Originally Posted by Turn4fun
Nice build you have going neighbor. I've been enjoying watching this thread although I am a little envious of your plasma cutter. Can't wait to see them complete. Was hoping I'd get a chance to work on my project before the weather turned south this afternoon but oh well.
I saw ur post and thought WOW heres someone from independence LOL. Such a world of people on the net and yet you never know when you may respond to your own neighbor. The plasma is a very cool tool, probally more cool then needed but still cool enough to have. It takes a pretty steady hand to make nice free hand cuts turn out nice and that, I do not have. But with a little planning and a pattern or jig I can ussually pull it off and end up with a nice looking part.
Originally Posted by meateater
Nice project ya got going there. I wish I had welding skills.
Hey meateater thanks for the nice words. My skills arn't much man, they are all self taught, I have yet to attempt Tig but would like to try it some day. Untill sunday I ran all my beads with 7018 rod to try to freshin up on my stick skills. Me and the vertical up don't quite see eye to eye at this point in time, but with a little grinder work and a do-over or two I ussually pull it off.
Originally Posted by pandemonium
I just found this thread, nice work there Tom, you have the killer tools and welding skills!! I see the bucket truck are you a lineman?
Thanks Pan, the tools are a plus for sure. They are a benifit of my grass mowing and snow plow work I got going on. More or less I work my butt off to have cool stuff to play around with. My goal is to have a nice shop set up with in the next 5 to 10 years, along with having all the kids moved out and all out of college. Then I can smoke and build what I want when I want. If I can make a little cash welding or smoking then its all that much better. At least when I retire I should have my tool order filled, untill something really cool and new comes out.
And oh yes, being a lineman is my life, the only way to fly, for me any ways. What other job can ya have where you get paid to get High every day? And even after 23 years I still get the adrenilien thing going on when we work a storm or the middle of the night call outs. I don't climb alot anymore, my knees are getting a little wear and tear on them but I tell all my guys, don't doubt me, I would never ask them to do anything that I wouldn't myself do in a heart beat. Just last night I had to pull out the stops and show them how an old fat guy can still work circles around the youngins. All they could say was WOW we didn't know you still had it in ya old man. I don't consider myself old untill I can't do the work. Now today I felt a little old but I made it fine.
A lineman is a whole different breed of person.
Originally Posted by raptor700
nice progress, keep the pics coming. I'm with Pandemonium you must be a lineman?
Thanks raptor, I was hoping to have an update with the drain and rf plate but with the call out last night and going and picking up a walk behind mower tonight I didn't get anything done at all, and tomorrow I have to do the mowing I have been putting off since sunday.
Originally Posted by morkdach
great build ya got going i like your hos bender i started building one but heck you can buy one cheaper & better than i could build.
Your right morkdach, for under 100 bucks I couldn't have even bought the steel for the hos look alike. Gotta be carefull tho, if you look at the pic of the bender again, the handle didn't come with the nice little bend in it. LOL, I was bending 1 1/4" 10 gauge square tube. After the handle bent I got the torch out and applied a little heat to help out. I did build my own bench brake thats in the background of the same pic, that will bend up to 20" wide 10 gauge or 1/4" up to about 2" wide for brackets.
Originally Posted by MattS
Those are looking great. It must be nice having all the right tools.
LOL, I don't have all the right stuff Matt, almost but definatly not all. For now I just have to be creative. I would suggest that anyone thinking of buying a plasma, to go ahead and get the next size machine larger then they think they will use. Mine will cut 3/8" very nice and clean but its really slow. The next step up is a little more money but it pays off in the speed and quality of cut. I haven't checked around here but I would think that the rental shops would have plasms's for rent as well as welders. I may even check in to this if I have the need to cut a bunch of stuff over 3/16".
Originally Posted by Smoke_Chef
Awesome. Love your skills and your tools. Can't wait to see more!!
Thanks chef, probally the best pic will be when I have to bring my derrik truck home to load the thing on the trailer if I happen to sell it. Right now I am pretty sure that there is no way two guys could load it even onto my trailer.
It's hard to tell in the pics but the pipe is 3/8 wall, and the ends are 1/4"