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!

Nice little project

I don’t have to good photos or a finished product yet, but this is a quick and simple little project. It’s a way old garden rake, made from a metal plate and some nails. The nails are welded to the plate and it’s bent around a handle. One of the nails are broken and needs replacing.

An angle grinder, a drill and a bit and the scene is set. I don’t have a nail of the same size, but a simple normal nail is to be welded in place and cut and shaped to fit. I was supposed to weld it up today, but the weather is breaking out again and I will not be outside in the rain, welding. I WANT SOME 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞

Afternoon project

A preface; I suffer from tough migraines, and today was not a good day. I did work my day job, but had to lie down after, to recoup. A couple of hours rest and I felt like doing a simple afternoon project.

A while back (before the big Covid outbreak) I picked up a kitchen table with extensions, to use as a work bench/surface. A couple of weeks back I also picked up a 1m x 1m sheet of cold rolled steel, to use in projects. Now, because of the new welder, I decided I wanted to have a metal surface/work bench to use as a welding table, and this was right in my mind. Had to cut a bit off the sheet, but an angle grinder and a cut off wheel did that job easy.

All in all I spent under 30 minutes on this, and now I have a great working surface to also weld on. The table can no longer “fold” together, but I don’t mind. Not in my use anyways.

Right now, I sitting here waiting for a confirmation on a new pickup it looks like I scored. It was listed for free, I jumped right on it, but the seller said it was gone in under a minute. Then, while working on the table, I got a message “He reconsidered and didn’t want it. You still interested?”. I answered Yes right away, but for almost an hour now there’s not been a confirmation. Might have to wait and pick up tomorrow, or I might have to pass as well ✋

Update;
Got the go-ahead to pick up the mower, an address about 25 minutes from me. Was told it was set outside the gate, and to just pick it up. Drove to where the GPS told me, but couldn’t find a house number and certainly no mower outside a gate. A BIG drive around to get back into this one way street, and by chance I saw a guy with a mower that matched the pictures… Stopped and sure enough, it was the one.

The guy told me it was one that was left at the house he bought, and that he had put fresh gas in it and pulled, but no luck. That’s fine and dandy and I can’t wait to dig in.
Now, tomorrow is Ascension Day, so no day job and probably no noisy work outside (no starting of mower) but I might just do some welding, because the weather has warmed up nice 😃

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.