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Old 12-08-2010, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default Got a welder, now the fun begins...

A year ago, I went through an adventure to get some kegs welded. Here is the thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/weld...stions-148798/

The result of that was pure frustration. I got all kinds of great advice from folks here that I couldn't act on because I didn't have a welder.
Ever since, I've been reading, watching, and studying anything I could find related to tig welding (short of actually taking a class).

Well, last weekend, I bought myself an early Christmas present, an old Miller Syncrowave 250 with a water cooled torch.

I've never held a tig torch, so this thread is intended to document my learning curve and solicit advice.

The welder came with a new torch and flowmeter.

I still have a few things to collect before I can actually tig anything.
I have a bit of time because the torch had the wrong accessory kit in the box and I'm waiting on the replacement to arrive.

I need an argon bottle, some filler material and I'd like to run the correct coolant instead of distilled water.

Hopefully, by this weekend I'll have it running.

Here are some pictures:








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Old 12-08-2010, 02:04 AM   #2
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Nice rig! Wanna trade?


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Nice rig! Wanna trade?
Thanks Yuri.

By the time I learn to use it, I may be so frustrated I'll give it away.

Consider yourself first in line.

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Don't sell yourself short...but if you're selling...

In all seriousness, congrats! That's a great machine.
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You just opened the door to a totally new experience and world of Tig, enjoy while you learn, the rewards of DIY are priceless. The power of Blue stikes again.
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Thanks Yuri.

By the time I learn to use it, I may be so frustrated I'll give it away.

Consider yourself first in line.

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I get dibbs first for some strange reason, LOL. Carl.
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Wow....that's classy! PLEASE post pics when you use that beast. Fwiw....looks new!
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I get dibbs first for some strange reason, LOL. Carl.
Carl, you're the guy I'm counting on to keep me from giving it away!!!
Thanks for all your help so far.

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Wow....that's classy! PLEASE post pics when you use that beast. Fwiw....looks new!
Thanks Steve. I connected a stinger to it, just to power it up and make some sparks. Just for documentation... I promise I will post my very first tig attempt.

This is gonna be fun.

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AH MAN!! I'm jealous. That thing is SWEET!

Very nice. You will have fun learning the craft of TIG. Once you do, you'll have more work then you know what to do with.

Cheers,
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AH MAN!! I'm jealous. That thing is SWEET!

Very nice. You will have fun learning the craft of TIG. Once you do, you'll have more work then you know what to do with.

Cheers,
Thanks GM.

I find myself going "Ah-ha!!" about 10 times a day as the possibilities occur to me. Now I just have to figure out how to get 30 years worth of learning and experience in a hurry

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