Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2005-01-24
  Almost working
I am very close to getting my TIG welder up and running. In a flash of brilliance this weekend I picked up a short run of romex (10 gauge) and just stuck a plug right below the breaker panel in my garage. I'm still trying to figure out how to run conduit all the way across the garage to the workshop so I can get 50A over there for the wire feed welder (MIG), but luckily the TIG machine only needs 30A.

I'm still not sure exactly what I want to do with it once I get it running, but the whole point is that any idea I can think of, I can create. While I'm not going to be creating anything interesting right off (welding takes practise, and I'm a little rusty), the possibilities are endless.

Just imagine where the world would be without The Conference Bike which allows seven people to pedal together, facing each other (don't worry the person facing forward steers). You can be sure something like this would never be created by big-business; it took a rugged individual to come up with this unique creation.

And if I ever run across 24 working chainsaws, I could build a motorcycle like this one. Of course one might not have any energy to ride the thing after starting 24 engines seperately (the dolmar team gets help from the ladies handball team from Süderbraub).

Actually, beyond what I actually create with these tools, I see them getting a lot of use from my three sons. Just the other night I was having a dream where the three of them were dicing up the sides of my pickup with a plasma torch for some creation they had in mind.

Oh well, I wasn't really using it. The cats get more use, sleeping in the back of it, than I do.

 
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