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    What do you remember about the first thing you ever welded?

    For some on this forum, that might have been yesterday. For others, Thomas Edison might have been involved.

    Do you remember any specifics about it?

    I was 12 and it was with my grandfather. I specifically remember that the rods said 6013 and I had no idea what that meant, but I was aware that it was probably important. It went something like this:

    The first thing I ever welded was a dozen railroad spikes to a bucket cutting edge when I was about 12 years old. My grandfather showed me how to do it and got me started. We used a Lincoln AC 225 and 6013 rods. I remember it to this day. The teeth were darn cheap and they lasted until you drove hard into solid rock, so the one on each end is twisted like a snaggle tooth.

    The tractor and my grandfather are long since gone, but somewhere in one of my junk heaps, I still have whats left of that cutting edge with the railroad spike teeth.

    It's kind of cool that I still have the first thing I ever welded. How's that for being a nostalgic packrat!

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  • #2
    My early experiments were mostly with a crude version of the explosive welding technique. Unfortunatly, I was never able to achieve fusion with gunpowder, gasoline and primers.

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    • #3
      First one that i really had fun!

      This was 36 hrs of,schedule oblige,intense hard fun.The 2 plant mechanics and i had to get this within a 6mm tolerance.We got it within 4mm.With their super smooth old Hobart Megaflex 450,3 rolls of 0.045 Blueshield gas-shielded and the hottest girl doing fire watch,it was good no time to waist action.This job was given to me by one of my teachers who didnt want it at the time.Lots of left and right handed welds to get the bottom welds in.
      Frank
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      • #4
        Oh man, thats asking alot expecting us to remember THAT far back! LOL

        I have no recollection of WHAT I welded, but I know it happened in Flagstaff AZ, was with my dad and it was oxy-acetylene and it was probly around 1980, I would guess. It probly had something to do with bmx bicycles, since I was always working on them, or on one of dads trucks, since he was always working them. Probly some broken whatever thing that we had no money to replace with a new part.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Frank Motoweld View Post
          This was 36 hrs of,schedule oblige,intense hard fun.The 2 plant mechanics and i had to get this within a 6mm tolerance.We got it within 4mm.With their super smooth old Hobart,3 rolls of 0.045 Blueshield gas-shielded and the hottest girl doing fire watch,it was good no time to waist action.This job was given to me by one of my teachers who didnt want it at the time.Lots of left and right handed welds to get the bottom welds in.
          Frank
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          Now that's the way to hit the ground running and get thrown right into the action!

          Where's the pics of the hot women??
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          • #6
            My first project!
            Contrary to popular belief, there was steel involved.

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            • #7
              Ya Frank, you had my attention until the fire watch gal and then I was lost on the rest of your story.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Desertrider33 View Post
                Now that's the way to hit the ground running and get thrown right into the action!

                Where's the pics of the hot women??
                I was not the one who took the pics,no cameras allowed in the plant.They,i guess,carefully choose the pics they give.So no hot girl
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                • #9
                  Here's something I can remember very distinctly that happened probly around 1983 or so. Forever the jr high smarta$$, I tried to prove dad wrong that aluminum could be welded without using heli-arc (called TIG now days). I tried to weld some alumnium tent poles together, probly about 3/4" dia and about 16 ga wall, I would guess. Not knowing anything about the existence of aluminum gas welding flux, I just went to town on those tubes with the oxy/ace torch and some aluminum wire. No such luck, sorta melted together but broke apart right away. Might of worked with flux! I haven't tried gas welding aluminum since then.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Frank Motoweld View Post
                    This was 36 hrs of,schedule oblige,intense hard fun.The 2 plant mechanics and i had to get this within a 6mm tolerance.We got it within 4mm.With their super smooth old Hobart,3 rolls of 0.045 Blueshield gas-shielded and the hottest girl doing fire watch,it was good no time to waist action.This job was given to me by one of my teachers who didnt want it at the time.Lots of left and right handed welds to get the bottom welds in.
                    Frank
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                    Frank

                    You had me going "wow, what a shop", until I reread the post about the plant mechanics. Unless of course, that is your shop Anyway, what a project, into the frying pan and into the fire all at the same time.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Frank Motoweld View Post
                      I was not the one who took the pics,no cameras allowed in the plant.They,i guess,carefully choose the pics they give.So no hot girl
                      Frank
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                      • #12
                        Before Edison?

                        Please tell me there is no one who did their first welding project the same year they got their bible autographed
                        Frank

                        The weaving loom that went on that foundation weighed a meer 45 tons and was just about 50' long.German engineers in with the machine the following week to assemble it.A $2.2 millions install for them.No room for SNAFU.
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                        • #13
                          Mine would have been some practice coupons my freshman year of high school (1996), they welds were done with a Hobart handler 125 mig. I remember I was just itching to try welding with the mig welders (they were brand new that year in the metals shop). I also remember taking my first set of coupons to the teacher to ask him how they looked (like every other student) and the teacher says "looks like you got it" I was in total disbelief. That was in the fall, that next spring I had I job in a welding shop.

                          (I still talk to my shop teacher from high school from time to time)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Desertrider33 View Post
                            Here's something I can remember very distinctly that happened probly around 1983 or so. Forever the jr high smarta$$, I tried to prove dad wrong that aluminum could be welded without using heli-arc (called TIG now days). I tried to weld some alumnium tent poles together, probly about 3/4" dia and about 16 ga wall, I would guess. Not knowing anything about the existence of aluminum gas welding flux, I just went to town on those tubes with the oxy/ace torch and some aluminum wire. No such luck, sorta melted together but broke apart right away. Might of worked with flux! I haven't tried gas welding aluminum since then.
                            I know we all hate to admit it, but our dads were usually correct.
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                            • #15
                              I cant recall what the first thing was that I ever welded but I can recall the first time I ever burned my eyes badly watching someone weld. Its been about 42 years back. I was helping a guy weld a shifter on the floor of a 1957 Chevy. As he would get the carpet on fire I would put it out with water.

                              It was about 10 hours later and all **** went wrong with my eyes, I had no idea what was wrong with them. Took a trip to the ER and the doctor immediately asked me if I had been around any welding operations. I didn't get much sleep that night as I was keeping wet warm wash cloths on my eyes all night and putting eye drops in my eyes. I didn't think my eyes would ever be worth a darn again. I was probably about 16 or so at the time.

                              P.S. Hope I didn't hijack your thread.

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