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  • Cajun Welder
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    wrought iron fence

    This is a little project I did awhile back. I wanted to be able to keep the dogs off the back porch and built this wrought iron fence. I did it all with stick, because I didn't have a mig welder at the time. Here is a picture of it. I've learned some things that I would do different next time. Let me know if any of you have any questions and I'll be glad to answer them. This is the first time I post something, hope it comes out alright.

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  • patrick
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    wroght iron fence/ cajun welder

    great looking fence
    did a fence a few yrs. ago around a pool for the same reasons/ for my best friends bark! bark!/
    built mine out of thin wall molly tubing ( long story but i just had it at a bargan)1 in. 035 wall and 5/8 025 wall round /the reason i am mailing is if you have never had the experince of closing a hollow tube the pressure will suprise you/i now drill a vent hole in all closed tubes pre weld then post heat and finally after some time to let the water vapor and whatever they coat the inside with evaporate then i close the vent/the fence is over 25 yrs. old and out side of external matinence it has not a drop of rust on the deck or water swelling in 12 degree weather/i was lucky for once 4130/ has enough chrome in it to help with rust/if there is no water inside the tube it will not burst/i know this fence is kind'a of over kill and i will catch a lot of flack from you guys but it works/ i am always willing to hear your views and i learn something every time i sign on/ so blow me away if i am wrong/i am not perfect just ask my wife !!! for bells and whisels on fencing try KING METALS .com/ xxx weld dudes pat from texas

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  • Darmik
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    Originally posted by Cajun Welder View Post
    This is a little project I did awhile back. I wanted to be able to keep the dogs off the back porch and built this wrought iron fence. I did it all with stick, because I didn't have a mig welder at the time. Here is a picture of it. I've learned some things that I would do different next time. Let me know if any of you have any questions and I'll be glad to answer them. This is the first time I post something, hope it comes out alright.

    Hey I think that's pretty cool
    nice job

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  • Charlie C
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    If you live in an area where temptures get down to freezing you will want to leave a small weep hole at the bottom to let any condensate get out.

    Water will collect in the tube and freeze and turn your square tube some what round with a long split in it.

    I built a railling for a customer, welded all rails on four sides top and botton. That winter some of the rails swelled and split.

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  • Iron man
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    weld it any good Iron work should not have bondo or caulk in it, if you keep the heat low it will not warp. bondo is good for sheet metal auto body but not an iron fence.

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  • KEENAVV
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    Any waterproof ,paintable calk would work well

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  • wldrman
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    Bondo?

    BONDO?
    I think I would rather rig up a support brace under my railing rather than use bondo. YUCK!!

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  • P.the Heat
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    tThe rust

    I agree with Pete,use bondo,you do not want to put heat and warp it.
    I used to see this guys that worked on custom wrought iron doors and they used bondo on some of the crevices,and this were awsome doors.

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  • burninbriar
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    You might want to concider useing a sealer like Bondo or something simmular rather than rewelding. I'm not a fan of putting down more weld than what is structurealy needed. More weld is likely to cause the railing to warp and you will be in for a lot more work than just adding some weld.

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  • Cajun Welder
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    I bought the top rail and other pieces from a company that specializes in wrought iron material, the rest I bought local. It was mostly square tubing. Where i messed up and would do different is that I didn't make my weld on the bottom where the 1/2" is welded to the 1" tubing all around. I only welded it on two sides to save time. Now the problem is on the other two sides where I didn't weld, you can see small areas of rust coming out. So I may go back and weld the other two sides. I guess you live and learn. Overall I was pleased with the way it came out. It serves its purpose and looks nice. My wife really enjoys it a lot.

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  • Stick rod
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    Looks good.What did you use for material?You mention doing things differant next time,can you explain what?

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