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T Bourke - Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 10:49am
The wife and I are embarking on a new adventure! We have been looking for a place to move to and a few months ago we went on a vacation to Las Vegas. We stayed with friends and got a chance to see the rest of the city. We liked it so much we decided to move there from Wisconsin.
T Bourke - Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10:37pmcleaning | vinegar
After a little reading I decided to see how vinegar worked for cleaning slag, rust, and other gak off of some pieces I just welded up. Just a room temp soak over night. I could see mill slag and the white gak from welding floating off pretty quick. If this works I really like the idea of a vinigar soak to clean stuff up before a final wash and finish. If it works I have several pieces to do it with.
T Bourke - Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 9:22pm
Hello, I was just reading over my old posts here and realised it has been a while. I am in the process of building xmass presents for the family. Since I last posted here I have upgraded my shop a little bit. I still have the old AC stick welder. I dont use it becasue the rods tend to get old and damp in my garage. I may build a dehydrator for them. When I know I will need it for really thick stuff I can warm them up the day before and get them ready to use. I now have a Lincoln 140 wirefeed. I am glad I already knew stick welding.
T Bourke - Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:31pm
I am working on a project where I need maximum strength.
I am making some stands for portable lighting. The bases are 1.5" thick plate steel. I need to weld a forged 1.5" socket to it. I have some similar to these ordered:
T Bourke - Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 12:43pmmetal art | Metal Trees | plant | welded
T Bourke - Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 9:11pmdragon | welded steel
T Bourke - Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 4:41pmdogs | steel | welded
Here is my first commission. I had some of my work displayed at a garage sale My wife was having. It sparked some interest and two people asked me about making stuff for them. This one actually worked out and I made this steel cut out for her. She breeds Doberman Pinscher's. She is going to have a friend air brush it. It is then going to end up donated to an organization that helps Doberman's who need medical attention the owners can't afford.
T Bourke - Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:24pmarc | weldng
In my research for a cutting and heating rig I was reminded of carbon arc rods. My dad had a 2 rod torch but I don't ever remember it getting used. I read up on it years ago. In the last few days I thought about it again and started researching. I found some info about 2 rod and single rod heating. I am thinking I want to try single rod for heating. My local supply house has several sizes from 5/32" up to 1/4" At $20 bucks a box I think I am going to pick some up. However before I do I need to know what size? I have an AC only welder that can do 30,45,60,80,100 on up to 200+ amps. I plan on heating large nails up to 5/8 rebar for bending and maybe cutting.
T Bourke - Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 9:18ambending | heating | propane | Regulator | torch
I have been reading every post on torches here and spent some time on Google looking for the best way to do this. I am looking for confirmation that I am looking at the right way to go about this.
T Bourke - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 5:57pm
Made a dragon out of rebar and some other stuff. This is before I have it cleaned up.
A friend I sent the photos to says it needs more of a face. I think I need to get better at welding!