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The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:05 pm
by Henry K. Lee
This is not off topic but shows the importance of welding techniques with the right locations. This happen a little over a month ago, a direct hit on my back shed used for items being sandblasted. The neighbors 70 foot plus board leaf oak came down during a micro burst. There is a 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quady in there as well, Just a little marring and the passenger side mirror took a hit.

The weld did exactly what it was suppose to do, the light weight beams attached to the top of the poles did too. Engineering is a wonderful thing, not rocket science, but making it withstand that much pressure at impact, well I was proud and not mad. My wife still thinks I am nuts, but gave me a pat on the back.
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Just trying to show why proven methods in construction of metal are so important.

All the Best Folks,

Hank in Tin-A-See

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:33 pm
by Scott_Conger
Oh MY! :shock:

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:54 pm
by hpetrino
A couple of years ago my son I built a storage shed for my son. I "engineered" it. It was not real big, 10' X 12' with a wood frame and T -1-11 siding. As we built it, he and my daughter-in-law both made smart comments as to the thing. "It's only a shed." "What the heck are you building?" "Are you planning a second and third story?" etc.

About 3 or 4 months after it was completed a pretty violent and wet storm blew through. The shed is just a few feet from is side yard fence. Immediately on the other side of the fence was a very large eucalyptus tree (the trunk was over 4' in diameter). In the middle of the night the tree came down, hit the shed and was thereby deflected from the house and the bedrooms where their two small boys were asleep. The shed stood undamaged except for one hole in the roof where a branch poked through. The house was only brushed by the ends of the branches instead of a direct hit. The two boys were unharmed and slept through it all.

Both my son and my daughter-in-law emphatically took back all the snide comments they had made while we were building it. I said simply, "This is a good example of an unanticipated benefit derived from doing it right."

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:05 pm
by A Whiteman
Yes, is it "over engineered" or "built right"

I am leaning to your definitions :-)

Do it once, do it well, built to last..

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:01 am
by wayne sheldon
Wow! Incredible! I KNOW the power of such a falling tree. About ten years ago, our next-door neighbor had an oak tree of similar size come down in a storm and hit her garage right over the garage door. It was a wide one car garage, door maybe nine feet wide. The twelve inch by six inch glue-laminated beam was snapped like a toothpick! (For those getting out the slide-rules, the tree did have an uphill advantage, but STILL!)

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:06 pm
by Tim Williams
Is it me or did that tree needed to be cut down before it blew down? just looking at the branches etc. Yes I know hinde sight is a 20/20. my Guess Hank is you did mention it to your neighbor before.

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:20 pm
by Dallas Landers
Hank will probably knock out all the smashed tin, form a couple ford logo's into it and solder it all back together!

Re: The Importance of a Good Weld and Where to put it!

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:21 pm
by Mike Robinson
My shop took a hit this winter. Branches hit two cars.