September 10, 2008
Well folks I bought something I saw on TV...
AND IT WORKED!!!!
This is for anyone needing to weld aluminum and I am sure this problem will come up for one of us eventually so I thought I would add a post about it. I am a welder, amongst other things, and I can MIG and TIG weld aluminum, however I don't own a TIG and my MIG requires a new sleeve and a different shielding gas to switch to aluminum (around $250). I am in the middle of a project where I am modifying some tool boxes to fit the bed of my truck and I came across this stuff called "Dura-Fix". To my utter amazement it worked as good or better than the comercial!!!
Here's the deal, these are simple welding rods (like the kind you torch-weld with) but they melt at only 750 degrees F. At that temp you can actually weld with a propane torch! I swear you can use these things blindfolded. You just heat the metal up and rub the stick around -no flux. I did my first tests with 1/8" aluminum and a MAPP gas torch and again, everything they said these would do, they did. I have also tried it on copper with great results (they work on all non-ferris metals).
So that's it, just a quick tip for anyone needing to stick stuff together who doesn't have 1500 bucks for a welder. The link is www.durafix.com and 1 lbs is about 45 bucks. Damn good stuff and no flux either!
I think they may be making a glue-gun version soon...