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#1 lyall ONLINE  

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 10:12 PM

I always went to my neighbor to get things welder. And the other day he said that I can have his old MW stick welder, he has not used it in years. He like his other welder better. He gave me a box of welding sticks. I was at a garage sale and they had a welding helmet for $2.00, so I bought it. Had to buy the outlet for the welder $7.00. Had the welding gloves, son uses them when he barques.
Tonight I was cleaning up my deck and notice I have a 6 inch long crack in the deck. so I cleaned up the deck so that I can weld it. Got the crack all welded up. Not the best welding job, but I think it should hold.
The last time I welded was around 40 years ago.
Welding does take practice. Hope the wife does not look at the electric bill to hard.

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Posted August 22, 2011 - 10:39 PM

lyall, It's never too late to learn or re-learn things. You are correct, it just takes practice and the right rod for the job.. Good Luck...
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Posted August 22, 2011 - 11:37 PM

Welding is like riding a bicycle, you'll be a little wobbly at first but then things will fall in place again.
Good luck and have fun.
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 04:00 AM

Good luck, lyall. Grab some scrap pieces and practice a bit. What size/type rod have you got? At least you have your neighbor close for help.
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 04:19 AM

lyall, It's never too late to learn or re-learn things. You are correct, it just takes practice and the right rod for the job.. Good Luck...



You are 100% correct,practice is the key.
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 06:58 AM

I keep telling myself I will get better with practice... The problem is, I don't take the time to practice.

Congrats on the tool addition, I got mine in trade for hauling a buddies car.
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Posted August 23, 2011 - 10:09 PM

I have to go to my brother's. He has acres of steel laying around. He uses it for making thing to sell a craft shows. He has been doing it for over 30 years and making a living at it. He says the rustier it is the more he can charge. I have to trade him a cement mixer for the steel

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 12:51 AM

by a auto darkening helmet. They help to.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 05:09 AM

I have two auto darkening helmets, I like the Hobart one the best. Not sure of the brand of the other one.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 06:35 AM

Have fun with it lyall. I have learning to weld on my list for after I retire. I am starting to look now for used gear.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:12 AM

A self darkening helmet is great. I have a Speedglass that I got quite a few years ago and I still love it. Practice makes perfect and I know I am far from perfect :D

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 04:11 PM

Welding old stuff up and making things are a lot of fun, Maybe someday I will learn how, I'm still learning the rods make all the difference.

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Posted November 24, 2011 - 11:07 PM

got a lot of welding rod (different sizes) from my brother and some steel to practice on.
having fun with the different rods and setting the amps to to get a good weld
so far I made the 2 front lift rods for the snow blower and front blade - for the 212 and 214 used the the one off the 100 as a pattern.
cost around $10 for the 3/8 rod and clevis for each lift rod. they work great.
got to do some welding on the front end loader

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Posted December 03, 2011 - 10:52 AM

Tell wife it costs money to save money.
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Posted December 03, 2011 - 11:24 AM

Sounds like your coming right along. It's nice your enjoying yourself and making useful items for your tractors. The really neat thing about welding is the learning curve never ends.
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