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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Gas Cylinder Question
    Years ago, I was given 4 of those 300cuft CO2 tanks, and couldn't get them filled.
    They were 'left behinds' when the owners of the business where they'd been went to prison--
    for about a million years. At the time, selling cocaine paid better than welding.

    One of them I...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-31-2011, 10:48 PM.

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  • Cool......
    Remember I was told I had too much time on my hands when I built the bowling ball mortar----
    something practical, and which I desperatly needed!
    So be prepared.

    A conversion for the rig that might work better:
    1. Build a decent frame for it, add...
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  • Home/Hobby shop type welding is great. I'm as supportive of new people getting into it as I can.
    Read the thread of the folks here that have daytime jobs that don't even relate to professional welding.
    It opens lots of doors to do things that were impossible before ya took it up. ...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-15-2011, 11:43 PM.

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  • Without a big long sermon-
    Your main concern should be using the right equipment for the job.
    Or, just limiting yourself to things that only flux core can do.
    Using the wrong equip. for a job, is like trying to 'un-ring' a bell:
    If/When a weld fails, no excuse will be good...
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  • Sounds like the problem was solved quickly, and with justice for all.
    Ya can't ask for much more than that.

    With advancing age, I have found that if you don't expect very much from others-
    You won't be so easily dissapointed by them either....
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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to ot surface rust stain
    Something that might work is that CLR stuff available at the grocery store.
    I've had good luck with it getting rid of rust stains on other things.
    You'll probably need to get all the oil off first.
    I thinks its just a weak solution of Hydrocloric acid, and won't go through oil...
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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Bowling ball mortar
    Yeah, yeah,yeah,,,,, You snot nosed, young a##-^(, so & so,,,,,,,:
    I got socks & underwear older than you are.

    Productive?
    What do ya know about that %#*@?.......
    Heck, I've been slaving over a hot Paint gun, Antique MIG, a pair of worn out Vice-grips, ...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-07-2011, 12:42 AM.

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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Bowling ball mortar
    Thanks everybody..
    I saw that episode too. The one they bought was a Coehorn type.
    They are smaller, lighter, and traveled with mobile Infantry & Artillery forces.
    They have a big block of wood for a base instead of a cast Iron sided sled.
    The coastal defense ones were...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-04-2011, 10:32 PM.

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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Bowling ball mortar
    No, 4 oz. by weight is pretty much the standard for these.
    Youtube has lots of videos of folks firing them, and many are just the top section of a tank with a fuse hole drilled in it. The serious Black Powder cannon guys refer to those as 'Darwin Mortars'.

    There's recomendations...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-04-2011, 10:33 PM.

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  • Winger Ed.
    started a topic Bowling ball mortar

    Bowling ball mortar

    Here's a project I recently finished:
    Its a functioning replica of a 1844 Costal Defense mortar built mostly with about 450 lbs. of 1/4" plate,
    a 300 cu.ft. gas cylinder, and a 7" section of 6" roundstock for the breech plug/powder chamber.
    Using a 1/4 pound charge...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-04-2011, 12:24 AM.

  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Trade in a welder?
    I'd keep the MIG, and shop around for a used TIG in good shape that is a brand you can get parts for. If you're patient, you can probably find a nice one for about half what they cost new.

    Also, get a TIG that is bigger and more 'capable' than you think you'll need.
    I've never...
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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to antique welder question
    Way cool.........
    Sounds like you got a old machine that was made/built/used specifically---
    to build "Liberty Ships", or Sherman Tanks for use in WWII.
    Most of both were made with 1" plate for the hulls.

    The (stick) machine was pre-adjusted at the...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 08-06-2010, 01:43 AM.

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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to Unwanted helpers
    Its not too big a problem in the city,
    but a buddy used to weld a lot of pipe out in open areas around here-
    He told of having a little bit of trouble with those big, black & yellow, fat bodied,
    'bumble bees' that nest in a hole in the ground.
    And they really hurt,,,,,,,...
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    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 08-04-2010, 10:25 PM.

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  • I've done a few panels like that on a 70GMC pickup, but made the cutout with a die grinder.
    It'll work, you might want to put back up strips/tabs inside the cutout to keep the patch from falling through the hole.
    However, doing it with a flanging tool really is the way to go, especially...
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  • Winger Ed.
    replied to back lashing
    I've had tips on my Linc. 170 that looked OK, and wire seemed to slide through fine- but the wire dragged when I used it. Changing to a brand new tip fixed it.
    However; running the gun up close to the welding flame really shortens the life of the tip too..... especially at the higher heat s...
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