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    One Thing You Want to Learn

    I have wanted to learn small engine repair for some time. Tell us what you'd like to learn.

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    Welding...

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    I've wanted to learn how to weld. Unfortunately, I've never really had metal fabrication projects that could justify the time to learn or the expense for equipment that I couldn't handle with conventional metal machining.
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    Definitely welding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    How to keep my mouth shut and listen more.
    So, welding then?

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    Machining. Machinists make some nice stuff.
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    You know, that's a really good question.
    Appears that a lot would like welding. I've done some welding but was never really good at it. Always thought having a machine shop would be awesome.

    Since I'm in the middle of being a caregiver for my mother.....I'd love to learn how to remove the pain from people's bodies and restore life to them like they had when they were 100% healthy and whole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Riddle View Post
    I have wanted to learn small engine repair for some time. Tell us what you'd like to learn.
    Hmm, that's a tough one. I've got the welding and machining down, whitewater kayak, piano, flying, cave diving, embroidery, motocross...
    Tried wind surfing once and once was enough.

    What I really want to learn is how to infuse kids with a passion for life beyond the electronic screen.

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    You guys crack me up.. I was a toolmaker for most of my life. Someone saw me use a micrometer in a tube mill and said I should be a machinist. I took their advice, and spent most of my life making and doing complicated manual machining that most machinists could not do. I am not bragging, just saying the truth.

    I had a small engine that would not work. Rebuilt the carburetor and was so proud of myself. Taught myself the theory of the combustible engine. Bought the specific manuals for all of the small engines I have. Chainsaw, weed whacker, generator, rototiller, snowthrower, yard tractor, garden tractor, all of the vehicles I have owned in my life. I have never had any of my combustion engines repaired by anyone other then myself except for once. I have had every single engine in the above listed equipment literally in as many pieces as it was able to be taken apart to be fixed as possible. They all run as new as the day I bought them.
    Last summer I had to rebuild the engine in a john deere 318 garden tractor. Supposedly the best garden tractor ever made, according to some well informed garden tractor owners. The engine, an Onan 18hp, horizontally opposed 2 stroke engine was made to be rebuilt, and run forever. It was nearly destroyed by it's previous owner and was sold to another person who was not able to fix it. The shell to the snowthrower was destroyed because they never replaced the wear plate that protects the shell to the snowthrower. The gears inside the gear case to the snowthrower were broken into pieces and had to be replaced.

    I had bought a small mig welder to do the body work on one of my vehicles. I used it to repair the walk behind snow thrower I used for 15 years to do my 175 foot gravel driveway. I taught myself to weld with it and repaired the shell on the 4 foot tractor snow thrower by cutting out sections of the shell and welding in new steel. I was a welders helper ,for 4 months in 1977, in Tyrone Oklahoma, and saw what a good weld was suppose to look like and did all of the grinding for the welder I worked for who was welding gas pipe 32" in diameter together. I went out and bought a used Lincoln AC Tombstone welder from an ironworker for 100.00, and made the implements for my garden tractor, 5 years ago.
    I have a 1999 GMC 4x4 pickup truck I bought new and took great care of. It sits outside with a rusted through piece of junk frame and the truck itself looks 2 years old at most. I intend to fabricate and replace the frame and drive the truck for the rest of my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Zellers View Post
    Welding...
    Yea, this one has crossed my mind, too, but I'm going the CNC route (pardon the expression), so there'll be no funds for a welder any time soon.

    I'll mention that cooking has become somewhat of a passion with me, too, and I do plan on getting some formal instruction (or work experience) at some point to enhance that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    How to keep my mouth shut and listen more.
    Ok. That's another. Me too Lee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael langman View Post
    Words words ....
    So your saying you want to learn humility?


    Lol, just kidding.

    Iíd like to learn more about welding and machining. Iím planning to take some classes soon. Plenty of other things just donít have the time.

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