Welding Pot Metal – Tips For How to Tig Weld it With HTS-2000, Aladdin 3 in 1, Or Durafix

Welding pot metal is not as hard as people say, but it is not as easy as you might think…unless you know the tricks.

Pot metal is used for all kinds of cheap trinkets like figurines, cookie cutters, hole punch handles and especially old automotive window crank handles.  The problem with welding this kind of stuff is that sometimes the effort that goes into welding it is just not worth it. But there are some things made from pot metal that are worth fixing. Some of the ones that come to mind are antiques, old classic car parts like trim and ornaments, and grandmas old cookie cutter that is not worth anything but has sentimental value.

 Pot metal is made from aluminum, zinc, copper and possibly a few other low melting point metals in various combinations. It’s also referred to as Die Cast metal.

It’s the zinc that makes it a pain  to weld because zinc has such a low  melting point and also tries to out-gas when tig welded. But It can be welded with few problems if you know how.

The 3 main welding rods are :

  1. HTS-2000
  2. Durafix
  3. Alladin 3 in 1 

These rods are advertised to be able to weld using only a small hand held propane torch. That is actually brazing, not welding, but the sales guys at boat shows are really impressive when they braze repair big holes in beer cans.

But these Zinc aluminum brazing rods can also be used to Tig Weld Pot Metal.

If you are pretty decent at tig welding aluminum, you can surely read this article and do OK tig welding this stuff too.

Generally,  pot metal parts are pretty clean so only a minor bit of grinding is required before welding. Usually the problem is that something just broken off clean. If that’s the case, a little grooving out of the crack will permit enough penetration for a strong joint. Remember, if it’s an ornamental piece, and its broken because someone dropped it, Its going to break again if its dropped again no matter how deep you penetrate the weld, so take it easy on the penetration.

You need an A/C tig welding machine with high frequency start.  Most  jobs can be welded with a small 1/16  inch tungsten electrode with a blunt taper on the tip.  Set the amperage to only about 80 amps and you probably wont even need near that much.

Tig weld it just like you would aluminum except that you will only weld for about 5 or 10 seconds at a time before stopping to let it cool. Just when it gets to flowing good. STOP! Its about to melt and fall in your lap. That is the best tip around for welding this stuff.

Stop often and let cool.

Tips To Buy The Best Equipment For Your Salon & Spa

If you are planning to start a spa or salon, then you would already have guessed how having the perfect equipment is very important for the success of the venture. To pick the right spa or salon equipment, consider the following factors-

  • Matching The Space: Make sure that the equipment blends very well with the overall design of your spa or salon. So, for a feminine themed spa, ensure that you have equipment that is curvy and smooth. The colors must also be warm and comforting. There is no point in placing blocky, rectangular looking equipment in a spa if you mostly want it to feel feminine. That is just a bad design choice. And given a large number of brands, it shouldn’t be too tough for you to identify equipment that matches the look of your business place. If you have difficulties in choosing the equipment, consult a professional designer.
  • Cost vs Quality: Obviously, the cost of the equipment must be within your budget. But sometimes, you may want to buy equipment that is of a high quality, but your budget may not allow it. In such situation, you can look at other options to acquire the equipment rather than forcing yourself to write it off as something too expensive. For example, there are many aesthetic equipment leasing companies, who will be more than happy to lease, you the equipment of your choice without any down payment. So, look for leasing options in your area and contact them if necessary.
  • Assembling: Some equipment will be shipped to you only in parts, either because they are too big or because it is the most convenient shipping option. But either way, having to deal with unassembled equipment can be quite a pain. You may not even be able to put it together correctly and will have to spend extra money to get a professional to assemble the equipment. And in the worst case scenario, you may assemble it imperfectly and cause irreparable damage to the equipment. To avoid such situations, remember to ask the seller, whether the equipment will be sent to you fully assembled or if you have to assemble it yourself. If it is the latter, it may be better for you to look for other sellers or manufacturers.
  • Long Lasting: You will be running the business for a long time. Therefore, it makes sense that you only buy equipment that will also last for long. Check the reviews of the various equipment online and make sure that they are durable and dependable, If possible, you can visit other spas or salons using the equipment you ask interested in and them how it has been holding up after being used for many years. But if you have no plans for purchasing the equipment, and are only looking at the aesthetic equipment leasing options, then you obviously need not worry about the life expectancy of the equipment since you can easily replace them whenever you want.

Make sure that you keep the above points in mind when you shop for salon or spa equipment, and you are sure to pick the equipment that is a perfect match for your needs.

Inside The Mind Of A Professional Race Car Driver – Tips For Success

Auto racing is a funny thing. I usually compare it to golf. A golfer can buy amazing clubs, the best golf balls, nice clothes, and professional golf lessons but still their score may not improve because of invisible forces within a person’s mind which inevitably leads them to failure on the golf course. Racing teams can buy the best vehicle, tires, radios, pit equipment, matching clothing, and secure the best pit crew but these things will not solidify a podium finish. Obviously these things are needed to participate but if a driver can’t finish a race is all for naught.

Analyzing The Race Car Driver

The key to auto racing victory lies inevitably inside the mind of a driver. Inside his/her mind are invisible personality traits that are engrained into the subconscious which dictate their reactions and foresight on the race track.

A driver who is insecure will continuously not reach the podium because of their own personality traits. This type of driver seeks ego boosting moments instead of simply finishing races. Just like a competitive teenager, little passes and nudges by other drivers will trigger irrational decisions during pressure situations. Decisions that are less probable to have a positive outcome. A good example would be driving too fast into a corner in an attempt to retake a competitor causing their vehicle to become loose.

A naturally talented driver is like a road visionary or a driving psychic. Almost like they can read other driver’s minds on the race track anticipating every move made and avoiding crashes. The vehicle becomes an extended limb of the person as they feel their way around the track not just “driving”. It’s an emotional and spiritual experience for them. Subconsciously they can read a track like a good golfer reads a putt.

It’s impossible to fully explain all of these mental qualities but any experienced professional can attest to them.

Tips To Help The Race Car Driver

If the race team discusses a plan before a race this creates pit crew expectations. During the race the driver must abide by that preset plan or everyone becomes disconnected mentally in the pits. Every person will begin second guessing themselves as they try to brainstorm new tactics for pit stops. This will begin a slippery slope until there is a complete breakdown of teamwork. A crew chief must ensure the driver is adhering to the initial plan more than anything else! If the driver won’t listen, they must be replaced or else the team will experience fuel mileage problems, tire issues, broken parts and frankly wasted money. For instance, if you say take it easy on the car and your driver is suddenly challenging the leader within ten minutes of the start. The driver is obviously completely ignorant to the “team plan” and feels he knows best. This is unacceptable.

Pit crew members are knowledgable in their respective areas. Sometimes a pit crew member knows a specific track or race better than anyone, almost like a local golf caddy. A driver must be open to debate and ingest information from the crew. Information about vehicle performance, weather, the track, other drivers, tactics and more. If a driver is closed minded to this input the race is already lost. Listening to crew members and acknowledging their input drastically improves attitudes in the pits. This is a staple of championship teams.

Remember to run your own race. You don’t need to prove anything or show up your competition. Your team and your sponsors will be served the greatest by a podium finish, or at the least finishing. Positive momentum will be created heading into future races and excitement will grow among everyone involved rather than disappointments which have a negative effect. Focus on keeping the vehicle healthy and listening to your pit crew’s advice.

Truck and Trailer Safety Tips

Preventing accidents can save you a lot of money. As drivers we are on the road often and need to try and travel safely. Making use of truck and trailer safety tips will help not only you as a truck driver but all your fellow road users too. Below are some truck and trailer safety tips that can be of great use to all drivers.

Tip 1: If you cannot see the truck’s side mirror, then the truck driver cannot see you. So make sure you are visible all the time.

Tip 2: Leave space between your car and the truck if you stop behind the truck on a hill. The truck can roll backwards and bump into your car. Maintain additional space with the vehicle in front of you when driving in wet weather conditions.

Tip 3: Ensure your truck has enough space when turning. For large trucks you will need two lanes to turn.

Tip 4: Double check your mirrors when turning right. Motorists may not know that you need to swing wide to the left to make a right turn and they may not realize that you are turning. So indicate well in advance where you are going.

Tip 5: Don’t stack your truck’s cargo too high. The higher you stack cargo, the more drag on the truck. By stacking lower and spreading cargo through the full space of the truck, you can stay more nimble and improve not only visibility but your fuel economy too.

Tip 6: Vehicle maintenance is an important way to extend your truck and trailer’s life. Plus it’s a huge safety issue in the trucking business.

Tip 7: Trucks do not drive like cars. Trucks tend to have special hazards because they have large blind spots also known as ‘No Zones’ and need additional room when turning.

Tip 8: When being passed by a truck and trailer on a wet day slow down slightly, as water spray from the truck’s tyres can reduce visibility.

Tip 9: When travelling on multi-lane highways, it is a good idea not to position your vehicle between two or more large vehicles.

Tip 10: Make sure you use the right size hitch ball for your trailer. Don’t try use a 1-7/8 inch ball on a 2 inch trailer, even though they are close. The trailer could pop during towing.

Tip 11: Overtake on a level terrain with plenty of clearance space. Avoid overtaking on the uphill or downhill. Overtaking on a bridge is also not advisable.

Tip 12: Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects and get them repaired before risking your life and others on the highway. Invest in quality truck and trailer parts.

4 Tips For Flat Tire Repair

Sooner or later you will go out to your car and low and behold you have a flat. Most of the time, you won’t be in a location that changing it will be realistic. What do you do then? If you prepare yourself, you will be able to handle it.

Being prepared means you anticipated the problem and thus you have a plan to get yourself going. This is not generally the case. Most people don’t even check their spare to see if it is aired up and usable.

Tip #1: Emergency Tire Repair Kits

Be prepared by going to your local automotive parts store and check out the numerous emergency tire repair kits. There are some things you need to keep in mind.

  • If you have a relatively new car, you will have a tire sensor that will tell you if your tire is low. These are great. The sensor is going to warn you if your tire is loosing pressure.
  • Unfortunately, if you are parked and the engine is off when the tire starts leaking, then it won’t do you any good.
  • When you select a tire repair kit or a can of tire fix, make sure the product you are going to buy is tire sensor safe. No use messing up your car to get a tire temporarily fixed. Remember these types of fast fixes are only temporary. Once you get on the way, you need to go to a tire shop and have the tire permanently fixed.

Tip #2 Donut Spare

If you have a “donut spare,” remember these are temporary also.

  • Generally, they are not supposed to be driven more than 50 miles. Check your manual for their recommendations.
  • You will probably find out that you are not to exceed 45 to 50 miles per hour. Again, check your manual.

Tip #3 Familiarize Yourself with the Car

If you haven’t changed a tire on your car, make sure, before hand, you familiarize yourself with your car.

  • Make sure you know how to place the jack for all four tires. These places will vary so check them out first.
  • Make sure you know how to use the jack. There a lot of different kinds of jacks, so check yours out first.
  • Trying to figure out how to work the jack and where to put it when you have a flat will only cause you frustration.

Tip #4 Things to Keep in Your Car

Just as a tip for all circumstances:

· Keep a pair of gloves in your car.

· Keep a towel in your car.

· Keep a gardeners kneepad in your car.

· Keep a full-length apron in your car.

You will find out these things will come in handy. If you are prepared, you can be on your way in just a few minutes and won’t ruin your clothes in the process.