Pledge: Welding Equipment
Quite a few people think it would be handy to join more heavy weight bits of metal than you can manage with a soldering iron or brazing torch.
Two electric welding sets have been donated. There is a basic red arc welder and a larger blue MIG (I think) welder.
There is enough PPE for one person. (see list below)
The small red welder is usable. There are some 1.6mm welding rods for mild steel in a plastic tube. Please close the tube, welding rods absorb moisture.
A freestanding folding welding screen has been constructed from fire doors. It can stand by the wood store without taking up a lot of space. It could fall over in some configurations and is very heavy. Please have at least two strong people move it. It needs a bit more work on the feet. The materials were free. It could be replaced with something better.
At present to carry out welding, as well as using the welding screen, a suitable area should be cleared of anything that might get damaged or catch fire, about 8 feet in all directions from the welding position should do.
Russ thinks the current welding screen is ok for some welding but possibly not adequate for teaching. Others think it will do fine. Trying it out a bit more may help reach a decision.
There are some smallish mild steel bars and some thin steel plate on top of the red welder. It can be used for practice, the first attempt to weld a bar to a plate resulted in a very poor weld due to inexperience and because the plate melts before the bar gets hot enough.
The welding equipment pledge hit it's target a few weeks ago but nobody has got around to collecting money. Mailing list discussion last stopped at a suggestion to talk to t0m.
In the hackspace spirit of "don't complain, fix it" Billy produced the welding screen and AJP sorted out the small welder and purchased the minimum PPE and consumables to start practicing arc welding.
There are a few hackspace people with welding experience and a few people who would like basic welding training.
Individuals could practice arc welding with the stuff we have at the moment.
More scrap steel to weld would help. Enough PPE for a second person (mask, overalls, apron) would be handy.
A welding mask that only goes dark when you start welding would make welding practice easier for beginners.
Could we find some fire resistant fabric material that could be hung from hooks on the ceiling/some sort of ceiling curtain rail to use as a welding screen?
It would be good to have some semi organized general metalworking training including welding. This could be an hour or two with someone competent covering basics like cutting metal (marking out, what sort of saw to use), joining metal together (drilling&bolting, tapping threads in screw holes, welding).
To use the MIG welder we need to determine how to provide a supply of shielding gas (see options below).
* A small MIG welder * Personal Protective equipment (At least 1 mask, apron, gloves) * Additional stocks of wire & gas for welding with.
The PPE is likely to set us back as much as a small welder initially, but it's entirely reuseable if/when we get a larger welder, and entirely essential. (Setting yourself on fire is not amusing - I speak from experience here)
I think we also need a ceiling-mounted welding curtain to protect other peoples' eyes - these seem to be about £50-60. We'd probably want to curtain off the far corner in the dirty shop. Russ 10:29, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- Not sure what welder was targeted but these are 250-300 for anything above the really minimal. It's hardly ever worth buying at the bottom of the range .. though an offer at Lidl, Aldi, Costco etc. might be worth looking out for if this welder is only a stepping stone to an industrial one.
Things we have already
- enough PPE for one person; blue overalls, gauntlets, a welding apron, a usable welding mask.
- some welding rods and a bit of mild steel that can be used for practice with the red welder.
- a welding screen made from firedoors (please be careful when moving it, it's really heavy)
- regulator for disposable gas bottles for use with blue welder
- spare tips etc.
- gauntlets 
- angle grinder
- simple (non-automatic) face shield
- a couple of bottles of gas (in the drawers under the mill) (for use with blue welder)
Things we are planning to buy
- Welding screen - £105
Discuss further, this is smaller than the firedoor screen which Russ thinks isn't big enough and dosn't seem like great value for money.AJP)
- Total Target - £223
Extra things we may need / consumables
- metal to weld. Please keep a lookout for some random bits of mild steel for people to practice with. Preferably not zinc plated due to toxic fumes when welded.
- thicker welding rods. The 1.6mm rods donated by AJP are a bit thin for some purposes.
- Could we find some fire resistant fabric material to make a welding screen that hangs from the ceiling?
- gas price comparison
- small disposable - approximately 5 mins use for ~ £15
- welduk refillable - approximately 3.5 hours use for ~ £40 + ~ £40 carriage + initial purchase of cylinder ~ £90
- albee / air liquide - approximately 3.5 hours use for ~ £40 + initial purchase of cylinder ~ £100 if you can find a local supplier
- Another similar alternative
- rental from the bastards at BOC. Approx £70 per year bottle rental and £30 per Y-size (5000l, ~7 hours) refill
- pub gas - needs a friendly landlord to divert a bottle of CO2. Cost unknown. Do NOT use Nitrogen/C02 mix. Note that C02 will give a dirtier weld than Argon/C02 mix but should be a lot cheaper for practice purposes
- static masks for onlookers / trainees http://www.welduk.com/Details.asp?ProductID=102
- bucket of sand
- clamps etc.   I have some of those clamps which I will drop into the space once I find them. I also have magnetic angle blocks, again they will need finding! --Nigle 21:13, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
- £50 --t0m 09:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Russ 10:29, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Harry 10:39, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Jonty 10:51, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- £100 -- Steff 09:57, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Solexious 23:23, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Teabot 17:06, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
- £40 --V21 08:49, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --zts 22:31, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --tobycatlin 09:11, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --SamLR 13:39, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --amx109 13:41, 13th October 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --tomwj 14:17, 13th October 2010 (UTC)
- £20 --Olfin
- £20 --Andy Cousins</strike> paid (in 2010, wiki updated 2011)
- £10.01 --dsikar 23:44, 13th October 2010 (GMT+4)
- £20 --mars
- £20 -- kkal
- £10 --Kevin
£10 --Ciarán-- PAID
Total Paid £70
Running total: £540.01
Approximate target: £450 (inc VAT + most delivery)