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Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:57 am

Artie F. Emm wrote:Hi from just around the beltway (NoVA near Reston). Another way to find ends and drops is to check in with a welding or machine shop near you, and ask to pick through their scrap bin. They may need to sell it, since recouping scrap value is part of their business model, but you might get lucky, too.


Haven't found very many fab/machine shops in the immediate area, but haven't looked real hard yet. So far, for most of my metal I end up going up to Maryland Metals in Hagerstown, or buy online and pay the shipping fees! Thanks for the suggestions!
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:43 pm

Got home from work this afternoon and my wife says the front hall is like a retail store! Two boxes from Lincoln with a whole pile of steel coupons for practice! Also got 10 lbs each of 1/16 and 3/32 ER70S2, and 3 lbs each of 1/16 and 3/32 4043 rod.


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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby LtBadd » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:36 pm

dgapilot wrote:Got home from work this afternoon and my wife says the front hall is like a retail store! Two boxes from Lincoln with a whole pile of steel coupons for practice! Also got 10 lbs each of 1/16 and 3/32 ER70S2, and 3 lbs each of 1/16 and 3/32 4043 rod.

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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby Louie1961 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:33 am

One thing about the coupons from Lincoln. Clean them well with acetone. They are oily.
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby cj737 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:28 pm

dgapilot wrote:... and 3 lbs each of 1/16 and 3/32 4043 rod.

When you blow through that stuff, grab some 4943 rod. You will find it welds easier, wets better, and is far less prone to heat cracks. The 4043 is great for practice meanwhile, and certainly usable for welding. But the 4943 is a very nice "upgrade" wire. :)
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