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rykymus
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20 10 6:39 am    Post subject: What tools do I need? Reply with quote

Hey all, I'm getting ready to build my first pit. A buddy of mine owns a steel company, and we're going to do this at his shop. (Basically, I'm gonna do what he tells me to do.) He's going to help build the main pit and such, but I'm gonna do the smaller things like outside shelves, cooking racks, and other smaller add-ons myself at home. I have'nt done much welding in 25 years, and then it was sticks. Was wondering what metal working tools all of you think I should accumulate in the beginning, and in particular what would be a decent, relatively easy to use and not too expensive (yes, I want to stay married) as I begin to do my own pit maintenance/building?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20 10 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rykymus, all you really need is a decent welder, chipping hammer, 4.5'' grinder, cutting torch, a speed square or framing square, a four ft. level or two ft will do. For safety, a good pair of safety glasses, a face shield, leather gloves, and a decent welding hood and cutting goggles. Good luck on your cooker build I look forward to watching your progress. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20 10 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long sleeve shirt with top button. (buttoned)
Long jeans. (not shorts, pant legs on OUTSIDE of boots)

Where was that thread on stupid welding tricks? I can't find it. Help!!!
Good luck and take pics, cause we wanna see.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20 10 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the list k.a.m. And I read that list Jarhead. In fact, I printed it out as a reminder as I'm just the type to do that kind of stuff. We're going to start the build on March 27. (That's the soonest free weekend we both have.) I'm working on plans right now. I'm on my 3rd version as I keep finding stuff I've over complicated --- another of my many faults. I'll post some plans in a week or so, and let you all rip them apart for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20 10 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for KAM and Jarheads list. It's as if they just inventoried my shop and I get by. I would like to add some form of lifting device such as a floor jack, jack stands, and / or if you have a sound overhead, a come along or two and a decent chain. $75 Northern Tool 1 ton chain hoist?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cooler of beer.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of the above and LOTS of patience and NO deadline for completion...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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All of the above and LOTS of patience and NO deadline for completion...


Even if your WIFE has a CONVERTIBLE that she needs to put in the GARAGE by SPRING where your PIT IN PROCESS is parked!

And you can tell her we said so!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21 10 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CypressTexas wrote:
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All of the above and LOTS of patience and NO deadline for completion...


Even if your WIFE has a CONVERTIBLE that she needs to put in the GARAGE by SPRING where your PIT IN PROCESS is parked!

And you can tell her we said so!


OUCH!!! That hit close to home! Shocked Shocked Shocked

Hope she doesn't see this thread soon! Shocked

Nissan 1993 300 ZX with less than 65k miles, convertible, and IN the driveway while my new pit is underway!

Lets pray hail DOES NOT come this way soon! Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20 10 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A pack of sharpie markers or soap stone. And a tape measure that is tied to your belt. I set mine down and then spend to much time looking for it again.
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