New Cutting Torch Work
Much progress has been made this week. A backhoe person has been found for next week. Precinct commissioner told me about a cheaper plumber for phase 1 who I’m meeting w in AM.
I bought a small cutting torch from Lowes for $300. The tanks are tiny, but I managed to cut up all the pipes under the demolished house & the excess rebar on the foundation piers w one tank full.
This morning I refilled them @ AirGas in Odessa and almost cut one complete door out (~12″ short). I went back to Odessa to refill the tanks then got a lot more done. I welded the metal plates to the piers, finished cutting the door I started then cut the next door almost completely except for ~6″. I re-read the instructions for both cutting & welding before I welded. It was much clearer the 2nd time w a little experience. It’s not the heat melting the steel but the heat inducing a chemical in the steel: turn iron into iron peroxide which is a liquid at a lower temp. Hence the bubbles in the slag as the excess O2 leaves.