There used to be an absolutely fuckin amazing discussion on one of the welding forums started by a crew member that welds cracked sow blocks on GIGANTIC forging presses and punch presses. He was talking about repair measurement in FEET of width and depth, and burning up like 10 of those huge rods an hour for days on end to finish the repair. It was absolutely fucking amazing.
Unfortunately all the pics are gone because of the photobucket bullshit, which is to bad it was definitely a sight see.
Fuck kiddies. You haven't welded shit! Enjoy!
I don't think they knew how to spell PPE back in the day.
I've formed metal that way....1 off pieces in the middle of nowhere for odd ball equipment just to get done. I can fully appreciate what it took back in the day. Temp field mod thrust or spherical bearings are a bitch. Just making 2 pieces agree to be 1 is bad enough without a sufficient arc.