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Old 09-28-2008, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to buy steel? Just learning how to weld...

I have no idea where to begin. I just bought a Hobart 140 and I want to start practicing some welds but I'm not sure who sells assorted flat steel, angle iron, etc. Do chains like Lowes or Home Depot sell this or do you have to find some local supplier?

I live in Raleigh, NC -so if anyone knows of something local let me know.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lowes or The Depot will have some. But most Rake you over the Coals Majorly. Depending what your working on I used alot of Used Steel . I buy @ .65 a Pound. For everything Used they have.

Just take grinder , with flap disk , and clean for welding. Works great.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Steel is way too expensive to just buy to practice on. Do you have any scrap to play with? You close to any junk yards?
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Agreed, but if you have to, check the phonebook, should be some steel yards in there.
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Look under salvage/recycling in the phone book.
Go down to some of them & BS with them.
Also, you can BS with guys at regular steel supplier to see if they have shorts (left over scrap that was cut up for customers).

Salvation Army/Goodwill is good for steel bed frames (angle iron).
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yeah just practice on old junk, heck weld old nuts and bolts together. i practiced on exhaust pipe. after i tried to weld two pieces of aluminum diamond plate together, didnt work so great
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah just practice on old junk, heck weld old nuts and bolts together. i practiced on exhaust pipe. after i tried to weld two pieces of aluminum diamond plate together, didnt work so great
Damn Joe That's funny ...
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Definitely look for metal recyclers. I pay .30/lb and the only new metal on my truck is the tube for the cage. Also, check for remnants at the steel dealers. One place I go to sells anything under 3' for .30/lb and another was the same price up to 6' for a while.
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A supplier may also call "shorts" or "remnants" "drops". Depends on who it is, what terminology they like.

Also watch the curb. Bed frames, exercise equipment, bikes, et cetera will show up on trash night.

Watch out for galvanized stuff though, you don't want to breath that or chrome.
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Watch out for galvanized stuff though, you don't want to breath that or chrome.
Funny you should say that because thats basically the only kind of steel I have! I got all of the fence tubbing from a tennis court that was torn down. That stuff is pretty thick and heavy but FREE. I generally grind all the galvinization of before I weld though.
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try looking up these guys..
South Atlantic Steel, Inc Raleigh NC
welding galvie.. make sure you set up a fan that pulls the air away from you
if you start feeling nauseous it's to late
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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steel and pipe in sanford
also try marmon keystone, ryerson, BMG, metals usa, Barns tin shop...
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go to your local transfer station (dump) and ask them if you can take some metal bead frames. its like 1/8x1.5 angle iron. i use the stuff for all sorts of junk from a rack to haul long metal or wood around to a welder cart, cant beat it for free.
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i would put a post in the regional section to see if there is a PBB member close to you that has some.

For example I have a whole pile of scrap tube just laying in a corner. Some of it is already notched. Little shorties. I would love to give them to someone to practice on. Just today I was out in the garage thinking damn, i need to get rid of some of this scrap. Giving them to someone to learn to weld on is the best idea I have had for them yet....
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Yeah. I just got rid of about 200# of "drop" tube with some bends, notches, copes, etc. etc. Most was 1' or less, but good practice for a newb.
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