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by mcmbuilder
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Help with welder selction
Replies: 5
Views: 4666

Re: Help with welder selction

If you are looking at going the generator route, let me suggest you get an inverter with AC capability to weld the aluminum. The problem you will incur with trying to weld with a Precision Tig or a Syncrowave using a Bobcat or Ranger 225 is the lack adequate volts to start the welding process. I per...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: TITAN UPDATE 21'6'' ALLOY
Replies: 1
Views: 2371

Re: TITAN UPDATE 21'6'' ALLOY

looking good keep the pictures coming
by mcmbuilder
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: Anybody on here familiar with the cat designs?
Replies: 2
Views: 2526

Re: Anybody on here familiar with the cat designs?

I have actually found a 22' twin vee cat that is sitting on stands and a buddy of mine is drafting some plans off of it for the pontoons. I have some ideas of what I want to do with the interior of the boat, so I am going that route instead of buying new plans. Don't know if you are familiar with th...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Tack "welding" with brazing rods?
Replies: 17
Views: 7305

Re: Tack "welding" with brazing rods?

My experience has been just the opposite. During my apprenticeship back in the 70s all my experience was with Blue with the exception of an old round top Lincoln 250 which quickly became my favorite for SMAW pipe and running the root pass with GTAW. However for "bench" welding of TIG welding for SS ...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Tack "welding" with brazing rods?
Replies: 17
Views: 7305

Re: Tack "welding" with brazing rods?

As usual good advice Kevin,,,,, however I would disagree with Miller being superior to Lincoln on the TIG end :lol:

Seriously though they both make good machines and Millers TIG is a fine machine.
by mcmbuilder
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 6702

Re: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)

sschefer, what makes applying the alodine so difficult? Reading about it, it sounds pretty straight forward, just pre-clean rinse and brush on the product. Of course I have learned nothing is as easy as the directions ever indicate. I tend to disagree with you about the grounding strap being all tha...
by mcmbuilder
Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 6702

Re: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)

Not hardly, it has been a very long dream of mine to have a dive boat charter doing custom dive trips. A lot of the dive charters have started using the open deck cats for their business. We usually have more slop between the swells that pounds and pitches you more than the actual swells. The cats r...
by mcmbuilder
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 6702

Re: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)

The self etching results have been mixed in my area too. However having some friends in the paint business they all seem to think it is a case of poor prep more than product. However I asked you because all of them are in the auto paint business. While they have painted some aluminum boats that is n...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 6702

Re: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)

Do you paint the hulls? I was going to paint the whole boat with self etching primer and above the waterline with an auto quality paint and below the water line with anti fouling paint,
by mcmbuilder
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: ? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 6702

? for Kevin or others with info(electrolysis)

Kevin I gather from your post you are very familiar with aluminum hulls in salt water. I have built many smaller aluminum boats which were all trailer boats. The exception was a 3 log pontoon boat which I kept in a wet slip. I pulled it every year after about 5 months of slip storage. Even though I ...
by mcmbuilder
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:36 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Information Resource
Replies: 1
Views: 2052

Re: Welding Information Resource

The first article is actually a re-worded article from the AWS from several years back. Still it is a very good article. I teach vocational welding and I use the article as an instructional source. The waveform technology is really changing the way we can weld aluminum and the article really explain...
by mcmbuilder
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Welding Aluminum
Replies: 21
Views: 22263

Re: Welding Aluminum

Wally, I know you did not post your ? to me but I have extensive experience welding aluminum and have constructed about (60) 14'-17' boats. YOu really have things reverse with your welding processes. The TIG welding will make a lot nicer looking weld on the 1/8" sides than the MIG will. YOu will fin...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Anybody on here familiar with the cat designs?
Replies: 2
Views: 2526

Anybody on here familiar with the cat designs?

I have a set of Bear Cat plans and a big dream to build it in the 27'10" version. However the continuing rising cost of aluminum, the price of gas and transporting a boat that size has me thinking about downsizng. I am thinking about something like the wildcat built in a 23' center console type. Is ...
by mcmbuilder
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Metal
Topic: Aluminum transom reinforcement
Replies: 8
Views: 13378

Re: Aluminum transom reinforcement

I have lifted a 70hp off a transom by myself when I was younger and dumber, would not attempt it now even with another person,(I'm 6'6" 280lb former college ball player) If one person stumbles or can't carry his load both will end up getting hurt. I have used an automobile cherry picker style engine...
by mcmbuilder
Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:48 am
Forum: Metal
Topic: Aluminum transom reinforcement
Replies: 8
Views: 13378

Re: Aluminum transom reinforcement

$95/hr,,,,,,wow!!! I don't know where you live but here in the panhandle of FL you could buy a brand new all welded, constructed out of .125 5052 boat for not a lot more than you are going to end up with in your remodeling job. I have done several of those type of repairs on boats like yours and I a...

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