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Old 08-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #21
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If you guys insist on WIY at least spend the extra 100 bucks on harbor freights 240 volt DC current model Item # 68885.
At least you'll be welding with the proper current.
To say just spend 100 extra bucks for a 240v model is false for most diyers working out of there garage. Most houses have only 1 or 2 240v outlets and neither would be in the garage. This would add the expense of materials and an electrician if they are not handy with electrical to run a 240v line from there panel to there garage. Some houses this may not be a problem because the panel is in the garage. My panel is in my basement on the opposite side of my house it would cost me over $100 in materials to get a 240v outlet to my garage.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:08 PM   #22
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Welding is one of those professions/hobbies where its literally a minute to learn, a lifetime to master. I'm a hobbyist welder that has a decent Lincoln welder. If someone asked me "do you know how to weld", I'd say yes. If someone asked me "are you a welder", I'd say no. My general rule is that I'm willing to give it a shot for anything where a busted weld won't cause injury/death. I don't weld/fix trailers or structural steel, but if I want to live a 55 gallon drum off the ground and put a tippy dump on it, I'm doing it (and have).

The point is, there's lots of things that span the experience scale and there's no reason to get upset if someone is less/more experienced than you.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:30 PM   #23
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I would say what the hell is NAT and can I use 7018 rod on it?

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #24
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I am thinking you better use a soldering gun on the router and keep the 7018 rod for your steel plate.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:35 AM   #25
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Quite the thread...I've been lurking in the boards for awhile and I'm sorry to hijack the post but I've been struggling with this for a few days now.

While I have welding experts in the room, can you reccomend a gas fill for doing some mig stainless 304 and/or 316

Airgas is suggesting something like a 81He/18Ar/1co2

GeneralAir is telling me something like 61Ar/31He/18co2

I'm wanting to try and weld up a larger kettle with tri-clamps from an old keg...for grins.

Oh and to the OP...best decision I made in the last year was giving my neighbor his HF welder back and buying myself a miller 211, a few tanks of gas and a spool gun. You won't regret the purchase after a few projects.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:53 AM   #26
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Quite the thread...I've been lurking in the boards for awhile and I'm sorry to hijack the post but I've been struggling with this for a few days now.

While I have welding experts in the room, can you reccomend a gas fill for doing some mig stainless 304 and/or 316

Airgas is suggesting something like a 81He/18Ar/1co2

GeneralAir is telling me something like 61Ar/31He/18co2

I'm wanting to try and weld up a larger kettle with tri-clamps from an old keg...for grins.

Oh and to the OP...best decision I made in the last year was giving my neighbor his HF welder back and buying myself a miller 211, a few tanks of gas and a spool gun. You won't regret the purchase after a few projects.

Thanks,
-scott
I use straight argon. MIG or TIG for stainless.
I am not a certified welder but my father was and did it for several years. That is what he recommended to me for what I was doing. Which was welding old kegs. Easy and cheap and it works.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:12 PM   #27
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Welding is one of those professions/hobbies where its literally a minute to learn, a lifetime to master. I'm a hobbyist welder that has a decent Lincoln welder. If someone asked me "do you know how to weld", I'd say yes. If someone asked me "are you a welder", I'd say no. My general rule is that I'm willing to give it a shot for anything where a busted weld won't cause injury/death. I don't weld/fix trailers or structural steel, but if I want to live a 55 gallon drum off the ground and put a tippy dump on it, I'm doing it (and have).

The point is, there's lots of things that span the experience scale and there's no reason to get upset if someone is less/more experienced than you. I am a highly trained network performance and security specialist. I get paid well for my experience but I don't tell anyone with a web browser that they don't know how to use the internet.
I agree with this. I'll work on stuff for people, I won't charge for it, nor will I work on life-safety equipment. I can weld, but I'm not a welder. Doesn't mean I can't get **** done.
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I'm of the same opinion. always happy to weld stuff up for myself or others.

Straight Argon I've heard for TIG, but I didn't realize it'd work for MIG process. So is that a spray transfer then or direct?

Thanks for the feedback,
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #29
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I'm of the same opinion. always happy to weld stuff up for myself or others.

Straight Argon I've heard for TIG, but I didn't realize it'd work for MIG process. So is that a spray transfer then or direct?

Thanks for the feedback,
-scott
Same set up that you use for regular steel.
You could use the 98% Argon and 2%CO2 setup but then you would have another tank of a specialty mix.
100% argon for me has more uses. and it is one less tank I have to have.

You need to be very careful to not use the same tools that you use on ferrous metals on your stainless welds or they will be contaminated. Wire brushes for example. Only use Stainless brush and keep separate grinding wheels.
Sorry don't mean to Hijack the thread.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #30
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I saw this on the HD site looks great what do you guys think?

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UCTyHxw0PrI

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