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 > Booger welded some stuff on the rig today..

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MitchF150

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Posted: 07/24/22 03:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So, I've been meaning to 'fix' some things with the scissor jacks and the 3 step folding steps on my Rockwood for some time now..

I've had a cheapo flux core welder for about a year now. I bought it for a project on my little utility trailer to add some metal sides to it instead of using 2x4's and plywood that after 25 years, finally rotted out enough to need to be replaced..

I took welding in HS back in the late 70's, when schools actually taught things like wood, metal, auto, welding classes!! (which I took them ALL and that's probably the only reason I graduated!!)

Anyway, I had to learn the machine, but was surprised that I at least could still dial it in and make a weld.. I'm not going to post any pics, as all that's gonna do is bring out all the "pro" welders and rip me a new one for doing everything WRONG... Ha, ha..

Anyway, with the Rockwood, the cheapo scissor jacks have these little collars on the screw that keep the screw from backing itself out as it goes up or down... I had one that broke, and I hacked it with a small hose clamp, but I had to tighten it up every time I used the jack..

So, finally, dragged the flux core welder out there and tacked all 4 of them more than the single tack weld they had from OEM.

I also had to put a piece of scrape angle iron on one of the scissor jack arms, as it somehow got bent and had no strength to it anymore.. I bent it back and just 'tacked' a 3" piece of angle iron to it and it's better than new! ha, ha..

I then added some scrap angle iron to firm up the folding steps so they don't 'flex' as much when my fat A steps on it.. [emoticon]

Just some boogered tack welds between the frame and the step brackets on both sides was enough to make it flex A LOT LESS than before, so I count it as a win..

Some grinding and some black paint makes the booger welds look 'better', but still nothing I'll post in a pic.. Ha, ha... [emoticon]

Mitch
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I can sympathize. I can stick two pieces of metal together, but no self respecting welder would ever say “that looks good”. [emoticon] But even having that limited ability sure comes in handy very often.

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What the heck... Maybe posting these will make someone else just do something for themselves to solve a problem with just some time and justifying buying a "toy" and using it from time to time.. [emoticon]

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Yeah.. This is by NO MEANS what I would PAY for... But, these are not anything anyone is going to see and it's not anything to do with "safety", so it's just what is going to work for me until it doesn't and then I'll adjust from there and go for version 2.0.. [emoticon]

Enjoy, but be kind.. ha, ha... [emoticon] Mitch

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Posted: 07/24/22 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mitch, looks good!

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If they hold that's all I'm after. You call your's boogers...I call mine bird sh_t. Think we're in the same league.


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I did pop for the 'unlimited warranty' on the work, so if something does not work as planned, I can take it back and get it fixed for free... No questions asked! [emoticon]

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Those welds match the ones done by Lippert"s nosepickers perfectly in both quality and appearance. If ever needed you guys could easily get a job slapping frames together for them @ $13.00 per hour.

* This post was edited 07/25/22 02:59am by PButler96 *


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Posted: 07/25/22 04:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks better than anything I have done. I'm a Dobber.

I'll have to post some of my welds on my lawnmower, you'll see what I mean


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Posted: 07/25/22 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You call that welding???? You've got to be kidding!!! [emoticon] No, seriously that is at least a hundred times better than I could do. I'm kind of like you(except for having no welding skills). If I can do it myself I'll do it, and who cares what it looks like. It works for me, and that's what counts. Good job. Gary


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Thanks for the "Ego Boost" guys...

I thought about drilling holes and bolting the brackets on.. But, I already had the welder out and drilling was not going to be too much fun when I had "glue" to fix it!

The tacks were just to place it, then I stepped on the steps and they were so much more solid, I just went with it and figured if any of them pop, I'll just make a little bigger tack next time (on warranty)... [emoticon]

Mitch

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