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Willvis
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  • Willvis
    replied to Welding 1" thick stainless
    Sounds like you know what your doing... Run a dye pen test on it maybe. Do the cracks go into the parent material and not the weld. If so Id say something messed up with the metal. Not sure what you could do in that case. Grind the cracks out and test with dye pen to make sure they are gone. They will...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Welding 1" thick stainless
    300 series Stainless doesn't typically crack. I would have tig welded it too, a lot cleaner then stick. Food grade stuff is usually 304 so you should have been fine using 308l or 316l. Is it possible its a 400 series stainless? Serms pretty unlikely. If it starts to get too hot it will start going black...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Manufacturing pontoon boats
    For sure, as far as staying busy that seems like it would depend on the demand in your area. Anyways that is most likely what I will do starting out. Repair work and maybe railings. I wasn't planing on jumping into building boats right away but Im trying to gather up info on them...
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  • Willvis
    replied to 4130 wheelie bars
    Sweet table, how thick is that and did you buy it like that. I dont know if what Ive welded is 4130 but Ive welded lots of 1 1/4 chrome for boiler/steam piping. We would use er80s-b2 / 8018 b2. Preheat to around 350 I think and then wrap it with a fiberglass heat wrap thing after. Do you use that same...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Welding cable diameter?
    Just do a google search for welding cable size chart. #1 should be plenty but you can probably go a bit smaller if you like. Smaller cable means it will heat up more and have more voltage drop. Your probably not going to overheat the cable even on something like #6 but the voltage drop might affect...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Manufacturing pontoon boats
    I dont want to get too far off topic but that is where I moved from 2 years ago, Leduc actually. Still been mostly working in Alberta. Lived there for 5 years but grew up around Vancouver.

    Still hoping someone will chime in more about the details of building the pontoons. Sure there may...
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  • Willvis
    replied to What Welder for Rig Truck?
    Pretty much what FusionKing said. I've been pressure for 12 years and still haven't been on pipeline.(never tried very hard tho) Its a lot who you know not what you know. I have a trailblazer 325 and a lot of guys in alberta run rangers but they are kind of laughed at buy the hardcore rig welders haha....
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  • Lookin good. What thickness are those elbows? They look thicker then the sanitary stuff. You can probably weld the flanges on without purge. For the butt joint I would put a bit of bevel on the ends. Then go low and slow, 60 amps or so and wait for the puddle to swirl. When the puddle is swirling you...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Manufacturing pontoon boats
    It is a beautiful area, I just moved here myself a few years ago. What part of the world do you live in?

    They say that warf is the longest in North America, I find that kind of suprising. I'm sure pontoon boats would sell well, the local marine stores wouldnt have so many in stock if that...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Manufacturing pontoon boats
    Salmon Arm. Its on shuswap lake which is pretty much the house boat capital of Canada. Competition would just be the other pontoon boats for sale at dealers. Theres on dealer in town that always has lots of pontoon boats. I actually want to go in and chat with then, it could be useful to use them as...
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  • Willvis
    replied to Manufacturing pontoon boats
    Interior of BC, Canada.
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  • Willvis
    started a topic Manufacturing pontoon boats

    Manufacturing pontoon boats

    I'm just about finished building a welding shop on my property. I feel like just trying to pick up repair work or maybe land some fabrication contracts could be pretty slow, but who knows. I like the idea of having something a guy could manufacture. I got a few ideas Ive been floating around but the...
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  • Willvis
    replied to End table coffee table build
    Nice. I love custom / hand made furniture. Is this for yourself or are you building for a customer or to sell?
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  • Willvis
    started a topic Shop doors.

    Shop doors.

    Some pictures of the doors Ive been building for my shop.
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  • Willvis
    replied to 3 phase inverter on single phase
    It has to be connected to l1 and l3 for sure. It wouldnt turn on otherwise. Ive been posting about the filter caps on an electronic forum and I think I found some that will work. They are huge and a bit expensive but would still be worth it.

    I was wondering the same thing as you about...
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  • Willvis
    replied to 3 phase inverter on single phase
    FusionKing,

    I hear what your saying and a part of me agrees. However I think selling a 3 phase power source that doesn't "do" anything is going to be really hard to sell. At least if I found a feeder for a reasonable price and it doesn't work out I can sell it as a package and...
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  • Willvis
    replied to 3 phase inverter on single phase
    I read the same thing. It does throw an error code when I power it up under single phase and run the software. But even under the possible solutions it says if single phase is intentional to make sure your procedure doesn't exceed the reduced current of single phase.

    It all kind of implies...
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  • Mine was a homemade setup. The blade was probably way to wide for the mower and it stuck out pretty far from the front which probably just made the front end way to heavy. Still by the time you buy weights, and the plow how much are you going to be into it for? I really dont think these mowers have...
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  • Willvis
    replied to 3 phase inverter on single phase
    So there is an option in the computer software to turn the output on for load banking the welder (for calibration). If I used a resistive load of some sort on the output stud at least that could tell me the load it should pull right? I have a 5500w heating element in a still I made. If I took the ohm...
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  • Willvis
    replied to 3 phase inverter on single phase
    That's one of the reasons Id like to make it work if possible. I still feel as though its going to have output even on single phase. Why would the write in the manual (it also comes up as a code) that weld output is reduced. You would think they would write that there is no output on single phase if...
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