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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Metal Working.

Have a crack in your shovel, backhoe bucket, garbage can or engine block?  Crack happens, let's fix it!  

Not all things are easy to fix and this BB is for welded fixes.  

Here's cutting out a crack and welding in a new piece.  You may notice that the previous crack repair (gusset plates) likely caused the new crack :)


Here's a guy welding cast iron:


Minimum requirements:
  - Weld a crack or
  - Reinforce a cracked spot or
  - Replace a section with new metal

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies and crack you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished repair
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This "cracked" tool is a garden digger. The weld holding the claws together was so flimsy that when it cracked, it fell all the way off. I guess my rocky ground is hard on my tools. I thought it a perfect first weld to learn on. First, my hubby taught me to grind off the old weld. Then I welded the claws back together. It took me a few attempts! But finally, I got the hang of it... enough! Not pretty, I know. But newbies have got to start somewhere!
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"cracked" digger
"cracked" digger
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grinding off the old weld and paint
grinding off the old weld and paint
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wearing eye protection! can you tell it's me??
wearing eye protection! can you tell it's me??
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in progress....
in progress....
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solid new digger claw
solid new digger claw
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with a CRAZY over-welded joint! haha!
with a CRAZY over-welded joint! haha!
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: That's kinda stretching the "cracked tool" concept but since it's the first submission I'll approve it.

 
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