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      06-04-2011 05:12 AM #151
      Well I am cheap and suck but here we go..

      Second TIG project and used left over stuff. SS exhaust pipe, 16GA. Cheap temp catch can.


      And added galvanized pipe.



      Now the part most of you will hate...



      First time TIG ever was my exhaust.




      So here a new person to TIG has posted
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      06-04-2011 08:13 AM #152
      for a first time your doing well at it

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      06-04-2011 11:19 PM #153
      is there anybody in jersey who would like some beer in exchange for spending the afternoon with me figuring out what the heck is going on with this welder? To say I'm getting frustrated is putting it mild ... I've had this thing a year and have yet to get a single solid weld out of it.

      I did try the outlet right off the panel the other day but it was windy and I doubt my little tent did enough to allow the gas to stay put. Speaking of gas, I was previously welding with 100% co2, and went to get a fresh bottle and got 75/25 argon. I have to do another little test weld using the outlet right off the panel which is on its own dedicated breaker just to compare with what I get on my remote outlet on the patio (my roof-less, wall-less garage). It did seem to get more usable amperage than the other one but I don't have any two pieces of work that are directly comparable. I think its gonna rain tomorrow anyway so ... bah

      Quote Originally Posted by Jckl View Post
      Now the part most of you will hate...
      it's got primary colors ... just seems like it has less red or blue than most welders like on a machine. what's so bad about that?
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      06-05-2011 08:14 AM #154
      Quote Originally Posted by cabrlicious View Post
      it's got primary colors ... just seems like it has less red or blue than most welders like on a machine. what's so bad about that?

      There is nothing wrong with it other than there are people who say anything other than the red or blue machines are garbage. This unit is actually a 250A TIG, Stick and 60A plasma combo and does both DC and AC. I have seen them weld just as good as a miller and in some cases better than the 200DX. I have not had any issues with mine yet and they offer a 5 year warranty so I decided I would give it a try and I like it.
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      06-06-2011 08:33 AM #155
      miller tig, syncrowave 250









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      06-06-2011 07:53 PM #156
      Very nice work indeed.

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      06-07-2011 05:13 AM #157
      How well do you guys like the eastwood MIGs?
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      06-07-2011 10:31 AM #158
      welded this up this morning, both bends and DV for a RX8 with a RX7 singal turbo swap

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      06-07-2011 08:11 PM #159
      Good work, I'm currently working on a stainless 4 inch schedule 80 pipe in the 6G position and do it left handed and right handed.

    10. 06-10-2011 11:00 AM #160
      Quote Originally Posted by cabrlicious View Post
      is there anybody in jersey who would like some beer in exchange for spending the afternoon with me figuring out what the heck is going on with this welder? To say I'm getting frustrated is putting it mild ... I've had this thing a year and have yet to get a single solid weld out of it.

      I did try the outlet right off the panel the other day but it was windy and I doubt my little tent did enough to allow the gas to stay put. Speaking of gas, I was previously welding with 100% co2, and went to get a fresh bottle and got 75/25 argon. I have to do another little test weld using the outlet right off the panel which is on its own dedicated breaker just to compare with what I get on my remote outlet on the patio (my roof-less, wall-less garage). It did seem to get more usable amperage than the other one but I don't have any two pieces of work that are directly comparable. I think its gonna rain tomorrow anyway so ... bah



      it's got primary colors ... just seems like it has less red or blue than most welders like on a machine. what's so bad about that?


      WIND IS A WELDERS WORST EMEMY! cant be ANY. like I said, even the ceiling fans in my shop, 14 feet up wont allow me to tig at all when i sit under them. Mig I can if I cup my hand/glove around the weld.

      Who ever said turn the flow up to 25-35 is nuts... please start buying argon fills from my store then buddy! I run my migs around 13 or so, but never above 20. TIG I am around 15 for aluminum with gas lenses and bump it up a little more for stainless (and longer post flow) to ensure a colorfull bead for the customer. Anything more is a straight waste of gas.

      100% co2 will get you better penetration/heat into the base metal, but piss poor shielding, since its still allowing oxygen into the puddle (porosity). Argon pushes oxygen away, thats why tig is usually done with PURE argon. Thats also why tig beads are perfectly clean, no soot or smutz anywhere. Empty that bottle of the CO2, have the shop purge it with pure argon to insure there isnt any junk air in there, and have them will it with standard 75/25 mix. You will notice a WORLD of difference. infact I would bet that as long as the machine doesn't have any gas line leaks (sucking in atmosphere through the leak) that might be entirely your problem.... minus welding outside in windstorms! lol

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      06-10-2011 11:17 PM #161
      Running %100 argon at 25CFH on a schedule 80 stainless pipe 6G with a backing ring with 120 amps on 5th layer at the moment using a Linde 300 oooollldd school set up and a number 5 gas lense.

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      06-12-2011 03:25 AM #162
      am i the only one running an ESAB welder? (digipulse xr)


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      06-12-2011 12:56 PM #163
      snap a pic of that if you can.... id like to see the sch 80 welds

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      06-12-2011 02:35 PM #164
      Quote Originally Posted by TBT-Syncro View Post
      am i the only one running an ESAB welder? (digipulse xr)

      We have some at work that are older than jesus and still run like chili peppers through a baby.
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      snap a pic of that if you can.... id like to see the sch 80 welds
      Wish I could but if I get caught with a camera on company property its federal prison time.

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      06-12-2011 03:15 PM #165
      Quote Originally Posted by big65 View Post

      Wish I could but if I get caught with a camera on company property its federal prison time.
      good point, commy spy!

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      06-12-2011 04:24 PM #166
      Know how that goes....Got a couple pics of things i made with my phone (psylo's)....Technically same consequences but i didnt get caught...

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      06-14-2011 03:28 PM #167
      Got a little MIG time in today, first welds in probably 6 months.... .179 5454 alum, millermatic 350


      Sorry for ****ty phone pics

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      06-14-2011 04:06 PM #168
      vband exhaust.
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      06-14-2011 07:11 PM #169
      3/8" angle 6061 to .179 5454, I was a little colder then I wanted... No big deal though

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      06-15-2011 07:59 AM #170
      ^^that looks nice
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      06-15-2011 06:30 PM #171
      Thank you Time for some beers and TIG welding in the garage

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      06-15-2011 10:42 PM #172
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      vband exhaust.
      Might be the picture but you've got concavity going on from 12 to 2 oclock and at 11 oclock positions unless your not using a filler to join the two pieces.

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      06-15-2011 10:48 PM #173
      Yea it really does look like its undercutting the edge of the lip for the flange even further down the right side, with it being exhaust I would think that the flange would flex and possibly crack the weld without a reinforced bead with filler added as opposed to pulling the two parts together and weakening the thickness of the material for either item. Keep in mind that I'm not sure if the photo is showing the bead properly and I am no expert on exhaust work and right now I hate stainless and pipe for the principal of it.

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      06-16-2011 08:40 AM #174
      1st off...i'm still learning and will to the day i die! so i'm open to people that know better telling me how to be better

      the Vband flanges i use have a larger lip the goes over the pipe. this picture i did NOT use filler. and normally do not on these Vbands because of the lip. i have never had one break at all at this seam. if it was a flat seam, then i'd use filler and make it stronger.
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      06-16-2011 10:29 AM #175
      When I welded my vbands on my exhaust I wish that I would not have used filler. I have been told that if the seam is a butt joint, it will need filler for strength where if its a lap joint then it will not require filler.

      NLS: Do you ever get the v-band hot enough to warp or are you using some type of heat sink? The company I purchased my v-bands from told me to use a large aluminum block under the v-band. I did not use anything and just welded about an inch or two at a time and if I could hold my hand with TIG glove on it, then I went a little more. I ended up not warping any of the 4 I welded.
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