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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Deltaville, VA



    $40 is a deal for that repair. Jump on it.

    I don't unwrap my torch and turn on the argon for that price.

    I admire your desire to learn tig. It is a very versatile welding process. You may want to keep your eyes open for a used Syncrowave 200 or so. They're tough units so they're probably good even if several years old. I just upgraded my Sync 250 to replace a 12 yr old unit.

    Tig welding will require considerable practice to become proficient. Believe me, it will be a while before you feel comfortable tackling "thin" aluminum.

    Good luck.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Lake of the Ozarks MO


    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Bauer View Post
    On your boat is not the place to learn...
    I'll say!!!!

    I learned on everyone elses
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  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    National City CA


    learning to weld on boat is a no no. And definitely not with a 3/32 stick welder and .050" material. Yes those boats are thin and no a mig is not the process of choice TIG is the way to go.
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  4. #14


    I agree $40 is a deal. Even after I ground all the weld off and ended up with a hole the size of a softball I took the welder my boat and a couple of pieces of aluminum diamond plate this morning at 6am when I left work. he called me at 2:30 saying I could pick it up. He said it was going to be bit more since there was a lot more welding to be dine with putting that plate all along the front of the boat. $85 was trhe total I unlike many of the stories I read on here don't mind paying, I figure I am still gettting a heck of a deal, it had have taken atleast 3 hours to do all that. So once again thanks for all post's.

    Guess what I found today at work???????? 3 portable Miller welder's. 2 portable Tig's and 1 251 wirefeed with a aluminum spool gunGuess what I am going to be doing?????????????????? You got, by next duck season I will have converted a rivited jon boat in to an all welded Jon.

    I will be frequent visitor of this forum, now. Jesse

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles


    Quote Originally Posted by 2001rotax800 View Post
    Guess what I found today at work???????? 3 portable Miller welder's. 2 portable Tig's and 1 251 wirefeed with a aluminum spool gun

    I will be frequent visitor of this forum, now. Jesse
    ok, I gotta ask how you just found these at work
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    ok, I gotta ask how you just found these at work
    Well lt's just say I am not one to sit around. Working a swing shift with 12 hours shifts on nights can get pretty boring!!!! There are not to many things I do not know where to find, but these portable welders have eluded me. Now that i know the exist I can put them to good use

    I work in a Power house. There are weldeing machines everywhere, just the tig are not portable units, ussually....Until I hit the mother load tonite. Now that I know where they are all I have to do is ask the on of the welders to unlock the door for me. They are more than helpfull in the machine shop or anywhere for that matter when it comes to a G job.

    I am glad my boat is all fixed and I am happy to pay the $. By the sounds of it I would not have learned to tig it in time anyway. Lie I said in a previous Post, I have adesire to learn so next time I can do it my self. I am sure this will not be my last boat, and for the price you can buy stuff that has a little abuse is crazy. The more resources you have the better off you are right?

  7. #17
    Join Date
    May 2008
    San Diego

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    Where do can you find someone to tig for $40 or $80? I wouldn't think about it for less than $200!!
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  8. #18


    well here are the pics, I am very very happy

  9. #19

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    Sorry guys, but its not rocket science.

    Here is my 'Thin Hull' with a new transom plate welded on and crossbrace ... all done with a wire spool gun .... MIG. No holes.
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  10. #20
    Join Date
    Mar 2006


    Quote Originally Posted by 2001rotax800 View Post
    well here are the pics, I am very very happy
    Cool jon boat. It looks like you could use it as an icebreaker.

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