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  1. Free hang. if i leave marks on the metal from walking the cup, i fail that coupon.
  2. i was talking more along the lines of TIG welding not stick. il take your word for stick. my certification for stick only required me to do a multipass 1G. never really messed with vertical welds with that. i do know that you have to change your torch angle for vertical welds and that does have a effect on penetration.
  3. i dont fly them but i do work on them. i do all the repairs on the carbon fiber, hydraulic systems, flight control sysetms, landing gear, and the metal work for it. i am actually out in the Mediterranean sea right now lol.
  4. yea the Hampton roads area has one of the largest populations of military personnel in the world. ive been in this area since 2007.
  5. Ok so basic things to remember about welding. Clean your metal. the cleaner base metal that you start with the better. ideally, you will clean both sides of your metal to bare clean oil free metal. take a grinder or better yet a sander and run over the area you are about to weld to get all rust especially off. then wipe the area with isopropal or rubbing alcohol. let it dry and and you are ready to go. your area should be literally white glove clean when ever possible. The reason that this is important is things like paint and rust contaminate your weld causing impurity in the w
  6. were abouts? I am not a true virginian lol. I am originally from Nebraska. i am here for military purposes.
  7. if you have the ability to tig weld i would do that all day. for things that you are gonna see the weld, and it is important that it looks good, i always use a tig weld. it will take some practice to master but it produces very small clean strong welds.
  8. i dont have much experience with this particular type of torch but it seems like you may need to turn the gas pressure up a bit. is there a regulator on the tank? the pop you are hearing is the flame accually sucking back into the torch body a little bit. it is called a flash back. for this reason a good torch system will have flame arrestors or check valves on them to prevent this flame from going too far back into the hose. as you can imagine that could be bad. also if there is a regulator and it is turned up, check for the check valves and ensure that they are not stuck. as you menti
  9. the down side using vertical say like a 3F, welds is that you are fighting gravity and in order to not make the weld puddle drip, you have to run a cooler weld as well as change your torch angle to a more extreme angle to use the arc to help support the molten puddle. That reduces penetration and obviously wont have as much strength as a horizontal weld like a 1G or 1F.
  10. yea it is just like welding. I am also a aeronautical welder in the Navy and have taught a lot of my friends how to weld. the concept and action of welding is very simple. it is getting the setting up of the machine and the steady hand and the eye of were to keep your arc as well as when and were to add your filler that takes the practice. i am just the kind of guy that likes to read (look at pictures) and learn as much as i can about something before and during doing it. i wish i was back home were i could go to stuhr museum and take a class or two. i know one of the guys that is on
  11. also, do you guys know of any good books (with pictures, i like pictures) or videos that give some good techniques for shaping metal? i have scoured amazon and all of the books i found all have the same info and it is too basic. it just talks about simple things like drawing out metal and such. i will have to look around my area for some flea markets. i know were there is one but it is a good 90 miles away and really only has random crap from peoples house there. never anything good really.
  12. i agree with you can do some good work on a good heavy chunk of steel. i have a machine shop a few blocks away that could smooth out a side for me if need be im sure. is there any good spots to find tongs and such? vice grips dont work so good. they are a little short lol.
  13. I am pretty excited to get this garage up and running. i t is gonna be a while until i get it finished. i attempted to upload some pictures but of course the great Navy internet isnt up to the task. i am definitely going to be putting some CO monitors in the garage to warn me of that. at the last place i was stationed, i also was a volunteer firefighter and have had to deal with the CO alarms and such and have seen the consequences of not having one. I do like the idea of using the idea of using the two 1in blankets. it seems like it is better in more ways that the two inch. i like t
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    Sthur museum? i took my first blacksmithing class there a long time ago when i was a kid.
  15. Frosty dont worry i dont even have access to youtube for another few months lol. i am on a ship right now were the internet has barely enough to band with to load this page haha. everything i have learned about forges has been from this forum. that is why i joined. it didnt look like a huge community but it looked like a group of people that have had years of experience doing what i have been wanting to do for years just never had the facilities for it. i just bought my first house a few months ago and got super lucky and scored a 3000sqft garage to make into my man cave. Ok so ther
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