Works quite nicely. About 6-10% acid, about 45 minutes in warm
water. After submersion in acid, I removed the piece, washed it for
3-4 seconds and put into a baking soda bath. Right after that I set it
on top of our electric stove to remove any water by heating.
It remove all rust and mill scale. I have never seen steel of this
I am making an holder for a swinging mailbox arm. I am tired of cars
and snowplows bumping into my mailbox, and want to make it so that it
swings away when hit. The object that I derusted, will hold the bolt
for the pivoting arm.
So, there are no safety issues with this device. It probably has 20-50
times the strength that is needed, even with the bad looking welds. It
is made of 3/16" steel.
Cut him a little slack, Grant. He's learning. We told him to
practice, and he's doing it. The welds shown exhibit progress from
earlier examples, and they look to me like they'll suffice for the
job. Nothing sez that learner welds can't be useful.
I've made uglier welds than that and I'll bet you have too, though
you may not remember that far back....
None of us were born knowing how to weld. Welding is learned by
doing. Please don't discourage a guy from doing it.
Ig, you are still far from being a weldor, but you are progessing
nicely. Keep going!
BTW, I also use muriatic acid as a descaler now and then. I prefer
beadblast because it's quicker, but acid works too.
Thanks Don. Sorry about the bad looking welds. The only good thing
about them is that all the pieces are located where I wanted them to
be. This thing will hold a swinging arm for a snowplow proof mailbox.
(the idea is that when this mailbox is hit by a car or snowplow, as it
often happens, it would swing away).
It took about 45 minutes to remove scale and rust from it with
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