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  • #16
    i just cleaned them up with a stainless wire brush then welded. im not gonna say its easy but not really that hard either. i think mainly just heat control and knowing your machine. advice i could would be if you have hf intensity adjustment turn it down and have a good ground. 1/16 tungsten and 1/16 or smaller filler would pry make it easier and make a smaller weld. but you dont really need anything special. heres a pic i did of one with 3/32 tungsten ans 3/32 filler rod. i think it was around 35-40 amps on a synchrowave 350lx
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    • #17
      Originally posted by spence648 View Post
      i just cleaned them up with a stainless wire brush then welded. im not gonna say its easy but not really that hard either. i think mainly just heat control and knowing your machine. advice i could would be if you have hf intensity adjustment turn it down and have a good ground. 1/16 tungsten and 1/16 or smaller filler would pry make it easier and make a smaller weld. but you dont really need anything special. heres a pic i did of one with 3/32 tungsten ans 3/32 filler rod. i think it was around 35-40 amps on a synchrowave 35olx[/IMG]
      Your pic link didnt work out so well. I have a Syncrowave 200.
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      • #18
        sorry took me awhile to figure it out lol.

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        • #19
          I like TIG welding but have never really seen the need to weld soda cans. It seems more like a parlor trick than anything useful. I guess the question would be if anyone has ever made anything useful out of them.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by spence648 View Post
            sorry took me awhile to figure it out lol.
            Looks pretty good.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by kraythe View Post
              I like TIG welding but have never really seen the need to weld soda cans. It seems more like a parlor trick than anything useful. I guess the question would be if anyone has ever made anything useful out of them.
              It is more of a "parlor trick". What use could you actually get out of welding pop cans together? Other then showing off what use could you get out of welding aluminum foil? Thats all it is. Just something to show off.
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              • #22
                I still think it's cool though whether there's a use for it or not.
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                • #23
                  pry not a need to weld up cans, but i disagree it is usefull. it can make you a better welder. if a person trys to weld cans together and cant do it. he or she is going to gain by keep trying till they get it down. once you are able to do it consistantly you just learned how to weld on thinner matieral than before.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by spence648 View Post
                    pry not a need to weld up cans, but i disagree it is usefull. it can make you a better welder. if a person trys to weld cans together and cant do it. he or she is going to gain by keep trying till they get it down. once you are able to do it consistantly you just learned how to weld on thinner matieral than before.
                    I totally agree with you & whats cheaper to practice tig welding aluminum on than pop cans.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by J C View Post
                      What kind of aluminum are pop cans are made of? Do they require any prep work or can you just start welding them? Please make your suggestions. Feel fre to post pics of any you've done. Oh yeah I was thinking of welding the bottoms together.
                      To answer your first question. The top of pop cans is made of 5182 the rest is 3004. Check out the following link for more information:

                      http://machinedesign.com/article/alu...velopment-1209
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Don52 View Post
                        To answer your first question. The top of pop cans is made of 5182 the rest is 3004. Check out the following link for more information:

                        http://machinedesign.com/article/alu...velopment-1209
                        Alright. Thanks for the info.
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                        • #27
                          beer cans are better

                          drink 2 try to weld. drink 2 more and try again. keep repeating, something good will happen eventually.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by cayager View Post
                            drink 2 try to weld. drink 2 more and try again. keep repeating, something good will happen eventually.
                            After 6 or 7 rounds of this I know I was pretty good. Had trouble the following morning trying to remember where I put the TIG machine though.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by kraythe View Post
                              I like TIG welding but have never really seen the need to weld soda cans. It seems more like a parlor trick than anything useful. I guess the question would be if anyone has ever made anything useful out of them.
                              I had a friend who drank enough beer that if he were able to have found someone to weld them together he could have built a mansion out of empty beer cans.
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                              • #30
                                Hey there guys, stumbled across this forum and thought i would have a crack at welding cans and some foil.

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