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Old 09-23-2015, 06:28 PM   #51
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I suspect not only would any spray insulation need to be removed but likely the trailer would need to be unbolted from the frame in order to access all the welds.

No, the top of the plate is angled so that the weld isn't "on top". I doubt there's any need to unbolt from the frame.

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Old 09-23-2015, 08:27 PM   #52
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When I asked about possible heat problems with the welding that close to the fiberglass Reace told me "The welding shop should use a shield to protect the fiberglass. We have welded up approximately 30 now and a simple piece of tin works to deflect the heat."
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:45 PM   #53
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There are 3 welding shops in my area . Costs are between. $80 to $100 / hr
labor + materials & shop supplies. Minimum of one hour labor charge
With the materials supplied by Escape, and only half an hour of work, the numbers work fine... except for that one-hour minimum, which is a problem.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:05 PM   #54
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With the materials supplied by Escape, and only half an hour of work, the numbers work fine... except for that one-hour minimum, which is a problem.
I assume that Escape is not furnishing the tools ,welding rod. ,grinding wheels , cleaner, rags, paint and other shop supplies. Escape says it takes a half hour but they done 20 of
them. I'd be willing to bet their first one took longer than 30 minutes . $50 seems low to me
for the repair but will see.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:16 PM   #55
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I assume that Escape is not furnishing the tools ,welding rod. ,grinding wheels , cleaner, rags, paint and other shop supplies. Escape says it takes a half hour but they done 20 of
them. I'd be willing to bet their first one took longer than 30 minutes . $50 seems low to me
for the repair but will see.
Yeah, everything in that list other than tools are "shop supplies". I don't think I would have the welder do the painting - doesn't seem like a good use of their time.

I'll admit that I have little patience for shops (for any kind of service) that charge an hourly rate which reflects their (many and extensive) costs beyond labour, then tack on a substantial "shop supplies" charge. When do they start charging separately for rent, equipment, front office staff, and everything else that should already be in that $100/hour? Okay, rant over!
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:22 PM   #56
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Any good welder worth his rod or wire ought to be able to run those beads in a matter of minutes.easy to get at, straight vertical weld, nothing fancy, one pass. My youngest brother welded booms on P&H cranes , on the inside, in full leather, laying on his back, side and stomach. for several years. Certified to 3 and a half inches thick, Federal Inspectors checking the work. That's tough welding. 50 bucks for this little job would look pretty good to a lot of men and women in my town. Just my $.02
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:29 PM   #57
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Yes, a quick and easy weld that even a beginner could do. The problem would only be finding a shop that doesn't have a minimum fee. Some shops are well over the $100. amount. The trick for some is to find a welder who's freelance and not bound up in a large minimum.

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Old 09-23-2015, 11:43 PM   #58
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We had cedarrapids rock crusher, link belt cranes p and h cranes, universal exercise equipment, and several other heavy industry manufacturers in Cedar Rapids for many years. One by one they either went south or went south. We have a great community college here that turns out welders, cnc machinists and wind turbine technicians. Like anything else, sometimes you just have to look and ask around. My daughter had a Jeep when she lived in Salt Lake City. The hinges rusted out and the door was falling off. " what do I do dad?"
Dad. " When you see a stock car on a trailer heading home after the races, follow him. A couple days later when they sober up, drive over to his garage and ask him to weld the door hinges" . Done. 15 bucks and a cold twelver.
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I know the welder I use would do it for $60, no problem.

Or, if you happen to be anywhere near North Vancouver, I know a guy with a welder.
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.My daughter had a Jeep when she lived in Salt Lake City. The hinges rusted out and the door was falling off. " what do I do dad?"
Dad. " When you see a stock car on a trailer heading home after the races, follow him. A couple days later when they sober up, drive over to his garage and ask him to weld the door hinges" . Done. 15 bucks and a cold twelver.
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