Welding!

The weather is warm, the back is … OK … and it’s time to weld!
I have done some research on my machine and on welding with shielding gas and felt that today is the day 😊 I grabbed a couple of thick pieces of steel and carried all the gear outside. And one thing is obvious to me now; I need a welding cart!!!!! Carrying the welder, gas and gear out and in all the time is a pain in the a%$!

The first thing was to try the welder, and I spent 10-15 minutes playing around with settings and welding. I could get penetration, but the “seam” was tall, and if I turned the welder over 2 (of 4) on the heat, the fuze kept breaking. I need a bigger circuit as well looks like.

I measured and cut a piece of steel for the first weld and tacked it in place. Adjusted the welder and actually think I did pretty well, for a first time in 20 years.

The second piece was actually a lot better and easier, and I think it looks alright 🤔
Both surfaces are now primed with anti-rust rattle can paint and gets a black coating tomorrow or something.

If I weren’t so knackered I’d take a drive and buy the cart tonight, but I think tomorrow is better even though it’s Whit weekend. Oh, and I need to find a good supply of steel. I pay between ~$50 and ~$60 for a sheet of 1m x 1m cold rolled 1mm steel. Pricey!

Things are moving and some trapping

The rototiller project is officially: No more! I just sold the motor for a profit and I will re-list the tiller base a little later. The Gudenaa mower I picked for free also sold today, and is being picked up tomorrow. Now I have to get going welding up the other mowers I have!

Our property is infested with voles, mice and what-not; leaving tunnels and holes all over the place. We have just staked out some frequency oscillators that are supposed to help get rid of everything like this in the ground and surface. I also bought a couple of live traps that I’ve set out, but they have only caught 1 in 3 days. The latching mechanism needs adjusting or modifying, because the last two days the bait has been stolen and the traps were not set off.

https://youtu.be/QqhHhne0n0s

I have set the live catch traps, because I don’t mind relocating them in stead of destroying them. The one I have caught was released close to one of the oscillators, to see the effect. The mouse seemed to be disorientated and I guess that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do.

New videos and a redneck fix

The mower is started and has been used to cut grass 😃 It runs great and cuts perfect. The only issue has been the throttle lever that’s busted off, but here is a quick (and sort of redneck) fix of that.

A drill, a drywall screw and a piece of epoxy putty, and 24 hours of curing. Problem solved.

https://youtu.be/4xgKrhA___0

Here is a video of this process and below is yesterdays upload of the starting and cutting of grass. The collection is working great and now the throttle lever is fixed. I think I might have to look at the drive, as it didn’t do the job all the while cutting, but I’ll have a look.

New arrival(s)

Picked up a kids bike the other day, painted pink over black paint. The painting is done without prepping, so it’s flaking off, but I don’t mind as it’s not going to be a bike anyways.

Yesterday I picked up a “new” mower and the whole story is kind of weird…
I jumped on a listing (Tuesday) on Finn, advertising a Partner lawnmower for free, and it’s almost identical to the beater we run at home. 10-15 minutes later, I got a reply from the seller saying I got it and that she was heading out, but would leave the mower outside her garage and I could pick it up there. I told her thank you and that I would start right away. Got in the car and plotted the GPS then set off. 5 minutes later I got a notification from Finn on my iWatch, and it was the seller saying: “Sorry, the mower’s not mine; have to check with my daughter. Wait until tomorrow!” Turned around and told her we’d check back Wednesday. Wednesday came and I asked if she had heard from her daughter. She confirmed and said once more that I could pick it up outside her garage. This time, no correction so a while later the mower is home with me; BUT!

It’s not really visible in these pictures (check the video below) but if you look to the left of the Partner logo on the yellow cover, you see a hole and a “line”. This mower is almost split in half! Needs a fair bit of welding, but that’s quite alright since I have a new welder and all.

Now for the weather. It’s so cold outside, the other day we had snow in the air!!! Almost in the middle of May, and there’s snow..?? It’s not the first time that happens, but I don’t like it. I am currently waiting for a bit of warmth so I can work outside in the evenings. Wish I had a garage or a workshop where I could stay warm and still have plenty of room to work 🍀

Pickin’ free stuff

I watch a lot of YouTube videos, and I see so many videos from yard sales, garage sales and what not. This is not a thing here in Norway, and certainly not anything like town wide yard sales… The only thing here is Finn.no (sort of like Craigslist) and watching the free listings like a hawk! I have alerts on anything that’s posted for free in my area, and that is 98% where I get my “new” stuff.

However; Any time any motorized equipment is listed, you have to be quick. You have to contact the seller within a minute, maybe two, if you want to be lucky. Yesterday I was notified of a free lawnmower, and I had sent a message to the seller in under a minute. I was still not the first one! I also have a listing on Finn, where I tell people I pick up motorized equipment, if they’re getting rid of it. That way they don’t have to go to the trouble of driving it to the dump, which is usually what happens.

This video is from yesterday, showing the items I picked and also a few of my listings that’s being flipped.

The Husqvarna mower I picked up yesterday, is from the listing I have of picking up equipment. I don’t get a whole lot that way, but occasionally. It needs a bit of work, new pull chord, new throttle lever, new governor spring and work on the propulsion. For now, I’m setting it aside, because I just can’t get new parts over here. I ordered a carb kit from the USA, in early March and it got here this Friday!!! Two months, all because of Covid-19.

Another thing I’ve realized is: because of Covid-19, I might struggle to get more gas for my brand new welder when I run out. All Jula’s in Norway are out of the refill option, but one of the stores semi-close to me has one bottle left. Luckily, the tank holds 2500 liters of gas, so I’m set for a good while.

Now, I’m just waiting for it to dry up a bit from last nights shower. I want to get out to work on my stuff. I noticed that there is an issue with the gears on the Diamant bike I picked up. I think the wire is too loose, but I’m not sure. It’s one of those old 3-speed gears that are locked in the back wheel. Never worked on one of those, but I’ll figure something out 😃

Done it

OK, now I’ve gone and done it…..
For years (ever since I was in school) I have made due with a simple flux core welder. It has been a pain in almost every way I’ve used it, but I just haven’t taken the plunge and bought a real welder. The bottom line has been gas (Argon) because the “bottles” have been crazy expensive.

A couple of weeks back, I found that a local warehouse (Jula) sells gas in a bottle they call Mini Bertha! 300bar 2500 liters of gas, and a bottle you own. All for the semi-nice price of ~$550 and when empty you exchange the whole thing for ~$100. That is a whole lot cheaper than the other places you get gas here. There you most of the time have to rent the bottles and keep up payments.

Now, I’m the proud owner of an ESAB Origo C141 MIG welder and a Mini Bertha with 2500+ liters of gas. That should hold me for a good while 😃

Next thing in that area now, is finding a supply of steel. I have a store that sells to private people, but I bought a sheet (1meter x 1meter) and it was ~$50! Along came some off-cut pieces I plan to use in installations I make (hobby) and some pieces were big enough to be used to fix other stuff. I have a lawnmower that needs a plate welded to it.


Under, you can view the video I made while rebuilding the garden trailer for my mother. I forgot to film the start of the project, which included the pain that was welding the mount.

This is a new (to me) way of filming and I am still learning the ropes. I promise to try my best at getting better, and I would very much like for you to visit my channel and get in on commenting, liking (or disliking) and of course subscribing to my uploads.

Garden equipment, rebuild

Yesterday (Saturday) we saw a nice break in the weather (for a while) and I decided to rebuild a garden carrier that my mother uses as a trailer behind an electric scooter. I should have done a video of the whole thing, but I got so worked up that it just slipped my mind. I’m not finished with the project, so I’m grabbing the camera today because we see good weather today as well and there’s enough work left to make a video.

I snapped some pictures right as I ended yesterday, because I had to go out and buy some new parts. The image on the lower right shows the chaos that was at Biltema (Scandinavian warehouse chain) and I actually had to park the car and walk the rest of the way there! On my way back home, the weather changed and we saw some surprise showers that ended the work outside for the day.

The problem with the “trailer” was that one of the wheel guides had broken clean off and needed to be welded back together. I only have a crappy flux core welder, and haven’t welded in many years, but I actually think I got it sorted well enough. (I’m saving up for a new and eons better welder, with shielding gas!)

I invested in a new welding helmet that has auto dark. All I’ve ever used prior is that type that’s always dark and you have to lift to see anything when not welding. I think it cost something like ~$45 (450NOK) and I a so pleased!! It did the job excellent and is now my go-to helmet.

Todays todo list is: New tires, handle swap and misc straightening. It’s Sunday so I don’t start until after 12:00, just because I have to make some noise doing this.

Bad weather!

I am just enough of a couch potato, that when it’s bad weather I’m inside 😂 I wish I was outside, because I want to flip the bikes I picked up the other day, but it’s cold and damp and I’m instead watching learning videos when I’m not working my day job.

There hasn’t been any good items up for grabs either, so I haven’t been out for a pickup since the bikes. There was two tillers up for sale, but I didn’t catch any of them until someone else had picked them up… There are loads of items listed every day, but nothing that I can make an easy profit on. Chairs, tables, couches, misc. kitchen items, and so much more, but; Not for me.

Just checked the forecast for tomorrow (which is a Holliday) and it just might be enough of a clear up that I could venture outside and have a gander on the bikes. Let’s hope so!

Apr. 28 2020 – Update; More flips

Just shot a quick video, posting some thoughts and such.

https://youtu.be/DefzsHkYulQ

I picked up a couple of bikes today, got them for free. I’m planning on spending a couple of hours on them to make sure gears and brakes work fine and that tires have and hold air. Then flipping them for a few hundred kroners, something like ~$50-60 or thereabouts.

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Project, started a few weeks ago

Over a decade ago, my mother was given a rototiller from a family friend, and it was an old thing that actually required leaded fuel! It worked great the first few years, as long as we bought an addition to be mixed with the unleaded fuel.

Then, it just stopped working and the engine was nothing to save. It has been sitting for many, many years but it’s time to try and get it going again. A couple of years ago I put a lawnmower engine on it, but that was a bust. To get that to work, I would have to swap out the flywheel on the motor… If you have a look at my YouTube channel, you can see a project I did some years back, the Ariens RM lawn tractor. That machine bit the dust after staying in the weather, but the engine should be saveable.

I took the engine off both machines, and was about to swap the pulleys when I discovered the difference in axle diameter. That put the whole project on hold while I try to uncover a new or used pulley. Called around to different sellers, scrapyards, shops and private people to no real avail. The only lead was a chain of shops called TOOLS, that sells (amongst thousands of products) pulleys and bosses. Measuring, calling, re-measuring and what not the other day I finally bought a pulley and boss but man… the price was up there!

I am hoping to get going again this week on this project, but I have hurt my back pretty bad so I have to focus on my day job Mon-Fri. Hope the coming weekend is better, and that I have a possibility of working and filming the next steps.

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