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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:45 am

As some of you may recall, I'm currently working on a pneumatic golf ball launcher. Nothing fancy, mind you. Just a single shot over/under. All metal construction, however.

And therein lies the rub.

All metal construction.

Most of the gun is just threaded sch 40 pipe fittings and such, but I decided that I wanted to brace the barrel properly. To do it "properly" was going to require some welding. Not much and nothing fancy, but welding nonetheless.

I *suck* at welding.

But there's this guy I know... He's good. Put it this way, he's certified to weld stainless steel pressure vessels. Did I say he was good? No, I meant, he's a fracking artist.

So I drop the gun off at his place with instructions on what to weld. I've kept the welding to the absolute minimum. I don't want to waste a lot of his time so I kept it simple.... To the extent that it may look a bit ghetto.

I also included his standard fee for such little odd jobs: A 12-pack of Arizona Ice Tea.

Yesterday I bumped into him at the store and he says to me, "You're gonna owe me an extra case or two of Ice Tea."

I was like, "Huh? Why? What's going on?"

Suffice to say that he decided that the gun deserved more than the quick and dirty ghetto approach.

What exactly is he doing to it? I have no idea, but I'm sure it'll be a lot nicer than what I asked for.

It'll be interesting to see what I get back.
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Unread postAuthor: sniper hero » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:50 am

sounds great but what the .... should people reply with?
if even you can't tell whats coming how can people comment or ask questions?
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:51 am

You know, I found a long time ago that a 12pk or case of frosty beverages usually get a nicer job done than cold hard cash...

In my case, "Will work for Monster's".... or guiness... or margaritas...
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:02 am

sniper hero wrote:sounds great but what the .... should people reply with?
if even you can't tell whats coming how can people comment or ask questions?


Dunno. Just felt like telling somebody and couldn't think of anybody better to tell than you folks.
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Unread postAuthor: sniper hero » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:19 am

haha it's true not anybody thinks it is that much of a interesting story :P
but I really like to see the result :D

congratulations with your 700th post XD
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Unread postAuthor: ALIHISGREAT » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:22 am

This is what i would reply with:

Wow, i can't wait to see the finished product, make sure you post up some pics of the handiwork.
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:33 am

btw D, I was watching the military channel the other day(top sniper, of course) and they showed an ad for a new show coming up and one of the clips was the clip you had posted... So are you gonna be on TV???
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:53 am

jeepkahn wrote:btw D, I was watching the military channel the other day(top sniper, of course) and they showed an ad for a new show coming up and one of the clips was the clip you had posted... So are you gonna be on TV???


Which clip was that?

As for whether I'm gonna be on TV... Beats me. It's not unusual for there to be a camera crew following me around, but that's usually for internal documentation purposes not public release. Still, it wouldn't be the first time internal documentation became public release.

In other words, I have no idea.
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Unread postAuthor: jeepkahn » Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:37 pm

it was the rocket testing clip, the show they were promoing was "science of war" about weapons design and developement, and at one point they showed a bunch of guys in a room, and i thought i saw you...I'll dvr it and watch closer next time i see the ad...
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:33 pm

Hmmmm...
Well....
Umm....
Oh....?

Ok, just because you can't weld pretty, don't mean it's not strong! I'm living example... :D
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:03 pm

I need to get on work-for-beverages terms with machinists and welders.

Even several crates (as long as it's nothing too hard) would be nothing compared to paying for contracted work.
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:16 pm

The only problem with the work-for-beverages model is that you can't give 'em a LOT of work. The model works well if they're puttering around for an hour or two doing your stuff.... But if you have a lot of work to do? There isn't enough beer in the world. ;)


jeepkahn wrote:it was the rocket testing clip, the show they were promoing was "science of war" about weapons design and developement, and at one point they showed a bunch of guys in a room, and i thought i saw you...I'll dvr it and watch closer next time i see the ad...


I just searched the military channel's site for "science of war." It looks like EVERYTHING they're doing there is Army-related. IE, no talk of Navy, Air Force, or Marines. If that's the case, I doubt it's me. I'm on the Navy side of the fence. True, I do sometimes do work for other services (and even other countries), but that's not the norm.
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