x 25.4 = 14757 /8 = 1844.6 put that...
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    I read a book on corrosion that once temps fall...

    I read a book on corrosion that once temps fall below 45 F. corrosion rates plummet. In fact the corrosion rates in arctic tundra come close to the desert in Arizona. The tundra is not as dry but...
  20. Aluminum is expensive and it wears over time. ...

    Aluminum is expensive and it wears over time. Your tubes should be resting on short bars or edges at key locations and as mentioned a clamp or cam action should push the tube against the edges. ...
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    I am a retired steel fabricator so the longest...

    I am a retired steel fabricator so the longest time in one shop was about 7 long years. I was in for a project that would be successfully bid on and when the job was over I was also gone. The...
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    It is good to see someone taking the right action...

    It is good to see someone taking the right action by disposal. I was in one shop that had several slings with stretched links. Finally someone cut them up and laid them in front of the foreman's...
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    Something I discovered many years ago was that...

    Something I discovered many years ago was that water meters are normally leased to municipalities. That way taxpayers are on the hook for decades paying for something that rarely fails. I am on a...
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    Maybe make sweeps to check large and small ends...

    Maybe make sweeps to check large and small ends then prebend all the ends by feeding in a short distance from the back with the pinch rolls tight and the back roll tilted. If you have a good set of...
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    The process of choosing alloys and procedures is...

    The process of choosing alloys and procedures is in some ways "mystical".
    Now retired I was a fabricator on mostly structural and would locate as many as a thousand holes in beams in one shift. ...
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