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Temporary Portable AC For My Garage & More TIG Practice

I got some portable air conditioners installed in the garage as a temporary cooling solution. They are LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner units. I bought three of them, together they’re supposed to provide 3.5 tons of cooling, 12,000 BTUs is a ton so 42,000 BTUs makes 3.5 tons. I think I will ultimately get mini splits installed, but for now this will do. I also practiced TIG welding 1/16″ mild steel tubing. This stuff is so thin and easy to blow a hole in!

Dave thinks he's funny.
 - 08/10/2017

Second attempt at TIG welding at home.

I used my AHP AlphaTIG 200X again today to make a 75mmx75mmx75mm mild steel cube. It’s a fun project that lets you practice making a bunch of tack welds to hold the shape together. Then once it’s a cube I went over each seam with a “proper” weld. I’m not very good yet, but I think this time it was a big improvement over my first test. I hope my next one will be even cleaner. My pedal control and filler rod control are improving for sure. You be the judge, video uploaded below.

 - 07/30/2017

My new AHP AlphaTIG 200X 2017 Welder

Since I started learning TIG welding I decided to get my own setup at home. I have the garage space now so I pulled the trigger on an AHP AlphaTIG 200X from Amazon. It was sold by the AHP company and they shipped it within a week. I took a quick video of the welder that you can see on the YouTube channel.

AHP AlphaTIG 200X 2017 Edition TIG Welder
 - 07/28/2017

Taking TIG welding classes!

I’ve wanted to learn TIG welding for a long time. I’ve never had the space to do it. However, the new house I got has 230V right in the garage and more space than I can currently use. TXRX Labs ( offers an excellent two day class that shows you the very basics of setting up your power supply for TIG tacking and welding. It’s about 6 hours in total. Not enough time to learn TIG but enough to make a few welds and learn enough to practice on your own.

 - 07/17/2017

New House & New Garage!

After a few months of house shopping I found and closed on the perfect location for Dmitry's Garage. The house is in Cypress, TX and about 10-15 minutes farther from work. However, the large garage is amazing and will be the perfect home for all my car projects. The goal will be to convert this garage into my dream workshop with a lift, air conditioning and proper lighting.

 - 07/12/2017

Audi A4 B9 Dash Cam & Radar Detector Hard Wire

I've used radar detectors since high school. Initially I didn't know much, but eventually started hard wiring nice detectors in all my daily vehicles. I also got into dash cams because of the crazy stuff I see sometimes while driving around. When I got my 2017 Audi A4 Quattro I wasn't sure what the best way to hard wire was. I was getting super annoyed with cords tangling again and finally took the time to figure it out. It really wasn't that hard.

Radar Detector & Dash Cam

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