Movie Night

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My friend learned to weld some time ago and all he talks about is his new-found skill. I suppose I am impressed, not being a handyman at all. I know you can do all kinds of things with a MIG welder, but right now I am too busy to go this route. I would rather watch TV or a movie to pass the time. There are so many out there and it takes hours and hours to take them in on time to be in the know. If someone asks my opinion of a film, as they often do, I better be ready to offer a timely response. When you are known to be a big cinema aficionado, people want to know what not to miss. They also don’t want to waste their time on rubbish.

My welder friend invites me over to watch in his home entertainment center that he installed in the basement with all custom equipment. It no doubt cost a pretty penny, but he tells me he saved money on the shelves since he build them himself. He prides himself on making the metal brackets to hold his surround sound system. I had to listen to him go on and on about how he did the work, and ultimately there was no time to watch the movie. I should have known better when I accepted his invitation. He went on and on in an email about showing off the new brackets. When in his recreation al space, he offered to help me build metal shelves using the MIG machine. He even said he would teach me the ropes. If I did want something in the comforts of my home, I would get a pre-fab no assembly product. He practically begged me to let him help as he wanted to get more use out of the welder.

Why a MIG, I asked, and not a stick or arc welder? This was his entrée to instruct me right in the moment. We went to his computer screen and searched for this model online so we could read the reviews. He even wrote down this web page for me to look at later – He liked them on Facebook and told me that I should too. I obliged him although I didn’t care much at all. I did learn that this type of welder is useful for a variety of applications. They can run up to a thousand dollars. I had to take a closer look at his device. You need it to cut, braze, and solder he bragged. He added that his is a venerable Everlast. Bravo, I exclaimed with feigned enthusiasm. He gets top ratings. You have to rely on user experience he added or ask a professional construction worker. With your knowledge, I inserted, I won’t need to do that. Plus, he droned on, with a good machine, welding is not that difficult. Ha!

He enumerated the additional benefits whether I wanted to hear them or not. Okay, this welter has a 200 AMP MIG gun and a twenty food spoolgun that come together. These are encased in a heavy-duty cabinet. The arc, he said, is optimized to deliver a flawless weld. There is minimal spatter making post-weld cleanup a breeze. What is professional-grade arc quality, I asked? He was delighted at my interest. He explained including a tutorial on voltage control and duty cycle, the regular and flow gauge, and the gas hose works. He loves the built-in running gear and cylinder rack. Then I had to peruse the weld, setup and parts information chart. It was a long night.