/ 23/8ths pipe drops for construction projects #1
- Jul 31, 2017
- North Tx
- 841 ford,MF65,Cub Lowboy,,Ford 600
I need practice welding so I picked up 200 pounds of pipe drops for $6. After running a few beads with various wire and rods I thought I might as well build something while burning filler. AaaaHAaa,storage rack for angle iron, square tube and such. I clamped pieces of 2&3/8ths pipe end to end with 1.5x1.5 angle to hold it straight,tacked it,removed angle then ran a bead around joint. I don't want this thing to collapse under load and kill me so not trusting my welds,I devised what I believe will make joints strong as pipe. After flattening tips on 3 evenly spaced #8 common nails,they can be started between 23/8 and 27/8 pipes then driven in between 1/2" to hold joint firm. How firm? While looking for backer/filler for the +- 0.120 gap between pipes,I discovered force of driving nails in distorted pipe a few thousandths. THAT'S TIGHT! 6" sleeves of 27/8 slipped over 23/8, centered over joint,3 evenly spaced nails driven in each end,spot weld nails to pipes, cut nail off flush with cold chisel and hit them with grinder. Knocked flux off 1/8" 6011 rod,wrapped rod around pipe to form a ring,cut ring in 3 parts to fit between spot welded nails,used chisel to stake rod in gap then 3 passes with 3/32 6011 to weld it up. :drink: I'm still making up lengths and cutting fish mouths(a bunch of fish mouths) needed for rack. Hopefully I can get my clever granddaughter to post a few pics of assembly. I realize that's taking more time and effort than doing it with new pipe but as I said,it's good practice with torch and welder. The 200 lbs of pipe would cost close to $100 in full sticks so there is some value in doing it.