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Don52
Don52
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Last Activity: 07-29-2021, 12:47 PM
Joined: 05-03-2008
Location: Troy, MI
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  • Don52
    replied to Steel Rack Extension
    I really like all of the Fireball products.
    I would like to purchase the next larger size square as well.
    it will have to wait, because I just bought a precision 8” Chuck for my lathe.

    -Don...
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    Last edited by Don52; 07-29-2021, 12:47 PM.

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  • Don52
    replied to Steel Rack Extension
    6. Weld-2


    Here are two pictures of the extension frames on top of the existing steel rack.

    7. Frame-1



    8. Frame-2


    I blind riveted tabs on the end of the extensions to align the extensions with the existing columns of the...
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  • Don52
    started a topic Steel Rack Extension

    Steel Rack Extension

    I have a couple of heavy-duty racks that I use to store steel. One of the racks sticks through a hole in the wall which limits the maximum height of the rack. I decided to cut off the unusable top of the rack and use it to extend the height of a second rack, located in my addition, where there is more...
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    Mark primed the welded area and hooked up the cables. It worked as expected. Here are a few pictures.





    Mark said that he was going to remove the pulleys that provide side tension to the cables, which are shown below, because they no longer serve any purpose....
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    Thanks.



    It was a very peaceful place.



    It has been raining almost every day here in Michigan, so it took us awhile to find a day that had no rain and light wind. We were fortunate to find such a day..

    -Don...
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    Here is a picture of the offshore pylon with the new bracket welded in place.

    21. Offshore pylon done


    Here is a picture of the Land side pylon with the new bracket welded in place.

    22. Land side pylon done


    Here is a close up of the two...
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    The second pass was done with the following:

    Rod: 1/8” 7018
    Current: 105 amps
    Polarity: DCEP
    Dig: 30%
    Motion: Inverted Vee

    16. Second pass


    I beveled the ¼” top plate at a 30° angle. It had a 3/32” root gap.

    The first...
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    This is a picture of me welding the offshore bracket to the pylon.

    11. Welding bracket


    Before I welded the bracket, I tack welded the four corners to keep it from moving during welding.

    12.Tack-1


    13. Tack-2


    14. Tack...
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  • Don52
    replied to Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets
    6. weld view1


    7. weld view 2


    The pylons were driven 30 years ago and the pipes weren’t new when they were driven. The pylon closest to the shore was in very good shape.

    8. Land side pylon


    The next two pictures show that the offshore...
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  • Don52
    started a topic Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets

    Welding of Boat Hoist Brackets

    My friend and customer Mark owns a home on Lake Saint Claire here in Michigan. Recently the water level of the lake has been very high. The problem is that his boat hoist can’t lift the carriage that holds the boat high enough to get the carriage out of the waves. This causes the waves to beat the...
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  • Don52
    replied to Flitch plates
    What is the reason for using this type of construction?
    I am guessing that they want a thinner floor?

    -Don
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  • Don52
    replied to Rod oven carrier modification.
    I guess the operating cost will depend on how well insulated the rod ovens are. The high initial cost of a large rod oven has discouraged me from purchasing one up to now.

    -Don
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  • Don52
    replied to Rod oven carrier modification.
    11. Bun warmer open


    Here in Michigan, it has been raining almost every day. I left an open package of 6011 rods out for one week, between practice sessions. The rods absorbed moisture and sputtered when I tried to use them. The package says to heat the rods from 70 to 80° C (158...
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  • Don52
    replied to Rod oven carrier modification.
    To make the ring the first step was to bend a bar into a ring.

    6. Bending bar


    7. Ready for welding


    8. Ring welded


    9. Rod holder complete


    I keep my conventional rods (all rods except low hydrogen) in a bun warmer...
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  • Don52
    started a topic Rod oven carrier modification.

    Rod oven carrier modification.

    In the past I would purchase low hydrogen rods such as 7018 in ten pound hermitically sealed containers, as shown below.


    1. Ten pounds of rods


    The problem is that once the container is opened you need to store it in an oven at 250° F, to prevent the rods from...
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