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  • #46
    Hobby Welder

    I am 62 and retired in 2000. I have never worked in a vocation that was related directly to metalworking, but have on many occasion, wanted or had the need to weld two pieces of metal together. I have taken two welding classes at the local community college, 101 - 102 (stick) and will be going back for 103 in the fall for mig and tig. I have had a lot of fun with the classes, and with a recent purchase of a Miller 210 have built several projects. I am really enjoying this hobby

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    • #47
      2 yrs ago..tig, stick, mig, and oxy-ace, dont plan to put the torch down for a while

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      • #48
        Originally posted by ww8j View Post
        I am 62 and retired in 2000. I have never worked in a vocation that was related directly to metalworking, but have on many occasion, wanted or had the need to weld two pieces of metal together. I have taken two welding classes at the local community college, 101 - 102 (stick) and will be going back for 103 in the fall for mig and tig. I have had a lot of fun with the classes, and with a recent purchase of a Miller 210 have built several projects. I am really enjoying this hobby
        congratulations on your new hobby
        Scott
        HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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        • #49
          Originally posted by ww8j View Post
          I am 62 and retired in 2000. I have never worked in a vocation that was related directly to metalworking, but have on many occasion, wanted or had the need to weld two pieces of metal together. I have taken two welding classes at the local community college, 101 - 102 (stick) and will be going back for 103 in the fall for mig and tig. I have had a lot of fun with the classes, and with a recent purchase of a Miller 210 have built several projects. I am really enjoying this hobby
          See, you can teach an old dog a new trick.
          Welcome aboard and congrats on your new hobby, you won't regret it. Dave
          If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

          sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
          Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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          • #50
            My new co-workers were talking about songs and cars they used to have...
            then the other would laugh and they would rant and rave at each others remarks about "oh, that's old school"....They're talking about stuff that happened in the early '90's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told them what the heck "old school"???? Old school for me was back in the '70's!!!!!!!!!
            Oh well.....these brats.....
            I'm not late...
            I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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            • #51
              Started off young.

              I was in my early teens when I first used a welder. Got sidetracked after High School working on cars and getting Journeyman ticket in Auto Mechanics. Then heard call of the road and lost over a decade of my life behind the wheel. The last 3 years I owned my own winch tractor & lowbed. Now at 34 I no longer drive 'em, I just build 'em. Started out with SMAW to learn the puddle. Now SMAW, GMAW, FCAW self-shield and dual-shield, GTAW, CAC and very little OAW. CAC and SMAW for repairs. Usually GMAW (short circuit & spray arc) and FCAW dual shield for new fabrication. Lots of QT-100 steel and 44W Mild steel over 1-1/2" thick so pre-weld and post-weld heat treatment is required. GMAW is usually .035" or .045" S-6 wire 85/15 Argon/CO2 blend. FCAW usually Hobart Fabco 110 .045" same gas or sometimes a version of a T-91 for repairs.

              Later,
              Later,
              Jason

              Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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              • #52
                WOW! Glad you came on the board!!!
                bert
                I'm not late...
                I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                • #53
                  Blackwolf

                  Alright, another mechanic on here, I'm not lonely anymore
                  Scott
                  HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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                  • #54
                    Mechanic

                    My two passions - anything mechanical and anything metal. I build oilfield trucks during the weekdays and build/maintain stocks cars evenings & weekends. Spent two seasons on the Cascar Super Series West tour in the mid 90's, now stay home and weld on various stock cars at our home track in Hythe, AB. IMCA modifieds and 360 Sprint Cars have to be my favourites.

                    Later,
                    Later,
                    Jason

                    Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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                    • #55
                      one time...uh huh.....I changed the chain on my bicycle
                      I'm not late...
                      I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                      • #56
                        Baby Steps Bert, Baby Steps.

                        You have to learn to crawl before you can walk.

                        Later,
                        Later,
                        Jason

                        Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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                        • #57
                          at 45.....still taking baby steps
                          I'm not late...
                          I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                          • #58
                            most high tech thing i ever welded was a late model rollcage,( used tig on some of it)

                            Inferno Forge

                            Chris

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                            • #59
                              started like most

                              I started burning holes in steel when I was about 11, using my Dad's old stick welder. It was only a short time before I really started welding (well burning fewer holes anyway). Had a few shop classes in high school and enjoyed them a lot. Then I spent several years away form metal work, tried collage but eventually ran off to sea.

                              When I got tied of life on the ocean I got a job in a factory that made food service equipment. That's where I started to TIG and fell in love with welding all over again.

                              About four years ago I learned I have a rare genetic disorder (spinal bulbar muscular atrophy) long story short at some unknown point in the future I'll be paralyzed. I'm 35 now and the doctors tell me I've any where from 5 to 20 years before I stop walking.

                              That was a kick in the head but it was motivation to stop working in a factory and start my own business doing art and welding. My wife is an artist to and we have been in business for two years I love every day of it and would not change a thing.

                              Not to sound to corny but remember life is short and changes fast so you are better off doing what you love today.

                              preacher
                              If you had fun making it, you did a good job

                              Miller Syncrowave 200
                              Hobart Airforce 250A
                              HH 135
                              Smith O/A
                              and a LOT of hammers

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                              • #60
                                Well Preacher that is a testimony for many people for sure!! Btw how did you get that handle??

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