Actually you can get wire feed welders that run on 110 that would weld up most steel for small boat trailers. Up to about 1/8 inch thick in most cases. IfMessage 1 of 37 , Aug 2, 2004View SourceActually you can get wire feed welders that run on 110 that would weld up most steel for small boat trailers. Up to about 1/8 inch thick in most cases. If you use box steel you can get by with thinner walled material. I also own one of the cheap wire feeds for thin metal and with some practice you can do a adequate job.
These little welders can be had much cheaper than a full oxy-acetylene rig and work with flux filled wire which makes it easy to cart around to the backyard if necessary.
----- Original Message -----
From: Lewis E. Gordon
Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2004 8:13 PM
Subject: [bolger] Re: AS-29's current form
I am not a welder, but my dad was a genius at it, and I have been
around welding a lot. I think that Juan is correct in that a wire feed
welder is better for this application. Maybe I missed it, but no one
has mentioned the biggest objection to ox/acyl welding: the heat
required will buckle the panels. You want to tack weld to keep the
heat down and then fill in between the tacks (with a stick welder, say
an inch at a time).
If you must stick weld, DC is much easier to use than a cheap AC "buzz
box". The gas and diesel powered generator/welders have selectable AC/DC.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Robert Gainer" <robert_gainer@h...> wrote:
> I am about as far as you can be from an expert welder, but I
> you can lay a lot more weld with a stick then you can with gas. Why
> an outlet in the shop from the main box and let the wife cook
> Or you may want to get a small gas powered miller.
> Robert Gainer
> >From: "dnjost" <djost@m...>
> >Reply-To: email@example.com
> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: [bolger] Re: AS-29's current form
> >Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2004 00:01:51 -0000
> >My arc welder is a traditional buzz box that must be connected to a
> >250V outlet. The only one I have is the one my stove plugs in to.
> >Mrs. J. does not care for the 250V wire coming through the kitchen
> >and the stove pulled out for the sake of boat building.
> >With and oxy-acetelyne outfit, you can roll it to the work and keep
> >it far away from the main flow of traffic in the yard. It is also
> >easier (my opinion) to control the weld bead. I blew a hole through
> >the metal the first time I tried the buzz box. Like anything else,
> >it takes a little practice. This was when I thought I was going to
> >build a trailer for my Micro.
> >Happy Building
> >David Jost
> > >
> > > Why?
> > >
> > > for plate welding youÂ´d be better off with a wire welder. In
> >Spain you
> > > can buy them ( without the gas bottle) starting at arround 350
> >â?¬. (
> > > 375$?) Considering it would be the majority of the investment in
> > > tools, for a 30 footer, I think it is not the major issue.
> > >
> > > Juan.
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... neighbors if you do it more than once every couple years! LOL Great point Jeff and one worth seriously exploring by anyone contemplating a steel boat.MyMessage 37 of 37 , Aug 4, 2004View Source--- In email@example.com, "Jeff" <boatbuilding@g...> wrote:
> I like working with steel but it's noisy and you have to have niceneighbors if you do it more than once every couple years! LOL
Great point Jeff and one worth seriously exploring by anyone
contemplating a steel boat.My boat yard neighbour,who is building a
Roberts 40, regularly makes so much noise, either hammering or
grinding his welds, that I can hardly hear myself think(not that
there is all that much going on up in my attic)but it is I who must
wear ear plugs! Too bad there was not a way to build it so that it
could be tuned,like a steel drum,all fired up for some Calypso
music :-)Fortunately,he mostly works on Fridays and Saturdays but he
tells me he has a few weeks vacation coming up in the middle of
About the only way a person could pull off this sort of ear-drum
shattering racket in their"backyard" would be if they lived in an
area zoned for industrial...heavy industry...manufacturing. I cannot
imagine a regular neighbourhood ever putting up with it for very
long.At least not as long as it takes a part-timer to build a
Peter Lenihan,not yet deaf but a little crazy nontheless,from along
the shores of the St.Lawrence........