Welding thin stainless with wood beneath

  1. Mike B Member

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    Here's a rough idea of what it'll look like. Will take plenty of photos along the way for those interested in such an excessively (obsessively?) over-specced build. Roof will be thicker than shown in the image, as you'll have already seen
     
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  2. premmington

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    I have just had my front bay window done in lead earlier this year - the chap who came and done it - must have been 80 if he was a day.

    Did a lovely job - when I came home from work - bay window was finished - roofer was having a nap in the sun on a lounger in my garden with my little dog on his lap.

    I asked wifey if he was OK - she replied - "Yes... He had a nap earlier as well - after his packed lunch earlier - he shared his ham sandwiches with our dog". Then she said and I quote "they have been playing together nicely all day".

    When he awoke I took him a pot fo tea - paid him - had a nice chat before he went. He reckons he only does lower floor bay windows on trestles in the summer - in his retirement.
     
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  3. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    You can weld lead with tig or gas. That was my thinking.

    I don’t think you’ll find many people wanting to make your roof from stainless. It distorts too much and is too expensive if it goes wrong.
    Easier ways to make a buck I’m afraid.
     
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  4. Mike B Member

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    Thanks for your honesty Brad, it's appreciated. Maybe carefully folded thin stuff, with no welds is the way forward and I'm just overcomplicating things.
     
  5. premmington

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    Never welding lead in TIG - I suppose it would be quick like TIG brazing.

    Use special rods for lead or just cut a sliver off the edge?
     
  6. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Just a sliver of clean shiny lead
     
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  7. premmington

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    In AC or DC...?
     
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  8. Paul.

    Paul. Moderator Staff Member

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    DC, and very low amps, an argon hydrogen mix gas is useful too, one of those jobs where one second its on the bench and the next its in yer boots
     
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  9. premmington

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    I got a few rolls of lead flashing - I may cut some strips of the side - then have a play - DC in Argon.

    Done loads of DC TIG brazing and I like it...
     
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  10. Turbo Member

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    What's wrong with using box profile sheeting, comes in many colours, can get it insulated, looks neat & you can get matching ridge cap & fascia to finish it off.
     
  11. slim_boy_fat

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    Faaaaar too easy ;) :D
     
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  12. Mike B Member

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    wanted a super neat finish with no end caps etc, but having to rethink what’s achievable vs what I want.
     
  13. Mike B Member

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    Things moving slowly due to work, but making progress the two gable ends of the guinea pig palace
     
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  14. Mike B Member

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    Little bit of progress today
     
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  15. Mike B Member

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    Lots of routing
     
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  16. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Overlap and use adhesive ?
     
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  17. Migmac

    Migmac Forum Supporter

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    Wow, more effort than I would put into a hutch. The last hutches I made were for ferrets. External frame, internal walls were fixed to the frame ( nice neat corners teeth couldn’t get a hold of) On the outside of the frame it was clad with tongue n grove. Roof was 3/4 inch ply covered in felt. Must of lasted 20 odd years, new felt would be all I did to it.
     
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  18. Mike B Member

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    This is total overkill but I’m enjoying building it and it’ll end up as a conversation piece for my grandchildren eventually!
     
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  19. slim_boy_fat

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    What's the average life-span of a guinea pig? :D :scared:
     
  20. Migmac

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    Family heirloom, if your happy it doesn’t matter what i think:laughing:
     
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