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Now I have my own Welding place to work in!
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Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 12:40:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

Every time I had to weld something it was off to the neibors to use his stuff. Now I got my own little spot to work in. Been playing with my Miller 210 Mig Wire Feed welder and made a roling table to weld on out of a 1 foot tall one for a oven. Can't wait to get some more steel to make things out of. All the other stuff is on the other side like grinders, drill press and cut off saw. Shops 18 X 28 ft inside not real big but works great for projects in the winter. Mark H.

Jimbob    Posted 12-12-2004 at 11:35:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very nice shop. Use a backflow preventer on the torch set. Other post stated you need a fire extinguisher present.

Tell you a story-
I was buring trash in a drum with a screen on top. I left for less than a minute to answere a call. Next thing I notice is 3 foot flames in abandoned hay field 20 feet away from barrel. The fire was in a four foot area. I ran 50 feet to my garage to get a fire extinguisher. Guess what, it was gone.

Now, I called the fire dept as the fire was about a 10 x 10 area & growing too fast with 5 foot flames. Ended up buring two acres of grass & lucky the fire dept was only a few miles away. I got a 5 minute lecture from the fire chief & earned it as well. My new fire pit is in the middle of my tilled garden with prevailing wind to the road & a water hose present when I burn. I do not take phone calls either.

Oh yea, my kid took the fire extinguisher as it looked 'cool' in his truck............errrrr

RickL    Posted 12-12-2004 at 06:41:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You forgot two of the most important as far as I am concerned. Fire extinguisher and weld fume exhaust. Those fumes will catch up with you.Happy Holidays and have fun. PS watch the sparks from the chop saw they like to start wall on fire,been there done that. I use a bandsaw now and wouldn't go back

Willy-N    Posted 12-12-2004 at 08:36:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you look at the top shelf you will see a 10 pound dry chemical fire extingusher. I also have another 10 lb one out of my fire truck in the room on the other side. There is 5 windows in my shop and 2 right in front of where I weld plus the 12 X 8 role up door & 3ft wide outside door less than 6 ft away. I have another outside walk in door for escape reasons at the back of the shop too. That way if a fire breaks out I can get out at both ends of the shop. Air flow around here is not a problem just open the door and the wind blows 90% of the time. Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 12-11-2004 at 19:24:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'm currently levering my way into a shop. got lotsa places but not much space or heat or -- thing is - i need to walk next to get anywhere useful. so i've taken to sawing, drilling etc, right in the living room. boy they'll help me walk now!:)

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 20:14:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is sorta how I got my shops when I live in a condo for a year, I used a Power Saw in the living room! Told the wife can't wait till we move and I can have a shop. We moved and I got my wish! Mark H.

Lazy Al    Posted 12-11-2004 at 19:09:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Way to go Mark .
That welder looks like it'll do all you want to do .
Looks like you have your shop set up pretty good too.

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 20:16:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is a good beging but a long way from being done. Just will take more time to collect the things I need or want depends on how you or the wife looks at it!! Mark H.

tacon1    Posted 12-11-2004 at 15:55:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice setup Willy, just like mine was gonna look before the wind put it out in the field. LOL. Is that the Miller rig you were bidding on ebay?

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:22:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
The one I was bidding on got so close to the new price I figured I would just go new and have a warrentee on it. Mark H.

Fawteen    Posted 12-11-2004 at 13:09:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I took the plunge about 10 years ago and learned to weld via an Adult Ed course. Just the basics, but I can stick things together.

First three welding projects were a table to weld on, a cart for my MIG welder, and a cart for my torches...

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 15:54:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just made 24 Horse Shoe Hook Brackets for the barn it made the girls happy after I put them up in the 2 barns and got rid of the nails for all the tack! Now I need to get another box of used shoes from the Farrier. Mark H.

Fawteen    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:15:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmmmmm. Got a picture? Sounds like something I could maybe sell a couple of. I've got a dozen or so old hoss shoes around here sommers...

horseshoe hooks    Posted 12-12-2004 at 01:25:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do a Google picture search for "horseshoe hooks" and you'll have plenty of ideas.


Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:28:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I could get a picture but I just cut one in haft then cut the cut so it would go out on a angle and welded it to a whole shoe. I drilled 2 of the nail holes out for barbed joist hanger nails and hung them on the wall. Simple to do and they want $9.95 each for them. Figured I saved $238.00 plus shipping for a couple hours time making 24 of them. Horseshoes were free! Mark H.

Fawteen    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:36:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, that description is more than adequate. Did you cut 'em with a torch or a whack-saw?

Gonna hafta go scrounge up them old shoes now...

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:47:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used the cut off saw easier to do and get the right angle on the weld on end. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 12-11-2004 at 13:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
looks goood mark, nice to have a place for everything easier to find stuff when you need it, we,re still getting your wind here but it sure is warm well into the 50,s now and the snow is pretty much gone, sure did rain last 24 hours , filled out back yard pond nearly to the top.

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 15:51:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just a little breezy but the temps are starting to drop to freezing again, but it was a nice clear day. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 12-11-2004 at 13:02:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are well set up Willy. You need to go to the big construction industry auctions to find good deals on welding equip. My boss gets a lot of equipment at those. I never buy any myself.I use that in the shop when I am not on the computers.I am slower that our welders on building things.I built a PC desk.But I took two metal sign holders that the welders had stacked up because we make a lot of them for an oil company.It is easier if you have both ends pre fabricated and welded up.

Willy-N    Posted 12-11-2004 at 15:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now I wish I did not dump all the metal scrap I had!! I will be draging home stuff to put in my stock pyle cause steel is expencive! Mark H.

Clod    Posted 12-11-2004 at 16:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have two big twenty feet long boxes we throw scrap metal in and use a big trailer to haul it to the scrap metal place.There is always A lot of good metal in the boxes but the owner is afraid EPA will get upset if it lays out in the weather.The effect of that wisdom is that the steel goes to Korea to be melted and rolled out then be shipped back here again.

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