Excavator Bucket Repair

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The wear plates on this bucket were obviously worn.  The way the wear bars were installed from the factory was not the best way.  When the bars are installed parallel with the flow of the material they do not protect bucket well.

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We removed the damaged wear bars and installed new wear bars perpendicular to the flow of material.  The reason this configuration is better is the dirt (in this case) will get caught between the the bars and protect the bucket bottom.  The material then is wearing against the hardened wear bars and dirt.

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Pipe Fabrication

A wye we fabricated in our shop

We could do this kind of work all day, we really enjoy working with pipe.

Pipe fabrication takes a different set of skills than structural fabrication and we thrive in the challenge.

A couple of wyes and a spool

We welded the pipe using a dual shield wire – E71T-1 – one of the easiest wires to use in a shop setting.  It is termed “dual shield” because it uses both a shielding gas and flux which is inside the tubular wire.

Structural Steel Erecting in Sacramento

Some of you may guess the small building we are working on.  I’ll give you a hint – you can see the color of the joist used for this auto parts store.

Dan and Karl shook the deck out and tacked down in one day.

We came back about 1-1/2 months after we finished the deck to install these two awnings.

 

Welding on a Lattice Cell Tower

The rusted looking areas are the locations we need to weld

This is the base of one of the legs of a three legged tower we worked on in May, 2012.  This tower is in Fortuna, CA just south of Eureka.  The weather was very nice for working when I was there, overcast and cool.  However, when Dan was there they couldn’t work one of the days due to rain and wind.  All the welding was done using flux core wire, E70T-8.

 

Cell Tower Modification in Modesto

On this cell tower we added 12 gussets to the base plate of the tower and reinforced the port holes.

This was the easy side to get to

The gussets are about 6″ wide at the base and approximately 14″ tall.

I had to make like a mole to get in this hole

Sometimes half the battle is getting to where you need to be and then to see the joint that needs to be welded.

 

Bronze place marker repaired

We do quite a bit of work for a local cemetery, from working on their trailers to mowers.  This is a bronze place marker for one of the graves.  While mowing the lawns they drive over these place markers and eventually break off the bolt attachment.

all threads welded back on bronze place marker

Typically the heat from the welding would discolor the top side.  We remedy that by using several wet rags as a heat sink and put small stitch welds a little at a time on each all thread in rotation.

We used an aluminum bronze welding wire .035 diameter and straight Argon as the shielding gas.

Structural Fabrication 1st Quarter 2012

Structural Fabrication for the Department of Water and Fish and Game

The structure in the background of this picture is a completed frame with catwalk.

These frames hold culverts in the Delta near Stockton.  We built 4 total frames.

The dimensions are 5 feet tall, 11 feet wide, 60 feet long, and weighed approx. 16,000 lbs.

The frames where made mostly using 4″x8″x1/4″ rectangular tubing and 4″x6″x1/4″ rectangular tubing.

The majority of the project was welded using NR232.  This welding wire is approved for all structural applications.