For a change this weekend, I didn’t go to the boatyard until Saturday morning. Got a soaking at work in the rain Friday and just had to go home and dry out!
So,Saturday morning was mild and dry,time to crack on with the welding,yay,real progress.
Got the first section(640mmx100mm) cut out and a nice new piece of shiny mild steel plate cut to size.
Cut the rusty piece out with a Black and Decker Scorpion saw,a bit more neighbour friendly than the angle grinder(noise,and flying sparks) and its a neater cut. The Scorpion was a Gumtree bargain at £10 and I highly recommend it. Steel blades a couple of quid on eBay.
Time to weld! Out with Sip Wizarc 140 (ebay £15)and away we go. All my previous(lots) welding has been with mig and 15+ years ago,so I was slightly apprehensive (and rusty!) but after watching a few you tube videos on the subject,I was pretty sure I could get good results.
I only bought the arc welder in the knowledge that I wouldn’t be using it on
anything less than 2mm steel,and mostly thicker.A few adjustments to the amps and I was laying down nice neat welds with good penetration,as per photo. Excuse the quality of the photo,bit dark and not an easy place to get to.
Time to tidy up with the grinder. This was bought new,I actually bought 2,to cut down on disc swapping. But, I bought cheap.£15 each from Argos. Shit.waste of money. Bearing in mind I only got the boat in August,they were less than 6 months old. They’ve not done much work,mostly wire brushing and flap wheels. First one died a fortnight ago,and the second one died 3/4 of the way through cleaning up the first welded plate. And guess who can’t find the receipts?
All my of my other power tools have been bought second hand,but reasonable brands. Two new ‘challenge’ grinders die rapidly.
So,that was the end of that welding session! Other than the obvious( Bosch,makita,dewalt etc) can anyone recommend a good reasonable priced grinder? By the way,it was the motors that burned out on both the others.
Obviously, I’m on a restrictive budget with this project,economies have to made where possible,but I certainly won’t entertain any of the ‘challenge’ tools again! Rubbish.
Another,better,pic of new cabin doors. Note galvanised fittings,while stainless would be nice,and longer lasting,I couldn’t justify the price. And there’s no stainless fittings elsewhere,so they’d look out of place.