The "What followed me home" thread

That’s the only problem with being a stay at home hermit. No obtanium.

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I once found a wild dump site in the forrest. From before scrap hadnt had any value. Now it does and thats a good thing, this kind of stuff nasty doesent exist anymore and the woods are clean.
Anyway, found some leaf springs, a fire extinguisher etc… was in a real deep and steep terrain. Had to carry it all preety much verticaly uphill for about 300 feet. Among the spoils was also what l thod was a big expansion vessel. Great gasifier stuff! Was wery old, rusted. And half filled with liquid, with the valve stuck so it took me a hour or so to carry it up.
At home, l started on my Mercedes project. I layed out a plan over the expansion vessel and was about to get the angle grinder out when l decided to first empty out the water. And luckly l decided to just break off the brass valve with a hammer instead of using the angle grinder because when l did, god knows how much of butane gas had sprayed out of it like a rocket. The cloud of gas lingered around the house like a ghost and the ground was frozen from gas evaporating. And l needed new pants. The expansion vessel was in fact some non standard gas tank. A spark and l wuldnt be typing this probably…

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Kristijan I had a similar experience with about 6 30lb LPG tanks for a forklift. I was told they were empty but one was at least a quarter full but the gauge was bad. I opened the safety valves first and I got the same creepy fog all around my house.

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You basically have to treat them all as dangerous even if you think they are empty or just had water in them unless you know for sure.

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You guys were that close to the mother of all flares :face_with_diagonal_mouth:

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A few things that have trailed me home lately, a bank of 6 volt batteries was left next to my dumpster, were still charged and load tested good so in the geo trailer they went and are my now standing solar battery bank


Then a rotten floor travel trailer arrived for scrapping, I knew the previous owner and at one point did live in this trailer on a job sight for seven months so I knew all the appliances worked perfectly so fridge 110/propane, propane stove/oven, propane heater, and propane water heater with 12v water pump and water tank


were strategically relocated to home, along with both STILL FULL propane tanks and all copper lines. Looks like the work shed I built may end up a solar/propane hybrid off grid shack. Already had plans for the tank and pump and a old heater from a bus I have been hanging onto to be a swamp cooler for the summer time in there

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Talk about scoring on the spare parts Goran.

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I got this today when the boy was home, he had broken it at work and the boss bought him a new one

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That is a nice one Jan, i got almost the same, but mine is much older.

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Let’s hope I can get it going, seems to be the wire feed that is messing up.

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The liner in the hose causes issues when it wears out. The boss probably just wanted a new one. :slight_smile:

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Jan ,when I saw the picture of your welding machine, I thought, “how did this machine arrive in Sweden, if there are also rare examples here?” It is similar to my Uljanik, it is an old “classic” CO2 welding machine, which the Uljanik company produced for its needs in shipbuilding and was not available for regular sale. This is an extremely robust product that does not have any cooling fans that cause noise, it has thermosiphon cooling of rectifier diodes and transformers. It has many power settings, but I have never welded at max. Recently, however, I saw a portable example for electrode welding on sale.



You can see a sticker with the number 38, which was the inventory number at Uljanik.

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That is interesting Tone, must been some kind of cooperation between Uljanik and Swedish Esab?
The small stick welder you show i got exacly the same, branded Esab Bantam.
Also the sign: LDA is typical on Esab welders.
I know Esab had/have a lot of factories around the world, a guy i’ve bought spare parts from worked at Esab Laxå (near where i live) he did a lot of work at Esab factory in former Yugoslavia he told me.

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Yes, I see that on the stick weld it says that it is made under license from Esab, so probably the mig weld (275) is also a license weld from Esab.
I found the fault on my welder, it was the carbon brushes on the feed that ran out.

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Good one Jan, easy and pretty cheap fix :+1: :smiley:

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