To all welders!
Per the committee vote at the last meeting, we are moving the welding gas outside and running plumbing into the building. You will not need to swap and/or move bottles except in the case of welding in a location the plumbing doesn’t reach (we will keep one standard cylinder handy for that).
The new gas system will operate in the ballpark of 150 PSI; this will allow for it to be plumbed around like shop air (both pure argon and mix gas).
I will be searching for volunteers to help do the build out. We will be building a chainlink fence next to the blacksmithing flammables cage. This will contain the gas cradles, which are swapped as needed.
We will also be installing the plumbing for the gas. the current plan for the initial setup has a fixed manifold in the welding bay, with two ready to use outlets and two plugged outlets. In the future the plugged outlets will be used for adding more spots in the bay, and possible plumbing to other areas.
Members in general should not need to touch the cradles except in an emergency. You’ll be able to hook a regulator up to a fitting on a wall and be good to go.
We’re currently waiting to hear back from the landlord regarding the fence. We do not anticipate an issue, but since we reached out we’re just awaiting a reply.