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Old 01-07-2011, 04:56 PM   #57
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A welding we shall go, a welding we shall go

The man in charge officiallly signed up to begin his welding course in the next few weeks at the local vo tech class offered to community members. It is 48 hours of in class time spread out over the next three months. I visited with the instructor (I work in the same building now) and said "If he misbehaves, I don't want to hear about it." He will do well and we are anxious to be able to do the welding part ourselves and have a clue about that whole process.

The instructor said typically after people take the introductory course, they want to have more time for practice and will either take the class again or ask for the advanced class. He also said most people end up buying a lot of welding equipment because they like it so much. I started to sweat at that point. How much welding equipment are we talking here? The newest adventure begins.....
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:47 PM   #58
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I fully agree with the instructer, it's almost as addicting as aluminum.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:53 PM   #59
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The welding equipment is not big deal. Probably less than $1000.

The problem is all the auxullary equipment. Start with clothing. Gloves, jacket, helmet, cap, sleeves, goggles. Then you need lots of clamps. Then a nice oxy torch for cutting, and a band saw, and grinders, and a sandblasting cabinet. And a nice welding table. And a plasma cutter. And a bigger shop with a fume exhaust.

Pretty soon you're talking about some real bucks.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:24 PM   #60
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Uffda

Uffda...that is Norwegian for many things such as I can't believe it, or I can't deal with this, or What should we do, etc. Uffda, uffda....I have fears of more equipment headed my way. The project that began with a first time ever adventure on Ebay turns into another story. One of the people at work asked if we were keeping track of the money we have put into our Airstream "project" and the response is yes but kind of no. If we truly looked it all over, it woudn't make a lot of sense to most people.

On the other hand, if we look at how much we have learned and discovered, we would say it has been an education and education doesn't come cheap. We have enjoyed trying to figure things out and looking up info on the Air Forums. We have discovered a number of people on the forums that think like we do, have quality in mind, and don't mind taking their time to do it right. It has been a new avenue that we didn't even have to discover before.

So the welding adventure begins and I have asked that my husband teach me when he knows what he is doing. He has taught me so much from just being his "assistant' in the shop that I can tell what the next step is going to be before he says anything when we work together on a project. It has allowed me to feel more confident in the shop and to know I can learn this stuff. It helps immensely that I like this kind of work and want to learn what I don't know. That amounts to a whole lot...the parts I don't know segment.

So, another chapter begins in the Albatross story. We are pushing snow out of the rookery every day and trying to work when there is daylight available. Our son was home over Christmas from college and helped a lot getting the trusses up. The sheathing has started to go up on the roof and we hope to get that done by the end of the weekend. I am hoping for less snow and no wind! Uffda, uffda.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:37 PM   #61
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Welding is FUN!

Welding is COOL! It is also FUN! I took a VoTech class and wound up dropping something like $2300 on a really cool TIG machine that can also stick weld. Kudos to you two!

I had an old dude used to do all my welding for me. Poor dude took to poor health and so I lost that angle. He's doing OK now, but doesn't weld so much anymore. But anyway, it kinda shocked me into learning to do it myself. I'm still not very good, but I have fun every time I fire up the rig.

It's a great skill to have. Beyond your trailer resto, you'll find it useful for many many things.

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Old 01-28-2011, 02:48 PM   #62
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Well, so far I can safely say that my husband does not think a welder he will be. He has had two classes and wonders if he is going to get the hang of things. He says it is harder than it looks but I told him he has had two classes and only one real chance at practice so far. He is going to stick it out though but figures he will get someone who knows what they are doing to fix the frame.

The instructor told the class there is a type of welding that even a monkey can do so my husband asked if he could be taught that one. So far he is not thinking it is going to be easy but I know him and he will continue on. The quest continues....
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Tell him not to go APE or BANANAS over it he will get in the SWING soon enough. I'm sure if he learned to walk erect he can learn to weld. If he needs more instruction maybe GEORGE can help if he's CURIOUS. Just tell him there are TREE basic rules to welding. LMAO.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:05 PM   #64
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The welding saga continues

The man in charge has now been introduced to TIG welding and thinks he can do that-maybe.... His class marches along and he comes back from class every Monday and Wednesday with new insights. In the end, I don't know if he will end up doing it or Jake, but no matter what, he has learned a lot as I have and we come away with a new appreciation of people that can do things we cannot.

The builidng of the rookery continues and we hope to have shingles on any time now. The county tax man has sent a letter and wants to inspect as we build and then pay as it goes up-we have the basic frame up so far and not much else. I guess they think we might get away with a dollar or two before we finish.

So it goes in the cold prairie of ND. All is really quite good and we look forward to spring. I can hardly wait until we can say "We have a finished frame!' and then on to doing what we can do on it. Every day is an adventure and most importantly, we want to be CAMPING and enjoying all that this fine land has to offer.
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Do you have any pics? I am ready to do the same on my trailer. Just got the U channel fabricated and going to do the prep on Sunday.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:57 PM   #66
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Pictures...I think..

I can't say I know for sure if this is going to work but I will try to have these pictures show up of the Rookery. Slow progress but progress all the same.

The first picture is the upper floor of the Rookery looking to the south. The second picture is the view of the entrance into the Rookery and my dearest on the ladder putting up Tyvek. The third picture is from the second floor of the Rookery looking to the west where you can see the Albatross sitting patiently in the snow.
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Do you have any pics? I am ready to do the same on my trailer. Just got the U channel fabricated and going to do the prep on Sunday.
Did you want to see pictures of inside the Albatross or inside the Rookery? I put some up of the building and do have some old ones from last fall when we last stepped into the shell. Let me know what you want to see and I will see if I can find something that sounds right.
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He is looking at a Hobart Handler 140 MIOG Welder, 115 volt, 140 AMP to fix the very deteriorated frame. Does anyone have any thoughts on this welder?
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This is the welder that I bought. It works better on flux core wire when welding in the wind. I'm happy with the results I've been getting from the machine. I think it is the right size welder for the gage of metals used in Airstream frames.
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The Albatross.. that is funny.
Tell that working dude he needs to tighten it up a notch :-)
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Are you looking for frame pictures? I'm working on one now.
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