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  1. Italy, you say? That can be an interesting proposition, what with shipping, customs, etc. That's where my PFP came from. I won't be doing that again any time soon! Your stand looks ... sturdy!
  2. Sustained. Counsel will refrain from further leading of the witness. You may continue with questioning...
  3. Thank you CGL! That is very thoughtful.
  4. Thank you pnut and Anachronist58.
  5. We have said goodbye to ma for now. Her earthly trials have been laid aside, for which her family is very grateful. Thank you for all your remembrances, IFI is the best!!
  6. I started with a Century AC arc welder at home in 1994. I got tips from every welder I could along the way. Here at my current job, they only had an old Miller 200 mig machine. However, as time went on, the owner picked up a used Lincoln 225 AC machine, so at least I had the option of using stick at work. The first home projects almost always end up being geared to set yourself up to do more welding as you learn. If your machine does not already have wheels under it, I suggest that as a good starter project. It has been a fun ride harnessing "magic pixies" (as Ave says). AC works great, and has an advantage when encountering a phenomena called 'arc blow'. E6013 & E6011 in 3/32 or 1/8 inch diameter are good AC rods to try out. There are lots more. Good luck with your wiring!
  7. When I first saw weldors fitting up projects by the tack weld and hammer technique, I thought it was a revelation. So, first you tack weld your pieces together, then with the tack still glowing red, you hammer the bits together to tighten everything up. Simply genius! Of course, you have mere moments before it cools too much to work. Then there is oxyacetylene welding, poetry in motion!
  8. That's great, the 225's are certainly heavy, at least over 100 pounds. The 250's push 400! I don't know about 12 gauge wire for a power circuit, I agree with IdF&C, I would want 8 if I could get it, 6 if the run gets long.
  9. Not needed for trailer work in what I have seen. Competency certainly is needed, but not always evident in production trailers. You can imagine all the production guys out there just punching a clock trying to make quotas rather than obsessing over quality.
  10. Thank you Robert and Sheila! Yes Thomas, that is an outstanding idea, thanks!! I had a long phone chat with her youngest brother, my uncle, tonight. He is himself going in for the first of two knee replacements next week. Thank you all very much, it means a great deal!
  11. Thank you all very much, I certainly welcome it! My niece and her girls are visiting with her as I type. We are getting a visiting nurse arranged. Ma is still alert and talking fine today. Rest assured, I spend all the time I can with her.
  12. I would appreciate your prayer for my ma. She is 85 and she has all but given up on this life. Pa went on ahead 5 years ago at 86, and I think she just wanted to catch up with his final age, her birthday will be next month. Thanks!
  13. Not to mention the price of oxygen and acetylene refill gas. But, it is torch work that lit the light bulb in my mind to old school blacksmithing potential.