I do 'this-and-that-' small welding jobs for my local Thrift Store, which is a charity that also houses the local Food Bank, manages the Women's Shelter, etc. It just makes me feel good to be able to help when I can.
They were told by the State Inspector that a railing was needed for their small steps used to load bags of clothes into their semi trailer. The steps are clunky, heavy fiberglass over plywood, 20 years old.
I still have some 10 foot sticks of Stainless Steel 308 heavy wall pipe that I picked up at a yard sale a few years back, and have nibbled away at for odd projects. It welds beautifully using MIG, solid .030, C25, but the welds, because they are not SS, do rust, so I just spray them with some canned Zinc Galvanized, which has held up very well so far on jobs I did five tears ago.
I did the "Chop Saw Birds Mouths" setting my saw miter at "about" 35 degrees. I simply eyeball the rotation after the first cut...no precision here! (They do look like some little birds waiting for a worm, don't they! )
They never fit 'perfect', but close enough for sloppy old me...
I smack the joints together with a hand sledge, but they still have gaps , but filling those on this thick walled stuff is a cinch...it just flows together.
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