All right, I'm in a better mode tonight.
I can't say enough good words about the welders butt weld helper. I have a near unlimited supply of 1 1/2" square tubing but the downfall is that its only 40 to 44 inch's long. I've butt welded them before but I never get them perfect, and it looks like a 3 year old did it.
Not anymore, I welded up 4-11' sticks to build my front flap/air deflector. Welded one joint, let it sit while I cut square ends on the next piece, first joint was cooled off and ready to weld again. I did grind the welds on one side flat for the metal roof to rest against.
Next was to set-up a level work area to build the frame. I was creeping around on a welding forum and saw these pipe stands. Everything came from the trash at work so that makes it even better. All there is to them is a piece of 2" pipe and a acme thread, a little flat strap and a small piece of 4" angle.
It was so stinking easy to set the 4 of them out and level it almost scared me. I used the two center supports for a base to build from then moved the frame over to the stands once it was welded.
Welding today was a new venture to me, I switched the welder over to AC and turned it way down so I could run 3/32 6013. I really like it for the thin tubing and large gaps. It's not as fast as wire but it does not blow thru nearly as bad as wire. Fast freeze rods are simply amazing.
Here is the frame part way finished.
Most of what I do, I have to do by my self. So tonight I had to call on the wife and step son to be welders helpers. Oh Boy!!! they really loved that since it was dark and getting cold. The wife wants all the BBQ supplies out of the storage so she can have some room, so aside from the moans and groans she headed right out the door.
My pics are a little on the poor side since it was dark but you should get the general idea.