What is your favorite thing to do fabricating or welding?
Title says it all.
Mine is Carbon Air Arc Gouging. Even after 14years every-time I perform this process it puts a smile on my face (unless my precious flesh is getting burned by white hot spatter), I guess what I like about it is it's unbelievably loud, puts off a tremendous amount of light and rips the hell out of steel turning it into noise, vapor and slag at the speed of light but if need be can be almost as precise as a cutoff wheel too.
For those who don't know what this process is it's essentially the polar opposite of welding where instead of applying metal you're removing it through the input of massive amperage and high pressure air. This process differs from most cutting in that you can remove metal without cutting all the way through a piece
It's really hard for me to say what exactly is my favorite part of Fabrication,Erection or Welding since it involves a wide variety of job descriptions as an Ironworker in the past 30 years.
I LOVE being on a New Construction iron job..hanging iron as a connector for 15 years has to of been one of THEE most rewarding work i've ever done..it's bust a$$ work,but very rewarding after the day is over and most of all..when the iron is "topped out" and yo stand back and say"yea i hung all that iron in the sky"...
Dragging and welding deck on the iron with the guys,crackin jokes,and playin jokes on each other just to make the day go by a lil better and connect that "bond" with each other..
Driving bullpins and barrell pins in holes all day with 8# plus short handled sledge hammers(we call them "beaters") to get it all bolted up...
Welding up Moment welds up on the iron with Stick or Fluxcore totin around an LN-25 Lincoln "suitcase" all day long....
Fabrication shops Fitting up structural iron..or ornamental..or welding with Fluxcore,stick or one thing i think i really miss is runnin JetRod all day welding up connection clips,angles,wing plates..braces...etc..that JetRod is a sweet runnin rod,,practicly runs itself .
Running a good Victor torch all day long cutting,notching...etc..running an ironworker all day punching holes,nipping angles...etc
The Past 11 years or so i've been workin mostly in Nuclear power plants on Refuel outages and modifications,everything in there is done by the book and VERY strict on clearances and welding procedures and finished results.
This is where i "fine tuned" my fabrication and welding abilities,plus i have been sent to many rigging classes through the nuclear industry to become what they consider a "master rigger"..i never consider myself a master rigger..thats just a name for me so they can peg a fault on ME if something ever happens under my supervision.
I have also brushed up on my TIG welding there,and i LOVE TIG welding,but the pipefitters get most of that work as far as TIG.
If i HAD to choose what i was going to do the rest of my career as far as fabrication..i think it would be a hard decision between fabricating/fitting or behind a hood all day running any type of welding process,it's just too hard for me to say i like one more than the other since i just plain LOVE to build things.
I could go on and on about some of the things i love about fabrication/welding,but i think i'll end my long wind here..lol
One thing i will say,i turned 50 last december,had a heart attack and 3 stents in my heart 3 years ago this month...now i can not do the things i used to love so much at work as far physical bust a$$ work...just enjoy all the hard work while you can do it and making good freinds while doing it,everytime i am on a job and as a boss when I see the guys having fun cussing each other,joking and High 5'n each other on the iron?..i get jealous....
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hmmm... for welding, I would have to say SMAW. It's what I started out with and it's still what makes me happy.
General fabrication, well, I'd have to say designing and engineering. Developing something new either off the cuff in my head or laying it all out in CAD and developing a full design and analysis has to be my favorite part of fabrication.
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the whole deal. I love everything about fabrication. From the first time i get an idea in my head, to laying it out, cutting it up, welding it together to finally bolting up a finished product, i love it every step of the way.
In general though, I love to weld. i take any weld job they throw my way at work.
I use to sling iron. Worked from the pipeline to the last nuke plant.
But the coolest thing I have done so far is weld magnesium with hydrogen gas. Got to do it a couple years ago at EAA convention. Both beautiful and scary. Prettiest flame, but if you light off the magnesium you can't put it out.
When my brother had his own welding shop I would help him with the design and he would do the welding. The guy can weld pretty much anything but his designs were usually kind of klunky so to speak. I like things to be more sleek and aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as being well built. Dave
im still a beginner but i've had a good time making all my skids/bumpers/CA's for the jeep...i just enjoy making things myself even if they look similar to a certain companys product...not even trying to save money by doing it myself (because usually you're not saving that much if anything) but just being able to say i made it...
im really glad i bought my hobart 210 probably one of the best investments tool wise that i've made..