What kind of inexpensive (relatively) welding device do I need?
I have steel burglar-bar doors onto which I want to tack some steel mesh and
turn the grate into a screen door (sorta - it's really to keep the cats in
instead of the bugs out).
In addition, who knows what future small welding jobs might come my way.
So, what's the best methodology, equipment, etc.?
Its a good thing I save helpful posts. There is someone who posts using
the name "heybub" and every post is a keeper.
I just looked through them and he answered someone else who asked about
welding telling them to get duct tape and glue and make sure it is the
good stuff from the dollar store and to get a hammer from harbor
freight. He said all of this shouldn't cost more than $8.
Thanks. Admittedly my memory is sometimes porus so perhaps you can jog it.
Either I completely forgot (unlikely) or you are lying (probable). A link to
your reference would settle everybody's confusion about your perfidy.
Perfidy?? goddamm.... is perfidy like being an asshole??
If so, dats George!!
Someone mentioned HF welders. I'd check with the ng's I mentioned, and rcm,
I bought a fancy-dancy Sears welder, con't variable amps, sposedly more
power than my Lincoln 225, other bells/whistles, and goddamm did it suck.
The older lincolns came with a special 75 amp circuit, with a 100% duty
cycle. You can tell this bec that amp rating on the dial is circled. For
thawing frozen pipes'n'shit, or using with a carbon-arc torch. Or, just,
well, welding, for long stretches. Most welders have a 20% duty cycle, incl
the Lincoln on its other amp settings.
Strange, tho, I don't see this marking on the newer Lincoln 225s on display,
leading me to believe that they do not have this feature. fwiw
I had an ac welder for a while. All I did was cut things.
After my brother was fooling around with a couple, suggest I make a dc
I made it, and seemed to work well. Used some diodes lad large split
torroid transformer for inductor.
I was thinking the same as EA, Lincoln 225 welder. One potential
drawback to them is they need 220 VAC single phase. The Lincoln
salesmen must've made a good living off farmers way back when.
One advantage is they can cut metal if necessary when cranked to
maximum amperage. It won't be pretty but it will work.
Some used ones on Ebay, of course.
On Tuesday 05 February 2013 23:45 HeyBub wrote in alt.home.repair:
Personally, I would go for a small CO2 MIG unit, with a small bottle of
gas. Not the "gasless" wire.
 Proper refillable bottle - one hit for a deposit but cheap to refill and
far cheaper to run than throwaway bottles. Lasts forever in the shed if not
in use. The ones I'm thinking of are about 2.5 ft long.
A decent home grade MIG can cope with light materials well, eg thin mesh
and sheet but can still weld upto about 1/8" steel which makes it fairly
 It is possible to get a decent home use unit. It's also possible to get
a rubbish "pro" unit. I had a Cebora which was very good. The main thing
that matters is a stable wire feed and good current control. What a home
unit is poor at is duty cycle, which is often not so much of a problem for
Don't forget to budget for CO2 bottle hire and a regulator.
Tim Watts Personal Blog: http://www.dionic.net/tim /
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
Your main problem will be learning to use it.
The easiest to learn to use are MIG welders. (Metal Inert Gas).
Stick/straight electric welders are much more difficult especially on
Gas welding, harder again.
Based on several recommendations - and, admittedly, my own inclinations - I
opted for the HF 90-Amp MIG welder. Fortunately, I found one on Craigslist
PLUS a welding cart ($50) PLUS a few extras like a better helmet ($50) and
welding pliers ($8). One hundred bucks for the collection.
I haven't used it yet, but it looks pretty spiffy. If anyone is interested I
can post the results of my experimentation at another time.
Thanks all for sharing.
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