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Old 08-25-2011, 08:55 PM   #169
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He knows that you can't weld with a cover gas ( tanks ) in the wind right?

If it is windy use intershield wire and no welding cover gas. The core of the intershield when burned in the arc releases it's own cover gas.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:40 PM   #170
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He knows that you can't weld with a cover gas ( tanks ) in the wind right?

If it is windy use intershield wire and no welding cover gas. The core of the intershield when burned in the arc releases it's own cover gas.
Thanks Darkspeed,
He is working inside the Rookery so there is no wind. He thinks it might be because the tanks are getting lower in gas but when he says it is not welding right or "funny", I am not exactly sure what that means. We will see if a reload on the gas makes a difference. Every day is an adventure when working on the Albatross. Keeps life interesting!
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #171
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Thanks Darkspeed,
He is working inside the Rookery so there is no wind. He thinks it might be because the tanks are getting lower in gas but when he says it is not welding right or "funny", I am not exactly sure what that means. We will see if a reload on the gas makes a difference. Every day is an adventure when working on the Albatross. Keeps life interesting!
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Have him readjust the regulator. A single stage regulator will lose pressure/flow as the tank pressure drops. A two stage regulator will automatically adjust for the pressure drop. You can run the tanks until the internal pressure is equal to the regulator output.

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Progress on the frame

Here are a few photos of the frame progress to date. It is beginning to look like we might have a new frame done yet this year. The outriggers are all sitting in a box off to the side and waiting to be welded on. The frame paint is here and we should be putting that on soon depending upon the welding progress this weekend. Two of the tanks are here and the other one is on back order right now.

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Old 08-31-2011, 07:14 PM   #173
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Decals galore

Some delightful pictures of the multitudes of decals on the Albatross. I have many of them now removed and hope to get the rest off this weekend. There was a wonderful collection of vinyl, hard plastic, and petrified plastic letters and symbols applied to both sides.

Unfortunately, we may have to polish this long beast to erase the ghosts left by the decals. I am not even thinking about that part yet; let's get the frame done and then we can think putting the rest of the trailer together. One step forward and one day at a time.
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Hi Sandy, the frame looks good and is coming along nicely.Do yourself a favor and just have the tongue sandblasted. I had mine done for $20 and saved hours and hours of sanding.
I appreciate the shout out in the first decal picture. LOL.
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Its good to see the progress you are making.

Nice looking sailboat. Another build of yours?

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Nice to see the pics of the progress Sandy. Your man is doing a great job. Nice work area too. Looks great.
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Hi Sandy, the frame looks good and is coming along nicely.Do yourself a favor and just have the tongue sandblasted. I had mine done for $20 and saved hours and hours of sanding.
I appreciate the shout out in the first decal picture. LOL.
That was funny when I looked at it too. I thought you would see it and get a chuckle. It just happened to come off like that and I didn't notice until later that it said that when I looked at the picture.

Husband has already taken after the tongue with his sander. I can mention it to him if it doesn't come out very clean. He says there is quite a bit of rust on there so he doesn't want to use the same paint I got for the new frame. I am not sure what he would use on it if the rust remains.

This might be an opportunity to get another tool-a sand blaster- but that means more stuff to work around in the Rookery. We have to have room to work on it over the winter so don't want to get many more things in there. He has his two boats in there so we are going to have to loft them to get the Albatross in there. Can't imagine what would happen if one of the boats came down. Maybe we won't go that direction after all.
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Nice to see the pics of the progress Sandy. Your man is doing a great job. Nice work area too. Looks great.
Thanks for that compliment. I will pass it along to him. He is working on it every night after work and all weekend so he is coming along slowly but steadily. Wasagachris recommended getting the tongue sand blasted but he has already started on it with his sander so we will see how it comes out. The sand blaster would have been a lot faster and I wish we had thought of that first. Every day sees some progress on it so that part is fun.

The work area-the Rookery-has been a journey from the slab being poured last October to the state it is in now. The loft area above is not finished yet because the guy I paid to tape and texture has sort of disappeared. His name has become the standard response in our house to anything we want to blow off doing as in "Yeah, I can get that done. Won't take me long. I'll come out and get that knocked down in no time" We haven't seen him in three weeks so I am not holding my breath he's coming back.

I guess the entire project is a journey and I am looking forward to the next stages as we get the tanks in and start to work on the insulation. We have to order our belly skin aluminum and trying to figure out how to get it attached without a real problem. One of those fancy frame racks that turn over would really come in handy about right now.

Stay tuned...more progress to come.
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Nice looking sailboat. Another build of yours?

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Ah, what you are seeing Kevin is one of my husband's first loves and that is his Viking's Dream sailboat he built a couple of years ago. He has plans for another 8,965 more that he would like to build in different styles, lengths, and materials. That is his idea of an ideal retirement job but I am not sure where we would park all of the boats. He's not taking up all the room so we have to park the Albatross outside....No way is that happening after all the work that has gone and will go into this project.
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The boat is a Skerry or a Wherry-I can't remember which. He started building it about two years ago and it took him about 9-10 months to build. He has fashioned the entire thing out of strips of wood and solid pieces of wood in several different species. He even made his oars-they are an interesting type of oar that has a cupped design.

The inside of the boat has a gray epoxy paint finish and the outside is white oak and the bottom of the outside is navy blue epoxy paint. He made the mast out of some mahagony his cousin gave him. It is a work of art that most people would have no idea how much work went into it. A lot like an Airstream!

He likes to do everything from A-Z in wood. He has made houses, furniture, boats, cabinetry, and guitars. There isn't much he wouldn't try to make out of wood and now his is taken by working with steel and aluminum. It has been an interesting change for him and we are both looking forward to seeing what can be done on the Airstream. We have never been worried about the interior finishing; it was always a worry about what we didn't know how to do like welding and aluminum.

Thanks for your interest in the boats. My husband could tell you all about the different types of boats and which ones he is going to build during his retirement. Right now all the boats are on hold as we trudge along on the Albatross and try to get his 94 year old mother to move into assisted living. It all looks easy now compared to that particular battle. Uffda.
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That is one hard working individual. I wish I had 10% of that energy to commit to projects. I am such an under-achiever compared to that...... Whew, gotta get off the couch more often.
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