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  1. #1
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    Default Weld/ Coat hanger

    I've heard many time of "Old Timers" welding with O/A using bare(no flux) coat hanger wire as 'filler'. Was this ever an common/widespread practis?Was the technique practical?What were some of the applications?
    I have never seen anyone imploy the method. I'd like to get some 'firsthand' info/comments.
    TIA, AL

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    Default Coat hanger Rods

    Probably lots of welds have been made with coat hangers as filler rod, I know I used plenty in the fifties, going to school and money was tight. Nothing was critical though, just exhaust and maybe some bodywork. Today I don't think you'll find too much of that going on as rods are pretty inexpensive and there sure as H. is a lot more money around these days.

    Bought a good supply of 1/8" and 3/32" rods about 1981 and still workin' on 'em.............they never go bad.

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    The first time I saw it done was in a muffler shop and they were using the process on my car. To top it all off he used a pants hanger with the velvet type material coating to keep the pants from slipping. I wigged out when I saw what they were doing......turned out the exhaust system rusted away before the weld gave out. Still wouldn't trust that type of weld on a critical joint though.

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    I saw the whole coat hanger thing used in a body shop I worked at this summer. It was pretty cool. I didn't know you could do that.

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    I have used it to plug holes that need to be re-drilled in the same spot. I was told the coat hanger did not get hard like the regular weld wire so it was easier to drill. A good drill will cut either of the 2. It welded good anyways. I don't think I woild use it as a comon practice. The right wire is cheaper than a law suite.

    Mike
    MD Welding & Fabricating L.L.C.

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    its very simple: Will it work? yes why yes it will. Will it be a good sound weld? No it will be near as strong as using the correct filler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilredex
    Bought a good supply of 1/8" and 3/32" rods about 1981 and still workin' on 'em.............they never go bad.
    as long as you keep them warm and dry, rust is the only thing that will wreck them.

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    Default clothes hangers

    My brother used them a lot..I have too with good results but i prefer a brazing rod for most things if I'm going to be using a torch.
    Farris

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    I was told to never use them where strength was required because coat hangers are made of the crappiest steel alloys.

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    Just for grins I had some coat hangers scanned for composition. An old one from about 1940 from my grandfather has almost identical composition as the old Linde #7 rod. A new Imported hanger from Wally World has the composition of some form of Asian monkey dung as best as we can tell. And people wonder why we buy American.

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