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    After my wife encourged me to purchase a new welder 2 1/2 years ago, I really had no choice, when she asked me to fabricate a new wrought iron railing for the side of the steps. Attached are some pictures:
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      Wow That looks Great. What filler did you use.
      Your lucky, my wife said you spent how much for what!

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        Don:
        Those are some pretty welds.

        I got so tired of "Yes, Dear", after my divorce I just gave up.

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        • #5
          Nice work. Also, very good idea considering where you live.

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          • #6
            Nice work.


            Btw, my wife encouraged me to spend the money to get a machine too.
            I have to build stuff for her now, but it's fun -- welding is welding I guess.

            Frank

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            • #7
              nice looking work maybe you can come do one for me

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                Don, Nice work on the railing. I like the way you did the lambs tounge end.

                I've done a few similar to that but have always wondered about something. I use the concrete expansion bolts like the ones shown and they are very secure but I wonder about corrosion and weakening due to moisture going down in the hole with the bolt. I guess they will last a long time since they are zinc plated. Has anyone experienced how long they will last before rusting out?

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                • #9
                  Very cool dude, nice work!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jim-TX View Post
                    Don, Nice work on the railing. I like the way you did the lambs tounge end.

                    I've done a few similar to that but have always wondered about something. I use the concrete expansion bolts like the ones shown and they are very secure but I wonder about corrosion and weakening due to moisture going down in the hole with the bolt. I guess they will last a long time since they are zinc plated. Has anyone experienced how long they will last before rusting out?

                    We used the zinc plated at work and in a couple years they were all rusted from salt and moisture. We switched to and have been using stainless and we can still crank them in and out after about 10 years.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Ken. We don't normally use salt here so maybe the zinc will last longer than 2 years.

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                      • #12
                        Don, very nice work on the railing, nice smooth welds. Can't imagine coming down icy steps anymore without one. I'm curious how bad she had to twist your arm to go buy that welder - lol.

                        My wife will not let me get one at least for a couple years since I just bought a new motorcycle. Thats a good thing, keeps the honey do list down and I have the welders in at work if I need to fix anything.

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                          Originally posted by g6Racer View Post
                          What filler did you use.
                          ER70S-2 Triple-deoxidized wire

                          From page 50 of the Miller Gas Metal Arc Welding manual:

                          "(Deoxidizing helps remove oxygen from the weld, helping to reduce porosity and therefore weld defects.)...Because of the heavy deoxidation of this wire it can be used for welding rusty or dirty steels, with a possibliity of some sacrifice of weld quality depending upon the condition of the metal."

                          I grind and degrease the metal to clean it as well as I can, but sometimes it is difficult to clean the back side.

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