Unusual & Uncommon Uses for a TIG Welder – Eastwood


everybody mad at Eastwood we’re here in the east with garage to another live-text session if you guys haven’t watched one of these before like it to be as interactive as possible so I want you guys to join in log into the chat on facebook or youtube and you can ask questions so we have Scott over here are lead tech advisor and thanks for tuning in if you guys have any questions make sure you hit me up facebook youtube i’ll be able to answer you live right down there working all should move on a mat so feel free to ask anything obviously today’s TIG welding but you know if you’ve got questions our stuff hit me up but today we’re going to get over some different uses for the TIG welder thanks Scott so today I’m i use the TIG welder i find myself the more I get proficient with the take water i start finding different uses for and using it in place of some other tools that i may have previously I had to put the tick waterway grabbed another tool to use it so i want to show a few of those uses and also tell you about a couple others maybe it’ll help you when you’re working on a project you might be able to use the big water for something different so the water just before quick jump and I’m using today is our take 200 digital this thing is a newer welder we come out with but it is quickly become my favorite welder ticket or digital of swing the front here has of course the digital readout on it who aside from having blinky gauges it has a bunch of cool functions on to let you really control the world we’ve done about a handful of videos on that so far so I’m not going to get reeled in depth than that but i’m just going to show you some different functions so the first thing I’m gonna show you guys is doing a spot weld so generally I I used to make welder for doing spot-welds for most of my life once I got to take 200 digital this has a cool little spot weld function on it here that makes it really handy see can dial in the Machine and setup us so you can do a spotless i’m going to show you guys how to do a quick spot-weld without drilling any holes on sheet metal using the tick welder so I’ve set a preset in here so I’m gonna jump into recall and i think i set it at number 15 if my memory is correct here and so hit enter and we can hit enter again just to make sure I’m in the right one here so this uh this welds setup here is now with this ramp up areas actually shows a seconds so we have 2.3 seconds it’s going to ramp up to a hundred ants and then it’s going to immediately drop down and just do a post flow so this takes away all the ramp up the ramp down features on the on that so i’m gonna show you guys doing a quick couple spot-welds how quick you can do those and we’ll show you the peace when we’re done here so get my gloves my helmet all that good stuff using the pedal today because we’re doing a couple different things so no filler rod all we’re doing is fusion welding it together that’s about as close as it gets to a true spot well to true resistance spot-weld so i’m using our spot weld pliers here a little copper back or on them just to make my life a little easier some just working a little test piece here so I’m gonna call my big water at the torture about the same height i would normally and hit the pedal all the way down to weld and then stop automatically and I can get off my pedal i’m going to do another one real quick here and then we’ll share the results of course if your panels already clamped you may not need these pliers but for me doing this here a little quicker and easier alright so we’ll show a close-up series a couple i did when i was dialing it in these are the 2i just did so those two there the resistance or I with the tick water only no filler rod will check the back side here we got great penetration now using that copper backer kind of stops it from blowing through it also which is nice and then we can take our two pieces here i can bend it open it up and you can see it’s it’s fully welded and the key thing I’m benek back together it’s just look how small those spot welds are really really small there’s no splatter there’s no grinding and I’m able to do a nice small spot weld without drilling holes or anything and that’s I mean that’s just below flush right there would be pretty much identical to a resistance spot what you would see so if you’re doing a true restoration we’re trying to mimic it as close as you can and you don’t have a big resistance spot welder this is the ticket right here this doesn’t get any better than that so you can do this with a normal with if you have to water it doesn’t have a spot function you can do that i just takes a little bit of practice with the pedal too easy and get it just right and then let out so again if you like I always say if you practice on a test piece that’s the same thickness you can dial it in and do that but that’s a cool little function because the way the TIG welder function works it’s not going to leave any type of splattering at the grind the other thing we offer if you want to get really if you want all your spot welds to be pretty much identical and get the repeatability we offer a spot weld nozzle for the TIG welder so i have a diuretic and sleds on here that’s what i use normally with the welder but this is our spot weld nozzle so has little standoffs here so you can turn it like that so you can get your ticket torch and have the perfect standoff so this is good for you guys to maybe have a look at your hand isn’t quite as steady we just want that repeatability where you can just get the same distance every time I can really dial the Machine and so you could swap one of these out so this is really handy to have on the car and you just write it on really quick if it’s any torch it’s a similar-sized 17-19 they’re all pretty close and it should fit and will feel that fit any of arctic waters as well so that’s the first one the next couple of things i’m gonna talk about our where I found myself using a tick water in place of using an oxy-acetylene torch I mean there is sometimes no replacement for using an oxy-acetylene torch right there is times where it’s just a pain for me to pull it out work most recently I ran out of acetylene and matlock till monday so what I have to do I had to go and use my take torch was the next closest thing so one thing to do is I heat shrinking with a TIG torch so normally if you guys are that are familiar with it if you use heat shrinking with oxy acetylene torch you’re going to get your torch right directly over top we imagine this is our oxy torch right directly over top with it with the with the flame and we’re gonna watch the metal when it gets just about red or just gets ready to pull it out and you’re going to let some people questioned some people to let it cool naturally but that’s going to actually heat shrink its going to heat it up and then it everything’s going to contract and you can either pull out oil canning in a panel or if you have some has a little bit too much crown in a panel you can heat shrink and bring that down a little bit so i’m going to show you guys how to do it here with a TIG torch same kind of process and let me just change my function here and up I’m just gonna go here to our setting our preset number one which is a 10 amp start goes up to 80 has no ramp down it goes great 20 amps and we have a five-second supposed well so I know that that was really close to what I need I’m going to use the pedal to adjust it because i don’t quite 80 amps so what I’m gonna be doing is looking for when it just barely starts to get red I’m gonna heat it up to that point and then i’m going to pull back out again so actual show you with the camera before we get too crazy so this is a panel we used we did a plantation have our video i save this piece here ton of ground in this panel so we raise this up considerably here so i’m going to show you guys going to do a couple a handful of shrimp heat shrinks in an area around here real quick and then we’ll come back with the Straight Edge and show you guys that you know the change that it made it so it’s over here if you have any questions don’t forget the shooting over to Scott and we’ll take some questions then alright so keep a pretty tight distance again no filler rod he come and then back out do one more so I’m not using the full 80 amps i’m just using enough to to see a puddle just about start and then I’m letting off right away see the spots here now the reason i like doing it with a stick torch there’s times when Roxy settling is it is a little better suited but sometimes i like using the take torch because again we’re not heating up a giant area so you can really pinpoint if we’re trying to bring this whole crown down that might be a different story might heat it up with a torch would be a little better buddy if we just have to say just a little bit too much peak here and we want to take it out we can work in just these areas and sink it down with shrinking the metal so let’s show you guys before we had a heavy crown here and you can see now I got a little bit of a flat spot right in this area here and move it to hear see we have were barely touching even in between here and see how where it’s barely touching a very small area and then this year area where I heat shrunk where we’ve got 10 inch and a half or so that’s now flat we flatten it out the center there so I’ve he shrunk here and here and again in between it’s still got that peek in it right here we flattened it out so you can really really get precise with your heat shrinks which with a hot with an oxy-acetylene torch might be a little bit more difficult to do some of the guys been doing for a really long time might be better at it but I don’t it’s pretty tough to see there we go you guys could probably kind of see house we got flat spots in the metal trying to read it off the light there its flattened out just in those areas so those areas we brought the crap crown down so this is really good for this or if you guys have say a trunk with your deck would skin that has a coil cannon or something any part as an oil can it and trying you know the up too much material there and you’re trying to heat shrink at the pool the the paddle tight again you can do some heat thanks when you take torch and pull it tight and it works really well so that’s a that’s a cool way to do it you have to play oxy-acetylene torches and for me it’s a little more controlled I’m just more comfortable with the tick sometimes I find myself reaching for that instead which works well so any questions that we have so far we’re good right now ok cool if you guys have questions make sure you drop them Scott weeks say hello to Scott will make you feel lonely so i’m going to just now the next thing we’re going to show you is really using like an oxy-acetylene torch so I got a piece of three-eighths flat bar here in the vise and say you want to bend this put a bend in it we can you do the same type of thing as you would with an oxy-acetylene torch so I’m going to crank this up pretty high just so i have the power if I need it i’m not going to use all of its 175 amps there and sure was set we’re going to move over here so if you need to bend something i do this quite often especially if i’m up i’m making a bracket or I’m just making something using round bar flat bar and I again don’t feel like getting the torches out i don’t want to you can use a tick torch if you if you work the pedal right and you can heat this all around just like you would using a proxy settling and we can actually heat this up cherry red and bend it down I got something pretty sizable just so you guys can show cause I’m sure if i grab something thin somebody’s going to call BS and tell me oh I can spend that anyway so this is three-eighths bar i mean i could probably been this device by private pool the table over but if we want to put a bend in this i’m going to heat it up now it’s gonna take a little bit longer of course because it’s thick but the same what happened with a with your oxy torch so I’m going to start on this side and then i’ll pry off the workaround actually give me one another thing i’m going to do real quick is I’m actually grind a little flat in this on the sander sorry guys because i want a wider cone here to make it work a little quicker so so what i did is i put i put a flat in on the I put a pretty heavy flat on the tungsten here so I’m not getting such a fine point I had a ground to a real fine point because we were doing spot welds and the heat-shrink swear I wanted them really small so i had almost a sharp pencil point on it so I got a little flat on this so you guys can like is I want a bigger cone so much like you would change the tip on your oxy torch you can use your you can grind your tungsten a little differently now we’ll have more of a more of a wider the end of the cone of your Ark is gonna be a little bit wider here so my gloves on nobody heating this might take a few never know alright so i’m going to start up here a little higher than the Vice because of ice would heat soak now what I’m going to do is we don’t necessarily want to gouge the metal real fire because we can gouge the metal we want to kind of want to heat it so I’m moving it around as i see it kind of started want to start a puddle I start moving it basically just let me heat soak let me heat soak miss Nita crowd the shell to me when it’s red hot so again i’m just putting some heat into it I got a nice wide cone on their sums he needn’t try not the galaxy into the metal too much just we don’t want to cut down the thickness was trying to put some heat into it it’s starting I can feel it so you can see I did that with one hand but the tick torch still going not going to do that with it you know with it being cold so we got a nice nice spend it nice tight radius that’s one of the keys here is because I’m bending it above where the device is clamped we don’t have anything to bend off of so you can tell i got a really nice tight 90 on this because we’re heating such a nice fine area with the tick torch we weren’t heating up as big of a giant area i was really putting the heat in the center area we’re going to fold this thing over on itself and get a real nice tight 90 on the part it’s pretty nice i mean this is this isn’t this isn’t thin stuff here so I mean you can do that it helps to have a helper you know because you can go around and have them bending a little bit but you can see we gotta alternate maybe you can that you can see the radius we got on which is pretty cool and then on the inside it’s not eaten away a little bit we have a little bit of where was starting up bobble little bit as I say Ben it down trying to hold a one-handed towards the other but I mean we didn’t eat away we didn’t reduce the thickness of the metal which is key but we got a nice nice 90 been on that piece there now you can take the same idea and put this too if you need to burn out a bolt or if you have a nut that stuck on a boat if you’re pretty accurate you can use the tick torch and melt away to burn it off it’s all in getting comfortable with the pedal and learning how to just feel where you can ease into the pedal and you can give it the heat you want on this particular piece I didn’t want to actually melt too much material i just want to put a ton of heat into it so i kept my torch a little further away than I normally would and i just watched it as soon as a puddle started for my kind of work back and forth keeping it from galloping into the metal too much but if you give it up paddle we could be eaten right into that or you could burn out a bolt that’s broken off for or something like that I’ve used it to do most recently I broke of the tap being an idiot trying to go too fast and I broke a tap off inside a hole and I was pretty much screwed because in a piece of box to be i took my tic torch put it right down in there and melted it and kind of blew everything through there I don’t want to use a plasma cutter because it was kind of an area where didn’t want to throw a ton of sparks so you can use this concept to use a month so much like an oxy-acetylene torch with you know just got expanding your your mind a little bit of what you can do so that’s a couple of my little tips that have hopefully it’s a jumping point for you guys have any other questions that you got along the way and a good one for here that truly wants to know what’s the maximum thickness that you would say you’ve done or would feel safe doing with that that little trick interested for bending the metal um I mean that’s three eighths you can kind of go I mean within reason of course the stick as you want what ends up happening the big limitation that you have is the heat that starts getting put off with a TIG torch your hand is generally a little closer to the to the hot zone then when you’re using oxy-acetylene torch so usually my hand starts getting hot like even on that towards the end I was starting to feel a little bit of heat but I’ve inner gloves on or if you don’t have a water-cooled torch if you have a air-cool torch like this we sit there are 200 amps for you know five minutes it’s going to the torch is going to start to not get happy so you can kind of go and stick as you want it’s all interested you know that the heat is really the biggest issue on the other thing is having a helper is a big thing I probably couldn’t go much thicker than that because i really needed to go to the backside if it was any thicker than at the heat you know both sides of it to get it to really get a full cherry red 22 to bend it so that’s the other thing if you have a helper they can be bending a little bit you can heat it and go to the other side and bounce back and forth but I mean really it’s all just you know like anything the heat and the time it takes but you can you can bend some really thick stuff with it it’s just when you start getting to know if you got the one inch or something like that thick probably your hands or the torch we get really hot first but you know that’s that’s some thick stuff you could go a little thicker fee if you take your time so that’s a good question so I i think that’s it right when we got cool so thanks guys for watching hopefully this is something a little different that I using a TIG welder you guys never knew if you have any questions or any ideas for future broadcast make sure you drop us a line in the comments as always we do videos Monday Tuesday Wednesday three o’clock eastern standard time we’re always doing tech videos for you guys to make sure you check us out around around three and you can always watch these recorded on eastwood youtube channel username Eastwood co so exercise for watching I’ll catch you next week

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