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    I'm very new to the welding world, just starting my 2nd project. I want to weld steel ball bearings, low carbon, 1 1/4", to a piece of tubing. I've already figured out that the tubing melts, but I have found a way around that. I had already welded 3 of the bearings when someone told me to be careful because the bearing could explode. Now I'm scared to finish with the rest of the 25 that need to be welded. Is this true? I tried searching the internet, but could find only where hollow balls exploded. Thanks for any input! (I should say, these are solid steel, not hollow.)
    Last edited by ipwallace; 09-06-2016, 11:59 AM.

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    Originally posted by ipwallace View Post
    I'm very new to the welding world, just starting my 2nd project. I want to weld steel ball bearings, low carbon, 1 1/4", to a piece of tubing. I've already figured out that the tubing melts, but I have found a way around that. I had already welded 3 of the bearings when someone told me to be careful because the bearing could explode. Now I'm scared to finish with the rest of the 25 that need to be welded. Is this true? I tried searching the internet, but could find only where hollow balls exploded. Thanks for any input!
    I have never heard of that one....

    Is there somebody out there that knows about Sploding Steel Spheres...??

    Methinks perhaps somebody is pulling your leg....
    Last edited by H80N; 09-06-2016, 11:06 AM.
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    • #3
      A hollow ball bearing just sounds like an oxymoron. Agree with the leg-pulling. :-)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post
        A hollow ball bearing just sounds like an oxymoron. Agree with the leg-pulling. :-)
        used to be on the bombing range.... (MAEWR)

        we would send the new guy on an emmiter site out to find a few gallons of "Radar Paint"...and some brushes... to spruce up the facility

        worked very time....

        http://www.radartutorial.eu/12.scope...20Mode.en.html

        Last edited by H80N; 09-06-2016, 12:08 PM.
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        • #5
          I have welded 100's of them on my iron projects with zero problems. Now drilling them is another problem...Bob
          Bob Wright

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          • #6
            Thanks for the input. I will continue on with my project. :-)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by H80N View Post

              used to be on the bombing range.... (MAEWR)

              we would send the new guy on an emmiter site out to find a few gallons of "Radar Paint"...and some brushes... to spruce up the facility

              worked very time....

              http://www.radartutorial.eu/12.scope...20Mode.en.html
              ...and I have actually witnessed a young Airman going around the base from shop to shop, guided by people helping him figure out where to get a bucket of prop wash.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aeronca41 View Post

                ...and I have actually witnessed a young Airman going around the base from shop to shop, guided by people helping him figure out where to get a bucket of prop wash.
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                • #9
                  ....where'd I put that roll of flight line?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
                    ....where'd I put that roll of flight line?
                    Yup... methinks somebody was funnin him.......
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                    • #11
                      ipwallace

                      Here is a sculpture I made without any issues.
                      The solid steel balls vary in size from 1/2" to 7/8" in diameter.
                      The steel rods are 1/4" diameter.
                      Miller Dynasty 350, Dynasty 210 DX, Hypertherm 1000, Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, large first aid kit, etc.

                      Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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                      • #12
                        I have heard of this .You are ok if you start welding on a corner

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                        • #13
                          We're just bustin your ball...bearings Wallace. Now you'll have to figure out how to get the guy back that told you about the exploding ball bearing thing.

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                          • #14
                            break one, then weld on part of it afterwards, and the go tell them you didn't believe them so you tried it and show them the pieces and say **** you boys were right. Make sure you get a good look at there faces when you say that. AND if you can, don't grin or smirk when you do it.

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                            • #15
                              And put on an eye patch, tell them a shard of metal went right through the welding hood and put your eye ball out.

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