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11-12-06, 10:28 AM
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Ceramic Tile Outdoors

We just bought a house thats 23 years old. The front door has 5 steps leading up to it. For some unknown reason the previous owner decided to put ceramic tiles on the stairs. Looks great but they are...
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Mini Mill

I've recently just started a job as a CNC waterjet operator. Even with a strong computer background I was a little nervous at the start. (I left my computer career to get into the 'metal fabrication'...
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Sears is the place I frequent as they have...

Sears is the place I frequent as they have lifetime on most things and always have sales. Never had a warranty issue (knock on the material of your choice) Speciality-type stuff I use Lee Valley or...
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Yes, its called a WaterJet ;)

Yes, its called a WaterJet ;)
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Below is a photo of mine, its a 4'x3'x1/2" top...

Below is a photo of mine, its a 4'x3'x1/2" top with 2"x2" HSS. Of course its overkill for most things but, it doesn't move easily ;) and you can certainly use thinner materials. For the top I'd...
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What is your budget, what materials do you wish...

What is your budget, what materials do you wish to weld and how thin/thick do you expect to be welding?
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Not entirely true for all AD helmets. The cheap...

Not entirely true for all AD helmets. The cheap ones 'might' have issues when 1 or both sensors are blocked. Even then, most AD have a shade #3 to #5 when the unit is in a normal state. You'll see a...
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Sunny or not doesn't determine the lens shade...

Sunny or not doesn't determine the lens shade required. The amperage you are using does.

I use #9 with my HH 135 machine at home. #10 at work when welding aluminum with a MM 251. It really...
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Here are a few different fuel gases you can use...

Here are a few different fuel gases you can use and their very basic differences.

Supplied Oxygen to produce a neutral flame:

Acetylene; 1 to 1
MAPP; 2.5 to 1
Natural Gas; 2 to 1
Propane;...
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GMAW with steel is either a "pull" or a "push". A...

GMAW with steel is either a "pull" or a "push". A drag or pull gun technique will give you a bit more penetration and a narrower bead. A push gun technique will give you a bit less penetration, and a...
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Use a stainless steel brush because a carbon...

Use a stainless steel brush because a carbon steel brush will leave carbon material (oxcides) in the base material, ultimately contaminating the weld.

I work at an aluminum shop suprizingly the...
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Like everyone else said, wear your safety gear....

Like everyone else said, wear your safety gear. Eg; Welding: helmet with correct lense number for the job, safety glasses under your helmet, leather gloves and jacket, steel toe boots.

There are 2...
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Nice! If I had a need for that power at home the...

Nice! If I had a need for that power at home the MM 175 or 210 would be my choice too. I use a MM 251 all day at work so if I need the power I take my project there :)
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I've had a Hobart 135 for about a year and a half...

I've had a Hobart 135 for about a year and a half now, no issues so far. In Canada the MM 135 is about $150 more than the HH 140. Off the top of my head the difference is the MM 135 has all metal...
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I agree with the above comments. You need the...

I agree with the above comments. You need the best headgear you can afford, stretch your budget if you can. Without eyes, you can't weld. I ended up getting the Miller Big Window Elite. $380.00...
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I am not sure where you are located but for...

I am not sure where you are located but for $599.00 Canadian you could get a HH 140. Canadian Tire and Home Depot have MIG capable Lincoln machines for under $500. Even a plain old AC Stick is...
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Depends on what you will be using the welder for...

Depends on what you will be using the welder for frequantly and what you might need the welder for sometimes. For frequent use of thin material a MIG is fine but for that price you mentioned you...
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Hi Wrecker, I have a Hobart 135 in which I...

Hi Wrecker,

I have a Hobart 135 in which I use flux-cored wire (0.030) here is an example of what I did;

The setting was Tap 4 and Wire 40 on 1/4" material. I made no side to side motion or...
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You should be able to Gas Weld (Oxygen &...

You should be able to Gas Weld (Oxygen & Acetylene or MAPP) the 2 together, much cheaper if you don't have a TIG machine.
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Take a class, then get a welder. I did the...

Take a class, then get a welder. I did the opposite, didn't learn correctly and it wasn't until I learnt the basics that I produced a decent weld and proper penatration.

If its just a hobby you...
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The total length of that weld is about 1' ...99'...

The total length of that weld is about 1' ...99' to go ;) I must admit I hit the slag a little harder than normal. I was welding with 6010 at school and was use to chipping a bit harder than usual :)
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Improved

This past summer I bought a HH 135 without knowing how to weld, though I knew I was interested in welding (used my neighbor's stick machine a few times ;) ) . I was able to weld ok but, looking at my...
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Thanks for the comments Chopychop. The top...

Thanks for the comments Chopychop.

The top is 3' x 4' x 1/2" diamond plate (upside down) which weighes in at about 240 lbs. I use to have the vises mounted on the table but they took surface area...
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Looks great ChopyChop, nice and clean. Glad to...

Looks great ChopyChop, nice and clean. Glad to see another person has a small 1 car garage without room like me ;) I should have bought locking castors but they were pricey considering the size I...
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I'm not an expert when it comes to chromoly,...

I'm not an expert when it comes to chromoly, someone else may have a better answer. However, most bike frames are either TIG Welded or Braze Welded (Oxy Fuel setup). I'd assume you can MIG weld it to...
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