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Monday, September 27, 2010
This unit is a 220V Lincoln Electric 180 HD. New, I got on eBay for a reasonable price. Supposedly it can weld aluminum and stainless with some extra added accessories (a spool gun for one). Research on the internet says that, for welding stainless, TIG welding is preferred if you want the finish welds to look good, otherwise MIG works ok. But I report that having no experience of my own, yet. Depending on how this goes, maybe we will look into TIG welding later.
To help get our feet wet (!figuratively speaking of course!), we are taking an "intro to welding" course at the local community college over the next few weeks. Should be fun. I expect we will have a bunch of "unplanned" metal art coming from our garage over the next few months LOL.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Some of you out there will balk and say "Hey, that is a moving part! Moving parts will fail!" Yes, that is true. All I can say is that these are beefy. The primary parts are cast 316 stainless steel. The horn part appears solid. I figure if these don't work out I can always install a standard cleat later.
Installed with a 3/8 inch aluminum backing plate. Threaded of course, such that it can be removed by one person, with one tool. To make those future paint jobs easy.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Fall has typically been a "slow" time for the boat project, what with colder wet weather and all that. But focus is shifting to completing the interior. With the deck bonded, chain plates and deck lockers installed, much work can now be done regardless of what mother nature is doing outside.
So, I am determined to make fall as busy as possible. Particularly, get as much done on the inside, so I can be ready to attack the outside come the dry weather next year. Keep your fingers crossed for me and keep watching this space.