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    Don't mix your stainless rods with your aluminum rods...

  • #2
    Another man sacrifices his reputation for the good of all! Is there more to the story?
    Steve

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    • #3
      I did that once. welding aluminum and grabed a stainless rod. that stuff don't like to mix
      Kerry
      Rule #1 be 10% smarter then what you\'re working on.
      Rule #2 see Rule #1

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      • #4
        Don't mix sparklers with welding electrodes.
        Jim H.

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        • #5
          Had a guy at work kept wondering why he couldn't weld aluminun with the wire gun,checked out the machine,checked out the gas,found the stainless weld wire!
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by docsteve66:
            Is there more to the story?
            Steve
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            Only that it took me almost half an hour to figure out why I was getting this horrible looking bead and my tungsten kept burning up! Checked amperage setting, argon flow, changed torch cups, changed tungsten types...Lesson: never overlook the obvious.


            [This message has been edited by x39 (edited 04-25-2003).]

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            • #7
              And NEVER put dynamite in the road flare pouch in your road kit. (wile E coyote).

              Normally I can tell the difference in aluminum and stainless by feel.

              I did know a mean drunk that cleared a bar by throwing a road flare in with a lit fuse on the nail.

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              • #8
                ibewgypsie:
                I can rub Aluminum between my fingers and tell it is Aluminum by the smell. Can't do it for week after eating chili - I don't light matches then either!

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                • #9
                  <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ibewgypsie:
                  [B]

                  Normally I can tell the difference in aluminum and stainless by feel.

                  B]</font>
                  Well, I guess bad lighting and gloves got me there. Usually when I pull a fresh rod, I'll loop the end of it so I don't poke myself in the eye with it, but I didn't this time. Had I done that, I'd have noticed right away of course.

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                  • #10
                    Sounds like forgetting to turn the gas on for the MIG......I do that at least 1 time in 5......
                    And what's really bad is, I always mess with the wire feed and check the heat BEFORE I think to open it up.

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                    • #11
                      X man,

                      Thought maybe you had stored them together and when you went to use them all you had was a handfull of white metal powder. Corrosion from dissimilar metals can raise hell in the shop.

                      Bernard

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                      • #12
                        x,
                        i have been there., now i make sure the rod is pliable beforehand. but something good came out of your post, at least for me. i like your idea of looping the end of the filler rod. i cant tell you how many times ive jabbed my neck or it got under my hood. i feel like such a fool for all of that blood that i lost because i couldnt think to do something as simple as that! haha
                        steve
                        extreme tractor racing

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                        • #13
                          Hey, maybe that corrision isn't all bad. Put a few choice metals together, water it, then after it's all powder, there's your raw material for sintering a new metal alloy, or is that a new ceramic, hmm.
                          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                          • #14
                            We've all done similar things, X.. I wasn't knocking you.. Last thing I done was try to shave a piece of uhmw with a router bolted to a table. At least I had the brains to hold it with pliers. My fingers were smarting so bad from the blade hitting the pliers I thought I had lost some. ANd then... yeah sometimes weekly..

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                            • #15
                              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by steve schaeffer:
                              i like your idea of looping the end of the filler rod.</font>
                              Steve, in light of the event that led to my starting this thread, I feel kind of silly telling you this, but you can also use different style loops on the ends of your rods to tell them apart.

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