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clazear

02:20PM | 03/31/02
Member Since: 03/30/02
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I have come across a set of three antique metal gates. The vertical crossmembers have decorative cast iron floral designs welded between them and would make great entry gates at a driveway's entrance.

Two gates are in decent shape but require replacement of a few of the cast iron floral inlays. The third's main column has been damaged by handling and can be used for spare parts.

I have never welded anything nor own the equipment. My question is whether this is a reasonable do-it-yourself project, or are there welding services available that would contract the restoration?

DH

03:53PM | 03/31/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
If you don't know how to do it or own the equipment then find someone to do it.

rpxlpx

02:37AM | 04/01/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
My experience has always been that if I want to do a nice job on something, I shouldn't make that project my first experience. It's worthwhile getting practice on unimpoortant jobs first. Since you've never welded, you will probably want to get someone else to do it.

clazear

02:14PM | 04/01/02
Member Since: 03/30/02
7 lifetime posts
rpxlpx,

Thanks for the constructive advice.

I located a local welder and dropped off the gates for quote...around $100 for complete restoration work.

evilclonedstan

06:02AM | 04/04/02
Member Since: 04/03/02
2 lifetime posts
Probably the best way to go. Welding is really not difficult. Just takes practice. But as the reply above states, you don't want to make your mistakes and do your learning on an important project. Better to make a bunch of mistakes and learning experiences with junk metal first. And your first experiences with welding will not be attractive :-)

If you're still interested in learning to weld (for the next cool project you come up with) the gear will cost about $500. Get a small Hobart mig welder which does not require a 220v outlet (130 amp I suppose). Think the model is "Handler 130". Then you need a good mask, heavy leather gloves, heavy jacket and pants and a good secure place to work. It's very important that no one sees the arc flash, and don't pick up any hot metal up with your hands. Duh. I've done this twice - hopefully you're not as absent minded as me. :-)

Seth

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