Gary G.: I feel like I am hi-jacking your thread with my side issues. If you'd like, I could ask Chris S. to split my stuff to an off-topic thread.
Steve U.: Some things I should probably note: On the plus side, my welder uses a standard 110v outlet (Hobart Auto Arc 130. Does anyone know how would I calculate the power draw of my unit to see if it is safe to run it on "X" power source?
This guy just posted a 8'x10' metal shed a few miles down the road from me for much cheaper than anywhere else or cost to build.
Our outbuilding electrical is the worst looking. The building itself is made out of 80-year-seasoned cedar with cedar shakes. We do have 1 outside outlet that seems to be fairly modern/well done and it is actually on the side of the house where my wood/truck/trailer/mower lives.
I only found 1 gas welder/generator remotely close to my price range (250$ end cost)but it looks like it was in WWII and the generator side doesn't work. They didn't even say if the welder side works, so maybe just the engine turns over.
I should also note that money is very tight for me. I have about 1,000$ of dwindling buffer zone but live on about 200-300$/mo cash (from side jobs) and 200$/mo food stamp assistance.