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  • #16
    Thanks hilruner. good advice. Aluminum gets shinny lookin and then its gone<smile>. I've made a few nice holes in aluminum with a torch, aint at all like steel. I haven't yet even tried to mig aluminum, shoot, just recently learned how to make a half way decent looking bead with good penetration with a mig< lincoln 175plus> on steel. Took me awhile to get the hang of migs automatic feeding of the filler material. I think tig will be easier for me because its more like gas welding even though the experts say its harder to learn.
    2006 Dynasty 200DX
    2003 Lincoln 175 Plus
    1940's 400LB buzz box
    2004, 1979 Victor 100F, ox/ac

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    • #17
      The Challenge

      Every since I took up welding as a hobby, I notice the weld bead on everything around me, from stairs to motor cycles to ....

      I had to drop off a package at FedEx the other day, they have Alum. hand trucks that had butt ugly welds. The bead starts out about 1/4" and is almost 1/2" after 16 inches - no heat control - burn baby burn.

      Now look at an expensive bicycle - the text book ripple every 1/32" - something to strive for.

      Steve

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      • #18
        Originally posted by sjmiller
        Every since I took up welding as a hobby, I notice the weld bead on everything around me, from stairs to motor cycles to ....

        I had to drop off a package at FedEx the other day, they have Alum. hand trucks that had butt ugly welds. The bead starts out about 1/4" and is almost 1/2" after 16 inches - no heat control - burn baby burn.

        Now look at an expensive bicycle - the text book ripple every 1/32" - something to strive for.

        Steve
        Hey! Nuttin wrong with that weld, the welder just added his artistic touch. Its a work of art<smile>
        2006 Dynasty 200DX
        2003 Lincoln 175 Plus
        1940's 400LB buzz box
        2004, 1979 Victor 100F, ox/ac

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