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Hi,

A long short; but worth a try......

I've live in the Chichester, West Sussex area and I'm looking to get some aluminium tube sections welded together. Would anyone know of someone local to me who could did this?

The tube is 10 mm thick, so pretty chunky stuff, we tried to do the job at my workplace, but our welding gear wasn't up to it.

 

Any information you can offer will be much appreciated.

Regards, Herrman

 

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There a few video tutorials  on Y'Tube if you've got some equipment, best done with a MIG welder and spool gun.
Used to do a bit in my youth using oxy acetylene but takes a bit of practice.
May be some local model engineering clubs local to you who may be able to help.

Dave

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On 2016-04-04 at 07:23, Herrman said:

Hi,

A long short; but worth a try......

I've live in the Chichester, West Sussex area and I'm looking to get some aluminium tube sections welded together. Would anyone know of someone local to me who could did this?

The tube is 10 mm thick, so pretty chunky stuff, we tried to do the job at my workplace, but our welding gear wasn't up to it.

 

Any information you can offer will be much appreciated.

Regards, Herrman

 

Make sure they AC TIG weld it... IMHO

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Herman, if you can find a local Blacksmith they will point you in the right direction if they are unable to do it themselves.  I got my local smithy to make my observatory pier, they did an excellent job at a very reasonable price.  Failing that there will be plenty of specialist welders in and around the London area.

 

Jim

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Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your reply.

I'm not sure if my welding skills are up to the job! But I will look at the Youtube tutorials, perhaps they'll inspire me to give it a go!

All the best ,Herrman

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Hi Jim,

Many thanks for your suggestion.

Yes a local blacksmith is a good idea; I know it's a diminishing trade, but I'd have thought there'd be at least one in this relatively rural spot. I'll investigate.

All the best, Herrman

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If you do attempt it yourself make sure you cool the job very slowly. If cooled too fast aluminium welds can crack. They need long slow and controlled cooling. I had a an aluminium petrol (bike)  tank many years ago and it was welded several times and cracked every time. But that was a long time before mig welding took off.  May all be different now.

Derek

 

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An update to all:

I was able to find an engineering company a couple of miles from me who were able to do the job.

Very please with the results, so I'd be happy to recommend to anyone looking to have similar work done.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions. Regards, Herrman

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