As of right now, the only useable welder I have is my little 110V MIG. I am getting an engine driven welder from my Uncle Kevin (HERE), but all I have right now is the engine block. I either need to rebuild the engine, or find another. I have no idea when I am getting the rest of the welder and engine parts, but in the meantime I am looking for a replacement engine.
A few of you have been following my PK dump tractor build (HERE), which is currently on hold until I figure out how I can weld it together. I told my Uncle that it was on hold, and a day later he called me and said he found somebody to let me borrow their welder! I asked what it was, and he told me it was one of the Lincoln Tombstones, I then had to break the news that I do not have a 220V outlet in my garage. After a second of thought, I decided I could run it off of a generator. So, I made the trip to his house, which is almost an hour one way, to get the welder. When I got there I first wanted to see if it was a DC welder, which it was not. Although it was not DC, I did not want to pass up an opportunity to borrow a good welder. Since I do not have a stick welder, I had to stop and get a box of electrodes. When I got home, I wanted to run a few passes, so I went to borrow Neighbor Dave's generator, and we saw that it had the wrong style plug. Also, the generator is only 30 amps, and I really need 50 to run the welder. So now, I have a welder sitting in my garage taking up valuable space.
I called my Uncle to tell him of the set-back, and he reminded me that another uncle (also Kevin, we can call him Kevin D) is a master electrician, and could put an outlet in my garage without even thinking about it. Next problem... Uncle Kevin D lives hours deep into Long Island! Uncle Kevin C then told me that Uncle Kevin D is coming up on the 20th for my cousin's graduation party! So, when Uncle Kevin D comes up I will see if he can put a 220V outlet in my garage. Then, I might be able to finally get some welding done! The only downside is that I have to wait two weeks, but that is my only option at this point.