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First attempt at welding something useful. #5317573 01/09/20 10:13 AM
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Spare tire mounting bracket carriage bolt not long enough. Spent 2 hours on the phone and online looking for either an M12 longer bolt or a coupling nut. Nobody within a hours drive had either or would sell just one if they did. Online they want $12 to UPS a $2 or $3 piece. Figured a regular nut would join them together but only about 2 threads worth on each side. Now I finally got some use out this welder I bought over 10 years ago. Weld is not pretty but good enough.

Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317591 01/09/20 10:49 AM
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I like it!! thumbsup


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317658 01/09/20 12:20 PM
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If that weld fails the tire ejects? If so I'd really try to break it before you mount it back up. Surprised a hardware store nearby doesn't have M12 coupling nuts.


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317661 01/09/20 12:22 PM
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Naw, it's going inside a box truck.

Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317674 01/09/20 12:38 PM
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Looks barely OK so keep practicing.


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317698 01/09/20 12:55 PM
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Other option, use a long piece of all thread, and replace the entire bolt you welded onto. Use a nut on other end and weld that to the base. If that stud is but welded to the bracket, you could drill a hole in it for the new longer stud.

Why does it have to remain a metric thread?

But it looks like your weld will hold. Whack it back and forth with a hammer to test it.

Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317759 01/09/20 02:14 PM
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Mig? gas or flux?


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317775 01/09/20 02:32 PM
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Very nice. What size is that argon tank?


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: atikovi] #5317819 01/09/20 03:14 PM
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Is the one on the left either galvanized or chrome plated? And is that one big glob of weld? If so, you may be surprised at the lack of strength in this joint.
Be really careful and don't use this in any kind of load bearing application.

I'd of likely done this with a length of class 12.9 all thread, a coupling nut, 2 jam nuts and some red locktite.



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I'm new at welding but becoming real good with my grinder.


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Re: First attempt at welding something useful. [Re: LeakySeals] #5317864 01/09/20 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by LeakySeals
Very nice. What size is that argon tank?


Can't remember from 10 years ago when I bought it but probably the smallest one for portability sake. I store it in the basement and use it usually in the driveway. Lugging the 60+ pound main unit up and down a flight of stairs isn't fun. Only had it refilled twice.

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Originally Posted by Imp4
Is the one on the left either galvanized or chrome plated?


Just standard zinc plated and nothing critical. Shrink wrapped it.

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You could have used 3 nuts. 1 nut sharing the threads and a nut on each side of that. Tighten the outside nuts a bit , then weld all 3 nuts together.

Looks like it will work as you have it.

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Although just a longer standard bolt would have worked, what you did was fine for the application. Whatever you can do to practice welding is a plus. I've done stuff like this for practice from old silverware, just for fun. It helps.

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