A welders journey


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Precursor to tig welding. If you weld watch this. When men were men. Vintage 1943 GE training

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You might be a red neck if… My sa is getting a facelift and a radiator.  Wish I could spend more time on her but she’s the money maker and can’t be out of service to long. #bestwelderevermade

You might be a red neck if… My sa is getting a facelift and a radiator. Wish I could spend more time on her but she’s the money maker and can’t be out of service to long. #bestwelderevermade

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#welder  #oilfield  #oilfield trash  #welding  #weldmafia  #rig welder  #pipeline  #sa200  #lincoln electric  #lincoln arcwelder 

A couple of shield haulers custom built for a mine back east. They move and reposition shields on the long wall of coal mines. They have a very special engine package from Cummins and Dry systems technology that allows them to go to the face of the coal seam where regular diesels can’t. They are air start and have explosion proof lights and alternator. Exhaust temp is cooled to below 120 deg and turbo is encased in lead.
I recently quit this company after three years and learned a ton.
I am now on my own again doing oilfield, pipe and heavy industrial onsite.

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#shield hauler  #heavy equipment  #coal mining  #underground  #underground mining  #trona  #trona mining  #coal  #Cummins  #msha  #welding  #fabrication  #metal fabrication 

Rock chute that goes above a McClanahan rock crusher. 8’ x 10’ x 4’ tall. Plate was 3/4” and 1” and was lined with ar 400 plate. 

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#welder  #fabrication  #metal fabrication  #heavy industrial  #welding  #fcaw  #smaw  #plate  #3G  #4g  #mining  #mining equipment  #coal mining  #coal mine  #arplate  #ar 400 

dillonsculpture:

"Ascension" 2014 Forged stainless steel and iron 10’H x 8’W x 26’L 5700lbs. Public sculpture for Duluth, GA

Amazing! #dillonsculpture

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Industrial fireplace facade I made for an architect’s home in Roswell, Georgia.

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#fireplace  #interiors  #interior  #interior design  #rivets  #architecture  #industrial  #patina  #rustic  #cabin  #cottage  #firescreen  #hearthstone 

Copper countertops I made.
Copper was 14ga. Straps and corners were 1/8”. I love copper its very forgiving easy to bend easy to tig weld with a couple of precautions. Its not for everyone but I like it.The rectangular slot is for a retractable flat screen tv.

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#copper  #counter top  #interiors  #kitchen  #kitchen ideas  #kitchen design  #kitchen decor  #interior design  #interior designer  #copper smith  #sheet metal  #alloy 110  #hammered 

How to-

Rebuild of aluminum roof support in a trona mine. The ears are 2” thick 6061. They have been repaired many times in the past. I saw cut off the cracked ear then machined off old weld and machined new bevel. I used a miller xmt 304 with a wc 115 weld control and standard spoolmatic gun. Voltage was 24 wire speed was 4. I used straight argon and no preheat. You can tig weld this thick but it would take forever and be very uncomfortable due to the preheat. It took 11 passes. Wire size was .052 I think alloy of wire was 4043. I do not have much experience mig welding aluminum but was pleased with the result. My technique was a triangle weave for 2nd -5th pass then switched to 3/8” advance and pause technique. I will always prefer tig to weld aluminum but when its this thick you don’t really have a choice.

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#welding  #migweld  #mig welding  #aluminum  #tig welding  #Aluminum Tig  #coalmine  #roof support  #underground  #mining  #mining equipment  #industrial  #heavy industrial  #machinist  #manual machinist  #how to  #how its made 

How to- 

Installing a six inch bearing on a rotoflex drum shaft. We use a enerpac hollow cylinder and a 1 1/4” 4140 threaded rod for pressing. I think the cylinder is 50 tons at 10,000 psi. Bearing fit is .003” undersize. We could heat it and slide it on but we then have to heat the entire bearing and housing and risk ruining the seals. 

I did ruin the new seal anyway by bumping it on the shaft so I had to remove again after it was installed. Bummer. But you can see how I remove them to.

Removal is done again with 4140 rods but threaded at on end. Then we have a special  ”gripper nut” that we can position anywhere on the bar which is attached to a 1 1/2” plate in the shape of a c that slides behind the bearing. Again we use an enerpac cyclinder for removal. 

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#oilfield  #roughneck  #welding  #machinist  #manual machinist  #welder  #bearing  #pillow block  #millwright  #enerpac  #oilfield trash  #domestic energy  #energy  #real work  #blue collar 
Copper and steel bed post finials I made for customer. Copper was .080 thick and steel banding was .250.

Copper and steel bed post finials I made for customer. Copper was .080 thick and steel banding was .250.

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#copper  #finial  #postcap  #blacksmith  #coppersmith  #sheetmetal  #interiors  #interior  #design  #interior design  #architecture  #forged  #forming 

Firedogs or “andirons” I like the term firedogs better. 1 1/4” 1 1/2” and 2 1/2” forged and fabricated steel.

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#blacksmith  #forged  #power hammer  #little giant  #anvil  #fire dog  #andirons  #hand made  #crafts  #craftmanship  #coal  #interiors  #interior  #interior design  #utah  #architecture