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"Wear It's At"

Volume 1 Issue 1

Thursday, April 1, 1999

Greetings from the sunny south. This is the first issue of my "WEAR IT'S AT Newsletter". My intent is to publish an issue twice per month. I will cover a range of topics including

  • Hardfacing
  • Welding News
  • New Products
  • Quotes
  • Humor
  • News Releases etc.
  • Teleclasses

I am certainly open to comments on the content and perhaps what you would like to see in future issues. So please feel free to email: at your convenience. You are encouraged to visit my Website: to get the latest on Wear Technology, related articles, slide presentations, teleclasses, etc.

This is also the first attempt to send a newsletter via this ISP. Please let me know if you have any problems.




  • PIM (Personal Information Management)




Question. What is a TELECLASS anyway?


Question. What is a TELECLASS anyway?


Question. What is a TELECLASS anyway?

Answer: It's quite simple. It's a CONFERENCE CALL.

Question: Who can participate?

Answer: Anyone

Question: How long do they last?

Answer: Usually about an hour.

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: Most tuition is FREE. Special topics require a fee. Your only cost is a long distance telephone call. If you have 10 cents a minute, it's a $6.00 charge for the hour instruction.

Question: Who is the instructor?

Answer: Most of the time I will be the host, however I may have a quest instructor from time to time. So keep in touch. Don't miss this opportunity to gain some valuable knowledge.

Question: How do I register?

Answer: I will be posting the classes through this Newsletter. I will also be highlighting the class on my Web Site: . Be sure to go there and check out the slide presentation that you may want to download to help in your teleclass. Once you register, I'll send you a TELEPHONE NUMBER, DATE, AND TIME.



All you need to do is just dial that number and you will be instantly connected with the group, no password, no telephone operators - just like you’d be calling your friend!

  • As you will quickly find out, teleclass is just like being in the room with your colleagues and friends. When it’s time for a participation, participate as you would in any other session - your involvement is important.
  • We will start with personal introductions. It is your opportunity to "plug" your business and tell the rest of the group who you are. Please be brief! You introduction should be no more than 30 seconds - otherwise you will be brutally interrupted.
  • Please return this message with your "signature" - if you would like to be included on the list of attendees which will be distributed after the teleclass (so that others can contact you and even visit your website)
  • When you participate in discussion, please remember that on the teleclass no one can see you, so identify yourself each time saying "Hi, I’m Chris and my question is....."
  • Please call in from a "regular" phone only! No cell, portable, cordless, or speaker phones. They will echo and disrupt the session for everyone.
  • The best time to call is just a 3-5 minutes before scheduled teleclass. Too early and no one will be "home" - too late and you will not be greeted and introduced!
  • Please make sure that you call from a quiet setting. Barking dogs, cats, babies, TV sets and just any other kind of noise in the background are VERY disruptive and distracting.
  • Keep the receiver far away from your mouth to avoid any "heavy breather" effect that most people are not aware of - this also can be very distracting.
  • And finally have a pad and paper nearby - you will want to make notes, as I promise you a lot of valuable information!


REGISTER NOW FOR "WELDING METALLURGY", APRIL 9th, NOON EST at email: Just put WELDING METALLURGY in the subject box. I'll take care of the rest.





Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.

David Seabury



Over the years I have picked up a number of PIMs that help me through the day, week, month, etc. Most are about organization of your files, desk, methodology of working, etc. Many work for me but not may work for you. It's a personal thing. Please feel free to send along any PIMs that you feel others might enjoy and benefit from.

  • Microsoft Outlook appears on most Windows 95 & Windows 98 machines. Often it is overlooked by users of the machine. (No I'm not on the Microsoft payroll). However, I have found this program to be the most powerful all around PIM on the market today. I never leave the program when I'm at the computer. I handle all of my documents, appointments, work orders, email (including this newsletter), journal entries, expense reports, project tracking, and general notes from this one program. I have used most others and I have found this one to be the best, or at least it suits my needs very nicely. If it's on your machine and you haven't really looked at it, try it ……. you won't be sorry.
  • Habits are great, good ones that is. Ever notice how much thinking you get done while performing habits? Habits are great organizers. I'm told that it takes roughly 20 days to introduce a new habit into your life. That's not to bad. The initial misses in the beginning are a bit discouraging but this is all part of the process. Just hang in there, and it will eventually come. A good habit I formed many years ago was the production of my daily note sheet. I print one every workday morning. It has the date and day's appointments on half of it and a blank space for notes on the other. I carry it everywhere. No sticky notes for me. Everything goes on my daily sheet. At the start of each day I take the previous days sheet, make current notes on the new sheet, and file it in my note book. I always carry the current month and the previous months sheets with me. It's a tremendous asset. I can go back for years in the archives and find telephone numbers, notes, prices, etc. Most of the time I can recall the month or season of the year I took the note and find it reasonably well. I always make daily sheets ahead if I'm going to be on the road, just to keep the consistency going. Outlook has an appointment folder that allows me to print today's sheet and a month in advance on the opposite side of the paper. Great little organizer.




When it comes to making money in weld overlays or hardfacing, there is nothing more important than DEPOSITION RATE. That is the rate at which weld metal is laid down. Stick Electrode typically deposits at a rate of 3 to 4 lbs per hour. Submerged Arc is typically 8 to 15Lbs per hour. Open Arc cored wires vary from 15 to 25 lbs per hour. Much depends upon the diameter of the wire and the current being used. Higher currents produce higher deposition rates. Larger diameter wires allow higher amperages and therefore higher deposition rates. However if one is restricted to operating at 375 amps for example, for any one of various reasons, going to a larger diameter wire will only reduce the deposition rate. In this case going down in wire diameter will increase the deposition rate. There are a number of other factors involved including wire chemistry, slag characteristics, tubular wire configuration, and electrical stickout. These will the subject of an upcoming TELECLASS. I will keep you informed of the time in a subsequent Newsletter. Increasing the electrical stickout ( the distance between the welding tip and the work piece) will result in a decrease in current. By increasing the current to its original value before the increase in stickout will effectively increase the deposition rate. A good rule of thumb is that a 20% increase in stickout will increase the deposition rate by 10%. This is not a hard and fast rule since there are other variables, but it's a good rough estimate.



Due to the limited time frame in which I had to get this out, I have not included any new products. If you have a new product or one you wish others to know about, let me know and I will post it.


I have enjoyed putting together this Newsletter. Hope you have also enjoyed it. If you think this is worthwhile, pass it on to another. Thanks.

Bob Miller

Clad Technologies Inc.

1001 Vista Circle

Birmingham, AL 35216

Tel: 205-978-5186

Fax: 205-978-9806


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