Any more welders in here....??

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I loaned out my gasless MIG welder to a friend recently and as usual with tools loaned out, I had to chase him up to get it returned.

There was a bonus to this though; he asked me "I have a spare MIG welder here, do you want it?" Do bears defaecate in the woods? Does the Pope wear a big hat?

So, he dropped off another used MIG welder as he returned mine, however it's not one that can be coverted to gasless wire. No biggie though, as I'll source a CO2 bottle and a regulator and it should be up and running - result!!

I just thought I'd ask in here; I know we have expert solderers in here, but how many Arc and MIG welding Jedi do we have in here? I am self-taught in both Arc and MIG and can weld 20-guage steel with Arc without burning through the metal, so I consider myself to be pretty competent.

Let's see how many more welders we have in here.....
 

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he have a couple of MIGs at work for the quick'n'dirty welding, but what we really use are TIG ones to weld INOX (we make INOX equipment for restaraunts/hotels/etc) ...
I only know the basics though... my brother is a good TIG welder though, he can make inox seams seem like they are pressed or something... Our TIG usage is limited to spot-welding to hold together parts that are not visible...
 

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@Merlin

Yorkie4 is nothing short of an artist when it comes to welding... makes my soldering look amature... no joke.
 

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I only ever tried OA welding at school in the last couple of years of secondary. Was great fun, but I've never tried it again since. Some people I knew at university did it for part of their fine art pathway, making sculptures.
 

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@Merlin

Yorkie4 is nothing short of an artist when it comes to welding... makes my soldering look amature... no joke.

I can believe that; I've seen some real artists when it comes to welding and it's taken me years to get anywhere near. Watching an expert welder at work is what it would be like to watch Michaelangelo paint.
 

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Watching an expert welder at work is what it would be like to watch Michaelangelo paint.

Michelangelo was a guy in tights who painted and sculpted naked men.

Are you sure you're using the right analogy here? :blink:
 

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Let's see how many more welders we have in here.....

Me!!!! :cool:

Time served MMA/MIG welder on nuclear subs / new shipbuilds and 8yrs contracting around GB.

I switched to pipewelding (TIG) 4 yrs ago and am currently working on the 3rd of class Astute nuke sub contract doing high level reactor work and limited access mirror welding.

Questions welcome ;)
 

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I can believe that; I've seen some real artists when it comes to welding and it's taken me years to get anywhere near. Watching an expert welder at work is what it would be like to watch Michaelangelo paint.

Its always good to be humbled, it shows theres so much more to learn and do =)

Yorkie4 has been pushing me to take up welding, its something I really want to do and I must try and make time for this year.... last I touched welding was not long after high-skool... and only then it was spot welding.


Let's see how many more welders we have in here.....
Me!!!! :cool:

Time served MMA/MIG welder on nuclear subs / new shipbuilds and 8yrs contracting around GB.

I switched to pipewelding (TIG) 4 yrs ago and am currently working on the 3rd of class Astute nuke sub contract doing high level reactor work and limited access mirror welding.

Questions welcome ;)

I have a quezzy dazzy...


do you glow in the dark? *heheh*

okay okay... a serious one - how do you get rid of welding headaches?
 

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I have a quezzy dazzy...


do you glow in the dark? *heheh*

okay okay... a serious one - how do you get rid of welding headaches?

Hehe.. there isn't any fuel in our reactor at the moment, so I don't glow in the dark, Zet. :) I've worked on reactor closure jobs where the fuel is in but the reactors obviously aren't LIVE and the background radiation isn't any more than what normally comes from your LCD monitor.

If you are getting headaches, you really need to check the number on the filter lense in your headshade. Normally a 10-11 filter will be fine for most TIG jobs but for MIG a 12 or a 13 for high power flux cored MIG. You can also purchase clear 'cheater' lenses which magnify the arc for those who normally wear glasses and to reduce eye strain.

Hope this helps m8y
 

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@ Dazza

Won't you have to kill us all, now that you've told us about your work on nuclear submarines...?? :blink: :wooha: OSA and all that.....:nod:

I can sort out the 'glow in the dark' issue, though; the company I work for sells luminescent pigments....just say the word...(y)

@ Zetr0

Too light a shade on the mask can cause headaches as well as 'welder's arc eye'. You should work with the darkest shade you can and use an auto-darkening mask if you can afford one, it makes setting up to weld so much easier.

On a lighter note. I once sent a secretary to hospital who had caught 'welder's arc eye' from a photocopier, the ones that flash just like a camera, as she was photocopying pages from a large book and couldn't shut the lid properly. The local A&E couldn't work out how a woman with perfectly manicured nails was actually a welder by trade.... :rofl3
 

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I'm pretty competent with a MIG welder now, bought one to fix up my car. I read up on welding, then just gave it a go. My welds aren't always pretty, but as long as the weld is strong I don't care too much. Can tidy things up after with the angle grinder :)
 

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@ Dazza

Won't you have to kill us all, now that you've told us about your work on nuclear submarines...?? :blink: :wooha: OSA and all that.....:nod:

Don't worry Merl, I haven't passed on any particularly classified information so there'll be no transits with black out windows, screeching to a halt outside your door. ;)

As you've rightly mentioned to Zet, reactolite headshades are fully adjustable and better to use but are often ridiculously expensive to buy if you are only doing hobby welding.
 

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In my experience, MIG welding needs clean metal or you are on a hiding to nothing. Arc is more forgiving and you can build up areas more easily than with MIG.

I taught myself arc welding when I was 17 after I crashed my Escort estate. I rebuilt the front end and welded in new panels myself and I was so chuffed when it passed an engineer's inspection. The hardest part of arc welding is learning how to 'strike' the arc without the rod sticking, that takes practice. MIG is probably easier to learn for a beginner though.
 

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I havnt had any real experience welding (a bit of spot welding and that's about it), however my Dad used to be in the trade mostly working on containers and Sea vessels. Though from the stories he told me, most of the time was spent pratting around (including the boss apparently) welding the trainees steel toecaps together and their lockers shut. :LOL:
 

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welding the trainees steel toecaps together and their lockers shut. :LOL:

I can totally relate to the latter. There's many a locker / toolbox been welded shut when we've been on backshift. :LOL:

@Merl: I remember all too clearly, the first day we started arc welding as apprentices. First time that rod stuck down, it was major shitting of the pants times. :) MIG is definately easier for beginners and is great for flat bashing but with the fast depositing of metal, vertical and overhead positions do take some practice. More often than not, to the learner, it has a habit of ending up on the floor. lol
 

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Never used a MIG welder, only ordinary arc weld. I'm (or was, it was ages ago) pretty competent.

Still have the big transformer, mask and gloves.
 

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Done a bit of Stick, Mig & Tig, but not qualified in any of them. I certainly couldn't make a living from it & stick is my worst. Love a spot of Tig once in a while, especially 316 Stainless Steel.

tig_welding_sbu.jpg


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Glad to see your are a bit of a diva on 316 s/s, Charlie and the Speedglass reactolite headshade on your man in the pic, looks very similar to the units we use. :)

The materials list we have to weld on board the sub is quite extensive..

CuNi (Copper Nickel)
Carbon Steel
NQ1 Low Carbon Steel
304, 316 and 254 Stainless Steels
Monel
Inconel

We have to be qualified on all of these, as we could be called on to do any size job, in any material, at any time. So it's a bit of a head**** at times!

Weld quals only last between 3 - 6 months because of the high level nature of the work, so we have to do a particular material in this time or we have to go and re qualify if it expires. Sometimes it feels like we do more testing than actual production welding :huh:
 

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I have a quezzy dazzy...


do you glow in the dark? *heheh*

okay okay... a serious one - how do you get rid of welding headaches?

Hehe.. there isn't any fuel in our reactor at the moment, so I don't glow in the dark, Zet. :) I've worked on reactor closure jobs where the fuel is in but the reactors obviously aren't LIVE and the background radiation isn't any more than what normally comes from your LCD monitor.

If you are getting headaches, you really need to check the number on the filter lense in your headshade. Normally a 10-11 filter will be fine for most TIG jobs but for MIG a 12 or a 13 for high power flux cored MIG. You can also purchase clear 'cheater' lenses which magnify the arc for those who normally wear glasses and to reduce eye strain.

Hope this helps m8y
i have to say you might be over sensative to that type of light so try a 14 filter and you'll have a good result
 
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