Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Heavy metal

About choked on my breathing today.   Things didn’t go the way that almost made me choke, thank the small gods of electrons and welding wire,,,

Been working on make one of the work trucks a flat bed, and this mornin’ Bossman told me that he found some plate and we were going to pick it up first thing. 

What made me choke was his saying “yeah, he has 1/2″ and 5/16″ and some other stuff.   I think I want it in 1/2″,,,”

CHOKE!!!!!     All I said was, “if thats what you want,,,” then went to talk to Son of Bossman, and let him know what his ol’man just said.  Ain’t gonna get in the middle of this’un,,,   Son about choked when I told him.  


We get out to the place with the steel, and there is all sorts of stufff,   (its actually metric, not English) but that 1/2″ is right on top.   When Bossman sees 6 of us straining to just stand one side up,,,  “Maybe we shoud go with the thinner stuff”  and we all breathed a sigh of relief.   

So, three sheets of 4mm, a little oversize width and length since its a metric measure not inches and feet,,, but thats fine by me, more to play with.    Shoulda gone 10gauge or similar, but the 4mm was the thinnest.

And I am well on my way,,,,

Just don’t ask me how I got that stuff off the flatbed I used to get it, onto that frame I am working on. Somethings are best forgotten,,,,,, (and yes, I did solo,,,,)

and so far, I haven’t made a mark on that third sheet. Kinda hoping I can get away with not using it, so we have a full sheet for later projects. Will do what I gotta though.

Home, dinner for furries and then me, and I really want a shower,,, grinding, plasma cutting, welding, leave a layer of scum that can not be described. More later


2 responses

  1. Nice bead Dio! I’ve done a lot of different things as a tradesman, and some of ’em I’m even pretty darn good at, but I don’t know shizz about welding. Only done it twice, and it weren’t pretty, by any stretch of the imagination.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 7, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    • Thanks. I’ve done better, but the wind was blowing hard today and the whole project is outside,,,,
      Got a couple of spots that look pretty rough where the wind picked up and the steel actually burned ’cause the sheilding gas was blown off. Figure its daggum flatbed, its gonna see hard use and rust and all manner of abuse, so,,,, ‘good enough’,,, LOL

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      February 7, 2023 at 7:55 pm

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