Well I got this in the mail a couple weeks ago and wasn't to happy with the end result. We talked and I said fine I'll try and make it work as I thought it would be ok, turns out I was wrong. The welder I had enlisted to fix/finish the set-up just told me he would rather make me a new one from scratch than put his name into this piece of work.
Thing is I'm 700bux into it and really I'm throwing my money away now, so take this example as a grain of salt but I sadly would not let him weld anything else for me. I would also like to add that up here (Alberta) it seems we have higher standards than the rest of the world when it comes to welding so maybe I was expecting to much from him...
I will say that he always answered my questions and responded quickly and honestly and went out of his way to make this for me, but had I known I would end up with a paperweight I would have gladly liked to of known that he couldn't get it done, instead of slapping it together alittle half-assed and calling it good to go.
Half the pics are from my camera and the others from my friends, he is an oilfield welding inspector, he wasn't remotely satisfied with the welds either, nor was he surprised.
Things I found very readily that are sub-par/wrong:
-Runners are not joined straight
-runners are flared outward from heat
-excessive slag and as my 10th grade welding teacher called it "bird ****" welds
-lack of penetration
-filler welds from burn throughs
-down pipe was bent using most likely a big hammer to fit flange instead of heated up and bent
-flanges aren't true
-down pipe flange bolt hole was constructed but not strong enough to be used.