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  1. #1
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    Default Whats the most usual thing that you have fixed?

    A keyless drill chuck. The ring that moves the jaws in and out had cracked. So I tigged it up.

    Steve

    I meant unusual cant even work the spell check right
    Last edited by acwd1950; 03-18-2009 at 01:31 PM.
    Dont force it, use a BIGGER hammer.

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    I burnt a hole on a brake line and decited to fix it with the tig. Holds good
    Last edited by m.k.swelding; 03-18-2009 at 07:08 AM.

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    Default most USUAL?

    So you want to know what is it we most often fix??
    Well for me it would be busted skegs and leaking pontoon logs.

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    A stainless medical device used by a OBGYN.
    Weekend wannab racer with some welders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    A stainless medical device used by a OBGYN.
    the break line might keep you guys up at night but this one keep's me up.LOL
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    Parking and speeding tickets, well not me exactly but a friend, does a great job for me!!!!!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by FusionKing View Post
    So you want to know what is it we most often fix??
    Well for me it would be busted skegs and leaking pontoon logs.
    I meant unusual and for some reason I clicked on the wrong word using spell check. I mean whats the most unusual thing that you have welded or fixed? Sorry for the confusion

    Steve
    Dont force it, use a BIGGER hammer.

    Linde VI-252C and Linde wire feeder.
    Hobart Cyberwave 300c.
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    Hobart GR-303.
    Lincoln tombstone welder.
    TD Cutmaster 52.
    Hobart Stickmate.
    Miller 211 w/ Spoolgun.
    Lincoln SA 200.

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    Probably the strangest thing I have welded and it held was .........two of the four spider gears in the rear end of a 87 Dodge had some broken teeth. I built them up with mig and shaped with a grinder and reassembled. Worked fine. After I located new gears I replaced with new.
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    I fixed a tool that a rancher friend of mine uses. It is made to put rubber bands on Bulls for castration. Yes, I did wash it before, I touched it.

    Wierd enough?

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    Paul

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    An art teacher at the gallery where I show my titanium sculptures called me and asked if I could possibly fix her camera tripod which had a broken leg.

    I said of course figuring it would be a simple fix and would be good PR for me.

    Well to my surprise, it was a professional model with a fluid head and very well built (and very expensive). She is a sculpture instructor and professional photographer and her photos are worthy of National Geographic.

    So I looked at the broken part and did a few quick tests with a magnet to see if it was aluminum or possibly magnesium.

    Carved off a few shavings to see if it would burn like magnesium

    Didn't burn like magnesium so I figured it was aluminum - (mistake 1)

    So with this in mind, I set up to tig the crack. ( mistake 2)

    The top of the leg melted and I was stuck with a pile of bird droppings on the top of the leg. It wasn't aluminum!.

    Possibly a zinc alloy but after this I was not going to experiment to see.

    So after I finished cussing my stupidity, I went online to see what a replacement leg would cost for this tripod.

    Cost was $140 as it is made in Germany.

    The tripod itself was over $850 - ouch.

    Decided to take a break before I messed things up even more.

    Options:

    1 - Tell the teacher I messed up and give her back the pieces - bad for the ego and truly not a solution

    2 - Buy a new leg and install it. Worse for the ego (coward's way out I thought)

    Luckily she told me that there was no hurry to fix it.

    So I stewed, simmered and kicked myself over the weekend wondering what I could do. Had some friends over for dinner and told them about my dilemma.

    They looked at my mess and one said it looked like the 6 million dollar man tv show in the 70's.

    WOW - thanks guys - I can rebuild it better!.

    Silly me, I didn't even think of using a different metal to fix the part.

    So I rebuilt the leg top and pivot using stainless steel pieces I had around.
    No problem tigging this time and no surprises.

    While the original leg was threaded to connect to the top plate, I made a stainless cap and pinned it to the leg.

    Took off the "kick me" sign I had put on my back.

    The rebuilt leg works well and both the teacher and I were very happy.

    She wanted to pay me but I said it was a simple fix so no charge.

    What I learned by thinking outside the box was well worth it.
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