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Orange Nickel Plating Services

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  • 32 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Brian D.
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We had a cracked steel plate on one of our industrial machines. Dave sent someone out the next day and the problem appeared to be taken care of. Our machine was much stronger than anticipated so the plate did crack again but they came back the same day and re-welded with some additional reinforcement. It's been working perfectly ever since. Great customer service and high quality work!

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  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew S.
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Had Sergio do a bunch of odd jobs that were "too small" for other contractors in the area to waste there time with at a shopping center I manage. (Changed out some outdoor lighting, replaced a cover plate on a junction box, welded a door, broke up some concrete) I negotiated everything over the phone. He took pictures of the completed job. He's was quick, his pricing was fair and he didn't sweat me for a check 5 minutes after he finished. Great experience. Thanks Sergio, see you next time.

Graybill Metal Polishing

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    We are a full production and bright metal restoration shop for autos, boats, motorcycles, antiques, hardware and anything! We have one of the top-long-standing names in the metal finishing industry and have serviced some of the largest aftermarket classic auto parts and hardware companies in the world. One part or one million parts, we give the best service and quality while being mindful and responsible for the parts accountability, finish, packing and turnaround. We love this business; we were born into it. We have 3 generations of metal finishers. We are Steve Johnny and Jacob. We hope to hear from you. The Graybill Family

    Barken's Hard Chrome

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      Founded in 1942 by Dewey Develian, and known at the time as "superior chrome plating company," the hard chrome plating company was located in the industrial areas of Compton, California. The ownership changed in 1985, and then in 1993, at which time it became "Barken's Hard Chrome, Inc." The hard chrome plating company was named after its new owner, Louis Barken. Louis Barken was one of the very first pioneers in hard chrome plating. He worked as one of the platers at Superior Plating in the 1940s. In the late 1960s, he opened his own plating company in Bell, California. He retired in 1984, not knowing that eight years later, he would return to the plating business. He was back in what he enjoyed doing the most. At the time of the takeover in 1993, Barken's Hard Chrome only had two hard chrome plating tanks, along with cadmium plating capabilities. Barken's Hard Chrome was run under Louis Barken's management, along with his two sons and their experienced crew. Everything was going well until Louis Barken became ill and passed away in 1997. At this time, following his father's wishes, Gary Barken took over the business. Gary has updated Barken's Hard Chrome by installing ventilation and scrubbing systems to meet environmental requirements by the EPA. Gary has upgraded every aspect of his father's company, and has continued the family legacy, specializing in small and large O.D. and I.D. work. Today, Barken's capabilities have increased to seven hard chrome tanks, three cadmium tanks, phosphate, passivation, most baking operations and grinding.

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      How many types of welding are there?

      Welding is a method of fusing together two or more pieces of metal using electricity or flame. Welding is used to construct buildings, make metal sculptures, build and repair cars, make gates and furniture, and for many other practical and aesthetic uses. There are multiple types of welding. Here is an overview of the most popular methods:

      • Stick welding: Formally known as shielded metal arc welding, stick welding uses extreme heat applied at the seam of two separate metals to melt them together. A third (intermediary) metal may also be incorporated for added strength. As the metals cool, they are bonded together.
      • Metal inert gas (MIG) welding: Formally known as gas metal arc welding, MIG welding uses a tool to feed metal wire into the weld puddle while an electrical arc melts the wire, which will fuse to the base metal upon cooling.
      • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding: Formally referred to gas tungsten arc welding, TIG welding is a similar process MIG welding, but instead of using a tool that continuously feeds metal wire into the weld puddle, the welder must hold and manually feed the stick.
      • Gas welding: A mix of flammable gas and oxygen is used to heat metal to the melting point.
      • Forge welding: Forging metal is an ancient art that involves heating two pieces of metal until they are molten, then hammering them together.

      How long is welding training?

      Because there are different paths to learning to weld, there’s no single timeline for welding training. Some people attend school part-time while working their current job, while others can focus full-time on their welding training courses. People interested in learning how to weld as a hobby can also take classes from professional welders, such as at KCMA & Services in Waterloo, Indiana.

      Expect to take at least two years to go from welding newbie to American Welding Society Certified Welder. A junior college Certificate of Completion welding course is two semesters full-time, or 10 units of coursework. With this certificate, students are qualified for an apprenticeship or internship, rather than a full-time entry-level job. Welding apprenticeships range from 6,000 to 8,000 hours long, equalling three to four years at 2,000 hours per year. Some junior colleges, such as Cerritos College in the Los Angeles area, offer more in-depth welding programs that lead to different welding certifications, such as arc welding and tungsten gas arc welding. These take three to four semesters to complete, so you could be qualified for an entry-level job in about two years of full-time study. Alternatively, you can prepare for employment more quickly through an intensive vocational program at a trade school. For instance, Ohio’s Lincoln Electric Company offers a comprehensive program that prepares people for a welding career in just 20 weeks and 600 hours of hands-on instruction.

      Where can I take welding classes?

      Your options for welding classes depend on where you live and whether you’re willing to travel. Many skilled professionals offer private or group welding classes across the U.S. Some high schools offer classes for teens, but many people learn from a private trainer or in a junior college or vocational school. Students learn basic welding, machining and fabrication processes, including using gas and arc welding equipment, and qualify for an apprenticeship or internship. Other colleges as well as vocational schools have two-year associate’s degree programs that prepare you to take the welding certification exam and seek full-time employment.

      How much is welding training?

      The cost of welding training depends on where you take your classes and how quickly you want to complete the program. In general, junior college welding classes are the least expensive, but may take longer; trade schools offer intensive classes that lead to certification more quickly, but are more expensive. For example, Cerritos College, a junior college in Los Angeles that offers a welding training course, charges an average of $46 per unit; most of their welding certificate programs require 19 units of coursework, so cost about $875 each to complete. Pro-Weld, an on-site welding school in Idaho, offers three different welding courses. The 36-week welder fabrication and the 24-week gas tungsten arc welding courses each cost an average of $3,300, while pipe welding costs an average of $2,500 for a 24-week session or an average of $4,500 for a 52-week session. The 20-week comprehensive program at the Lincoln Electric Company in Ohio costs an average of $9,500. Many programs require students to purchase approximately $120-$200 worth of personal welding equipment in addition to textbooks or other class material fees.

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