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Welding skid near the gas tank!
This was a couple of month ago. Recently inspired by Burnedbronco.
I welded my second gas tank skid on over the other with them bolted up. I made sure the tank was full of gas so I would go up in the biggest way possible! Actually so there was less room for fumes/vapor in the tank). I made sure there was no fumes, all hoses were intact. I welded in my driveway with a slight breeze blowing to carry away any fumes and I was welding them together at the top were it bolts up, pretty much away from the tank. I welded a small section at a time and cooled it with the garden hose. Still I had bad thoughts about gas and welding.
The following week I welded 1/8th X 1 1/2 angle down the sides and across the bottom of the gas tank skid. This closer to the tank than I liked. I steadied my hands with another beer, all the while I was having visions/imagery of me missing the skid/angle with the welding wire torching my gas tank and myself in the process.
I got on my creeper rolled under and started welding, My vision grew worse tormenting me, I could imagine the welding wire piercing the tank with a quick arc and burn-through, igniting gas, squirting hell fire on me with the suddeness of the greedy flesh searing molecules expanding out of control from the heat, I roll away trying to smother the flames engulfing my body and making the flesh on my arms drip off in gooey hunks of smoldering goop, the heat builds like a door to hades was left open, Gas spewing under my bronco, me wildly thrashing ans rolling trying to put the flames out, my life flashes before my eyes, a short simple story not long enough or interesting enough to distract me from the pain of my barbequing flesh, I wonder briefly if the mortician will find my underwear clean or not, I am aware again of the door to hades now open wider, gas is boiling, metal is creaking, and Kaboom! The flames reach the fumes boiled-up under high pressure in the gas tank, It explodes sending hot shrapnel, piercing my body and smashing through my skull leaving a lifeless, bloody, blackened, smoking, carcass lying in the driveway, a $500,000 life policy and an estatic wife!
Welding is fun! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img] I'm still here, was very careful, and made sure I had the proper angle lest the wire create da fire! I use matress pad material soaked in water to heat shield around where I'm welding and do short sections at a time then cool it with the garden hose. this week I'm gonna weld some 1/8 plate to the sides of the gas tank skid over the angle iron. I wonder, with imagery like above, why has it taken me a few weeks to get back to this project??????
Oh well better dead and smoldering than smashing my tank on the trail, gas leaking, the gas taking-on the evil forces of satan himself, looking for a source of ignition, wanting to torch mother nature herself, finding in an instant a path to a cigar smoking squirrel....... But that's another story.
Can anyone identify with this or am I really blown?
I'm gonna post some pics of my tank skid when I get to it this week.