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Old 06-10-2012, 07:16 AM
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Default Re: Old dog learns new trick...Welding!

Thanks for the suggestions and comments, you guys.
I do have some extra frame to practice on. I'll also look around for some sort of rod to clamp in place to weld to. What about a bolt with the head cut off? Then dial down the welder some and do it in little spurts, allowing it to completely cool down. This can take all day. How long it takes doesn't matter. That it gets fixed does. I can weld for a few seconds, shut it down and go do other stuff. Come back, check to see that what I did is sound, clean it up with a wire brush and do a bit more.

Baird, I was thinking about a half sleeve welded to the outside edge of the chainstay and somewhat longer than the problem area. That way I wouldn't lose any clearance to the inside. And just tack it so it doesn't build up too much additional heat stress. if this is a bad idea, someone say so, please.

Allen, brass and aluminum is an accomplishment for sure and something I know nothing about. One thing I've learned in the little exposure I've had to soldering and now a little bit of welding is to appreciate those guys who really know their stuff with welding and brazing... understand the different properties of metals and how to work with them.

I have long been amused at how white collar people will look down their noses at mechanics, welders, machinists, tradesmen of one kind or another. People who get their hands dirty. Little do they understand how much these people know not only about their trade, but in general about the real world away from board rooms and academia. A good mechanic is a good detective.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
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