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Re: A Few Tips on Warpage...

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12-20-2012 10:49:32

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Used to be a mobile home Mfg in town and when they started building the bigger ones they ran into troubles with the lightweight stair channel main frames sagging and causing all kinds of troubles up top. They never could keep help in the place because the pay was low but they needed a few decent welds on the hitch and axles. "Welder training" thus became welding a near continuous bead on top of the frames with some kind of mild steel rods they bosses called drag rod. They ran it at fairly high amperage always starting about 5' from the tail end moving forward. The result was it warped the frames up and when finished building on top of them they were close to flat under the weight of the home. Also when a hitch welder found himself a decent paying job he would be replaced by an experienced "frame welder"

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12-20-2012 11:58:29

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 Re: A Few Tips on Warpage... in reply to Butch(OH), 12-20-2012 10:49:32  
Butch, I've never been really big on doing that with welds. Reason why, generally the weld ends up in the way, and you have to grind it down later. Now if the weld is needed anyway, that's a different story. I'd much ratter use the heat from a torch.

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12-20-2012 13:10:10

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 Re: A Few Tips on Warpage... in reply to Puddles, 12-20-2012 11:58:29  
I have never been as good with forming steel as I wished I was but an old body man showed me how to shrink a dent in sheet steel with a torch, that is about the extent of it. I never worked at the trailer place but the first thing down on the channels was a fabricated steel crosssill? They ground the beads down a bit where they had to go and welded them down. As a metal fabrication plant it was all pretty crude,, as a matter of fact the entire operation was, LOL

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