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Old 08-18-2013, 09:34 PM
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a simple little project that requires a lot of thought. this is a spreader bar for rolling out the felt covering on a job site. only problem is someone ordered the big rolls of felt and the spreader bar has to be enlarged. no problem order in a new shaft and an square tubing extension. it is a real treat to be able to work with new steel but i had to leave it out in the rain to get a little rusty so i can work with it. plus the rainy season has started early this year so in 3 days i have had 2.5 rain days on this project. today between the rains i was able to air arc the spreader bar in to pieces for a fresh start on reassembly. plus i did all the grinding which i hate so much, my hands are still tingling from the grinding, lol.

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Old 08-18-2013, 10:57 PM
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What do you use the felt for?
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:48 AM
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Is the felt used for site/road bed preparation? As in Geotextile?

We sometimes use Geotextile under fill placed on top of soft earth. It creates a sort of barrier to keep the layers of dirt separate. It is amazing how much difference the Geotextile makes. Using a layer of fabric can reduce the fill material by 50% or more in soft, wet soil conditions.
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not sure of the fancy name for these big rolls are but i'll find out. the big rolls are 4000lbs so i have to have some good welds.

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i kind of got busy and didn't post pictures as i did the work but here they are.
i got the square tubing extension welded on and braced really good. then i used my long torch to cut out the end plates that will hold the shaft in to place. i did all the welding with 7018 rod 1/8 for the root pass and anything up hand. then it was the manly 3/16 rod which i had the flux just peeling off. not much grinding involved. welded the knob from the old shaft on to the new shaft then added 9" to the new shaft at the other end to get the length. had a little fun lifting the shaft in to place by myself but i did it. by 10pm i had splashed enough paint on to cover my welds by didn't have enough paint to paint the whole spreader bar.

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the rest of the pictures.

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hopefully the rest of the pictures.

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Wow, that is a long torch. I thought the 4 foot one I had was big! But yours wins. How hard is it to handle by one person? Did you lengthen the torch yourself?
The Spreader modification looks good. I'm not sure the new steel tube was properly aged enough before welding though.
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the torch was custom made back in the day when i did a lot of scrap metal recycling. at one time i had about 4 of these long ones because 2 where being used and the others off for repairs. i find i can cut better and straighter with the long torch then with a short torch, i guess it is all the years of cutting. plus there is no slag to chip or grind. i hate grinding, i hate grinding, i hate grinding, lol.

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Nice job.

I love the jack clamp back in post 5. I never would have thought of that.

Keep up the good work.

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