Tig Welding Soil Compaction Plates | JIMBO’S GARAGE

Tig Welding Soil Compaction Plates | JIMBO’S GARAGE

welcome Jimbo’s garage good afternoon
everyone and welcome back to Jimbo’s garage well a local geotechnical
engineering firm here in town I do a lot of work for they asked me to design and
build a lot of testing equipment and tooling and that’s exactly what we’re
gonna be doing here today it’s going to be evolving a little bit of plasma
cutting a little bit of TIG welding and a little bit of lathe work so let me
bring you in I’m going to show you the existing plate I’ll show you the changes
we’re going to be doing to the new one okay so here’s the existing plate that
we’re going to be replicating this is about nine and three quarters of an inch
wide and fourteen inches long this is currently made out of aluminum we’re not
making the new and out of aluminum you can see that there’s some sort of a foot
tread design down here that’s something else that we’re not going to be doing on
the new one this has a 4-inch tall round collar that is designed for a three
quarter inch solid round pin to be driven down through here into the ground
and then that when they drive that into the ground then they pull this away and
a piece of equipment goes on here and and measures the density of the soil at
one time this had a handle going across here and that’s what’s used to lift this
off the ground this seems to be the problem that they’ve been having is this
handles brakes a lot and you know so that’s one of the things we’re gonna
change the other one is is we’re going to take this call or and we’re going to
put another one on this side right here so that this plate will be
interchangeable in either direction and you can use that on either side now the
dimensions from here to here from here to here a critical based on the piece of
equipment that sits on top of this after this plate is removed so we’re gonna put
the exact same dimensions here over here and then that is going to give us our
span across here that we’re gonna put a piece of three-quarter inch round tube
across here and that’s going to create the handle so hopefully that’s going to
be a lot more functionable we’re also going to be making the pin that goes
along with it it’s roughly 20 inch long three quarters in diameter and
we’re gonna sharpen the to a semi point on the end and we’re gonna be doing that
on the lathe so this is gonna be involved some plasma cutting to get the
plate cut out and some TIG welding to get these collars in place and a handle
in place a little bit of lathe work so let’s get started today’s video now I
have already created this file so I’m just going to go to the file I’m gonna
look for the file that we’re going to be doing and select it down here and there
it is it’s showing-up down here and this is the court this corner right here so
we’re going to go ahead and move the cutting head alright so I’ve got the
cutting head into the position I’ve actually got four of these to make we’re
gonna cut one plate out right now just to show you how this is going to happen
I’m going to turn on the cutter and we are we are using the HTP micro cutting
75 SC I haven’t had any problems with the delusional design table or the
cutter since I’ve had it for almost four months now so let’s go ahead and select
this part and and see if we can cut something out alright so I got the
quarter inch plate on there I’ve selected everything we need to do
everything is on the only thing we have to do is go ahead and select cut so
let’s go ahead and see how it works all right so here it is right off the
plasma table and you can see that you know it’s perfectly clot the cut and I
don’t know if you can see how perfectly clean the cuts actually are I’ll try to
get I’ll try to get you a good shot of that but there it is very little just
some dross on the outside they look nothing that the grinder won’t handle
grinder won’t take care of we’re gonna do that but just like that in just about
a minute’s time we got a plate cut out all right so there’s a there’s a pretty
good close-up of the the cut right there you know and you can see can see how
nice and perfectly clean that says and this is not only just on the outside but
even the holes on the inside everything super clean super true I’ve had no
issues with it with just a very little bit amount of dross on the outside but
we’re gonna go ahead and just trim that up just a little bit with the Walter I’m
using a Walter mini right here this these this grinder is one of my
favorites they offer up several different sizes but this one here it’s
got a paddle switch to it and I absolutely love it the control is really
easy company within a dural flex flapper desk super sharp wasted no time at all
clean these edges up and getting everything cleaned up a good shot right
there of my angle grinder holder and the thing works really cool there it is a
nice clean the edges up and now we’re moving on now this right here is going
to be the round part of the of the tool itself that’s going to be welded on now
I’m using what’s called DMO drawn over mandrel is what they tell me that stands
for and what that is this is an inch and a quarter pipe with 3/4 ID that has no
seam on the inside and in other words there there’s no seam there’s nothing to
to catch it the piece of 3/4 goes through there it’s nice and clean fit
a little bit pricey but really nice product just over here at the burking D
burn and kind of taking the edges off prior to getting things welded into
position and today we’re gonna be working off the ever last our TIG 255
EXT and i’ve had this for about a year now and i just been i’ve been working
with it for quite some time and and trying to get used to it and you know
the interface is a little bit intimidating but once you once you
figure it out it’s it’s really easy and it’s been a really nice machine to work
with operating with some fifty fifty this is 50 percent argon fifty percent
helium today and there’s my there’s my TIG league torch holder works really
good the torch is a ck seventeen water cool or not seventeen I believe it’s
like a twenty I’m not certain of the number but it is a water cooled version
of that and I’m using two percent fill out that tungsten 332nd and then we’re
just using some er 7006 mild steel for filler rod today so the very first thing
I want to do is to get the these pieces of pipe that are going to meet our in
the hole I want to get them tacked in several locations up four locations all
the way around and you can see as soon as I hit the heat to it on that side it
draws it over so I’m trying to get everything perfectly plumb get
everything pulled back and that’s exactly what happens here so does
everything gets perfectly plumb I get the four tax on it and it’s it’s ready
ready to weld you know just repeated the same process
on on the other one and so far so good that’s coming together pretty nice you
know the this being mild steel the other one being aluminum believe it or not
there is a weight difference between the two but not as much as you think there
is you know this one here is a little bit heavier it might be a pound a little
bit more than a pound maybe two pounds heavier than the other one and all in
all it’s really not too bad and this is what the this is what the the person
wanted they did not want the aluminum anymore they wanted this mild steel and
that’s what we’re doing so I’ve cleaned this metal up pretty
good you know the the tubing itself is like a cold rolled on the outside so
it’s already pretty much clean the plate has a little bit of mill scale on it and
I went ahead and it’s cleaned off as best I could and even that it even looks
like you’re seeing a little porosity there but it’s actually it’s just some
black black material left over it actually weld in there really nice and
clean that’s the front side this is the back side even though this is going to
be down on the dirt I still wanted to get a clean weld on the on the bottom
side here I am gonna go in that flat down but I still wanted the adhesion on
the bottom to make it as strong as possible right there you know when you
get things up in the air like this you can see that I’ve got it blocked up
sometimes I got to use propping material to get myself propped up in a position
to you know to make things a little bit easier you might see that a little bit
later on in the video there’s the torch itself I’m using a
number eight Furyk Pyrex kept right there with a 3/32 lanthanum tungsten
that seems to work out really good those Pyrex cups I got that from Jodi over
welding tips and tricks’ calm you know those make four for me especially you
know I’m able to see right through the Pyrex the welding and it’s really really
a nice a nice added feature to the TIG torch you can see there it is I’m prop
it up on a piece of pipe right there you know sixty years old in all cities I
used to be and any help that I can get sure welcome to at this point that’s for
sure yeah 2:55 has been working flawlessly I’ve had no issues with it at
all once you got used to the the the settings which is really simple it is
has really been a dream and you know this water cooler is is a great added
feature you know I also have the 210 XT what you’re going to see here
momentarily I also use that in this video you know that’s an air-cooled
torch but the water cooller you can certainly notice a
difference especially when you’re welding with some bigger amps in a
longer period of time that torch head does not get hot at all it stays nice
and cool yeah there’s just some more welding right here on the you know the
bottom side of the plate to get these tubes welded into place you know another
thing you can’t see ya inside my hood my helmet right there I’ve also got a
cheater lens you know to bring me and focus in really nice and tight again my
sights not what it used to be but those cheater lenses are available and they’re
really handy to have once again we’re just grinding that down nice and flat as
loud as I can I’m not trying to get into absolutely perfect right here but I am
trying to get the erase part of the weld ground down and that’s really all we
really need to do you know this was something that that I got a few years
ago um this is the knotch master from JD squared you know I bought this for a
particular project and I was a little reluctant at first because that it was
kind of pricey and I wasn’t certain whether or not I could justify spending
the money well I went ahead and jumped out there and did that anyway I’m a firm
believer in quality and you know I’ve used it several times in the last few
years and here’s just a good example of how well it works you know this is a
small diameter pipe right here and just clamp it into position and this thing
just cuts through and you can just cut right through the material you need and
it just leaves a perfect bevel on the other side and you know takes literally
seconds for the staff and you know for me that’s pretty good you can see right
here I’m kind of just freehand marking this thing where it needs to go take it
back over there clamp it in and cut it up a little lubrication like this that’s
all you need you know this is sped up a little but not too much but it
definitely cuts pretty clean pretty fast definitely no complaints which with the
knotch master there’s another close-up shot of I just thought it was
interesting too see see the smoke coming off of there
and the cutting that’s pretty cool shot I just wanted to throw that in there and once I got that done just took it
over and this here’s the fit right here right in there perfect just like that
it’s totally weldable all the way around y’all for pizza’s done and I worked out
really well and you can see that I have these handy little blocks it’s different
sizes you know for all different things and here’s a good example of again how
to use these blocks I’ve just managed to hang onto these various things over the
years and just use them for all different types of things
now I’m switched over to the power take to 10 ext right here and and this is a
number 9 air-cooled torch with a little button on the end and I’m using that to
get in tight around underneath the bottom to get these welds up underneath
the bottom of the handle right there you know it’s kind of tricky to get in there
but will this torch a little button like that made it made it pretty easy
everything’s going on here pretty good I’m pretty pleased the way things are
turning out again just you know moving things around propping things up to what
you need to in order to get into position to get things done you just
need to figure it out as you go along especially for me you know some of you
some of these guys could just sit there flat and go at it and go all the way
around but err I’m not I’m not there I should say is the 3/4 solid solid round
bar stock Gold rolled and then this is back again some of that round stock left
over and we’re going to be using this for the head of the pins about 1 inch
long you know the the pin that was given to me with the the plate that was
damaged the pin was bent the head was mushroomed over the whole thing he told
me was trash you know this is kind of something like what they
wanted I was able to straighten that pin out that they had you know ground down
the mushroom dad put and put one of these round heads on the end of the
existing one and that worked out really good so here we are making four more to
go with the plates right here now I’m not a machinist by any means you know
this is I’ve only been doing this for you know a year too you know my
father-in-law given me this old 42 inch atlas and and with little or no learning
experience I’m self-taught now some of the things that I’m doing here may not
be the right order I’m sure I’ll be getting some comments from the machinist
out there you should have done this you should have done that and that’s great
and I appreciate all the comments it’s not like I machine all the time but this
is what I did with this I was able to take the top part of the lathe tooling
cutter right there I’m not certain what it’s called but I spun it around 180
degrees and put it on the angle that I needed for this point and so basically I
just used the feed and just ran that thing through and moved it and kept
moving it and the angle that I was looking for turned out perfectly
no I it worked out good for me anyway you know this this lathe is I don’t do
much late work but for what I’ve used it for I haven’t had a failure yet I’ve
been able to accomplish everything I need to accomplish with this little
piece of equipment here it’s pretty cool and just like that there it is right
there and just a little file to take some of the broth and I’m leaving it
like that all four pieces done again here we are with with some blocks
there’s a different block that I had this one worked out pretty good I’ve put
the little end piece on and I’m using that to with max square to hold things
nice and square in place while I go ahead and finish TIG welding this out
all the way around and I am going to be doing this on both the bottom and the
top side as well and this was what’s going to create the the head for the top
of the pin you know one thing I didn’t mention on the
all right I guess I did is the filler rod that we’re using on this now
switched around from three thirty-seconds 16 to 8 inch depending on
a couple of things and I found that I actually found that the 3/32 does the
the optimal the most comfortable rod to be is in filler rod to be isn’t for me
in this situation there’s a good example again of me propping up you know nice
and steady work to get around the top of this the pins like that just like that
just a little dome on there that’s all I really needed to do that’s all I really
wanted to do and then I just took it over the burr King and just slightly
round it over the edge to create a round dome type look and that’s I’m gonna call
that good you know the finished product right there there’s a little closer shot
you know and with this with the burking and I come through with the 3m belt oh
my gosh it’s crazy how well it thing works there’s all four pieces and all
the pins all we need to do now just get a little bit of paint on them and that’s
what I’m using right here now this paint right here I use this brand all the time
but this particular color don’t know what it is but it dries almost
immediately you spray it on and it is dry almost immediately we’re the same
brand or different colors sometimes take a couple hours to dry well this quick
little project right here this is the color that they wanted I got a good cut
good coat of paint on both the front side and the back side this was
literally just a minute later at two minutes later and you know that’s cool I
really like the way you can just paint and it can be dried immediately the
project is done well there it is it’s all complete I hope you guys enjoyed the
video don’t forget to check out my store Jimbo’s garage com
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49 thoughts on “Tig Welding Soil Compaction Plates | JIMBO’S GARAGE

  1. Nice work. It certainly pays to have the right tools! When you rounded the heads of the rods that get driven down, did you in effect grind away the weld you had just put in place? Just wondering how that works….

  2. Great job Jimbo!! Is there a model number on that plasma cutter you can give me? Your story telling is so easy to listen to, with no editing, Ha! I order a few tools from your web site, can't wait to get them. Have a great day Dave

  3. Nice little project and a lot more durable than the original one.
    My brother works in the Geotechnical field for one of the many companies in Anaheim and he was saying the rod often holds an x-ray machine to measure the soil density. He only watched a bit of the video but said he will watch the rest after work.

  4. It’s used with a nuclear density testing gauge. The only problem I see since I’ve carried around the gauge,plate and probe hole driver all day is the additional weight. If their techs are able to drive to every test location great. Another good vid Jimbo.

  5. You're not a machinist? Neither am I but we learn what we need to get the job done! Good wok my friend. BTW, the 'top part' of the lathe is called the cross-slide and it rides on the carriage which sits on the saddle.

  6. Jimbo, jimbo, jimbo…..
    Did I see a guard on that grinder?
    Just poking a little fun?
    Have a Jesus filled day
    Greg in Michigan

  7. Really like the grinder holder. So strange to me to see such a small laser table. Like the set up for the drill. Wish I could weld not for lack of trying.

  8. I am worried that the weld on the underside of the head might wedge the pin into the pipe if it is driven down all the way.

  9. if ive seen it right the bottom welds didnt fuse properly you can clearly see where the pipe and where the baseplate is

  10. I imagine they used aluminum because it doesn’t rust. How is this going to be protected from soil moisture, and the conditions on the truck? Paint won’t last long in this usage situation.

  11. I’ve seen em in use. Most of the ones I’ve seen have the pin built into a “post driver”. So it’s like a slide hammer. Maybe something to keep in mind if you’re building some more!

  12. Clean your material!!! Anybody that watches these videos that are trying to learn how to weld please clean your material better than a lot of these guys do and it’ll make for a way smoother weld!

  13. Think how his foot will feel when a section of that steel falls on it. I can't believe the amount of people I see on here wearing shit shoes and short pants. I like your videos but I think your choice of clothe and shoes suck. Yes I know it gets Hot. I'm in Nv. You would Never see me in anything like what your wearing.

  14. Hello, Jimbo! I admire your work. You're really cool guy. I'm from Ukraine. In my country tools are expensive. I want to ask you, if you have tools that you do not need, I would gladly accept them. Тhank you

  15. Always enjoy your projects and videos. I like reading the comments and usually do before asking a question because most have already been answered. You guys in this YT community of welding, fabrication and machining would have a ball getting together over a drink and writing a book on some of the goofiest comments and questions asked. I know reading some have me laughing and saying to myself "SAY WHAT??!!!" Keep them coming JG, thanks.

  16. As a machinist nothing wrong with what you did I would suggest try to make a chip breaker on your carbide bit makes it a little safer when machining.

  17. Jimbo, might show the beginner tig welders how to tig using a mirror. A very good skill to have in tight situations that a welder cannot see without a mirror.

  18. Jimbo, i love the fast camera and just the machines sounds videos, but you are the only one in all youtube that I really like how you narrate your videos. Thank you for sharing your years of experience with us!
    Greetings from Baja Mexico!

  19. a bit to late with the comment, but im surprised no one mentioned it… you said at the start of the video that the plate is for sticking the rod into the ground, then they remove the plate and place a machine on top of the rod…. with that piece of tube you welded at the end of the rod they cant remove the plate, it acts as a nail head, or am i missing something?

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