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Unread 01-14-2011, 04:49 PM   #946
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Being one of four is nothing to scoff at he was in the top 20%.
Welding is not that bad once you get the hang of it, but then again your first times doing it and knowing you are getting graded can make some of us nervous. Not to mention that no one is a pro at the begining.

When I was in shop class the teacher didn't let us adjust the welder at all so if it was set up too hot for us we had to deal with it. Maybe his teacher had it set up wonky or had crappy electrodes w/e the case may be.

Tell Clay to keep his smile he earned it! I have a project I am going to start here soon and I have been reading and following this build I read almost all of it and It has really given me confidence so you guys should know that your build thread is more than just a story or a progression for some of us. I can't wait for the next post and I check the thread constantly. I am living vicariously through your build since I cant start mine yet.
Torque... thanks for the kind words, Bro. It makes me happy if you can find something useful in this thread. My thread was started because of the motivation caused by other JF members. We are truly a support group!

I should have said that Clay's test was a WRITTEN test. They have been studying OSHA rules and safety stuff. After the written test they were allowed to practice running beads. Today Clay came home with his 3/8 plate and showed me the beads he did this afternoon. He has nearly covered the entire surface with beads! The poor plate is warped beyond belief, but what a great learning tool! You can SEE what extreme heat does to steel if you stay on it too long. I'll get some pics up this evening!

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Unread 01-14-2011, 04:54 PM   #947
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Oh well then that changes it all HA HA!
Welding hasn't a thing to do with paper, As long as he can run those beads and recognize a Fire hazard I say let the boy have at it.

BTW I am no pro welder, not even on the internets. I do it now and again when I have to at work but that is about it.
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Unread 01-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #948
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Clay cut out his plate with the torch. It's maybe 4" X 10". Using a digital stick welder set at 89 DC Amps, and 7018 rods. He was excited about all of this... cutting out the piece and welding all these beads! I can remember...
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Unread 01-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #949
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Looks to me like you have a welder upcoming in the family Scott. He's catching on quick too!! I think I was Clay's age when I first started welding. You're right it does bring back memories. It sure is good to see a fine young man pursuing a trade. You ought to be proud of him. I am!
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Unread 01-14-2011, 06:22 PM   #950
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Nice beads Clay, Scott does Clay ever get to post???
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Unread 01-14-2011, 06:37 PM   #951
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DANG!!!! My welds with a mig aren't that nice!!! hehehehe
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Unread 01-14-2011, 07:10 PM   #952
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Great job Clay
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Unread 01-14-2011, 07:21 PM   #953
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Scott. Congrats to Clay for passing the test and doing some serious metal burns. Bet he had a ball doing them.
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Thanks everyone for the support. I am having a blast taking Welding 1. Yesterday was the first day I used the cutting torch or welder... and I didn't exactly do a very good job. I kept sticking the rod to the metal, and could not figure out what I was doing wrong. Finally, today, someone happened to notice what I was doing and told me to strike the rod like a match. After that, I did pretty well (and started going through rods like there was no tomorrow).

I'm looking forward to next week.

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That's my son ^^^ Clay. When you want him to talk, he says nothing. When you want some peace and quiet, you can't make him stop!
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Good post Clay. MIG easier than stick ( my unqualified opinion), keep up the good work, I admire you energy on your built..
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Clay turns 17 on Tuesday. We had a surprise party for him this afternoon. Bunch of people came over and ran around, played volleyball, went down to the river, etc. I thought it would be cool to have a bonfire! So I started to put it together.

Got the tractor out, hooked up the boom, grabbed a chain and went to work.


Went out to where we have our burn pile and gathered up a bunch of logs and wood left over from doing some clearing.


Made a NICE pile and burned all the way around the perimeter for a fire break.


Lit it off so it would be "right" when it got cold.



This was completely wasted on the teens! Nobody even went to LOOK at it. One of the kids told me that my yard was on fire. Oh my aching back... I wish I'd had some CJ Buddies instead!!
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Happy birthday to Clay!!

Scott you all sure have a nice place. Hey we could sit in lawn chairs around that fire and really enjoy ourselves. I built a fire here for the grandkids and kids last summer and they acted the same. Only use older folks really got any use out of it.
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I would have enjoyed that… When we had our land, I loved sitting out back in the cold gathered around the fire pit… never figure out a way to enjoy it during the rain… I hate the rain for the most part, but enjoy it when Jeeping, and when I can sit and listen to it. Even better is sitting around an outdoor fireplace in the snow. Got to do that in Tahoe one year, that was pretty stinkin cool!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!!!
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Scott, when you build a bonfire, you don't hold back.

I....Like....It
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