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by RCS&M
Wed Dec 31, 2003 4:35 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welded Aluminum boats ?
Replies: 6
Views: 12375

Ron, I have no experiance with aluminum boats, but you could say I have some experiance as an aluminum welder. I weld aluminum 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week. MIG spool gun, MIG push/pull, pulse on pulse, TIG, whatever it is, I do it. I may be able to help with some of your questions. Let me know If I c...
by RCS&M
Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:25 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Screwed
Replies: 22
Views: 21271

I wish I could remember where, but I read a very authoritative article on wood screws which said tapered pilots are WRONG - they should be STRAIGHT. Look at the shape of the screw - it's not tapered but straight for most of the length of the threads. Obviously, there's a taper at the point and near...
by RCS&M
Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:50 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: So, You want to buy a welding machine...?
Replies: 61
Views: 77254

John, you must be a busy dude. I'm restoring/hot-rodding a '73 Datsun 240Z, and just had a baby girl, and my brother and I are now building a boat. I NEED a couple of clones to get it all done! Kudos to you! Jim M, yes a 135 welder will probably fill all your needs. John H., I have a Miller Syncrowa...
by RCS&M
Wed Nov 19, 2003 3:17 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: So, You want to buy a welding machine...?
Replies: 61
Views: 77254

So, You want to buy a welding machine...?

I'll throw some tips out to you guys who may be in the market for a new machine or are just info hungry. Buy the best one you can afford. That sounds like simple common sense but don't fool yourself. Sure, you can get a bargain deal from the Craftsman catalog for $350, but what happens when it acts ...
by RCS&M
Wed Nov 19, 2003 2:08 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Stainless
Replies: 2
Views: 5498

I've done my share of welding stainless. Stainless prefers to be TIG welded, but it can be MIG'ed. I have done both with good success. First, to MIG stainless you must use a tri-mix of gas: Helium, Argon, and CO2. Obviously you will need a spool of SS wire. I don't remember about heat ranges on the ...
by RCS&M
Tue Nov 18, 2003 1:56 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Aluminum
Replies: 21
Views: 22654

I've seen that stuff(infomercial) before. They have a rep at most big car shows like Carlisle. Also, I have seen them at our state fair. I bought some about 5 years ago and never got it to work on anything that was worth a damn. Sure the guy on the infomercail can weld aluminum cans together, but th...
by RCS&M
Mon Nov 17, 2003 6:42 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Aluminum
Replies: 21
Views: 22654

Gas(oxy-acetalene) welding aluminum is very tricky. As you found out aluminum gives you no sign that is about to blow through. Check out this website, www.tinmantech.com Kent White sells videos and equipment for welding and forming sheet aluminum. I bought the complete set of his tapes on forming an...
by RCS&M
Mon Nov 17, 2003 4:10 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Screwed
Replies: 22
Views: 21271

I have had that happen on several other projects of mine. I highly recommend spending the extra dough on tapered counter sinks if you aren't already using them. You WILL NOT find them at Lowes/Home Depot type places. Wood Craft sells them if you have one in your area, if not I'm sure they have a web...
by RCS&M
Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:05 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: White oak for frames?
Replies: 12
Views: 9778

White oak for frames?

We are getting ready to buy the wood for our Cracker box. I thought I read somewhere that someone had trouble with the epoxy on the oak frames. Is that true? Mahogany is about 3X the price in my area.
by RCS&M
Sun Nov 16, 2003 6:56 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Aluminum
Replies: 21
Views: 22654

Welding Aluminum

I'm not building an aluminum boat, but I am a professional aluminum welder if anyone has questions on the subject. I currantly use TIG and MIG welding processes to weld it. I am starting to use a new MIG machine with pulse technology. This thing is awesome, Lincoln Power MIG 300. It was designed for...
by RCS&M
Fri Nov 14, 2003 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: New BB
Replies: 33
Views: 28659

I like this message board MUCH better than the old one. Nice job, and keep up the good work! :lol:

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