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Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions

To: Mike <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
From: "Elton E. (Tony) Clark" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:28:43 -0600
Cc: shop Talk <>
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My instructor was super certified and even instructed welders from the Glen
Rose nuke sight.  One day I was carping about my school stick welder acting
different from the one in the next booth.    He asked my heat range; set
the amps at 1/2 of my range and ran a great bead . . .then he set it at
TWICE my amps and ran another great bead.  Merely adjusting arc length and
travel speed!  I am still in awe of his skill.

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM, Mike <> wrote:

> I had a similar experience in college.  The instructor for the Strength
> of Materials class read the textbook to the class in a slow monotone.
> Students were keeping track of things like "ah", "er", and all.  When we
> got in the lab and started testing various materials, he was a wealth of
> information.  Offered all sorts of useful stuff; after class he drove
> off in his Porsche 356.
> Mike
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> On 1/5/2015 5:16 PM, Mark J Bradakis wrote:
> > This is just a story I am sure I've told before many times, but the
> > experience has stuck with me.
> >
> > Many years ago when I was at the U of U a couple of the profs and
> > myself enrolled in an evening
> > auto body repair course at a local high school. First night's class
> > was in a classroom and consisted
> > of covering shop safety, outline of the course, blah blah blah.
> >
> > The old fellow who was teaching sat up there and read from notes in
> > such a dull monotone for what
> > seemed like hours and hours.  The profs and I kind of looked at each
> > other with a "what have we done?"
> > look. Mercifully the lecture finally concluded, and he asked "Any
> > questions?"
> >
> > My friend Gary had brought in a fender from his Model A truck project.
> > He asked the instructor to
> > take a look.
> >
> > I have never in my life seen a human being transformed in such a short
> > time. When the "boring old fart"
> > got his hands on that piece of metal he was a completely different
> > person. Excited and animated, he pointed
> > out where previous work on the metal had work hardened this area,
> > resulting in some incipient cracks at
> > the edge, he pointed out some warpage over here and so on. I almost
> > expected him to provide the mileage of
> > the truck and the original paint color codes.
> > Never in my life will I be able to look at a piece of metal with that
> > master's wisdom and experience.
> > It was amazing.
> >
> > mjb.
> > ______________________
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