I intend to weld (TIG) a chain link and have some questions.
The chain is on a chain hoist. I bought the hoist pulleys many years
ago in a yard sale but it was missing the chain. I was not able to
find suitable chain in the standard settings--hardware stores,
industrial suppliers, etc.--but I hit the jackpot the other day at a
small tool supply outfit. Patience pays off.
So I need to join the chain ends (making a continuous loop through the
pulleys). I cut one end link, spread it a bit and popped the other
end link in (the chain is properly run through the pulleys).
I think I'll just TIG weld the link back together. It cuts like it is
mild steel and I am pretty sure it is. I am certainly adequate at
TIG welding for this type of job--it will be well welded. I think
I'll use 316 (that's what I have in SS TIG rod). Do you think I need
to be concerned about the link I weld being weak for the weights I
might lift (between 3 and 4 hundred pounds)? The chain is 3/8
The chain is coated with some sort of 'goldish' slightly iridescent
thin finish. Do you think I can remove that finish with the toilet
bowl cleaner I use to remove the zink from hardware store bolts?
13 years ago