good day
with reference to converting a 20 ft. shipping container into an office container, have the following questions.
1. on average (approximately) how long does it take to cut out spaces for 4 windows and 1 door way
2. what precautions (possible mistakes)should a DIY welder and cutter take when cutting out the doors and window space so as to get right size and ensure windows and doors line up.
3. in cutting a space for the air condition unit, what tips can you recommend so as to secure the unit and ensure there are no open spaces after the air condition is placed

1. Cutting windows and doors with a torch, plasma cutter or abrasive wheels on a grinder would take a few hours.

2. Measure everything twice before cutting, and make sure you know what level is before marking your cut lines.

3. You would have to built a bracket to support the weight of the AC unit.
  Use foam sealant to seal around the AC unit.  


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Ernie Leimkuhler


Questions about Oxy-Acetylene welding/cutting, MIG, TIG, Flux-core, Stick welding, brazing and soldering, bike frames, air frames, motorcycle frames, structural welding. Also questions about Welding Certifications and Inspections. All questions about fabrication of metals (stainless steel, steel , aluminum, brass, bronze, copper). Basic questions about underwater welding. TIG is my strongest subject.


Extensive background in most welding fields. 18 years fabrication of metal theatre scenery, 16 years structural steel, 2 years pipe welding, 9 years as a Welding Instructor at South Seattle Community College, and 5.5 years as a Welding Instructor at the Divers Institute of Technology. 16 years Industrial Welding Consultant for fabrication shops in the greater Seattle Area. 11 years Architectural Metal Fabrication. 8 years in Film/TV; SPFX/construction/set-deco/props/. 33 years Blacksmithing and Knifemaking. Currently a Field Welding Inspector for Otto Rosenau and Associates.

American Welding Society - Certified Welding Inspector Washington Assoc of Building Officials (WABO) - Special Inspector - Structural and Reinforcing Steel.

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BA Theatre Technology - Purdue University.

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