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Roger Walling

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  1. There have been subject lines recently that do not properly describe the content of the post.

     It is much like how the news is being hyped, causing the readers to read a story that they probably not read san the hype in the the subject line.

     If you want others to read about your 1937 Wisbang, don't start your post with "Guess what my best friend and my wife bought!" 

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  2. 15 hours ago, joe_padavano said:


    The issue isn't the fact that they are skip welds. That's normal practice. The original issue was about the fact that the lengths of weld bead that were there looked like crap.

      A skip weld can be carictured as a weld, that when one holds a continuous arc, stopping momentary for a few seconds to achieve penetration.

     This allows the welder to travel along a line welding a few short tacs while not taking the time to re-establish a new arc.

  3.  That factory weld is what is known as skip welding.

     It is plenty strong for its intended use.

     It does not have to be a long solid weld.


    Skip welds or what some people call intermittent welds are a good tool to use in the right situation. Use of skip welds can reduce distortion, speed up production, reduce costs and reduce weight. Sometimes every lineal inch of joint need not be welded. Certain components or weld joints require 100 percent welding. When that is not the case, we might consider the use of skip welds. Skip welds are welds that are not completely welded the entire length. A segment of the joint is welded followed by a segment not welded. This alternating of welded and not welded segments continues along the joint as needed.

    Skip welds are defined by a specific length of weld, and a pitch dimension. The pitch is defined as the center to center distance between the welded segments. Too often the pitch is mistakenly thought to be the length of the unwelded segment as opposed to the center to center distance between welds.

    If we have to produce a full penetration weld in a butt joint, skip welds are not an option. If we have to produce a pipe weld that has to retain air or gas pressure, skip welds are not an option. If we have to produce a weld that has to contain or seal a liquid type joint, skip welds are not an option. These are but a few examples of when we cannot use skip welds.

    A flat bar attached to a cat walk as a toe board is a good use for skip welds. A stiffener attached to the back of a large flat surface is a good use for skip welds. Any tee or lap joint fillet weld that does not require full strength is also a good choice for skip welds.

    Skip welds reduce distortion by reducing the amount of overall weld required, thus reducing the amount of heat input. Reducing the amount welding also reduces the shrinkage that occurs from welding.

    Production speeds can increase because not all of the joint is required to be welded.  If the amount of welding is reduced to as much as half there is a chance to double production speeds.

    The weight of a part can be reduced if the amount of weld applied is reduced. Skip welds are a great tool to reduce the amount weld required, and in the process reducing weight of the part. A specific welding pattern called staggered skip welds is a good way to maintain strength and reduce weight. In staggered skip welds, the weld on the near side of the joint is welded opposite an unwelded section on the opposite side of the joint.

    Finally, reducing the amount of weld by using skips can reduce costs. Cost savings are seen in reduced, weld filler metal, electrical power, shielding gas and labor just to name a few. On the other hand, there are increased costs associated with skip welds in the area of labor too. Layout of the skip welds prior to welding adds to the labor and time required to prep the joint for welding. Cost savings, reduced distortion, reduced weight and increased production speeds can be had if skip welds are used in the correct application.

  4.  I once sold a car with the serial # and the new owner went to his home city 90 miles away to get the registration.

     He came back the next day furious because that I made a mistake on the paperwork and only listed a 6 digit "VIN".

     I explained that they did not have VIN's when the car was made and it was the registry that did not know how to register it with a 6 digit serial #.


     In another event, I was told flatley out, that my car could not obtain a title because it did not have one.

     She said that it could never be registered ever again.


     She was wrong, as in Ma., one could request one from the main RMV office in Boston, or you could go to court and ask a judge to order the RMV to issue one.

  5.  I have learned that I am the smartest person on this site and everybody else is stupid. Or is it that I am the most stupid person on this site and everyone else is smart?😉


     I have asked for advice and received wonderful answers and I have given advice that, (at least I think), was excellent advice.🤥


     I guess that it is all in the way you read the posts!😁


     All that being said, if you are offended by someone's post, maybe you read it wrong.🔁




  6.  From google,

    Bronze, brass and copper cleaner
    1. Step 1: Mix 2/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup flour in a glass bowl.
    2. Step 2: Add 1/2 cup salt and stir.
    3. Step 3: Spread on tarnished metal. Wait 1 to 2 hours.
    4. Step 4: Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth and a dab of olive oil.

    How To: Clean Bronze

    Restore the deep, beautiful glow to bronze jewelry and home accents with these safe, chemical-free techniques—and learn how to keep it looking great.

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    How to Clean Bronze

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    Durable and resistant to water corrosion, bronze has a lovely, warm glow shown off to perfection when crafted into jewelry and such household décor accents as cabinet hardware, vases, and candlesticks. Over time, however, bronze tends to take on a greenish patina—not a surprising development when you learn that bronze is an alloy typically composed of 88 percent copper and 12 percent tin.

    While some people appreciate the patina—it does impart an air of great age, even if it’s actually a fairly new piece—most prefer to restore bronze to its original glow. Luckily, you don’t need smelly or potentially caustic chemicals to clean bronze and polish the metal; in fact, you can easily get the job done with just a few household ingredients. Here are two easy and effective methods for how to clean bronze.


    This first option is fast-working but requires ample elbow grease.

    MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon
     Soft rags
     Small bowl
     Baking soda
     Lemon juice
     Rubber gloves
     Toothbrush (optional)
     Olive oil

    STEP 1
    First, rinse your bronze jewelry or décor in warm water to remove dust. Wipe the metal dry with a soft, clean towel or rag.

    STEP 2
    Pour two tablespoons of baking soda into a small bowl.

    STEP 3
    Drip lemon juice—either fresh or concentrate—very slowly over the baking soda until the mixture is just wet enough to create a paste similar in consistency to toothpaste. You might see a little bubbling or some fizzing for a minute or two; this is normal.

    STEP 4
    Protect your hands with lightweight household work gloves, and then smear the cleaning paste over your bronze piece, using your fingers if the piece is small or a rag if it is large. If the piece has many nooks and crannies or ornate trim, use an old toothbrush to work the paste into the crevices.

    STEP 5
    With a polishing cloth, soft rag, or scrap of an old T-shirt, work the paste into the metal with small, circular motions. Focus on any especially heavy areas of patina. Continue to rub until you don’t see any more obvious spots.

    STEP 6
    Let the paste dwell on the bronze for half an hour.

    STEP 7
    Rinse the bronze thoroughly under warm water, rubbing with your fingers to remove all of the paste.


    STEP 8
    Gently dry your bronze with a second soft cloth. If patina still remains, repeat the above steps.

    STEP 9
    Apply two or three drops of olive oil to your rag and gently burnish the clean bronze to bring out its muted shine.


    How to Clean Bronze

    Photo: istockphoto.com


    This plan takes a bit longer, but you won’t have to rub as hard.

    MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon
     Soft rags
     Small bowl
    – Table salt
    – White flour
    – White vinegar
     Rubber gloves
     Olive oil

    STEP 1
    Rinse your bronze jewelry or décor under warm water to remove dust, and then dry the piece with a clean, soft rag.

    STEP 2
    In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of table salt and two tablespoons of white flour.

    STEP 3
    Slowly drip white vinegar into the bowl, mixing until the cleaner has the consistency of thick paste.

    STEP 4 
    Protect your hands with thin rubber work gloves and use your fingers or a clean rag to rub the paste onto the bronze. Rub in small circles to work the paste over the entire surface of the metal, including any crevices.

    STEP 5
    Let the paste remain on the bronze for an hour or more.

    STEP 6
    Use warm water to rinse away the paste, rubbing gently to remove any residue.

    STEP 7
    Dry the bronze with a soft, clean rag.

    STEP 8
    Apply one or two drops of olive oil to the rag, and then burnish the metal to bring out its shine.


    Keep Your Bronze Looking Its Best

    After you’ve followed either set of steps for how to clean bronze, you can maintain its shine following these tips:

    • Regularly dust bronze statues and décor. If the dust is thick, rinse the piece in warm water to remove it, and then dry the metal thoroughly with a soft cloth.

    • Store your bronze jewelry, coins, and valuables that aren’t on display in airtight plastic bags to reduce exposure to oxygen. It’s this process of oxidation that creates patina.

    • Apply moisturizer, sunscreen, makeup, and other skincare products before putting on bronze jewelry.

    • Rub your bronze jewelry with a soft cloth after each wear to remove body oils.

    • Never wear your bronze jewelry into a swimming pool, as the chlorine wears at the metal.

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