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Old 01-15-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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If that's the cheapy harbor freight autodarkening helmet.. throw it out NOW. I've talked to serious longterm welders and they are telling me those helmets let in too much flash before they darken. you will do damage to your eyes. If you welded for only one night and your eyes hurt... that is a big indication of the quality. Go get yourself a cheapy non-auto if you can't afford a good auto. At a minimum, close your eyes till after you arc. My buddy swapped out for a good Auto helmet and he never has eye strain anymore because of this.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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I have a cheapy Radnor that I refuse to use. Spend some cash on the helmet. You only have two eyes.

 
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:14 AM   #13
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I've been working on it like crazy. My welds have been pretty bad for about 50% of my build. I finally dialed this sucker in and am making GREAT joint welds with penetration on both sides of the metal. I will post a pic of my progress soon.

 
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:19 AM   #14
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What do you guys think about the angle joints that you've probably seen on other builds. I don't think I am going to put them in for the sake of air. it just seems the metal surrounding will get a lot hotter if I block even more of its area up. I'm talking about the top of the build btw.

 
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:20 AM   #15
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This is the top corner. I cut some leftover tube and fit it In place with the welder. Ground it down. Turned out pretty nice.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:44 AM   #16
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Have to wipe it down tomorrow and then throw on the casters. I have a gas pipe machine and two burners. I will make a wind shield and install that all this weekend. Hopefully be firing it up by Sunday. Will wait for warmer weather before I paint it and a little more money so I can buy my pumps and temp controllers. Scrounged up a few relays, couple transformers and three gas valves yesterday. Am going to get a couple ignition modules and Hsi's in the next month or so. The wiring parts the easy part for me. I'll keep throwing up pics for anybody interested.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:01 AM   #17
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Have to wipe it down tomorrow and then throw on the casters. I have a gas pipe machine and two burners. I will make a wind shield and install that all this weekend. Hopefully be firing it up by Sunday. Will wait for warmer weather before I paint it and a little more money so I can buy my pumps and temp controllers. Scrounged up a few relays, couple transformers and three gas valves yesterday. Am going to get a couple ignition modules and Hsi's in the next month or so. The wiring parts the easy part for me. I'll keep throwing up pics for anybody interested.
For what it's worth, I painted mine with this paint. It took just under 3 cans @$8.99ea. I bought it at O'Reilly Auto Parts.

For best results you need to "cure" it. I simply ran the burners up for 5 minutes or so and then let cool.

I've brewed twice and I have no bubbling of dis-coloration at all...they also have different colors.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:09 AM   #18
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Have to wipe it down tomorrow and then throw on the casters. I have a gas pipe machine and two burners. I will make a wind shield and install that all this weekend. Hopefully be firing it up by Sunday. Will wait for warmer weather before I paint it and a little more money so I can buy my pumps and temp controllers. Scrounged up a few relays, couple transformers and three gas valves yesterday. Am going to get a couple ignition modules and Hsi's in the next month or so. The wiring parts the easy part for me. I'll keep throwing up pics for anybody interested.
Looks good, today was a good day for inside project.

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:04 AM   #19
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For what it's worth, I painted mine with this paint. It took just under 3 cans @$8.99ea. I bought it at O'Reilly Auto Parts.

For best results you need to "cure" it. I simply ran the burners up for 5 minutes or so and then let cool.

I've brewed twice and I have no bubbling of dis-coloration at all...they also have different colors.
Thanks for the advice, I wanted to do red or green. I have a buddy who does powder coating but his oven isn't big enough for my stand. I'll probably go your route. Did you heat the metal before painting? In between coats? Did you use primer? Thanks. Peter

 
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:16 AM   #20
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Thanks for the advice, I wanted to do red or green. I have a buddy who does powder coating but his oven isn't big enough for my stand. I'll probably go your route. Did you heat the metal before painting? In between coats? Did you use primer? Thanks. Peter

It is mild steel and I just wiped it down and sprayed on the paint....no primer...and no the frame was not heated....

This was taken after the first two brew sessions....


 
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