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[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] The next time the carnival comes to your county fair, forget taking Brandi or Terri or Kandi, or Traci, or Cindi .....(Do you see a pattern? All cowgirls have names that end in "i".)........and spending a lot of dough trying to win her a teddy bear. Go by yourself and spend the day looking at the construction techniques that are used in fabricating the various rides. If you want to know how to make a tube joint, and weld it in a low-stress manner, and minumize the weld-affected zone, that's a good place to see how the pros do it. The gussets and the welding techniques on carnival rides are like looking at the final exam in a fabricatiuon methods class. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Yep, I agree totally. Some of those guys are top-class welders. Worked for several of the traveling companies when they came through the area and watched how they did some of their on-site repairs. Weird part was most of it was done with ac stick units, cheapo ones at that.
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Yeah, I "broke" my family from going anywhere and expecting that I won't gawk at the mechanical/engineering side of things... they've learned to expect a 20-30 minute delay scoping out linear motion activation, control wiring, or the duals mounted to the front of an F450 4x4 hauling garbage off the beach! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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I agree 100%. Most recent trip that sticks out in my mind.... St. Louis Archway. Wife lost me as I circled the huge structure just following welds and looking at seems. All I can say is WOW! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bow.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/usflag.gif[/img]
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Yeah, and welding stainless without making it wrinkle up like an old raisin is a 24 carat beotch.
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Good to hear I am not the only one that looks at this kind of stuff. I do it everywhere!
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Re: Cotton Candy and Welding?

My wife almost beat me with a stick at the St. Louis Arch. I

spent most of the time there calculating the actual amount of

weld that went into the thing. Then when we actually went up

to the top, I really embarrassed her by sticking my face in

the window of the elevator car trying to watch the mechanism

work. I know it's not a normal thing to do, but sometimes...
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Re: Cotton Candy and Welding?

I'm guilty of the same thing. I'm constantly looking at how things are manufactured driving my wwife and family, (except the son in Engineering college), crazy.
My teacher in the Welding Inspection Level II Course that I took always said that his wife hated to go to an amusement park with him because he would inspect the welds on the ride then forbid his children to get onto the ride. I'm not that bed, but I always wonder......
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Back in the 70's I'd spend my time on the Washington State Ferries commuting from Pt. Ludlow to Everett below decks with the Chief Engineer. Man, now that was the way to commute. I'd jump on the Kawasaki and roar off... and couldn't hear a thing. Those diesels were LOUD. But what fun!
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Re: Cotton Candy and Welding?

Good to hear they are built and repaired right. There are also a lot of fasteners on those rides. Hopefully all tight.

I see a lot of bad welding on structures as well. There is a mountain equipment co-op store here in Winnipeg that has a climbing wall inside the store. Its is several stories high and goes through the inside of the store next to the second story staircase. Some of the welds look like pigeon droppings. Someone that didn't know what they were doing was obviously trying to mate thick and thin together piled booger welds onto the heavier stuff. Its a wonder it can support its own weight. Exercise equipment made in china is the worst stuff. They obviously don't pay any attention to weld distortion. They weld one side of something, the other side lifts, then they fill in the gap, leaving everything crooked. Only saving grace is its cheap enough they'll give you another piece, no questions asked.

Anyone know what they welded the roll bars on 80's CJ's with? Mine has the oddest looking welds. They look almost sunken. Very little buid up on the surface, almost like a crater in the middle of the weld. Robots?
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