Originally Posted by klyph
How much did the welding cost you? If you don't mind my asking.
I found a guy on Craigslist who offered welding services. Chatted with him a bit and he was recently laid off. Se said he had worked for over 10 years doing work on restaurant & dairy equipment. I took just the HLT keg to him as a 'trial' I didn't want all 3 kegs to be potentially ruined by bad work. He quoted me $25 to do the 5 full couplings in the HLT... and said he'd back-gas the welds with argon to prevent 'sugaring'.
I was impressed with the work he did, and took him the other 2 kegs. He welded the other 13 couplings and cut the top out of one with a plasma cutter for
$95. EDIT: It was actually $95 for the 13 couplings & plasma cut top. I had given him $40 for the first work he did, then he quoted me $80 more to do the rest.
I think it was a heck of a deal. In the MLT & BK he welded inside & out for a sanitary weld. I told him it didn't matter in the HLT if there was a tiny gap between the keg wall and coupling on the inside since it would only contain water.